Appia's Altus at SOLO District will be the tallest building in Burnaby.

SOLO District rising above the rest with Altus

Appia Developments' SOLO District will eventually be comprised of four residential towers and over 1,400 homes.

Exciting things are happening at Appia Developments’ SOLO District with their upcoming release of the second residential phase and ongoing construction of the first phase.

Stratus, the first tower, will rise 45 storeys and will be available for buyers to move into in 2015. Meanwhile, Altus will begin sales in the near future.

“Altus will be the tallest building in Burnaby,” says Lisa Murrell, sales and marketing manager for Appia. “The views are amazing.”

Altus will be the equivalent of 55 storeys tall, with office space on the first 14 floors. Thus, the first residential floor will be 200 feet up, offering stunning views from every condominium home.

“The views start from the bottom (residential) floor,” Murrell says. “There will also be a quiet barbecue area and rooftop garden on that floor.”

At the very top of the building, you’ll find a huge amenity space that Appia is calling Club 55 with a barbecue area, full kitchen, media area and pool and ping-pong tables and generous outdoor deck space all for residents of Altus. The office tower will include a gym that residents have access to as well, and a multi-sport court on the third floor.

SOLO District, which stands for South of Lougheed, will eventually be comprised of four stunning residential towers (Cirrus and Aerius are the two others and will be released at a future date) and when complete, will house over 1,400 homes. It will also hold office space, commercial opportunities and plenty of green space. Among the tenants will be Burnaby’s first Whole Foods, right next door to Stratus.

“There are several other exciting anchor tenants to be announced,” says Murrell. “This is a very, very cool community.”

That’s no exaggeration. SOLO is steps away from Brentwood Town Centre, the Brentwood SkyTrain station, restaurants, schools and leisure activities, so it’s perfectly situated.

“There’s everything you could possibly need here,” Murrell says. “Walkability was key.”

Stratus began sales last year, and Appia has since consulted with buyers and locals to find out what drew them to the master-planned community.

“It’s been really well-received by the community,” Murrell says. “We’re learning what people want.”

The homes themselves are spacious and open, ranging from approximately 539 up to about 1,700 square feet. Something that sets Altus apart are the choices it offers for three-bedroom units, which is something buyers have been asking for and Appia is happy to be able to provide in this new phase of SOLO District.

Among the features you’ll find in your new home are imported Italian Armony Cucine cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, engineered wood flooring in the living areas and polished quartz countertops.

All of the homes at SOLO will be heated and cooled via geothermal heat exchange, which uses stored energy from the earth and is incredibly efficient. FortisBC notes that buyers will see great cost savings compared to conventional buildings, and less maintenance will be required.

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