Forrest Hill's apartment numbers are big and getting bigger

Forrest Hill's apartment numbers are big and getting bigger
Mark BaljakNovember 1, 2015

South Yarra has consistently been a hot spot for apartment development for some time, yet the suburb's Forrest Hill Precinct continues an unprecedented surge of large-scale planning applications which continue to land with City of Stonnington.

The latest to join the ranks is 37-41 Claremont Street with Artisan Architects last week submitting plans for a 31 level residential tower on behalf of LK Property Group. Sold by CBRE City Sales during June of this year, the 970sqm site will likely see 324 new apartments added toward the northern end of Forrest Hill Precinct.

Incidentally 37-41 Claremont Street is LK Property Group's third current foray into the South Yarra apartment market with Gisele at 300 Toorak Road under construction and the suburb's tallest proposal, Capitol Grand, at sales.

Forrest Hill's apartment numbers are big and getting bigger
Street level perspective of the latest addition. Image courtesy Artisan Architects

The Forrest Hill tower will also accommodate 182 vehicles and 920sqm of commercial floor space within a building holding 36,546sqm of GFA, placing it among the precinct's largest. 37-41 Claremont Street is also another collaboration between architect and developer, following on from Opus Tower on City Road which has all but topped out.

Forrest Hill by the numbers

Currently the Forrest Hill subcategory within the project database is holding 13 high-rise residential towers which are at various stages of the development cycle, with a combined yield of 3,010 apartments. Yarra House and Lucia are at the tail end of construction while Claremont Manor's floorplate is above ground. The remainder are at planning, approved or registrations & sales.

The four most recent planning applications lodged with City of Stonnington do tell a story of a more adventurous Forrest Hill Precinct of late. 42-48 Claremont, 671 Chapel, 37-41 Claremont and 16-22 Claremont are all considerably taller than the average Forrest Hill build over the history of the renewal precinct, and account for 1,216 dwellings or 40% of all apartments currently monitored by

Forrest Hill's apartment numbers are big and getting bigger
The most recent quartet looking for their place within Forrest Hill

The largest of all apartment developments within the precinct is yet to appear publicly. According to The Australian, Fridcorp's 627 Chapel Street will hold roughly 550 apartments in a $500 million mixed-use tower that will rival neighbour Capitol Grand at approximately 150 metres in height.

An overview of all current major apartment developments within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct is seen below.

Lead image courtesy CBRE City Sales

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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