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Tropicana Student Housing Wins Goleta Valley Beautiful Award

Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management Winners of Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi Family Residential Category

Goleta, CA –– Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management are proud to announce that Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall for UCSB Students has been named winner of the 2012 Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi-Family Residential Category for an outstanding contribution to Goleta’s beauty. Tropicana Del Norte is a three story Residence Hall located adjacent to the UCSB campus on El Colegio Rd between Embarcadero Del Norte Road and Stadium Road, just outside the West Gate.

“We are honored by the recognition of Goleta Valley Beautiful,” said Tropicana Student Housing Executive Director, Dave Wilcox. “Since our acquisition of the property last year we have worked very hard to make it beautiful for our UCSB student residents by painting and re-landscaping. We would like to thank our friends at Kitson Landscape Management for a job well done.”

Major landscape renovations at the residence hall for UCSB students recently completed included conversion from traditional spray irrigation to a drip system, smart controllers implemented, and water saving MP rotators installed for the small amount of lawn that remained. A large variety of palms and cycads were utilized, along with succulents, black Mexican beach pebbles at entries, bamboo accents on walls, large urns, and a tropical paint scheme on the building.

“This was a very fun and exciting project, said Sarah Kitson, President of Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. “The combination of textures, variety of colors, and overall theme played out very well while the overall goal of sustainability and resource conservation was achieved.”

Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. is a family-owned landscape maintenance business with 97 employees headquartered in Goleta, California. Kitson currently maintains more than 275 major commercial properties in the Goleta and Santa Barbara area. Kitson Landscape Management, Inc is a Santa Barbara County Certified Green Business, an active contributor to the community and the recipient of many awards and recognitions.

Tropicana Student Housing offers private residence halls and apartments for students attending University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall is located directly adjacent to the UCSB campus, close to lecture halls and athletic venues. Home to a small, diverse community of UCSB students, its convenient location, comfortable suite-style units, excellent food and resort-style amenities (such as heated pool, fitness room, movie theater, recreation room, tanning booth and on-site café), makes it a favorite among incoming UCSB freshmen.


Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing
Tropicana Student Housing, 805-968-0351

Tropicana Student Housing Announces Video Contest Winners

Current UCSB Student Josephine Nguyen wins the Villas at Tropicana video contest and will receive $5,000 credit towards 2012-2013 housing at the Villas at Tropicana

Isla Vista, CA – February 17, 2012 – Tropicana Student Housing is proud to announce winners of the free Villas at Tropicana video contest. Josephine Nguyen is the grand prize winner, garnering the most votes for her video “Tropicana Love,” and will receive the $5,000 grand prize credit towards housing at the Villas at Tropicana upperclassmen apartments for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The winning video received 917 votes. Coming in as a close second with 617 votes, Amanda Wirth is the second place winner and will receive a 20-Meal Card (a $190 value). Third place winner Robert Deegan will receive 10-Meal Card (a $100 value).

The contest was open to current students eligible to live at the Villas at Tropicana. The contest topic was ‘Why I Want to Live at the Villas.’ Video entries highlighted in 60 seconds or less why a student would want to live at the Villas. Students, friends, family and faculty were involved in the voting process, and could vote for their favorite videos once a day. Voting began February 1st and ended on the 15th, with contest winners chosen by popular vote.

Entries can be viewed online at the Villas at Tropicana website,

“Our team here at Tropicana Student Housing would like to congratulate the winners and everyone who participated in this contest through submissions and voting,” said Ben Sample, Executive Director. “We are excited to have the grand prize winner as part of our Villas at Tropicana community.”

All participants will be offered a waiver for the $50 application fee for Villas at Tropicana or toward any Tropicana Student Housing property.

About the Villas at Tropicana

The Villas at Tropicana is an upperclassmen apartment community situated in the heart of Isla Vista. The recently-renovated two-bedroom, two-bathroom furnished apartments are located blocks from the beach, three blocks from UCSB’s campus, and conveniently next to bus stops. The Villas provides flexible leasing options with a combination of life’s essentials, an academic environment and a sense of community. Villas at Tropicana is located at 811 Camino Pescadero in Isla Vista. For more information, call 805-968-4319 or log on to