ESCAPE TO LUSH ENCLAVE
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.