The first neighbourhood developed at UniverCity is located on the east side of Burnaby Mountain. Designed for beauty, accessibility and convenience, all residences are an easy walking distance to SFU, to transit and to the shops and services on University High Street.
This neighbourhood also features University Highlands Elementary School, a LEED® Gold designed school that provides space for 275 students.
Housing developments in East Highlands include:
- One University Crescent – Developed by Millennium Development
- Harmony – Developed by Polygon Homes
- Novo One – Developed by Intergulf Development Group
- Novo Two – Developed by Intergulf Development Group
- Aurora – Developed by Polygon Homes
- Verdant – Developed by Vancity Enterprises and Resource Rethinking Building
- Serenity – Developed by Polygon Homes
- Altaire- Developed by Polygon Homes
In addition to Richard Bolton Park, East Highlands also has a spectacular back yard: the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, one of the largest outdoor recreation areas in the Lower Mainland with 600 hectares of lush terrain via more than 23 kilometres of multi-use trails and pathways.
University High Street
University High Street is a hub of activity, with a bustling public plaza and convenient access to shopping, restaurants, and services. Linked by pedestrian pathways, this village-style block contains residences and over 25 local stores and services, everything from coffee shops, a bank, and restaurants, to a 23,000-square-foot, full-service grocery store, an organic deli, a hair stylist, and a pharmacy. Each new building on High Street will offer new services and amenities, providing the daily needs of residents, students, and visitors without having to step foot off Burnaby Mountain.
The High Street also features the Town Square. Considered the heart of the community, the public plaza ties the campus to its residential community. Lined on one side with cafes and restaurants, the Square provides a venue for events, festivals, and concerts for students and residents.
All buildings on University High Street will be street-oriented, mixed-use buildings with residences situated above street-level commercial space. Completed buildings include:
The Cornerstone Building is the first rental community on SFU’s campus and offers retail and office space on the ground floor and four floors of 115, studio, 1, and 2 bedroom rental apartments above. Designed by the architectural firm Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams (NSDA), the building features a solid concrete exterior, complementing the existing campus aesthetic. Sustainable building features include a green roof and a geothermal heating system. For more information about Cornerstone residential rentals, please contact Midwest Properties by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-939-0221. For more information about retail leasing at Cornerstone, click here. For a list of shops and services at UniverCity, click here.
The Hub features 146 studio, one and two bedroom units in a range of flats and townhomes. Built to LEED® Silver Standards, the Hub features energy efficient windows and a clean geo-thermal energy system to save energy. Other sustainability features include low-emission paint, efficient plumbing fixtures, and a green roof that regulates stormwater runoff.
Upcoming: CentreBlock – Developed by Liberty Homes
Nestled among the trees, trails, and streams of Burnaby Mountain, West Highlands will offer dramatic views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, while offering the convenience of nearby University High Street shops and services, transit, and proximity to SFU.
The UniverCity Childcare Centre, located in West Highlands, opened in April 2012, welcoming 50 children. Designed as the most sustainable building in Canada, and likely the first fully certified Living Building™, the centre will offer a world-renowned educational approach, while giving children opportunities to explore and engage in imaginative play in a naturalized environment.
Housing developments in West Highlands include:
- Highland House – Developed by Liberty Homes
Stay tuned for future developments in the West Highlands area.
The South Slopes neighbourhood is designed as a terraced hillside community, featuring low-rise, predominantly wood-frame homes for families. The slope and terraced design will take full advantage of views from southern Vancouver Island to Mount Baker in Washington State.
Housing developments in The Slopes include:
- Nest – Developed by Mosaic Homes
- Origin – Developed by Porte Development
- Lift – Developed by Porte Development
Stay tuned for future developments in The Slopes area.
Although planning for the South Neighbourhood is a few years away, preliminary designs anticipate a mix of university and residential uses, including possibilities for a second elementary school, another childcare facility, and an employment centre, all integrated with the existing community and campus.