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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).

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