Keep­ing it street smart

Herald Sun - Property - - Development -

IT’S not of­ten a de­vel­oper starts a project by throw­ing away a big chunk of costly in­ner-city land.

But that’s what Man­tello Hold­ings has done with its lat­est project, Rich­mond’s Tan­ner Lane.

It is putting a street through the mid­dle of the land in Tan­ner St, di­vid­ing the site in two.

‘‘We cut a road through the mid­dle of it and we’re do­ing two types of prod­uct— town­houses at the front and ware­house shells at the back,’’ Jeremy Man­tello, one of two broth­ers who run the busi­ness, says.

The Man­tel­los have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with tight in­nercity spa­ces.

They built a mixed-use res­i­den­tial and of­fice de­vel­op­ment in­side a her­itage-listed build­ing in city lane Bank Place, gut­ting the in­te­rior and re­tain­ing the fa­cade.

Three ad­di­tional lev­els on top com­pleted the lo­gis­ti­cally tricky project, which was com­mended at the 2001 Royal Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects awards.

In an­other city project, the Emer­ald Apart­ments, they re­de­vel­oped and re­stored 20 McKil­lop St into 12 apart­ments.

The Man­tel­los have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in Rich­mond, where their of­fice is based.

One of their ear­lier projects was con­vert­ing the Henry Bucks build­ing in nearby Ste­wart St into large apart­ments.

The Henry Bucks ware­houses were of­fered as bare spa­ces, but most of the 14 units in Tan­ner Lane, the site of a for­mer ware­house, are to be fully fin­ished.

The eight large town­houses at the front of the de­vel­op­ment will have Miele kitchen ap­pli­ances, pol­ished con­crete and tim­ber floors, and smart wiring.

At the rear, six smaller prop­er­ties will be of­fered as shells.

The de­vel­op­ment, de­signed by award-winning Buck­er­field Ar­chi­tects, of­fers some­thing that’s hard to come by in the in­ner city: each town­house has a dou­ble garage, com­plete with re­mote-con­trolled roller door.

But Man­tello says be­ing close to the Rich­mond train sta­tion might prove more of an at­trac­tion.

‘‘It’s close to ev­ery­thing,’’ he says. ‘‘You’re within walk­ing dis­tance of the CBD and the MCG.’’

It’s also a short stroll from the Swan St shops, pubs, clubs, restau­rants and cafes.

The three-bed­room town­houses are split over three lev­els.

Ground level fea­tures a home of­fice that could be used as an ex­tra bed­room and a garage.

The first floor is largely taken up by a huge open-plan liv­ing area, but also houses the kitchen and a ter­race.

Bed­rooms are on the top level, along with an­other smaller ter­race.

The secondary bed­rooms have built-in wardrobes and the large main bed­room has a walk-in wardrobe and en­suite.

Prices range from $685,000 for the small­est, a 201sq m shell, to $1.4 mil­lion for a fully-fit­ted 283sq m town­house.

The project is due to be com­pleted in June or July.

Mak­ing space: a dig­i­tal im­age of the fa­cade at the Tan­ner Lane de­vel­op­ment.

Right recipe: the open-plan kitchen.

A room with a view: bed­rooms are on the top level will have views of the city.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.