In collaboration with nature, Beulah presents a rare collection of only 15 carbon-neutral, detached houses along the banks of Merri Creek. Aptly named, The Wilds, this development is intrinsically connected to, inspired by and working in harmony with its natural surroundings; every element of these spectacular houses have been thoughtfully considered to bring residents closer to nature and protect the unique landscape.
“We wanted to both respect nature and enhance the health and well-being of everyone who will live here, and integrate the buildings in harmony with the landscape.”
Adelene Teh, Executive Director - Beulah
A move towards a carbon-neutral lifestyle
The market’s shift towards a greener lifestyle is one of the core driving factors of the sustainability movement within the property industry with this inner-city development going the extra mile. The Wilds is located only 3km from Melbourne CBD and is set to be a pioneer in carbon-neutral houses so close to the city. The development caters to the growing demand of the market for sustainably built houses that are closer to nature without sacrificing the urban amenities of an inner-city lifestyle.
The development is extremely rare in the current market due to its unique offering of completely detached houses - each with private gardens - as well as its enviable frontage to Merri Creek. Adelene Teh, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Beulah explains that “in the current Melbourne market, there are no developments of a similar nature to The Wilds, due to its extremely unique location on the [Merri] Creek’s edge, its rare urban house and land offering, and its design element of connecting occupants with nature at every turn.”
James Cirelli, Head of Residential Sales at Beulah adds, “I think it certainly shows how people are becoming more and more conscious of the need for sustainability, and have an appetite for responsible developments.”
A host of eco-conscious elements beneath the surface
These houses are all-electric with no gas. They feature enclosed first-floor terraces, northern window shading with projecting screens and external operable blinds to the west and south-west aspects.
There are a host of eco-conscious elements beneath the surface including solar power generation, rainwater harvesting and reuse. Throughout the houses, residents will find cross-flow ventilation cleverly integrated into the architecture, high-performance glazing and calculated shading for passive cooling during the summer months and warmth during winter.
Additionally, Beulah has made the residents’ switch to an eco-conscious lifestyle even easier by including provisions for electric vehicle charging stations to all houses.
Architect, Aaron Roberts, Director of Edition Office comments that these and numerous other eco-conscious elements are intended to offset carbon emissions at The Wilds. “These all demonstrate a desire for the project to highlight a responsibility to future generations in minimising the environmental impact of the development as a whole. We certainly feel that all homes now take on that responsibility for being carbon-neutral as much as possible,” he explains.
Architecturally designed detached houses
Aaron continues, “[These houses] need to aspire to green energy, good sustainable construction technology and passive solar design. The experiential quality of the dwellings was at the forefront of our minds when we were designing them, as opposed to the aesthetics or form.”
Once inside, residents will find themselves within generous floor plans that are not only airy but also flexible enough to cater to changing lifestyle needs. Soaring ceilings with designer lighting feature above head while warm oak timber flooring reinforces a sense of natural calm underfoot. A suite of premium joinery and appliances enhance the living experience including porcelain benchtops and Smeg kitchen appliances.
The spectacularly designed houses are thoughtfully oriented to blur the boundaries between the interiors and native landscaping with the main living spaces opening up to the natural wonders of Merri Creek. Expansive glazing invites an abundance of natural light to the interiors - a range of direct creek frontage designs and garden settings ensure all houses are immersed in greenery and presented with a peaceful vista.
“Residents will feel as though they are immersed in nature, yet the hustle and bustle of city life is only 3km away, easily accessible by train or via the Capital City Trail bike path,” says Adelene.
The Wilds offers a considered selection of three, four and five-bedroom houses starting from $2.2m. For more information on The Wilds, click here.