Making the best of the west
FOR those who’ve been dreaming of an apartment in Manhattan’s Lower West Side, a new development may be the closest you get here.
Modelled after West Village, New York, in both name and design, the boutique development in West Melbourne has been hugely popular with buyers.
Owner-occupiers have snapped up a majority of the 19 homes at 145-147 Rosslyn St, with 70 per cent of the luxury one and two-bedroom apartments sold within two months of hitting the market.
Much like New York’s Lower West Side, West Melbourne was one of the last inner-city suburbs to undergo a radical transformation, with the industrial aspect slowly being phased out, according to Nicson Property Group managing director Johnson Tran. “West Melbourne has traditionally been an industrial suburb but is currently experiencing an influx of boutique developments and new restaurants and cafes, as well as the highly publicised arrival of Haileybury College in 2017,” Mr Tran said.
“The best part about the transformation of West Melbourne is the boutique size of the developments, consisting mostly of low to mid-rise buildings. It’s very important to maintain the suburban aspect and feel of West Melbourne, as that is what young families and professionals are looking for.”
Apartments in West Village have been designed to integrate the outdoors, with floor-toceiling windows connecting the terrace with the combined living, dining and kitchen areas.
There is also a communal rooftop garden, boasting views over the now-buzzing suburb.
“The floorplan of each apartment has been meticulously planned and created to maximise the amount of usable living space,” Mr Tran said.
One-bedroom apartments are on the market for between $299,000 and $420,000, while two-bedroom homes range from $385,000 to $630,000.
For more details, call Michael Ivany at Castran Gilbert on 0407 766 332 or see westvillagemelbourne.com.au