Melbourne developer targets luxury downsizer in boutique New Farm apartment development

The aim is for a 'skyhome' typology, according to the assessment report submitted by URBIS

Melbourne developer targets luxury downsizer in boutique New Farm apartment development
The plans lodged for 25 Harcourt Street, New Farm. Image: Brisbane City Council

New Farm is set for an architecturally modern boutique apartment development, continuing the luxury downsizer trend in the inner Brisbane riverfront suburb.

The latest development at 25 Harcourt Street will see two early 1960s apartment blocks demolished and five apartments designed by Tim Stewart Architects in landscaping by FORME Landscape Architects built in its place.

J.J.K. Properties, directed by the Melbourne-based developer John and James Kaias, are behind the development. The brother’s are directors at Abcor, the engineering firm founded by their father Greg. It's not the Kaias' first development in Brisbane. They are also building a 45-level office tower in the Brisbane CBD.

The seven storey building will have five apartments levels. There will be two two-bedroom apartments and three three-bedroom apartments.

The first level apartment has wrap around landscaping with its own private pool and fire put area. Each apartment has a large outdoor area with an outdoor kitchen and dining space.

Melbourne developer targets luxury downsizer in boutique New Farm apartment development

The aim is for a 'skyhome' typology, according to the assessment report submitted by URBIS, with each apartment occupying the full floor of the building.

"This provides a level of amenity commensurate with that of a house, with large living areas and no shared common walls with neighbouring apartments. 

"The proposal represents a contemporary residential offer that provides housing choice and diversity in terms of dwelling style and density (delivering a premium, luxury housing product), whilst considering the surrounding built form and character. The development capitalises on Brisbane’s subtropical climate by creating functional private terrace and rooftop terrace space to promote the use of outdoor space. - the development application by Urbis says.

The apartments are designed to provide a ‘skyhome’ typology with each apartment occupying the full floor of the building. This provides a level of amenity commensurate with that of a house, with large living areas and no shared common walls with neighbouring apartments. 

The development site adjoins the heritage-listed Ermabrae, built in the 1900s, to the north, and Merillon Flats to the east.

 

 

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 the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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