EL­E­GANT LUX­URY ON RIVER

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Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the clas­sic Queens­lan­der, the new $20 mil­lion Amara Res­i­dences at Bulimba aim to bring el­e­gance to the river­front.

Award-win­ning Bris­bane ar­chi­tec­tural firm BVN has taken the mean­ing of Amara – “peace­ful and eter­nal” – and made the 13 res­i­dences not only a place of calm to es­cape the hus­tle of the city, but also given them a time­less twist.

BVN as­so­ciate Glenn Blies­ner said the de­sign paid homage to the Queens­land life­style while adding a new level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion by cre­at­ing de­sign that was more like liv­ing in a home than an apart­ment.

He said they aimed to bridge the gap between liv­ing ar­eas and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, adding touches such as an en­closed all-weather bal­cony that be­came its own room.

“This is not a typ­i­cal view­ing bal­cony, it’s ac­tu­ally an ex­ten­sion of the kitchen,” Mr Blies­ner said. “It’s a mul­ti­func­tional space that could even be used as a pool room or a sec­ond liv­ing room.

“Be­cause we all like a back­yard, there’s a touch of this on ev­ery level in the al­fresco ar­eas next to the ur­ban bal­conies, where we have placed spe­cial grassed planters that serve both de­sign and func­tion.”

The Amara Res­i­dences are a mix of two, three and four-bed­room of­fer­ings, rang­ing from 93sq m to 197sq m and with prices start­ing from $1.99 mil­lion.

The apart­ments use nat­u­ral tones of tim­ber, ma­sonry and stone, soft­ened with nat­u­ral green­ery.

Full-length glass walls take ad­van­tage of the stun­ning river views, while ex­tended ceil­ing heights up to 3.8m in some liv­ing spa­ces add to nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion.

PDS Group de­vel­op­ment man­ager Michael Suther­land, whose com­pany is see­ing the project through from in­cep­tion to com­ple­tion, said the McCon­nell St site could have fit­ted a higher-den­sity de­vel­op­ment, but that didn’t fit with the vi­sion to create a des­ti­na­tion res­i­dence.

“Lux­ury liv­ing ar­eas, spa­cious out­door ar­eas, com­mand­ing river­front views and pri­vacy bring all the el­e­ments of an ex­clu­sive Queens­land home on the river to the fore here,” he said.

Clois­tered lob­bies give the pri­vacy of a home en­try, while qual­ity fit­tings and Euro­pean ap­pli­ances pro­vide the fi­nal touch of el­e­gance.

Ground-floor res­i­dences have their own plunge pools on the gar­den ter­race, over­look­ing a grassed river walk that leads to the wa­ter’s edge.

Mr Suther­land said the res­i­dences had been de­signed specif­i­cally for owner oc­cu­piers, a sec­tor of the mar­ket that was ben­e­fit­ing from ris­ing in­ter­state mi­gra­tion and empty nesters down­siz­ing.

All res­i­dences have built-in day beds in their mas­ter bed­room, while some en­suites fea­ture deep free­stand­ing bath­tubs and all have spa­cious walk-in robes.

Amara is a short walk from Bulimba’s wealth of re­tail and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, and is close to the Apollo Road City Cat ter­mi­nal.

The lux­ury apart­ments at Amara Res­i­dences Bulimba will offer su­perb Bris­bane River views, eas­ily en­joyed from their en­closed all­weather bal­conies.

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