Who wouldn’t want to come home to a hip boutique hotel every night? That’s what the architects and developers had in mind when designing and building this luxury condominium in vibrant downtown San Diego.

From the colorful, visually stimulating lobby to the rooftop pool, this sophisticated rental building is attracting young professionals and empty-nesters with units ranging from 520-square-foot efficiencies to 1,740-square-foot townhomes, renting for $1,699 to $5,999. Situated on a zero–lot line, the 11-story building wraps the corners on two blocks and features street-level retail space alongside the row of townhomes.

Passive solar techniques keep each of the 144 units comfortable while conserving ­energy. Precisely placed overhangs protect the south and west elevations from intense sunlight, and operable windows allow for natural cross-ventilation. “Air conditioning is seldom used down by the water,” says ­design director Michael Johnson. “It’s great to open the windows and take advantage of the breezes.”

Residents don’t have to go far to find things to do, as the lifestyle amenities are built right in. The roof deck provides spectacular views of Balboa Park, and on the ground level there’s a fitness facility, computer lounge, resident business office, private screening room, and even a gated pedestrian mews with a fire pit and gathering area.

CATEGORY: Apartments, rental
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, San Diego
BUILDER/DEVELOPER: The Hanover Co., Houston
LAND PLANNER/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: GWH Landscape Architects, Houston
INTERIOR DESIGNERS: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, San Diego; The Hanover Co., Houston

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Houston, TX.