With homes appealing to everyone from first-home buyers to retirees, developers have designed their latest offerings to maximise some of the best views around.
Overlooking the waters of Moreton Bay, Bay House is home to a boutique offering of just 30 apartments, targeted at the local downsizer and retiree market.
Located on the esplanade at Redland Bay, south of Brisbane, the project will feature homes set across four levels and ranging from one bedroom to penthouses.
Residents will enjoy an on-site pool, along with plenty of amenity surrounding the site, including a newly approved shopping centre for Redland Bay Village, a minute’s walk away.
The fan-shaped building has been designed to maximise view corridors and cooling breezes, with several of the apartments soaking up views over the water, while others have views of the surrounding greenery.
Standard interiors will include timber flooring, European appliances, double vanities, floor-to-ceiling bathroom tiling and custom joinery in kitchens and bathrooms, while penthouses are eligible for upgrades, including Miele appliances, square-set ceilings and custom joinery on balconies for personalised al fresco dining. Marketing and sales manager for Carbone Developments Heidi McCoullough said the developer’s experience with the downsizer demographic meant every element of Bay House had been designed to suit purchaser needs.
“Having been working with this demographic for a few years now through different projects, we’ve taken on board all of the feedback of what buyers are looking for … and incorporated that into our new Bay House project,” she said.
“Having the bay in front of you [on] one side, but then all of the convenience and amenity of shops and transport behind you, I think that’s a really appealing point of difference for this project.”
Ms McCoullough said along with the luxury penthouse offerings, the project also provided a number of more affordable options.
“We also do to the rear of the project have some really affordable, well-designed apartments for those people who love the building, who still want those really fantastic high-end finishes, but don’t want to be spending at that premium price point,” she said.
Over a third of the project has been sold, and construction commenced in September with completion slated for the end of next year.
Prices range from $360,000 to $1.2 million.
Bay House is at 143 Esplanade, Redland Bay, Queensland.
In the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, this development capitalises on its proximity to sporting and cultural hub, The Gabba.
Silk One offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with a special focus on luxury amenity.
Its rooftop is home to an Australian first: a purpose-built viewing deck and entertainment area from which residents will be able to see directly into the adjacent stadium.
The featured space, called the SkyStand, will feature a bar, binocular stands and a Vergola roof to shade from sun and rain when needed. The rooftop will also host a pool, spa, gym and barbecue area, along with other leisure and entertaining areas.
Apartments will be offered with open-plan configurations and a choice of colour scheme, with spacious balconies and – for some north-facing homes on higher levels – city views.
The director of CBRE Residential Projects in Brisbane, Brett Jackson, said the suburb’s eclectic charm was a selling point for the project.
“It’s a winning trifecta location,” he said.
“Not only is it sitting on the doorstep of the under-construction Cross River Rail project, the site is on the southern side of The Gabba, which gives the northern units the advantage of a view never to be built out, and [it’s] also just across the road from the ultra-hip Logan Road eateries.”
Mr Jackson said demand for the project had been “overwhelming”, with many first-home buyers taking advantage of the HomeBuilder grant.
“When you are offered what could be a once-in-a-lifetime $40,000 leg-up from the government, and you’re presented with a project like Silk One, it’s a pretty compelling argument to secure your first home,” he said.
A range of one and two-bedroom homes remain, with prices starting at $398,000.
Construction began in August and the development is expected to be move-in ready by December 2021.
Silk One will be located at 825 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland.
Comprising two stages that were both completed last year, Gallery House offers premium waterfront apartments for a range of buyers in the high-end Brisbane riverside suburb of Hamilton.
With more than 300 apartments offered across both stages, the development includes one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, Skyhomes and penthouses with sought-after river frontage.
It’s also closely connected to the Brisbane CBD by train, bus, CityCat and arterial roads, while surrounded by leisure and entertainment hubs including Portside Wharf, Eat Street Markets, Eagle Farm Markets and Racecourse Road.
Gallery House has been designed to maximise views, with many apartments looking directly over the river and others afforded a north-facing aspect.
The development features a rooftop leisure area, home to a 20-metre infinity pool and outdoor barbecue area, all with panoramic views of the river and city.
Almost 90 per cent of the homes in Gallery One have been sold, and close to 85 per cent in Gallery Two; however, apartments are still available across the range.
Managing director at TOTAL Property Group Adrian Parsons said buyers couldn’t look past the project’s enviable location.
“It’s extremely rare to have developments that are sitting on the Brisbane River and Gallery House is fortunate enough to be in that position: absolute river frontage with a lot of the apartments having amazing views back to the city,” he said.
“Gallery House has become a real community because you have a wide selection of apartments. You have people living in there who are first-home buyers getting onto the property ladder, buying a one-bedroom apartment from around $385,000, all the way up to penthouse buyers at $5 million.”
Mr Parsons said the development offered connectivity without the downsides of inner-city living.
“The location there on Portside Wharf, with its amenities, the cafes and the restaurants and the cinema, the gym, the supermarket, it offers a relaxed urban environment,” he said.
“Its character is very noticeably less urban than some of the other popular apartment and mixed-use developments around the city.”
Gallery House can be found at 7-11 Wharf Street, Hamilton, Queensland.
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