For many downsizers, there was a defining moment when they realised it was time to sell the family home and shift to something smaller and less maintenance.
Usually it was the sight of the empty rooms, once occupied by noisy, busy children, or the sight of the garden, once manicured, but now slightly unruly.
However, for many of those same people, the thought of shifting to a small apartment with a car-stacker, pokey kitchen, and laundry tucked away in a cupboard is enough to put off the inevitable.
That’s why a new apartment development in the blue-chip Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris strikes the perfect balance, and has already attracted downsizers who wish to remain in the area they raised their children, but want something easier to manage.
The apartments in 'Turner' are much bigger than your standard dwelling, with the average around 101 square metres.
There is also basement car parking, and many of the apartments come with laundries.
“We thought to ourselves how do people downsize and go from a house to an apartment? What kind of changes are going through their mind?” explains the project’s developer Illan Samuel of Samuel Property.
“And we decided a lot of these people don’t want to change the way they live. For example, they want to still be able to wash their car, so we put in a car wash bay in the basement for the residents. We put in actual laundry spaces because it's hard if you’ve lived in a house for 40 years to adjust to a two door cupboard.”
The boutique development has just 37 apartments spread across four levels.
With between seven and 10 apartments per floor, residents won’t feel squished in together, rather there will be a sense of peace and privacy unfounded in large-scale developments.
Bruce Henderson Architects is in charge of the exteriors and interiors, so you can expect a sophisticated blend of modern elegance meets comfort and practicality.
Buyers have the option of one, two or three bedroom apartments, many of which have studies, additional bathrooms, and laundries.
Combined living, kitchen and dining areas create an effortless lifestyle, and open out to either a courtyard or balcony.
Only the finest finishes have been used throughout, such as Miele appliances, marble splashbacks and timber floorboards, while each bathrooms comes with a bath to help relax and unwind after a big day.
“It truly is a collection of all things beautiful. That’s the brief we gave the landscaper, the interior designer, the architect… we wanted them to put all of the nice things in they’d want in their house,” Mr Samuel says.
“This is someone’s home, so it’s important we provide them with something special and unique. That’s why the apartments themselves are large and spacious and they have plenty of natural light, courtesy of large windows.”
According to Mr Samuel, the location itself is a drawcard, attracting locals who wish to remain in the village-like atmosphere of Glen Iris, filled with leafy parks and laid-back cafes.
“We wanted the locals to have a high level of lifestyle, but not have to change their doctor, accountant, supermarket. They want to stay local, they want to be surrounded by all of the things they know and love.”
The Gardiner Train Station is a five-minute walk away, connecting residents to the city in just five stops, while tram lines run along the front door, connecting you through to Chapel Street, the CBD, Melbourne University and Camberwell Junction with ease.
The Monash Freeway will have you at the airport in 40 minutes; the same amount of time in the opposite direction will place you in the Mornington Peninsula.
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