A site pre­vi­ously held for 103 years is now the lo­ca­tion of a se­ries of four ar­chi­tec­tural icons, a build­ing con­cept thought up by a de­vel­oper and his friends over a coffee.

JGL Prop­er­ties man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Liv­ing­stone is be­hind the New­stead Se­ries, a col­lec­tion of four bou­tique build­ings with a to­tal of 300 apart­ments and town­homes, which was born over a coffee date with mates.

Named af­ter Aus­tralia’s fa­mous wool presses, the four build­ings are The Car­lyle, The Don­ald­son, The Ajax and The Ko­er­stz.

With con­struc­tion by Wat­pac well un­der way, com­ple­tion is set for the end of the year, with 90 per cent sold.

Mr Liv­ing­stone said the se­ries’ prime lo­ca­tion was the big­gest in­flu­ence on the project, cater­ing to lo­cal down­siz­ers and young pro­fes­sion­als look­ing for an up­graded life­style.

“We see this side of New­stead as an ex­clu­sive owner-oc­cu­pier en­clave bounded by wide tree-lined streets,” he said.

“You can get into the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city and Gas­works and then re­treat back to this quiet en­clave of New­stead North.”

Across the four build­ings buy­ers can choose from about 120 de­sign con­fig­u­ra­tions.

Lead­ing ar­chi­tect Liam Proberts, of Bureau Proberts, said the “back­yard” con­cept of the de­vel­op­ment was some­thing he loved.

The New­stead Se­ries has poured $2 mil­lion into the “back­yard”, which is cen­tral to the four build­ings. It in­cludes a 25m pool, out­door din­ing ar­eas, an out­door LED cin­ema screen, out­door gym, sauna, com­mu­nal herb gar­dens and a fire pit. “It’s the one thing miss­ing from most res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, so th­ese four build­ings are able to pro­vide the back­yard through the cen­tral land­scape oa­sis,” he said.

The New­stead Se­ries re­cently hosted an in­ter­est evening at Rogue Bar and Bistro with Mr Proberts, Mr Liv­ing­stone, and Ray White sales ex­ec­u­tive Hamish Bow­man. Mr Proberts cited team­work be­tween coun­cil, de­vel­oper, builder, artists and lo­cals as a key fac­tor.

Cre­ators of the New­stead Se­ries are (pic­tured right) JGL Prop­er­ties man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Liv­ing­stone and lead­ing ar­chi­tect Liam Proberts, of Bureau Proberts.

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