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The Rocks' New Landmark

Friday, 01st July 2011

Scaffolding has been removed on the 3-storey Stamford Residences in The Rocks, giving the public their first look at the latest residential high-rise permitted in this heritage conservation area.

The $243-Million tower is now one of Sydney’s most visible buildings as it in the eye-line of hundreds of thousands of city-bound commuters, on the south-eastern side of the Harbour Bridge exit.
 
The building ‘steps up’ from the south and is visually dominated by geometric grid lines and a glazed glass façade. Overlaid onto this eye-catching framework is a series of lighter elements with precise window detailing.
 
With frontages to both Gloucester and Cumberland Streets, the Stamford Residences is a building of classic design and dramatic proportions, offering a cornucopia of classical comforts. Just seven of the 122 apartments remain, including the two four-bedroom, three-storey penthouses, which are still several weeks from completion.
 
When they are unveiled Colliers International is predicting the larger of the two – which has an internal space of 468 square metres – will command at least $16-Million.
 
To date, the top price obtained at the Stamford Residences is $6.8-Million for a sub-penthouse.
 
Colliers International says the off-the-plan demand has been exceptional because of the rarity of the opportunity and the reputation for quality of the developer, Stamford Property Services.
 
“People appreciate that this is the last high-rise building in Sydney’s most sought-after precinct. It is a finite resource that will appreciate in value at the highest rate,” said Colin Griffin, a Director of Residential Project Marketing for Colliers International.
 
The Stamford Residences is the third apartment building developed by Stamford in the northern CBD precinct. The earlier two Stamford On Kent and Stamford Marque were also extremely successful.
 
Anthony Rice, a Director of Stamford Property Services, believes the Stamford Residences set a new benchmark in luxury, style and excellence in an area he refers to as ‘Sydney’s dress circle’.
 
“With each new building you improve a little and more fully appreciate what people want,” he said, “so at Stamford Residences we have increased the size of the rooms, made the ceilings higher, added storage space and made the balconies more useable.”
 
A feature of many apartments is a loggia which can be opened for ventilation or sealed against the weather. It acts as a wintergarden, trapping in warmth when needed and capturing a cool breeze when the windows and bi-fold doors are open.
 
“Here residents will be in a private and protected space while enjoying the world-class views,” said Mr Rice.
 
Although the interiors at the Stamford Residences are modern and functional, the materials used reflect timeless design influences - such as marble, granite, travertine, hand-laid solid block parquetry floors and custom-built joinery.
 
“There have been no compromises in our pursuit of quality,” Mr Rice said.
 
This sense of quality begins on arrival into the stately lobby which has floor-to-ceiling travertine, bronze detailing, specially-commissioned artworks and a sweeping staircase leading to a resident’s private meeting room and library.
 
The security and privacy of residents is of paramount importance, so the Stamford Residences has a concierge, key card entry, floor-by-floor security, video surveillance, security parking and security storage.
 
All residents have access to a 360sqm communal terrace - a peaceful sanctuary with barbecue facilities, elegant outdoor furniture, privacy screens, landscaping, shade trees and excellent views.
 
The first fully-furnished apartment available for inspection in the Stamford Residences is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment on the 21st floor, which is on sale for $4.4-Million. Located on the north-western edge of the building, the apartment has views of the Bridge, the Harbour and the Opera House.
 
The interior decor, by Poco Designs of Woollahra, has a crisp and contemporary look, a clean colour scheme and custom designed furniture.
 
The living and dining areas are separated through a custom made semi-circular white leather banquette, which provides the ultimate in comfort.
 
Each bedroom is spacious, comfortable and quiet, with an individual feel achieved through a variety of artworks and fabrics.
 
The kitchen is streamlined, with CaesarStone benchtops and splashbacks, and timber veneer cupboards with soft-motion closure. The Miele appliances include a stainless steel gas cooktop, electric oven, rangehood, microwave and integrated dishwasher.
 
The marble bathrooms have fixtures and fittings from Villeroy + Boch and Grohe.
 
In keeping with the finest residential apartment buildings, the Stamford Residences has such resort-style recreational facilities as an 18-metre heated indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium.
 
Lift lobbies and garbage rooms on all residential levels are air-conditioned, and the air flow has been especially designed to prevent the spread of odours to communal areas.
 
Inspections of the Stamford Residences can be made by appointment through Colin Griffin of Colliers International on 0419 233 689. More information is available on: www.gloucesterstreet.com.au

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