If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that wellness and social interaction matters now more than ever. With its South Oak luxury project, icona Properties woves wellness, social and cultural components into the very fabric of Ortus.
"icona was founded on a commitment that places matter,” says Monique Janower, COO, icona Properties. “Stemming from there, there are seven design commitments that are present in every icona community.”
Janower went on to explain that one of firm’s design commitments is to create complete communities.
“We recognize that homeowners rely on their development community to enhance their quality of life in a myriad of ways,” says Janower. “This was the genesis of many features of Ortus, including SkyHaven rooftop amenity with its five distinct zones, to more subtle yet thoughtful features like a cellular booster to ensure flawless coverage in the parkade, and smart lockers for contactless delivery."
That Ortus is in the heart of one of the Lower Mainland’s most coveted neighbourhoods was also an opportunity to enhance the lives of homeowners. Conceived by award-winning Gateway Architecture, Ortus is a boutique six-storey concrete building featuring 54, one-, two- and three-bedroom plus den homes, ranging from 559 to 1,245 square feet of thoughtfully curated residences.
As light filters through floor-to-ceiling windows, nine-foot ceilings rise above the warm, wide-plank engineered hardwood flooring for timeless beauty; while year-round cooling and heating create a sanctuary of comfort. Rounding out these sophisticated residences is a premium smart-connected Bosch appliance package, custom millwork organisers in closets and luxurious deep soaker tubs, to name only a few.
A showstopping urban escape, Ortus devotes 4,000 square feet of resort-style rooftop retreat that supports a work/life balance. SkyHaven is designed as a hub for neighbours, family and friends to get together, while the flexible workspace offers a private co-working pod and coffee bar.
Showcasing an outdoor lounge with an expansive linear fireplace and an oversized screen for movie or sports nights, SkyHaven has its own Ortus Living playlist collection of soothing tunes, that truly capture the eclectic spirit of this unique space. There is a tranquil retreat for fresh-air yoga practice and swinging chairs for reading, relaxing and dreaming; a gourmet prep station for the best of al fresco dining under the stars on an extra-long table under an illuminated pergola, while green thumbs can grow herbs and veggies in the community garden.
icona also supports outdoor lifestyles with amenities such as a pet-washing station and a Hobby and Repair room where residents can keep their bikes, skis and snowboards in good repair.
Ideally situated between the corridors of Cambie Street and Granville Street, in close proximity to major transit hubs, Ortus is within walking distance to some of the West Side’s top private and public schools, parks and community centres. South Oak’s unparalleled amenities are close by, while Oakridge Centre, Marine Gateway Centre, McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Richmond and downtown Vancouver are all within a few minutes’ drive.
With a notable, highly regarded team at the helm, icona Properties is a leader in innovation, technology and excellence in design, while possessing a relentless pursuit to bring to the Lower Mainland compelling communities that matter, that leave the planet a little bit better.