"A once-in-a-generation development" - Sales set to launch at Aqualand's luxury North Sydney apartment tower, AURA

"The vision for AURA is simple enough, but ambitiously bold," Aqualand founder and managing director Jin Lin says.

Aura will tower over the Harbour City. Image supplied

The $1 billion mixed-use development, AURA by Aqualand, is lined up to be the focal point of the transformation of North Sydney.

AURA, which will comprise a mix of 386 luxury residences, retails, dining precinct, and commercial spaces at 168 Walker Street, will give residents gun barrel panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, and the Sydney Opera House.

Award-winning architects from Woods Bagot and Richards Stanisch have combined to create the 28-level tower and apartments, which for off the plan buyers will be available in three different colour schemes; dark, mid, or light.

The highest standard in materials will be used throughout, from toughened fluted glass to premium tiling and marble.

Each apartment will open to a balcony with winter gardens. They have been designed to offer different floorplans and flexible solutions to balance working and living at home.

There will be extensive resident amenity, including a ground level pool and gym, a dining and entertaining area on level nine, and outdoor barbecue facilities, a sun deck, and dining rooms on the top level.

AURA residents will also benefit from Aqualand's recently launched hospitality arm, Etymon Projects, which incorporates a dedicated concierge service designed to create a 360-degree lifestyle development offering with exceptional service. 

Aqualand’s vision is to bring the 5-star hotel experience to its developments by combining traditional concierge services with lifestyle management for the first time.

The new service takes its lead from New York, China, Singapore and Hong Kong luxury apartment living, where applying hotel services and a hospitality ethos to homes isn’t new.

Etymon Project’s next-level The Club will custom-fit its services to fit individual lifestyles perfectly. Options will include Home Management (grocery put away, coordinating tradespeople, watering plants and vehicle maintenance) and Home Event Planning (dinner parties, children’s birthdays and more).

Etymon Projects will also manage a providore, artisan bakery, casual diner and a contemporary Japanese eatery in AURA’s vibrant culinary precinct, acting as an extension to residents' apartments and a social anchor for the local community.

Buyers only need to look to Aqualand's most recent successful mixed-use precinct at Central Barangaroo, where the developer was in charge of delivering the residential, commercial, and public spaces.

Aqualand, led by founder and managing director, Jin Lin, has also recently completed the $420 million Blue at Lavender Bay, the luxury apartment tower with 130 apartments, as well as The Revy on Darling Island.

"The vision for AURA is simple enough, but ambitiously bold," Lin says.

"We see this as a once-in-a-generation development, shaping the future of North Sydney and modern luxury living in Australia."

Aqualand's head of sales and marketing, Alex Adams, says there are two ways to create a dream home.

"[You can] build an average product and hope that people will love it, or you can design something that's iconic and special, that jusut doesn't compare to anything that has ever existed before", Adams says.

"Aura is the latter, an heirloom we hope our home owners will keep within their families for generations.

The first stage of apartments are set to be released to the market, starting from $995,000. There will be 102 apartments in the release, a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

AURA is expected to be the centrepiece of the ever evolving North Sydney precinct, which is expected to become Sydney's second CBD hub with the amount of plans and infrastructure in the pipeline.

The closing of Miller Street to cars and the massive investment in green spaces and entertainment precincts is expected to increase its attractiveness to future residents.

There are 19 key projects currently reincofrcing Miller Street as its civic spine. Plans are underway for over 17,000 sqm of new parks, plazas, and laneway networks. There's also plans for a Warringah Land Bridge will connect North Sydney with the other side of the freeway, and plans to turn the tramway viaduct into a large active recreation space.

The new Sydney Metro Victoria Cross station will sit adjacent to AURA.

Some 80,000 workers are expected in North Sydney by 2036. 

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Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and new developments across the country

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