The up­mar­ket down­siz­ing

Herald Sun - Property - - DEVELOPMENT -

DOWN­SIZ­ING doesn’t have to mean mov­ing into a smaller liv­ing space.

De­vel­op­ers of a Hawthorn East project have de­signed 11 town­houses to al­low res­i­dents to enjoy the finer things in life, like en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily, with­out the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that come with main­tain­ing a large house on a big property.

The Chap­ter Group, a part­ner­ship be­tween Dean Le­fkos and David Lee, is cre­at­ing its Col­lec­tion XI town­houses by cut­ting into a steep block at 11 Mow­bray St.

Mr Lee, of K2LD ar­chi­tects, said the site’s phys­i­cal at­tributes and the neigh­bour­hood’s de­mo­graph­ics were im­por­tant in the project’s for­ma­tion.

“The neigh­bour­hood is pretty af­flu­ent, with large sin­gle dwellings. There are a lot of QCs, bar­ris­ters and solic­i­tors liv­ing in the area,” Mr Lee said.

“The sec­ond thing was ac­knowl­edg­ment that the plan­ning reg­u­la­tions were go­ing through a tran­si­tion. We had to self-pre­serve our­selves and put out some­thing that the coun­cil would ac­cept.”

Mr Lee said the de­sign, with its strik­ing but­ter­fly roof, was sym­pa­thetic to the sin­gle dwelling res­i­den­tial char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood.

“You can’t jump from a sin­gle dwelling to a four-storey apart­ment build­ing. It’s not an easy tran­si­tion,” he said.

The steep, slop­ing site means that res­i­dences will be able to drive into the garages, which ef­fec­tively form a base­ment level within the site.

Mr Le­fkos said while res­i­dents would enjoy the life­style ben­e­fits of town­house liv­ing, Col­lec­tion XI was by no means small.

“We still pro­vide very large in­ter­nal ar­eas,” he said.

“The houses range from 180sq m to 250sq m of in­ter­nal space and each one has a large court­yard for al­fresco liv­ing.”

Each home will also have a pri­vate lift and lobby en­trance, large liv­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing the kitchen and liv­ing zone, plus out­door court­yard spa­ces for en­ter­tain­ing. The Ital­ian be­spoke dada kitchens will be com­plete with Gagge­nau ap­pli­ances.

The qual­ity fitout in the bath­rooms will in­clude Ital­ian mar­ble.

Out­side, land­scape ar­chi­tect Jack Merlo will pro­vide trel­lised plant­ing and wa­ter fea­tures around the en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas.

Mr Le­fkos said the town­houses would con­tained three bed­rooms, two and a half bath­rooms and a study. Some would also have a full-sized but­ler’s pantry.

The res­i­dences are priced be­tween $1.9 mil­lion and $2.8 mil­lion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 9829 2900 , visit the full-scale dis­play suite at 11 Mow­bray St, Hawthorn East, open 11am-12.30pm week­ends, or see col­lec­tionxi.com.au

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