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True North Apartments are located on 801 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

True North brings the great outdoors, indoors

If you feel most at home scaling a snow-covered mountain, exploring a rocky trail or kayaking in pristine waters, True North is calling.

Seattle's newest apartment complex in South Lake Union is officially opening its doors this weekend, but you might completely forget that you're indoors when you set foot in this haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It's about as close as you'll come to permanently living in the great outdoors, while still enjoying all the comforts of home.

True North is unlike any of the ultra-modern residences sprouting up in the rapidly growing SLU neighborhood. It is the only apartment community in Seattle with a bouldering wall (yep, I said a bouldering wall) for residents who want to take their first baby rock climbing steps, or to hone serious climbing skills. The configuration will be changing every few months, so climbers will be continually challenged.

After being stuck in a cubicle all day, reconnecting with nature is as easy as borrowing one of True North's two kayaks, unplugging, and taking a paddle around Lake Union.

Got the itch to explore? The Trailhead Room at True North can help you chart out your next great expedition. It is the centerpiece of the community featuring a map of Mt. Rainier. A library of maps and books will point you in the direction of your own personal Everest. True North can even help you gear up for an adventure thanks to a partnership with the gear rental company Back40 Outfitters.

Some of the other unique features include a gear storage area (sadly, all adventures must come to an end). It feels more like a lounge with pinball machines, couches and lockers that provide a home for all of your outdoor toys. There's even a place to dry out your camping equipment and wax skis and snowboards. Expansive outdoor terraces mark the perfect place to trade tales of wild adventures while grilling, swinging on a hammock or making a pizza in the outdoor pizza oven.

Let's not forget about the apartments, they have Mother Nature in mind, too! True North boasts energy and water efficient appliances, recycled materials (when possible), and they promise to plant a tree for every lease signed to help reforest and preserve Seattle parks.

Rental rates range from $1,500 for an urban one-bedroom to $4,200 for a penthouse. The building is currently about 60% leased. True North is celebrating its opening weekend with tours May 10th and 11th.