Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot

Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot
Mark BaljakAugust 22, 2015 has in the past highlighted various locations as forthcoming apartment hotspots, with Collingwood's Smith Street and Lygon Street Brunswick East the most notable two notable examples. Malvern East on the other hand may come across as a suburb less likely to attract a mass of apartment developments.

Yet that is what postcode 3145 is in the process of doing, with 12 apartment projects currently listed in the project database. Add further current projects at planning within Stonnington City Council which are due to appear on the database in due course and the overall number swells to in excess of 20.

Headline projects

By far and away the largest residential project within Malvern East, Vanguard is the work of Bensons Property Group and architects Fender Katsalidis. With 321 apartments over 18 levels, the 62 metre buildings which is at sales also features a north facing terrace designed by TRACT landscape architects.

Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot
Vanguard with 60 Belgrave Road

While first shone a light upon Vanguard during January 2014, another more recent planning application is set to become Malvern East's second largest residential endeavour. Little Projects are seeking approval for the former Dairy Bell headquarters addressed as 60 Belgrave Road which includes 154 apartments over the 3,860sqm site.

Former SJB Architectute and Plus Architecture Director Alfred de Bruyne conceived the design under the newly former AdeB Architects banner. A mixture of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments are called for as are 6 retail tenancies amounting to 781sqm of new retail space.

The Dandenong Road stretch

The completed 833-843 Dandenong Road began the ball rolling along this stretch of prime real estate opposite Caulfield Railway Station and Monash University. Since its completion surrounding low-rise commercial properties have been the target of developers. The Clarence at 857 Dandenong Road is nearing completion while Gasciogne Apartments at 879 Dandenong Road is under the guidance of builder Harris HMC.

Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot
865-871 Dandenong Road with Gascoigne and Finch.

Sitting between Clarence and Gasciogne, Circa Property Group have instigated a redevelopment of 865-871 Dandenong Road which would add a further 47 dwellings while Finch Apartments at 887 Dandenong Road rounds out the current quartet. This new wall of apartment buildings has the potential to be extended east and west along Dandenong Road.


A swag of additional apartment developments are also on the radar, with Burke Road and Waverley Road front and center. Separate applications covering 82 Burke Road, 84 Burke Road, 86 Burke Road would yield 62 apartments between them if realised while 131-133 Waverley Road and 226 Waverley Road would see a combined 54 dwellings.

Seen below is Moda Corp's Bruce Henderson-designed scheme for 86 Burke Road which would feature a collection of twenty 1, 2 & 3 bedroom residences. While it's at appeal with Council, another recent planning application has been submitted for 1009-1011 Dandenong Road within Malvern East which looks to replace a unique Architects EAT proposal which did not advance and which was featured on during 2014.

Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot
Moda Corp's Burke Road development and Architects EAT's scheme for Dandenong Road

Encompassing all the identified apartment projects within Malvern East above and assuming all are delivered, has identified in excess of 1,000 apartments earmarked for the suburb.

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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