… The Solterra Group of Companies is no stranger to Georgie fame, having won dozens of awards since first opening for business fifteen years ago. According to spokesperson Laura Rizzo: “Solterra specializes in boutique communities with distinct, unique architecture. No two Solterra communities are alike. We would rather do only two or three communities per year, and make them distinct rather than follow a cookie-cutter approach, and keep duplicating the same style homes.
“The Solterra team is very community-minded, creative, loves architecture, and loves home building. We look for real estate development opportunities where we can add value and something special to the neighbourhood mix.”
Indeed, two of its Georgie-nominated projects illustrate this diversity. Sun at 72 in Surrey’s Clayton Heights seeks to bring a “little bit of Kitsilano” to an area dominated by Craftsman style developments. Rizzo says: “Sun at 72 is a vibrant community of 89 townhomes and duplexes. Strong linear lines and a contemporary flat roof with dramatic overhangs and cedar accents are both beautifully designed and functionally practical.”
Contrast Sun at 72 with Solterra’s Keefer Block; a boutique nine-storey concrete building comprised of 81 residences in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. “Keefer Block is the marriage of old and new, and is characterized by its unique combination of heritage buildings, Chinese produce stores, bakeries, butchers, traditional herbs stores, and now, new developments with convenient services such as banks, rapid transit, restaurants and retail shops,” Rizzo says.
She continues: “We are honoured that Sun at 72 was nominated for Best Residential Community of the Year, and for Keefer Block, Best Interior Design and Best Kitchen. Garnering awards from respected associations is important to us as it gives our homeowners a re-assurance that their homes and communities offer something special and unique, and have been identified as standing apart from other communities and developments by trusted experts in the industry.”