You’ll want to move into an apart­ment after this

The new breed of de­vel­op­ment can of­fer five-star ameni­ties, writes Robyn Willis

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QI’m think­ing of mov­ing into an apart­ment but I’m wor­ried that I’ll be lim­it­ing my life­style op­tions. Do you have any ad­vice? A There’s a lot to rec­om­mend apart­ment liv­ing, as long as you choose wisely, says ar­chi­tect An­gus Hen­der­son (pic­tured) from Hen­der­son & Co.

“The first thing to look at is how well the project you are look­ing at is sited,” he says. “I have done a lot of multi res­i­den­tial in Syd­ney and all of the de­vel­op­ers I’ve worked with have a very de­lib­er­ate way of se­lect­ing de­vel­op­ment sites.

“Be­ing on a pri­mary artery for rail and bus lines is a high pri­or­ity and then there’s prox­im­ity to schools, shop­ping centres and hos­pi­tals. They are also pri­mar­ily lo­cated in green amenity.” The new breed of multi-res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments such as Rams­gate Park at Kog­a­rah on the old Dar­rell Lea site and Prime at Mac­quarie Park, both by JQZ, also of­fer an ex­pand­ing range of ser­vices that most peo­ple could not af­ford in a tra­di­tional free­stand­ing house, An­gus says. “Pre­vi­ously there was a stigma at­tached to apart­ment liv­ing but now they have beau­ti­fully de­signed spa­ces and ameni­ties that ri­val five-star ho­tels,” he says. “Some have a concierge, not just for se­cu­rity, but they can run ser­vices like dog walk­ing and dry clean­ing — all th­ese ad­di­tional things like book­ing you in with a per­sonal trainer — that you would nor­mally do your­self. That’s to bring peo­ple into the apart­ment way of liv­ing. Some have in­door and out­door gyms and out­door run­ning tracks over their roofs.

“They have music rooms with pi­anos so you can have a tu­tor come in to teach your child, or they can go there to prac­tise the recorder. They have li­braries with in­ter­nal break out ar­eas that al­most have a home of­fice feel to it. Work­ing from home is so com­mon th­ese days that a com­mu­nal area with Wi-Fi means you can go down there and stay.

“It’s find­ing ways to ex­tend what you find in a stan­dard home and how you can adapt th­ese spa­ces to your needs.”

While look­ing through the apart­ment or the floor­plan is crit­i­cal, An­gus says it is th­ese com­mu­nal ar­eas that will make a dif­fer­ence to your life­style be­cause of their abil­ity to draw you out­side your home.

Do as I do

An­gus de­cided to prac­tise what he preached a few years ago and moved from a house to a city apart­ment.

“It’s made me more con­scious of things like stor­age — mov­ing gave me the abil­ity to de­clut­ter a lot of my life. You think you need this stuff but it was a beau­ti­ful adap­ta­tion.

“I love the con­nec­tiv­ity with every­thing at my fin­ger­tips. I can sit down­stairs and catch up with the neigh­bours — and their dogs.

“How do we cap­ture all th­ese things we love about free­stand­ing homes and bring them into this en­vi­ron­ment? By do­ing things like mak­ing bal­conies larger with stack­ing doors so the spa­ces have a nice flow. I use a lot more of the avail­able space now and when I am cre­at­ing spa­ces I know they will be used.”

North-fac­ing liv­ing ar­eas with gen­er­ous bal­conies make apart­ment liv­ing at­trac­tive.

Prime at Mac­quarie Park has city views.

Apart­ment liv­ing of­fers out­door ar­eas to en­joy with­out the has­sle of main­tain­ing them your­self.

The sec­ond stage of Rams­gate Park has just been re­leased, with a strong em­pha­sis on com­mu­nal green space for res­i­dents.

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