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'Happy Days' at Alexandria

Monday, 06th June 2011

Ten three-storey terraces incorporating a smart initiative known as a ‘Fonzie Flat’ are to be built in Power Avenue, opposite picturesque Alexandria Park.

Ten three-storey terraces incorporating a smart initiative known as a ‘Fonzie Flat’ are to be built in Power Avenue, opposite picturesque Alexandria Park.
Each is a modern version of a Victorian terrace, with large and practical rooms, high ceilings, natural cross-flow ventilation and a soaring void that will flood all levels with light. Full-height glazing and frameless glass balustrades further accentuate the feeling of spaciousness.
The Ten Terraces also contain a practical space with a bathroom built above the garage known as a ‘Fonzie Flat’. The euphuism describes the studio occupied by ‘The Fonz’ above the Cunningham’s garage in the TV series ‘Happy Days’.
“There is great demand for this sort of clever space from people wishing to use it as an office, a studio or simply as a retreat,” said Colin Walters, who is developing The Ten Terraces on the opposite corner to his award-winning Atlas apartment complex. “It can also become a teenager’s pad, accommodation for a visiting friend or relative, or be rented out as a source of income.”
Designed by young architect Neil McKenzie with interiors by Swedish designer Anna Carin, The Ten Terraces are up to 171sqm internally. Each will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, balcony, wintergarden, front and rear courtyards, rear lane access and a garage.
On ground level is a living room, a separate family room, the kitchen, and a powder room. Bedrooms and bathrooms are on the upper two floors.
The Ten Terraces will have solid dark-stained timber flooring in living spaces, 100% wool carpet in bedrooms, full-height stacking and sliding doors opening onto timber decks, zoned and ducted air-conditioning, and an integrated low-glare lighting system. Lighting is an aspect where The Ten Terraces excel, artistically creating moods, drama and highlighting important spaces.
The kitchen has a practical island bench, Caesarstone counter tops, ceramic spashbacks, polyurethane and American white oak veneer cabinetry and Miele appliances.
Each bathroom features Roger Seller stainless steel fittings, a rainfall showerhead, frameless glass shower screen, stainless steel linear floor waste and a custom-designed vanity. Master ensuites also have a stand-alone bath.
“We’ve taken the finest features of a grand Victorian terrace, modernised them, and then integrated principles of ecologically-sustainable design as a commitment to responsible living for the future,” said Mr Walters.
“Each terrace capitalises on the site’s northerly aspect, which has obvious environmental benefits in both summer and winter. They gain natural cross-flow ventilation, which reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling.”
Located within four kilometres of the Sydney GPO, Alexandria has undergone a residential renaissance over the past decade, and the suburb’s cachet continues to rise. The dynamic community is on the cusp of Green Square - Australia’s largest urban renewal project - just minutes to Sydney Airport, and has excellent schools, innovative dining options, exciting art galleries and eclectic shops.
The Ten Terraces are on Alexandria’s finest tree-lined street facing the four-hectare Alexandria Park, which is a magnet for the suburb’s sporting and recreational activities. It has tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, BBQ and picnic areas, and a village green-style oval bordered by a traditional white picket fence.
“When I developed Atlas in 2000-2001 I contributed to the Council’s coffers to regenerate the park,” said Mr Walters. “It was money well spent as I think it is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Sydney and it will be a further attraction for buyers of the terraces.”
Sam Elbanna is marketing The Ten Terraces from $1.575-M to $1.695-M. He says having a north-facing aspect with a park in front of you just 4kms from the city is extremely rare in Sydney.
“These terraces are ideal for growing families, ticking every box from size, orientation, location and lifestyle. Those who buy here will appreciate the many benefits even more in years to come as Sydney becomes more crowded and properties close to the CBD grow out of the financial reach of most,” Mr Elbanna said.

The Ten Terraces display centre at 3 Power Ave, Alexandria, is open from 11am to 4pm every day except Tuesday, with enquiries through Sam Elbanna on 0411 222 260, or

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