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Victoria Park reaches its APEX

Wednesday, 09th March 2011

Victoria Park just keeps getting better. The latest development, APEX, combines a high-rise tower with a terrace-style building, and takes up an entire block on the eastern edge of the 25-ha site.

Developed by the Award-winning Payce Communities and designed by Turner + Associates, APEX comprises 148 one, two and three-bedroom apartments – some of which are two-storeys. Turner + Associates have made a significant contribution to the model urban housing environment that makes Victoria Park so distinctive, having designed six of the buildings completed to date. While the precinct has been conceived as a master-planned urban renewal project with a rigorous set of design controls, each building has its own character, avoiding the homogenous approach of some large-scale projects.
APEX continues the trend. The exterior of the 14-storey tower is defined by a distinctive cubic assembly of glass-enclosed living areas, some with open timber-wrapped box balconies. These enclosed balconies are an extension of the living areas and master bedroom, where occupants will feel at ease to relax. It is a place to read, study, work, eat, drink, exercise and sunbake; a place to watch from but not necessarily be seen. Many of the apartments face north or north-west, offering excellent city and parkland views. The low-rise section of APEX features an exterior palette of metal, glass and timber which provides a natural connection to the urban parkside surrounds. A series of two-storey terrace-style apartments form the base of the building, with apartments above. These come in a variety of layouts – ranging from one to three bedrooms – and feature a series of protruding box windows with adds visual interest whilst capturing light, air and views. “At the confluence of these two buildings, on street level, is a jewel-like urban ‘pocket’ garden,” said Mr Turner. “Reflective of incidental courtyards and gardens that you’d find in Rome and Barcelona, the garden will have as its centrepiece a red flowering Lace Bark tree, which is a spectacular Australian rainforest native.” Integrated seating, lawn, and plantings will make this space into an arrival garden to gain entry into the two primary double-height lobbies for the tower and the low-rise buildings. A feature of the low-rise section is a communal rooftop garden which will have entertaining and barbecue facilities, timber decking, seating and pergolas, grassed zones, shade trees and lush plantings. But, undoubtedly, the ‘wow’ factor will be an outdoor cinema. Victoria Park is one of the most sustainable residential developments in Sydney. It incorporates the benchmarks of environmental features – such as solar collection, passive design, emission reduction and water retention and reuse – but goes beyond ‘best practice’ in each dwelling by cleverly balancing low energy consumption with a high level of comfort. Nearly four hectares – or more than 15% of the site – is devoted to open space and parklands. “In established suburbs, new developments have to be shoe-horned in and comply to a certain degree with the existing streetscapes. But Victoria Park started with a clean slate and encouraged cutting-edge housing unhindered by the design straightjacket imposed in existing suburbs,” said Mr Turner. “The result is a model suburb for the rest of Australia to admire and envy, with wide tree-lined streets, good infrastructure and planned community facilities. It is a place where many people want to live. “I should know; I lived there for some time and really enjoyed it.” APEX has: 1 bedroom plus study from $462,500 and up to 83m2 1 bedroom plus study with parking from $521,500 and up to 83m2 2 bedroom from $632,000 and up to 130m2 2 bedroom plus study from $655,000 and up to 124m2 2 bedroom terrace apartments from $655,000 and up to 113m2 3 bedroom premium apartments from $959,000 and up to 152m2 Because there are no costly facilities, strata levies will be low, around $710 for one-bedrooms, $930 for two-bedrooms and $1,430 for three-bedrooms per quarter. All apartments at APEX are air-conditioned, and the majority have media rooms or study spaces. Standard features include: · 60mm stone-edge kitchen benchtops · Smeg appliances · Mirrored and coloured glass splashbacks · Full height fixed glass shower screen · Australian hardwood on balconies Three internal finishes schemes are offered. “The apartments have been considered as ‘homes’ with skillfully-selected interior finishes and fixtures that are comfortable and timeless, allowing occupants a refined backdrop and the flexibility of furnishing to suit their own aspirations,” said Mr Turner. APEX will provide 146 secure car spaces, spread over 3 levels. With parking at a premium so close to the CBD, realtors value each space at between $50,000 and $60,000. The developer Payce is well-known for The Waterfront community development at Wentworth Point. Payce will also develop a unique 10,000sqm shopping, retail and dining centre adjacent to the APEX site. The centre will be full of fresh food retailers and specialty shops, further continuing the evolution of Victoria Park into a diverse, vibrant community. “This is a lifestyle for today, and capital growth for tomorrow”, said Jim Keats, Sales Manager of APEX. “When the shopping centre is complete we expect Victoria Park to become a destination, drawing people from surrounding suburbs in much the way that the Danks Street retail precinct in Waterloo does”. Construction of APEX is expected to start in May 2011 and be completed by the end of 2012. The APEX showroom at 1/22 Gadigal Avenue, Victoria Park, is open daily from 10am to 6pm, or by appointment on 1800 888 688. Further details are available on www.apexliving.com.au.

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