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Development of the Week - Ocean

Monday, 12th March 2012

When the Narrabeen surf is pumping, the fortunate residents of an exclusive new apartment development called Ocean will be among the first to know.

When the Narrabeen surf is pumping, the fortunate residents of an exclusive new apartment development called Ocean will be among the first to know.

As a sea change, holiday escape or primary residence, Ocean delivers the kind of finish, aspect and lifestyle that people travel all the way to Noosa to try to capture. The cobalt coloured waters and golden sands of famous Narrabeen Beach provide picture postcard views, enhanced by a public reserve which ensures the vistas will never be compromised.

Each apartment at Ocean has the feel of a unique beach residence, opening onto practical outdoor terraces which are perfect for entertaining. The rooms are large, the ceilings high, storage space is copious, and parking allocations are generous.

Little wonder just nine of the 32 apartments remain in the pet-friendly development on the corner of Ocean and Narrabeen Streets.

The architecture, by Peter Conley & Associates, showcases coastal elegance at its finest, emphasising proportion and flow with a purity of line and a rich palette of natural materials that are hard-wearing and practical without being hard-edged and commercial. Sun-shading, overhangs, aluminium louvres and filter screens provide residents with solar access and control, as well as enhancing privacy.

Ocean also displays clever environmental features such as a 40,000-litre rainwater harvesting tank, fully insulated roof areas, energy-saving lighting and hot water systems, and an intelligent design that draws cool sea breezes naturally into each apartment and flushes out hotter air through westerly-placed windows and doors.

The three-level building is one of the few to receive a seven-star environmental rating from BERS (Building Energy Rating Scheme).

“We are discerning with what we build and where we choose to build,” said Davin Finn of CABE, which specialises in ecologically-sustainable developments that integrate with the landscape.

“While no architecture can realistically compete with the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean, our aim at Ocean is to complement the world-class setting and relate to the coastline without impinging on it. We were lucky to secure this rare beachfront site which is also close to a range of quality restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and speciality shops.

“Being on a corner was another major benefit. It meant we could make the floorplans of each apartment more flexible and interesting, capturing multi-aspects, abundant natural light and natural cross-flow ventilation.”

Rather than the repetitive, amorphous mass of so many medium-density buildings, Ocean is broken into separate elements with five individual lobbies and lifts, each servicing a maximum of just three apartments per floor. “This eliminates hotel-style corridors and helps enhance each occupant’s feelings of privacy, security and exclusivity,” said Mr Finn.

A focal point of Ocean is a 23-metre lagoon pool which snakes its way through tropical gardens and past a very special Pandanus tree. As a commitment to maintaining a connection to the coastline, CABE vowed to preserve the mature Pandanus tree which was growing on site, and make it a feature.

CABE carefully removed the tree, tended to it, and stored it safely until the bulk of the building work was complete. The curvaceous Pandanus was then replanted in the garden where today it is thriving.

Timber sundecks flank the solar-powered heated pool, while barbecue facilities, a fully-equipped gymnasium and an indoor recreational centre add to the resort-style feel of the development.

“Narrabeen has a limited supply of beachfront sites, so opportunities to purchase brand new apartments won’t be around for much longer,” said Mr Finn.

All remaining nine apartments at Ocean have three bedrooms and a media room. There are:
· Three courtyard apartments (141-153sqm internally, plus 64-73sqm externally) from $2.1-M to $2.3-M, and
· Six upper-floor apartments (141-162sqm internally, plus 17-26sqm balconies) from $1.5-M to $2.65-M

Each apartment extends from one side of the building to the other, capturing multi aspects which allow residents to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The ground level apartments have their own private entries and also gain some water views.

Each master ensuite has the feel of a five-star hotel with heated flooring and towel ladders, a spa bath large enough for two, twin ceramic wash basins, vanities with stone benchtops, and a luxuriant shower with a frameless glass screen.

Kitchens bristle with Miele appliances - gas cooktop, electric wall oven, and an integrated rangehood, microwave and dishwasher - complemented by thick Caesarstone benchtops, colour-backed glass splashbacks, a breakfast bar, double under-mount sinks and a large pantry with adjustable shelves.

Bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with slimline mirrored doors, plush wool carpets and provision for a wall-mounted TV.

Living areas have solid Australian hardwood timber floors, profiled timber skirtings, feature downlights, substantial storage space, and are wired for high-speed computer cabling and connection to pay TV. Full-height sliding and stacking glass doors extend the feeling of openness by ‘connecting’ to the timber deck, forming a practical indoor-outdoor entertainment zone.

All apartments have full video intercom security, two or three individually secured undercover parking spaces and a lockable storage bay. Quarterly levies are expected to average around $1,600.

Mr Finn said most buyers at Ocean are coming from comfortable family homes and are looking forward to ‘having fun and staying young’.

“These buyers have a lot of living to do, so as they move into a new phase of life without kids they plan to make every minute of their new-found freedom count,” Mr Finn said.

“The apartments are practical and large enough to have friends and relatives sleep over without inconvenience. The problem may be trying to get rid of them, as Ocean has all the comforts, facilities and location of a holiday resort.”

Ocean, on the corner of Ocean and Narrabeen Streets, is open for inspection daily 10am to 12-noon. Further details are available through Lachlan Yeates of Raine & Horne (0414 660 033), or on the website: www.oceannarrabeen.com.au

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