The Shire adopts fore­shore liv­ing

Most of the buy­ers in this new de­vel­op­ment are lo­cals, writes Jennifer Veer­huis

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It be­gan in con­tro­versy, with op­po­si­tion voices raised about over-de­vel­op­ment, traf­fic and its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on man­grove fore­shores, the aquatic re­serve and the nearby na­ture re­serve at Towra Point.

But now, years af­ter it was mooted, the new Woolooware Bay town cen­tre and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment is a re­al­ity and its first of­fer­ings have met with overwhelming suc­cess.

Just a few min­utes’ drive from the surf at Wanda, Elouera and Cronulla beaches and near two golf cour­ses, play­ing fields, Sharkies Leagues Club and a va­ri­ety of schools, Wooloware Bay struck a chord with those look­ing to live or in­vest in one of the Suther­land Shire’s go-ahead ar­eas.

To be con­structed on a 10ha wa­ter­front site owned by Cronulla Suther­land Leagues Club, the fin­ished de­vel­op­ment will in­clude a re­tail cen­tre, eight build­ings and a to­tal of 600 apart­ments, many with wa­ter views.

Vi­a­bil­ity for foot­ball club

The site is be­ing de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the leagues club and the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of de­vel­oper Blue­stone, Ben Fair­fax, says it will ul­ti­mately help pro­vide fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity for the club.

“We’ll pro­vide the club, on top of their li­censed premises, with a won­der­ful out­door deck fac­ing north over Woolooware Bay and back to­wards the city,” Ben says.

“That’s go­ing to pro­vide fan­tas­tic amenity not only for res­i­dents but also the wider com­mu­nity and it will al­low the club to be a des­ti­na­tion lo­ca­tion again.”

Buy­ers out in force

The first sales weekend in late Jan­uary left only 43 apart­ments un­sold out of 220 re­leases.

“The de­vel­op­ment has been based on the feed­back from the com­mu­nity from the out­set, so it’s tes­ta­ment to their fo­cus and in­ter­est,’’ Ben says.

“Ini­tially we were go­ing to re­lease only the first build­ing, Es­planade, but we had such great in­ter­est we ended up re­leas­ing the first three — Es­planade, Pavil­ion and Sea.”

Ben es­ti­mates one-third are lo­cally-based in­vestors, one-third are owner-oc­cu­piers and the other third are young first home buy­ers who are in­vest­ing in the short term but in­tend to move in later on.

“It’s been very well sup­ported and 95 per cent of people who se­cured an apart­ment in the de­vel­op­ment have been lo­cal to the Suther­land Shire as well,” Ben says, not­ing that a lack of new apart­ments over the years had made the de­vel­op­ment more at­trac­tive.

Fa­cil­i­ties cater for ev­ery­one

The apart­ments in­clude a mix of one-, twoand three-bed­room con­fig­u­ra­tions with se­cu­rity carpark­ing, lift ac­cess, re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing and deep bal­conies.

Res­i­dents will have ac­cess to fore­shore park­lands and a large re­tail cen­tre with su­per­mar­kets, a med­i­cal cen­tre, spe­cial­ity stores, a chemist, banks and restaurants.

In­tranet ac­cess will al­low res­i­dents to or­der gro­ceries on­line and have them de­liv­ered to spe­cial re­frig­er­ated lock­ers in the foyer of their build­ing. Free wi-fi will also be avail­able through­out the es­tate.

Shared fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a rooftop sun­set cin­ema, pools and a health club, and a play­ground is be­ing spe­cially built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Touched by Olivia Foun­da­tion for the use of both able and dis­abled chil­dren.

“We have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a com­mu­nity from the start and you can’t al­ways get that in a stand-alone de­vel­op­ment of apart­ments,” Ben says. “People are re­ally in­ter­ested in the fact we’re not just mar­ket­ing apart­ments but an en­tire life­style.”

The site is one kilo­me­tre from Woolooware train sta­tion and a shut­tle bus will take pas­sen­gers to Woolooware, Cronulla and Car­ing­bah sta­tions.

Traf­fic con­cerns eased

Ben says early con­cerns such as in­creased traf­fic along Cap­tain Cook Dr have been taken into ac­count, with three new sets of traf­fic lights be­ing in­stalled to calm the traf­fic. At the same time ded­i­cated bus drop-off zones will be cre­ated to cater for fu­ture pub­lic trans­port in the area.

Ex­ist­ing foot­paths along Cap­tain Cook Dr will be re­con­structed while work is be­ing done along the fore­shore to cre­ate good foot­paths and pedes­trian links, along with ex­ten­sive board­walks.

Ben says Blue­stone have al­ready started to work on new fa­cil­i­ties for Ju­nior Rugby League at lo­cal high schools to pro­vide train­ing and work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties for se­nior stu­dents.

Wa­ter­front liv­ing

Next Satur­day Woolooware Bay’s first wa­ter­front apart­ments in two build­ings, Land­ings and Cove, will be re­leased. They will in­clude 178 apart­ments, vil­las, town­houses and pent­houses with prices ex­pected to start from $485,000 for a onebed­room apart­ment.

Eight build­ings will be re­leased in to­tal, all with ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a rooftop sun­set cin­ema, rooftop in­fin­ity-edge pool, walk­ing and cy­cle­ways.

Con­struc­tion of the first stage of res­i­den­tial and the Bay Cen­tral re­tail cen­tre is ex­pected to start mid­way through this year.

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