MOD­ERN MAKEOVER

DUBBED THE MOD­ERN QUEENS­LAN­DER, DE­VEL­OP­ERS OF THE ISON COL­LEC­TION HAVE CRE­ATED ‘CITY HOMES’ -- A SCALED DOWN HOUSE FOR BUY­ERS WANT­ING AN AL­TER­NA­TIVE TO AN APART­MENT.

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It’s not quite a house but it’s more than your typ­i­cal apart­ment or town­house. De­vel­oper P3 Group is call­ing it the “City Home” – a scaled­down ver­sion of a typ­i­cal house.

Six four bed­room, tri-level city homes have been built in the Ison Col­lec­tion, on Ison St at Morn­ing­side. A fur­ther six three bed­room trilevel city homes are be­ing built as part of the ad­ja­cent Law­son Col­lec­tion on Law­son St.

Glenn Baird of P3 Pro­jects, the de­vel­oper, said the homes were a “21st cen­tury reimag­i­na­tion of the tra­di­tional Queens­lan­der”.

“Like the tra­di­tional Queens­lan­der, the homes take ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral light, open plan liv­ing, and cross way air­flow,” he said.

“They have taken on those qual­i­ties but then em­braced that mod­ern in­ner-city, low­main­te­nance life­style.”

Smaller than a typ­i­cal house but big­ger than an av­er­age town­house, the 300sq m tri-level homes have been built on smaller, man­age­able lots, with res­i­dents en­ter­ing the main liv­ing spa­ces from the sec­ond level.

En­try to each home is via a land­scaped court­yard or from the se­cure, two car au­to­matic garage, with the spa­cious pri­vate mas­ter suite oc­cu­py­ing the bal­ance of the sec­ond level. The up­per level com­prises an Ital­ian-made kitchen, gen­er­ous liv­ing ar­eas and an ex­pan­sive en­ter­tainer’s ter­race.

Ad­di­tional bed­rooms, a mul­ti­pur­pose room, study nook, util­ity rooms and a pri­vate court­yard are on the lower level.

Each home also boasts a 3.12kW so­lar power sys­tem con­nected to a bat­tery-ready, Home En­ergy Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

Mr Baird said the tech­nol­ogy could eas­ily run air­con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing sys­tems, and would cater for the ad­di­tion of a bat­tery­pow­ered car in the fu­ture. Out­side, ar­ti­fi­cial grass re­places the usual turfed lawns.

“The use of ar­ti­fi­cial grass is still a bit un­usual, it’s not typ­i­cal in new de­vel­op­ments, but these are all about low main­te­nance,” Mr Baird said. To date, two city homes have sold to a young pro­fes­sional fam­ily and emp­tynesters, and one is un­der con­tract.

The re­main­ing homes in the Ison Col­lec­tion are priced from $1.095 mil­lion to $1.195 mil­lion, with only one be­ing sold as free­hold.

Jil­lian Wilkin­son bought one of the two free­hold Ison homes: “It’s not like an apart­ment at all. It’s like hav­ing a smaller house,” she said.

Homes within the Law­son Col­lec­tion are ex­pected to be com­pleted early next year, and of­fered to the mar­ket within the first quar­ter.

Mean­while, one of the two orig­i­nal char­ac­ter homes – Law­son – has been listed for sale, with the four-bed­room beauty fully ren­o­vated. The Ison char­ac­ter home will be up for grabs soon.

All of the homes are within easy reach of the life­style hubs of Hawthorne and Bulimba, pub­lic trans­port cor­ri­dors and the Bris­bane River. “Our fo­cus has been on de­liv­er­ing a life­style op­tion with a low-main­te­nance foot­print,” Mr Baird said.

The Ison Col­lec­tion con­sists of six four-bed­room, tri-level city homes on Ison St, Morn­ing­side. The town­homes are a “21st cen­tury reimag­i­na­tion of the tra­di­tional Queens­lan­der” with a fo­cus on a low-main­te­nance life­style.

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