SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The first of four buildings in the innovative 114-unit Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in Scripps Ranch is complete and welcoming residents as leasing activity at the fully photovoltaic community tops the 80 percent mark. Developed by H.G. Fenton Company, Solterra is the first apartment community to give San Diegans the opportunity to live in a community where all the electricity they need for daily living is generated by the sun.
Located at the intersection of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Erma Road, Solterra has been created in the H.G. Fenton Company tradition of providing quality places for people to live and work. The community introduces a new generation of smart technology features that integrate seamlessly with the project's edgy, amenity-driven design.
"Our residents tell us that they are very excited to be able to live in a community that is 100 percent photovoltaic and provides them the tools they need to monitor and manage their energy usage on a real-time basis," said Carroll Whaler, H.G. Fenton Company's executive vice president of residential asset management. "The solar system was designed to provide each apartment home with enough electricity for daily living needs, and H.G. Fenton Company augmented that with other features such as nest thermostats that allow residents to control air conditioning and heating from anywhere, anytime."
According to SDG&E, Solterra is the first project in the nation to give residents instant access to their energy consumption usage via their smart devices. As an added convenience for its customers, Solterra garages are pre-wired for electric vehicle charging stations.
Solterra surpasses California's 2013 building energy efficiency standards (Title 24) by 19 percent. Other interior energy-saving features include GE Energy Star Stainless Steel Appliances and GE Energy Efficient front-loading washers and dryers. Community common areas are also fully solar-powered and utilize drought tolerant landscaping and drip water smart irrigation.
"Solterra represents our continuing commitment to responsible development and to our customer's experience with us," said Whaler. "Providing our residents with amenity-rich, eco-friendly living environments that preserve valuable resources and help reduce, and in this case, gives them the power to generate the energy they use."
The focal point of Solterra is a 3,200-square-foot Club Room that will provide an inviting, trendy place for residents to socialize, work-out or entertain. The heart of the clubhouse is an expansive restaurant-style bar and professional culinary kitchen that can be used for gatherings and events. There also is a Sports Club with cardio stations, personal television screen monitors, iPod docks and free weights; a gaming center with Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstations, and billiards; a 24/7 Cyber café and lounge equipped with wireless printing, faxing and scanning capabilities; and a private stand-up tanning salon.
The Club Room overlooks Solterra's luxury resort-style pool area that features a refreshing salt-water pool and spa, spacious sundeck, private outdoor cabanas offering towel service and built-in HDTVs, and a BBQ and fire pit lounge area.
A landscaped pedestrian paseo spans the entire community, culminating on the south side at a spectacular 4,000-square-foot observation deck with panoramic city and countryside views, conversation seating areas, a BBQ and free Wi-Fi.
Solterra features a mix of luxuriously appointed one- and two-bedroom floor plans offering 741 to 1,127 square feet. Residents enjoy modern upscale finishes, thoughtfully planned layouts for easy living and entertaining, flat screen TV hookups, and adjoining decks or patios.
Rental rates range from $1,495 to $2,255 per month.
Solterra was designed by Architects Orange of Orange County. Home Energy Systems of San Diego designed the solar system, and the general contractor was Ledcor Construction Group.
About H.G. Fenton Company
H.G. Fenton Company is proudly in its second century of service providing quality places for people to live and work. The company is committed to responsible development and management practices and meeting the needs of its commercial tenants and apartment residents over time. H.G. Fenton Company owns and manages more than 4.5 million square feet of office and industrial space and 13 apartment communities totaling over 3,100 homes. The company also manages a development pipeline of land and commercial projects. For more information, visit www.hgfentoncompany.com.
SOURCE H.G. Fenton Company