What makes a family-friendly apartment?

5 years ago
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More and more families are making the transition to apartment living, for a variety of reasons. Apartments are often more affordable than houses and with a greater offering available, are more attainable for growing or established families. But what is it, exactly, that makes an apartment family-friendly?

We’ve done the research and found five stand-out apartments with features we think families will appreciate.

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Shared areas

Rooftop gardens and ground-level shared amenities act as your own back garden. These areas, which many projects offer, are a great space to hang out with the kids without leaving your own home.

57 Haig Street, a new development in Southbank offers amazing family-oriented spaces. The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments have been designed by award-winning Bruce Henderson Architects and Wireframe Architecture, and their kids’ room features a cubby house, slides and toys. Parents will enjoy these spaces, watching their kids while meeting new neighbours or using the time to catch up on some reading.

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When you’re a parent, noise is a fact of life. Babies might cry throughout the night, and kids can throw temper tantrums, and unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it — that’s just life. You can, however, ensure you move into an apartment that is built to be soundproof, so you don’t have to worry about waking up your neighbours.

Milieu has incorporated these features into their sustainable development, Breese Street. These residences will achieve high-performance soundproofing thanks to concrete inter-apartment walls and double glazed windows and balcony doors.

article-imageLive City in Footscray balcony and living room

Decent three-bedroom apartments

When you have a family, space becomes a hot commodity and, while inner-city three bedroom apartments usually disappear quickly, if you look just outside the city perimeter, you will find an abundance of developments with three bedrooms offerings.

Only 10-minutes from the city via train, tram and bus, Live City in Footscray is an affordable alternative to apartments in the CBD. Live City’s three bedroom configurations feature generously sized balconies with expansive outlooks. And with great shared amenities, these new apartments are ideal for growing or established families.

article-imageKitchen at The Spencer 

Plenty of storage

Apartments are smaller than houses, it’s true, but that doesn’t mean there’s not enough space.

Renowned Australian interior designer Hecker Guthrie has designed The Spencer, part of West End development, to not only maximise space but also provide additional storage. Their signature Scandinavian design showcases an extensive wall of seamless joinery which offers generous and versatile storage solutions that families will love.

Check out our other family-friendly apartment developments here.