FINDING SPACE TO BREATHE
Construction has started at Virtuoso, a boutique and pet-friendly apartment complex at West End.
The project, being constructed by Stockwell within its Stockwell Dress Circle precinct, will feature 77 luxurious three, four and five bedroom residences, with a maximum of two residences per lift entry.
Lou and Toni Kamenos were among the first to snap up a new home within the development, which has experienced $90 million in sales to date.and is due for completion in late 2018.
“It made sense for us to live in West End. Both of our children live here, we have a Greek heritage so love all the food and we wanted to live in a place where we could just walk down the road to get milk,” Mrs Kamenos said. “We had been thinking about downsizing for a long time and were seeking an inner-city lifestyle where we could walk to places.
“We didn’t want to worry about gardening, or maintaining such a large house – and Lou wanted to focus on golf.”
The opportunity to downsize from their sixbedroom house at Stretton arrived about three months ago. The couple spent considerable time researching inner-city apartments before deciding their new home was at Virtuoso.
“It feels like a home, not an apartment,” Mrs Kamenos said. “We have worked very hard all of our lives so were looking for a touch of luxury. A lot of the other apartments we viewed felt fairly small..”
Mr Kamenos said he was now on a firstname basis with the traffic controller at the Virtuoso site, having checked out the construction progress on a regular basis.
“We explored a few different options, but as soon as we saw Virtuoso we knew it was the one,” the couple said.
Each residence faces the river and comes with a gourmet kitchen, scullery or butlers pantry, a full suite of designer appliances. and side-by-side parking.
Downsizing from a six-bedroom house to a “homely” apartment in Virtuoso at West End are Lou and Toni Kamenos (right).