Sky’s the Limit
The Vancouver-based developer, whose luxury properties dot the West Coast, is about to change the S.D. skyline permanently with Pacific Gate (bosadev.com), downtown’s tallest residential rower. The 4l-story project, which curves at the top like a nautilus shell and has units starting at $1.4 million, offers endless bay views, along with ultrapremium services like a chef concierge, a luxury car fleer and a private boat share.
Bosa also made local headlines recently when he snapped up The Block, a $250 million, two-tower project designed b)• starchitect Joe Wong. Waitlists arc forming quickly for both, but the most stunning penthouse is already spoken for at Pacific Gate. “Since I’m always down in San Diego and not getting any younger, I thought I might as well have a big unit with a deck and a garden,” says Bosa. “It’s going to be very nice.”
WHY SAN DIEGO?
It’s a coastal city with a good economy and the same time zone as Vancouver. It has everything, but it’s easy to get around. It has perfect weather but also a life-it isn’t just a holiday place.
WHAT MAKES A THRIVING URBAN CENTER?
You need a good core. It’s got to be a walking city. First, you need people. If you don’t have people living downtown, it’s never going to be good. Vancouver started to gel when the focus became pouring a ton of people into the downtown area. That’s what San Diego is trying to do.
PACIFIC GATE’S APPEAL?
It’s going to be the most beautiful building in San Diego-and hopefully just the first of a few. It’s incredibly elegant.
YOUR FAVORITE ELEMENTS?
The design and the finishes. The expanses of glass-you could be sitting in your living room and have 40 feet of glass. The shape of the building and the way it meets the street, with the plaza and a piece of art on the corner. The pool deck is phenomenal, the motor court and entrance—the whole works!
WHO WILL LIVE THERE?
We’ll have many San Diegans, but I also think it will be a second or third home for many people.
YOUR LOCAL PERSONA?
I call San Diego my adopted city. I really enjoy waking up here. The first thing that pops in my mind is to put on shorts, runners and a T-shirt.
YOUR HOME DESIGN STYLE?
The mandate for the interior designer is not to get carried away. Don’t look at last year –look at next year. And don’t be too ultramodernist.
AND THAT PENTHOUSE GARDEN-DO YOU PUTTER?
That would be my wife. I do a lot of bike riding, golfing, skiing-I’m quite active.
FAVORITE GOLF COURSE?
Definitely Torrey Pines.
IDEAL S.D. WEEKEND?
I’m hardly ever here on the weekend. But I will say, when we first arrived 18 years ago, there were a few great restaurants. All of a sudden, the scene is getting much better.