Solstice at Tower Ranch offers the ultimate collection of homes in Kelowna

The project offers single-family homes and townhomes in a retirement community.

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The final collection of residences (single-family homes and townhomes) is for sale at Solstice at Tower Rancha Kelowna community with vineyards, a golf course and Tower Ranch Mountain Park as neighbors.
Developed by Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities and QuadReal Residential Properties, the majority of the residences are single-family homes, complemented by quad units. About 20 homes, ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,900 square feet, are still available at Solstice, says Lachlan MacLean, senior vice president of Real Estate Operations at Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities.

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The 35-acre hillside site, originally designated to be part of a master-planned community, was acquired by Parkbridge in 2014 and developed as a 160-home retirement community.

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“We saw it as a great opportunity, a very attractive housing location. It has some amazing natural attributes being on the hillside of the Okanagan Valley, it has incredible views of the Okanagan Valley, overlooking Kelowna, and there was already a championship golf course. [Tower Ranch Golf Course] operating immediately adjacent to the development,” says MacLean.

Buyers buy the houses on Solstice but do not buy the land. Called the Solstice Live Smart Lease, homeowners purchase a 99- or 49-year lease for the land. MacLean says the advantage for buyers is that buying a home (and not the land) in a professionally managed community with shared amenities is more affordable.

Exclusive amenities for Solstice owners include a club room and fitness center at nearby Tower Ranch Golf Club, one of 14 golf courses in Kelowna. The award-winning 18-hole course was designed by well-known golf course architect Thomas McBroom.

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Homes features a modern, airy and bright scheme.
Homes features a modern, airy and bright scheme. Photo supplied

Other amenities include neighboring Tower Ranch Park with its 6.6 kilometer Hoodoo Trail loop and many other trails in the Kelowna area. The Kelowna Yacht Club is a 20-minute drive, Knox Mountain Park is a 30-minute drive, and Big White Ski Resort is a 60-minute drive.

The Peachland Farmers and Craft Market is also a short drive from Solstice, while local shops and supermarkets are also nearby.

Inside the homes, Sticks & Stones Design Group’s interior design takes advantage of views of the Okanagan Valley or adjacent golf course, with a modern, airy and bright scheme.

Laminate flooring in the living room, hallway, kitchen and dining room visually connects the spaces, while the foyer, laundry room and bathrooms have tile and carpet in the bedrooms.

Kitchen cabinets offer a choice of flat panel or shaker style cabinet doors and include a set of drawers for pots and pans. The countertops are stone and the undermount two-bowl stainless steel sink features a high arc chrome faucet.

Views of the Okanagan Valley and Kelowna.
Views of the Okanagan Valley and Kelowna. Photo supplied

The owners have formed the Tower Ranch Community Association, which promotes activities for residents and allows people to quickly become part of the community and get to know their neighbors.

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One couple who has happily adapted to the Solstice lifestyle are the Schiblers.

The couple moved to Solstice in 2019 and Stanley Schibler says they are living their best life.

In 2018, the Schiblers decided to move out of their condo in the Okanagan’s Lake Country.

“My wife didn’t want to live her retirement life in a condo; she wanted a home and she wanted another dog,” says Schibler.

Remembering that all of their previous homes required renovation and that the kitchen of one home they looked at needed a $60,000 renovation, Schibler suggested they visit Solstice.

Large bathroom with walk-in shower and plenty of storage space.
Large bathroom with walk-in shower and plenty of storage space. Photo supplied

“So we came here and went to the show house; It was December 2018. We walked into the building and it was beautiful. It was bright, contemporary and had a beautiful design. And then we got to the kitchen, which was exactly the same type of kitchen my wife wanted. Then we looked and saw the panoramic view and my wife’s face started to glow. We walked and I realized that she was very happy, it was just beautiful,” she remembers.

The Schiblers bought a three-bedroom rancher, says Schibler, who has experience as an architectural draftsman.

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“It’s extremely well designed, the craftsmanship is fantastic and the location is incredible,” he says. “We wake up every day with that feeling of surprise. And it’s not just us, it’s also the people who live here. They have a [appreciation] the incredible beauty of the region and the feeling of community, plus you feel safe and everyone is like-minded as it is a community of adults.

Laminate flooring visually connects the living room and foyer.
Laminate flooring visually connects the living room and foyer. Photo supplied

“And we’re healthy because of all the amenities: a golf course and a clubhouse with a gym,” he says.

And yes, the Schiblers welcomed another dog into their home, a golden retriever named Lycka, which is Swedish for lucky and happy, words she also uses to describe her life at Solstice.

Project’s name: Solstice at Tower Ranch

Project management: 1631 Midsummer Crescent, Kelowna, BC

Developer: Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities and QuadReal Residential Properties

Architect: LIME Architecture, with the exception of the cul-de-sac lots which were designed by Sticks + Stones Design Group

Interior designer: Sticks + Stones Design Group

Project size: 160 homes

Number of rooms: Two and three bedroom semi-detached and detached houses

Price: Townhomes from $588,900. Single-family homes from $617,900. Move in ready

Sales center: 1631 Midsummer Crescent, Kelowna, BC

Center Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sales phone: 250-491-3353

Website: solsticetowerranch.com

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