Studio E unveils SolTerra Senior Apartments in El Cajon

Studio E Architects is proud to announce the grand opening of SolTerra – our 49-unit, senior housing community designed for Affirmed Housing Group and built by Allgire General Contractors. As the first project in the City of El Cajon’s Urban Master Plan area, SolTerra brings a bevy of affordable apartments to downtown, serving seniors aged 55-years young (and up) and earning 30-60% of area median income.

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SolTerra Senior Apartments – El Cajon, California – photo: Jim Brady

Consisting of two four-story, mixed-use buildings, the project provides a point of transition between the commercial/retail development of downtown to the southeast, and the residential neighborhoods to the northwest. The north building houses the project’s offices and a community room that opens out onto a richly-landscaped, streetfront public plaza and orange grove. The south building adds 2,000 square feet of retail space to the edge of El Cajon’s burgeoning commercial core.

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SolTerra Senior Apartments – El Cajon, California – photo: Jim Brady

The project was designed to conform to GreenPoint Rated Multifamily Guidelines and achieve United States Green Building Council LEED certification. Green features include solar thermal panels for hot water, photovoltaic arrays for on-site electricity generation, and extensive bio-retention measures to filter any stormwater collected on site – directing a precious resource back into the aquifer where it belongs, rather than losing it to runoff.

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Green roofs & terrace planters aid in filtration of stormwater and provide a a social outlet for residents. SolTerra Senior Apartments – El Cajon, California – photo: Jim Brady

With a prime location just a short walk from the shopping, restaurants and public spaces of downtown, SolTerra will further encourage an active lifestyle amongst its residents with terrace-level community garden plots in both buildings. The project has been occupied for less than two weeks and folks are already digging in!

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Mr. Lopez has staked his claim in the community garden at SolTerra Senior Apartments – El Cajon, California.

The planter boxes each have a built-in hose bib to make watering easy, and are elevated to seat-height for ease of maintenance.  Each terrace has one planter “pre-planted” for resident use with rosemary and citrus – great for a homemade marinara or chicken limocello.

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Outdoor living areas are shaded by a lath screen and trellis. SolTerra Senior Apartments – El Cajon, California – photo: Jim Brady

Shared outdoor living areas are wrapped in a lath screen, and furnished with lounge seating and water-spray “misters” to provide a comfortable socializing spot for residents to find relief from the summer heat. Other amenities include a fitness/music room on site and a flex car to better accommodate car-free living.

For more information on SolTerra, click here. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make this community a reality!

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5 Responses to Studio E unveils SolTerra Senior Apartments in El Cajon

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  2. Raymond Dallou says:

    Am I still on your waiting list?

    • josh says:

      Hello Raymond,

      For information on renting at SolTerra, please contact Affirmed Housing Group at (858)679-2828. Best of luck!

      josh_

  3. Adeline Smith says:

    Want to apply for an apartment,I am 76 years old and retired.Or place me on your list!

    • josh says:

      Hello Adeline – thank you for your interest! For information on renting at SolTerra, please contact Affirmed Housing Group at (858)679-2828. Best of luck!

      Josh_

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