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Apartments With House-like Proportions

Tuesday, 15th February 2011

A new generation of spacious apartments is challenging conventional thinking that unit-living always involves downsizing.

Certain developers are placing greater emphasis on large three-bedroom apartments, often with media rooms, primarily to temp ‘empty nesters’ and affluent ‘baby boomers’ from their family homes.

Unlike many houses, modern apartments have no ‘dead’ zones or wasted space. Their practical floorplans utilise every metre and contain ingenius storage options.

Nowhere is this more evident than in The Burton Residences – a prestigious building under construction within the landmark Dominion residential estate at East Sydney. The five-storey building has 10 three-bedroom apartments up to 144sqm internally plus balconies up to 80sqm., with copious storage allocated on title and a secure bike storage facility.

The apartments are generally aimed at ‘empty nesters’, many of whom are reassessing their housing needs. Being of the ‘baby boom’ generation, a high proportion of them have the resources to buy such prime apartments in cosmopolitan areas.

Traditionally, moving from a house to an apartment involved certain compromises, but at The Burton Residences there is little downsizing of space and certainly no downgrading of comforts, while the benefits include a vibrant lifestyle and an escape from the maintenance chores of a house.

With their wide frontages and ideal northern aspect, many of these apartments capture views towards the Harbour and the CBD. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the interiors in a glorious glow and add to the airy feel. Wide sliding glass doors provide a seamless transition onto the private outdoor areas, which can be opened up or closed off to suit differing needs and climatic conditions.

“We have provided plenty of space and storage to ensure the transition from a family home is manageable,” said Nick Ridgwell of St Hilliers, which is developing The Burton Residences in partnership with Cbus Property. “The multi-functional living areas provide flexible uses and interconnect with the outdoor space, expanding entertaining options.”

The interiors at The Burton Residences have been crafted by SJB Architects, and boast abundant natural materials such as timber and stone to provide texture and warmth.

“Our concept is to create spaces that respond to the urban chic of East Sydney - an area that mixes high fashion with a streetwise edge,” said Jonathan Richards, a director of SJB Interiors.

“The interiors are designed for longevity, with simple forms, durable materials and the finest appliances. The aesthetic edge is achieved by a richness of material and a degree of luxury unseen in this extraordinary part of town.”

Colliers International lists several practical, financial and emotional reasons for moving from a suburban home to an apartment close to the city:

· Lower monthly expenses. Generally speaking, apartments are cheaper to run and to maintain.
· More usable space. When children leave home they also leave behind rooms that only are visited when it’s time to dust.
· More excitement. There is nothing more energising than living within an active environment, close to shops, cafes, attractions and transport.
· Free up your time. No more mowing the lawns, tending the garden, maintaining the pool, keeping up with repairs and all the chores associated with running a house.
· Lock up and leave. For those who travel a lot or own a holiday dwelling, locking up and leaving a secure apartment is easier.
· Less worry. Knowing that your apartment is protected by sophisticated security systems gives you peace of mind.
· Greater safety. In an apartment development there is a better chance to meet people and make friendships, who are more likely to be on hand if you ever need help. `
· Capital gain. Generally, well located apartments appreciate faster than suburban houses.

“With their spacious interiors and generous balconies and terraces, the three-bedroom apartments in The Burton Residences hold particular appeal for people wanting to make a move from a large house and garden,” said Murray Wood of Colliers International.

A major attraction of living at The Burton Residences is an internal courtyard with beautiful mature trees, giving residents the benefits of a tranquil oasis so close to the city. The private gardens and landscaped lawns will have cobbled pathways, contemporary outdoor seating and a water feature, with discrete CCTV and secure entries.

The Burton Residences display suite at 299 Forbes Street, East Sydney, is open from 11am to 1pm Thursday to Sunday, or by appointment on 1800 013 932. Further information is available on: www.burtonresidences.com.au

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