Townhouses ad­dress ig­nored mar­ket

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Nathan Mawby

ANEW type of hous­ing de­vel­op­ment is set to turn its back on fam­ily dy­nam­ics and em­brace ‘‘adults only’’ liv­ing. Chris Banks, for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AV Jen­nings and a founder of Delfin Homes, be­lieves young cou­ples and sin­gles liv­ing and work­ing in Melbourne are faced with an ex­pen­sive dilemma when it comes to up­siz­ing.

They ei­ther leave their ur­ban life­style and apart­ment liv­ing be­hind, or find a way to buy a $1 mil­lion plus two- or three-bed­room house.

With that in view his lat­est com­pany Good Liv­ing Homes has be­gun build­ing town­house-style homes, in­clud­ing A B C at 249 Barkly St, St Kilda, to meet the needs of an oth­er­wise ig­nored mar­ket.

‘‘I’m pas­sion­ate about the mar­kets that aren’t be­ing pro­vided for, and the one that is be­ing most ig­nored is the one or two-per­son house­hold,’’ Mr Banks said.

His first of­fer­ing to ac­com­mo­date this bracket con­sists of three re­cently built properties de­signed to pro­vide the best homes for peo­ple with­out chil­dren.

‘‘They are the first ex­am­ples of a house de­signed for adults-only liv­ing,’’ Mr Banks said.

‘‘They are de­signed for one or two peo­ple.’’

Lo­cated about 100m from the cafes and nightlife of Acland St, the townhouses are spread over two lev­els and each fea­ture a sin­gle, spa­cious bed­room, liv­ing room, kitchen and din­ing room.

The townhouses each fea­ture a warm decor with oak floor­ing, tim­ber pan­elled ceil­ings, and court­yard gar­dens while the kitchen boasts tex­tured quartz benches and Miele ap­pli­ances.

There is also hy­dronic heat­ing, so­lar-as­sisted hot wa­ter and gran­ite paved gar­dens in the out­door liv­ing spa­ces.

‘‘The fin­ishes are soft and a bit more warm than what is typ­i­cally seen in a typ­i­cal apart­ment to­day,’’ Mr Banks said. He also be­lieves the de­vel­op­ment will ap­peal to emp­tynesters look­ing to down­size from a larger fam­ily home.

The three townhouses each have very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics, two with car parks and the third with­out. They are open for in­spec­tion to­day and to­mor­row be­tween noon and 12.30pm.

Con­tact Kehren Eade of Hock­ing Stu­art for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on 0419 395 614.

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