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A Beach Beauty

Monday, 25th February 2013

A new 39-apartment development with geometric-inspired architecture and a sophisticated palette of colours, materials and finishes will set a new benchmark for Ramsgate Beach.

The pocket-sized precinct - named after the seaside resort in England - nestles between Monterey and Dolls Point. Whilst peaceful, private and still relatively unspoiled, it is just minutes to Sydney Airport and not that much further to the CBD.

The meticulously crafted six-level Bayview overlooks picturesque Cook Park and the ocean, and would not look out of place gracing the resort villages of Noosa and Palm Cove. The apartments will appeal to a range of buyers, from professionals and business people who want the convenience of living close to large employment centres, to empty nesters who want to maintain a comfortable home-like lifestyle, without the hassle of maintaining a large home and with the convenience of a very short level walk to the local village shops.

"These apartments take style in this suburb to a new dimension, and will be appreciated by those people seeking a more contemporary living environment than has previously been available," says Tim Rees of CBRE.

"While ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, all apartments have prestigious inclusions and will be finished to the same high standard. Kitchens will have custom joinery and Miele appliances whole bathrooms will feature finishes and fixtures befitting a boutique hotel."

Bayview is being developed by HELM at 158-162 Ramsgate Road, and will emulate the style and quality of its earlier developments, Latitude at South Cronulla and Esque at Mosman. It adopts almost a European sensibility, with communal areas specifically designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Peter Conley for residents to interact.

A ground floor piazza with comfortable seating and a soothing water feature acts as a meeting place, and interconnects with privately-owned retail spaces suitable for a coffee shop, pharmacy, newsagency, real estate agent, doctor or dentist.

Bayview is sculpted around a T-shaped atrium that will give the building visual connectivity as well as an uplifting sense of 'theatre'. The central atrium will also bring natural light and clean air into its heart... an important shift away from artificially-lit and air-conditioned hotel like corridors and lobbies.

"Apartments at Bayview are for people who want space, style, comfort, convenience and privacy," says Mr Rees. "The vast majority of apartments have dual or triple aspects, with the preferred north, north-east and east orientations capturing beautiful views and prevailing breezes."

The cleverly-configured floorplans provide well-proportioned rooms, with inventive storage solutions making the most of the space. Each apartment is easily accessible for people with a disability or wheelchair. Several apartments have been designed for conversion into a fully disabled apartment complete with disabled parking, if ever required.

Clever design ensures apartments are cross-ventilated, and meticulous positioning of external windows and sunshades means living areas will be fully exposed to the winter sun while offering maximum protection from the intense summer heat. Careful acoustic planning guarantees occupants a serene environment.

Whole suiting a languid lifestyle, all apartments at Bayview have the refinement and 21st century inclusions to host the most elegant cocktail or dinner party.

The flawless kitchens have a 100mm stone benchtop, colour-backed glass splashbacks polyurethane joinery. double undermount sinks, an overiszed pantry cupboard or smart stainless steel pull-out pantry, Miele appliances and Grohe tapware. Drawers are fitted with a soft-motion system that ensures smooth and silent closure.

Special features include a Miele induction cooktop and an externally-ducted rangehood. The three-bedroom apartments also enjoy the addition of a Miele pyrolytic self-cleaning oven.

Master bedrooms have plush wool carpet, a walk-in dressing robe and an ensuite. The luxurious ensuites in the three-bedroom apartments have a stand-alone bath, heated flooring, heated towel ladders, twin basin vanities, a flush ceiling-mounted shower drencher, a Grohe hand held shower wand, and a full-height frameless mirrored shaving cabinet with feature lighting.

The warm glow from the polished Australian hardwood timber floors typify the timeless interiors of Bayview, which are bathed in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Full-height commercial grade sliding and stacking glass doors than span widths of up to eight metres provide a seamless transition onto private balconies, also with visually-complementary timber decks. These outdoor areas are not the cramped add-ons found in all connections, making them ideal for entertaining and for enjoying alfresco meals.

Bayview has:
  • 8 one-bedroom apartments (52-56sqm) from $495,000
  • 16 two-bedroom apartments (80-103sqm) from $775,000, and
  • 15 three-bedroom apartments (110-142sqm) from $1.1-M

Every apartment has one or two secure car parking spaces. Select apartments also have separate lockable garaging with large storage areas.

Sustainability is intrinsic to the design of Bayview, which incorporates a range of passive energy saving innovations, urban ecology techniques and permacultre initiatives. These include the harvesting and storage of rainwater in an 80,000 litre tank, which will be used for landscaping irrigation as well as the car wash bays.

"Bayview sits on the doorstep of 'hidden' cafes, renowned restaurants, a supermarket, specialty stores and, of course, picturesque Cook Park where you can jog, bike ride, exercise you pets, enjoy walks with loved ones, and swim in the ocean baths," Mr Rees says.

HELM expects to start construction of Bayview in May, with completion before the end of 2014. Bayview at 158-162 Ramsgate Road, Ramsgate Beach is open for inspection from 10am to 12-noon on Sunday and Saturday.

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