City lifestyle in the sub­urbs

Herald Sun - Property - - DEVELOPMENT -

THE in­ner city lifestyle that many apart­ment buy­ers crave is com­ing to Mel­bourne’s mid­dle sub­urbs.

Devel­oper Ausco aims to pro­vide ur­ban-style liv­ing with­out the in­ner city has­sles with its Im­perium apart­ment pro­ject in Mur­rum­beena.

Ausco mar­ket­ing man­ager Rabiya Habib said many buy­ers wanted to com­bine the qui­eter, greener sur­rounds of the sub­urbs with the con­ve­nience and style of a city apart­ment.

“Not ev­ery­one wants to live in the city. For some peo­ple it’s too crowded, too con­gested,” she said. “They want to live in the sub­urbs with great schools but some­where with that feel of the city and all the con­ve­niences of the city.”

Ms Habib said sub­ur­ban apart­ment de­vel­op­ments had ramped up their city style over the past five years.

She said Im­perium’s 37 one- and twobed­room apart­ments were de­signed with an ur­ban liv­ing fo­cus, in­clud­ing adding a space­sav­ing ta­ble ex­ten­sion to kitchen benches.

The apart­ments will also have Euro­pean ap­pli­ances, floor­boards, top qual­ity fit­tings and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that con­nect liv­ing ar­eas with gen­er­ously sized bal­conies.

The pro­ject’s lo­ca­tion at 67-73 Poath Rd also put a host of ameni­ties on the doorstep, Ms Habib said.

“There’s a bus stop right out­side the de­vel­op­ment, you’re walk­ing dis­tance to the Hugh­es­dale train sta­tion and about a 900m walk from Chad­stone shop­ping cen­tre,” she said.

The build­ing will also have space for four re­tail­ers on the ground level, with in­ter­est com­ing from cafes, gyms and hair­dressers.

Ms Habib said the shops, ser­vices and cafes of Koor­nang Rd were also close, adding to the ap­peal.

Ms Habib said about 30 per cent of the de­vel­op­ment sold in its first two weeks, with most buy­ers be­ing owner oc­cu­piers.

The pro­ject, which will also have base­ment car park­ing, is ex­pected to be fin­ished in 2017.

Prices range from $390,000 to $420,000 for one-bed­room apart­ments and $451,000 to $620,000 for two-bed­room de­signs.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Alex Zoum­boulis on 0422 877 500 or visit theim­

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