Share a piece of the high life

Herald Sun - Property - - DEVELOPMENT -

IT’S not of­ten a friend in a bar gives you the tip on the next sub­urb to ex­pe­ri­ence gen­tri­fi­ca­tion.

But that’s how it went for Kin­caid Projects di­rec­tor Kris Burt, who learned through a mate that owned a Thorn­bury bar and wit­nessed his clien­tele trans­form as the sub­urb changed. The gay and les­bian com­mu­nity tend to be trail­blaz­ers when it comes to sub­ur­ban gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and it was the case for The Thorn­bury Lo­cal un­der its pre­vi­ous guise, the Bender Bar, Mr Burt said.

“He changed the name to the Thorn­bury Lo­cal be­cause all these de­vel­op­ments started to open up and the crowds started to change,” he said.

“The peo­ple that were com­ing in were now younger, hipster types, well dressed, well groomed pro­fes­sion­als,” he said.

Mr Burt was liv­ing in Colling­wood and driv­ing up High St each day to a pro­ject near Pre­ston Mar­ket.

“I re­alised there wasn’t much dif­fer­ence be­tween Smith St (Colling­wood) and High St, Thorn­bury, in terms of the peo­ple, the cafes and the restau­rants,” he said.

Dare­bin City had also cot­toned on, ear­mark­ing land near the Plenty Rd junction for high-den­sity de­vel­op­ment and re­claim­ing parts of the streets for trees, park­land and bike lanes, Op­ti­mus De­vel­op­ments chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Karpatti said.

“The whole area will be less grey and a bit more green and live­able,” he said.

The junction is the site for Nine High, a joint ven­ture be­tween Kin­caid Projects and Op­ti­mus De­vel­op­ments to de­liver 68 apart­ments over seven lev­els. The de­vel­op­ment was con­ceived by Kin­caid’s in­house de­sign team and in­cludes plans to pro­vide nat­u­ral light to all bed­rooms through larger light wells. They col­lab­o­rated with Wendy Bergman, of Eades & Bergman, for the in­te­rior de­signs.

Among Ms Bergman’s con­tri­bu­tions are dou­ble-sized pantries, wine rack stor­age, Ushaped benches that en­cour­age eat­ing at the kitchen and bento box van­ity tops.

Mr Burt said the de­vel­op­ment was geared to­ward share hous­ing, with all two-bed­room apart­ments con­tain­ing two bath­rooms.

“Most buy­ers are want­ing two bed­rooms. We ini­tially thought it would be taken up by in­vestors, broth­ers and sis­ters or mates want­ing to buy an apart­ment to­gether so we de­cided that ev­ery twobed­room apart­ment would have two bath­rooms,” he said.

“We’ve had plenty of groups come in and they’re all lo­cal peo­ple com­ing from the area.”

A one-bed­room plus study apart­ment is priced at $340,000, two bed­room apart­ments are $450,000 and three-bed­room plus ter­race apart­ments are $630,000.

For more de­tails, call Bryce Pat­ter­son at Cap­i­tal Prop­erty Mar­ket­ing on 0412 056 838 or see nine­high­a­part­

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