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Hawaiian, is the first major retail centre with
a substantial residential component outside
Multiplex Living sales and marketing director
Tim Willing comments: "Claremont is being
renewed with projects like these bringing residents
into the heart of the suburb for the first time."
Apart from the 77 apartments, the mixed use
development will also encompass 30,000sqm of
retail shops, 600sqm of commercial offices and
1434 car spaces.
Hawaiian PR and corporate communications
manager Angelika Fawcett says the design brief
was to redevelop the original Claremont Arcade
shopping centre precinct to create an "active
urban village where people work, shop, live
and are entertained within the locality of the
Claremont Town Centre".
Stage 1 of the project, which was completed
in March 2009 and includes Coles, as well as
electrical, entertainment and fashion specialty
stores, cost $250 million. A fresh food precinct
is due to open in January 2010.
Stage 2, which will be completed in 2011,
will house a new David Jones store as well as
high-end fashion and homeware retailers.
When it comes to office developments,
Prestige Property Group managing director
Neil Magro says that location is vital.
No longer is it important to be located in the
CBD, however having access to a vibrant lifestyle
with amenities is becoming more desirable. And
that's where the mixed use model comes into play
"I think people are focusing more on lifestyle,"
Neil says. "Many office blocks now have cafes and
gyms. Plenty of natural light is also important as is
the ability to look out to a landscaped area."
Neil says it is much easier to lease an office
space with a good car parking ratio but with many
people becoming more environmentally aware,
locating a commercial development close to a train
or bus route is a smart move.
An ageing population as well as a desire to achieve
more of a work/life balance are driving trends in
Neil says that with demands on our time
increasing, smaller blocks are more acceptable in
" ree things our company looks for in obtaining
a site for a proposed development are views, access
to water and a vibrant lifestyle," Neil says.
"One of the biggest challenges we faced in the
western suburbs was providing for those wanting
to downsize into a smaller home but without
compromising on the luxury of space that they
have been accustomed to. Down-sizing is an
important mindset change to make so we started
looking at building oversized apartments.
"I think the ability to park up to four cars is also
becoming more important to people who have
older kids living at home or who have boats, jet
skis or trailers or just need extra storage."
According to Neil, other trends in residential
• Ensuites in additional bedrooms
• Having the master bedroom on the same level
as the kitchen/living zone
• Including lifts in luxury homes
• Height and a feeling of space through the use
of larger doors and windows
• Having two separate zones on one level where
people can escape the main living area
ere is also a trend towards homes with
semi-detached living quarters, which are ideal
for people who have older children or elderly
parents living with them.
Several of these trends can be found in examples
of Prestige Property's work, including four luxury
apartments on Bindaring Parade in Claremont.
Sold in 2006 for prices ranging from $2.35 to
$2.575 million, each apartment has its own four-
car lock-up garage. ere are no steps coming
into the apartment complex from the garages and
entry, and a lift is provided to the second storey.
Currently under construction are two exclusive
luxury residences on Bayview Terrace in Mosman
Park that will allow the owner to enjoy views of
the water and "live" predominantly on one level
within the home, Neil says.
e garage will have a lift that will take the
Claremont Quarter (far left, top centre and bottom centre), a joint venture between Brookfield Multiplex and Hawaiian, is the first major
retail centre with a substantial residential component -- Claremont Residences (far top right and far bottom right) -- outside the CBD.
Claremont Quarter and Claremont Residences images courtesy of Hawaiian
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