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Take a seat at SOLO District


After what feels like an impossibly long winter, the sun is finally starting to peek out from behind the clouds.


We’re trying to enjoy every ray so we’re taking full advantage of brand new seating here at SOLO District.
Orange and blue benches were recently installed along Skyline Drive and between Shoppers Drug Mart and Whole Foods.
Custom built by Green Theory Distributors, these benches are made from heavy gauge powder coasted aluminum. They’re the perfect place to stop and enjoy a coffee or sit and have a chat with a friend. Plus they add a beautiful pop of colour to our community!
You can learn more about Green Theory Distributors here.

Welcome Neighbour! Ricky’s Café delivers fresh eats

No neighbourhood would be complete without a place to kick back, relax and have some classic comfort food with friends. SOLO District’s newest business provides all that and more.
Ricky’s Café recently opened their doors, bringing an array of tasty new options to our community. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, grab a quick bite on the go, or get out of having to do the dishes, this is the place for you.
Read on to sample some of what Ricky’s Café has to offer.

A classic clubhouse sandwich, served with crispy sweet potato fries.


WHAT IS RICKY’S CAFÉ?: A new spin on an old classic! Ricky’s Café offers a streamlined menu and upscale yet comfortable décor for a comfortable dining experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We also have a “Grab and Go” Gourmet Deli Sandwich Bar with high quality made-for-you sandwiches, crafted with fresh breads and served Panini-style or oven-baked. We also offer a Gourmet Home Meal Take-out that’s ready when you are — customers call in and we prepare it fresh for pick up or delivery.


Ricky’s Café is a perfect match for the density of people who live and work in SOLO District’s fast-paced environment. We give people the option of eating in, taking out or having meals delivered to their door.

Some of the delicious toppings available for fresh, made-to-order sandwiches.


We are excited to open our second location on March 23 in Red Deer, Alberta. Same concept, same great food!


Different from Ricky’s All Day Grill, Ricky’s Café offers gourmet home meal take-out and a grab and go Panini-style sandwich bar.


The half-pound Mighty Mushroom Burger with sautéed mushrooms, double slices of Swiss cheese, mustard and mayo. Yum!

The mouth-watering ginger chicken bowl with grilled naan.


Fresh, fast and gourmet.

You’re invited to the SOLO District Block Party!

New block party header



The workday is finally over – but before you can relax, there is still dinner to plan. For those who don’t have energy to cook after a long day, we have an easy and delicious suggestion for you. Today, we continue our foodie exploration with a SOLO District neighbour – Browns Socialhouse.

SOLO District Browns Socialhouse


Luxurious Rooftop Amenities at SOLO District’s Club 55

As the New Year begins, we are excited as the construction of SOLO District’s second tower, Altus, moves closer to completion. At over 550 feet above ground, it is set to become Burnaby’s tallest building. Taking over recent giants like the Sovereign, Metroplace and Silver, the Altus tower will stand out from the pack with its luxurious rooftop facility: Club 55.


SOLO District Club 55

The spacious rooftop features outdoor seating and fire pits, designed for your private entertainment.



Burnaby Goes Green with LED Streetlights

With healthy retail stores like Whole Foods soon to enter the SOLO district, we are about to receive another go-green badge for being good Burnaby citizens. The City of Burnaby will be the first municipality in B.C. to complete a full conversion to LED streetlights. What does this mean for our community? A remarkable 58 per cent annual reduction in energy consumption!


CIty of Burnaby Switches to LED Lights (Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux)

CIty of Burnaby Switches to LED Lights (Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux)



A Living Dreamscape: Bedrooms at Stratus

Dreams are not actualized overnight – most would agree that they often involve endless evenings of little sleep. This is why Appia Development designed the bedrooms at Stratus with utmost care. They understand the importance of a good night’s sleep to ease the demanding agendas of the urban dwellers.


Our two-bedroom display home in our Stratus building at the SOLO District integrates several elements to ensure a restful environment for a busy urbanite to unwind after a long day.


Stratus Bedroom at SOLO District - 2 bedroom suite

Stratus Bedroom at SOLO District – 2 bedroom suite



Communities like SOLO District Define the Future of Development

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The prospect of living and working in a mixed-use developments—like SOLO District, where residential mixes with commercial and retail—is growing in popularity among home buyers, developers, and businesses across the region.


Indeed, real estate forecasters are looking to mixed-use communities as the one trend that will re-invigorate neighbourhoods beyond their own borders.


In the new report Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute maintain that mixed-use development and urbanization is a trend that will grow stronger over the years.


“Urbanization may continue as a dominant trend in 2014 and with it generate the opportunity for redevelopment of urban locations and the rise in mixed-use projects,” the authors state.


2013: A Year in the Growth of SOLO District

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This last year was a big one for SOLO District homeowners and Appia Development. We found out more about what you want in the community via our surveys, and we celebrated the groundbreaking of Altus, the community’s second phase, complete with office space and a luxurious lounge. Through it all, we were proud to document the growing enthusiasm over a community being born.


Services Next Door: The Key to Livability at SOLO District



When Appia Development recently surveyed SOLO District homeowners and interested buyers what they wanted in a community, it quickly became clear the developer and residents were on the same page.


And it was also obvious that creating a livable neighbourhood is closely tied to vital services in the community.