Mak­ing the best of the west

Herald Sun - Property - - DEVELOPMENT - JOR­DAN MAR­SHALL

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

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