Geographically, the UniverCity community is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods: West Highlands, East Highlands, The Slopes and (University) High Street.
Nestled among the trees, trails, and streams of Burnaby Mountain, West Highlands offers 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.
Highland House features contemporary apartment living. The development offers compact layouts with contemporary, high value finishes. It was the first project to achieve SFU’s Green Building Bonus in recognition of enhanced sustainable features. For further information about Highland House, please visit Liberty Homes
Altitude is UniverCity’s newest condominium residence. Featuring the highest rising towers in Metro Vancouver, offering views to Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore and Indian Arm, the building is located on one of the last premium view locations in UniverCity. A mere one block from the major bus loop adjacent to SFU, Altitude provides easy access to the Millennium Line and soon the new Evergreen Line. For further information, please visit Magnum Properties.
Intergulf Development Group is currently working on plans for Parcel 18 at UniverCity. Stay tuned for details about this and other future developments in the West Highlands area.
The West Highlands neighbourhood is home to the award winning UniverCity Childcare Centre and UniverCity Bike Park. Visit the Parks & Greenspaces and Childcare & Education sections of our website for more.
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.
One University Crescent
Winner of Best Multi-Family Development, One University Crescent is the first address on University Crescnet. Made up of two distinct buildings featuring two ,three, and four bedroom suites, homes utlize an East/West orientation to capitalize on the naturally bright mornings and afternoon sunsets. For more, visit Millennium Development.
SFU Community Trust recognizes that a wide range of housing types are integral to establishing a diverse, equitable and lively community. In partnership with Vancity Enterprises Ltd. (VCE), To maintain housing affordability for SFU's faculty and staff, Verdant has been designed to provide high-quality, energy-efficient market housing at below market prices. Fair market value of each suite at Verdant was individually assessed and offered at 20 percent below-market, with three conditions: first is that owners must reside in the suite (no rentals); the second is that on re-sale, the residence must be sold at the same percentage discount below then-current market prices; and third, is that the residence will first be offered to SFU faculty and staff with children before being offered to the general market. For more on Verdant, click here.
Harmony was the first condo complex completed at UniverCity by Polygon Homes in 2005. The three buildings are strategically positioned to capitalize on views of the North Shore mountains, Mount Baker & the Gulf Islands, Vancouver skyline, lush green spaces of Burnaby Mountain or of the development's expansive, landscaped courtyard. Harmony is comprised of three low-rise wood frame buildings and one hundred and ninety units ranging in size from studios to three bedroom corner units.
Nestled amidst the towering trees and preserved parks, and sandwiched between Novo One and Novo Two, Aurora—Polygon’s high-rise concrete apartment residences—offer an exclusive collection of residences features sweeping panoramic views highlighting sleek contemporary interiors.
Serenity’s town homes converge beautifully with the world of higher learning. Surrounded by paths and parks, trees and greenways, Polygon’s residences offer rare luxury and room to grow in a unique campus environment. Serene and secure, yet adjacent to a vibrant retail neighbourhood ready to meet all your daily needs, indigenous landscaping and contemporary West Coast architecture boldly restate the traditional townhouse form.
Altaire offers short walks in mountain air to shops and services where the local merchants know you personally. In the village like atmosphere of the Town Square you can enjoy live concerts, special events or just watch the world go by.??Outside, acclaimed architect Nigel Baldwin created Altaire’s dramatic architectural forms through the masterful use of sleek concrete and reflective glass. From the elegant ash grey metallic framed windows, oversized balconies and terraces, residents will enjoy unparalleled views of the North Shore Mountains, Mount Baker, and the Gulf Islands and beyond.
For more information on Harmony, Aurora, Serenity and Altaire, visit Polygon Homes.
Novo One and Novo Two
Novo I & Novo II, built by renowned developer Intergulf in 2007, were designed to showcase the beautiful panoramic views to the North and East. These concrete towers house one hundred and sixty seven units including studios, one and two bedroom condos along with six townhouses. As with all homes at Univercity the Novo towers are minutes from transit and within walking distance to UniverCity's High Street Neighbourhood, shopping, dining & outdoor recreation at Simon Fraser University (SFU).
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The East Highlands neighbourhood is home to University Highlands Elementary School, a LEED® Gold designed school that provides space for 275 students.
It is also home to Richard Bolton Park, the Community Garden and the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area—one of the largest outdoor recreation areas in the Lower Mainland. Visit the Parks & Greenspaces and Childcare & Education sections of our website for more.
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 Nester’s Grocery Store to Scotiabank, Subway, coffee shops, restaurants, a hair stylist, travel agency and more.
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 are street-oriented, mixed-use buildings with residences situated above street-level commercial space.
The Cornerstone Building is the first rental community on SFU’s campus offering retail and office space on the ground floor along with four floors of studio, one, and two 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. The Cornerstone building is the home of SFU Community Trust, Terry Fox Foundation, Scotiabank and Subway. 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. The Hub features a 24,000 square foot Nesters Grocery Store complete with Deli, Organic produce and UniverCity’s Postal Outlet.
CentreBlock – Developed by Liberty Homes
Spanning an entire block in the heart of the High Street district, the architecture is arranged in two primary structures to complement densities and uses while creating connections and view corridors between them.
The apartment building to the south rises from a six-storey midrise in keeping with the High Street character to a slender 16-storey tower which marks the entrance to the commercial district. Along Highland Court to the north, the form is reduced to a row of 3-storey woodframe townhomes reflecting the residential nature of the street. The two buildings address each other across a wide internal courtyard which allows for public and private connectivity while providing privacy and greenspace for residents.
The High Street corridor is the commercial heart of UniverCity. Extending from the bus loop and main campus on the west to the University Highlands Elementary School, it’s here you will find Nester’s Grocery Store, restaurants, coffee, shops, services, and more. For a complete list of merchants and services click here.
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 takes full advantage of views from southern Vancouver Island to Mount Baker in Washington State.
Nest – Developed by Mosaic Homes
Origin – Developed by Porte Development
Lift – Developed by Porte Development
The Slopes is adjacent to many green spaces in our community. From the proposed park for Parcel 32 next to Veritas to the hectares wide Burnaby Mountain Conservation area, the great outdoors is literally seconds away from most doorsteps.