Townhouses address ignored market
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.