The Weekly Review
By Liz Mclachlan
18th March, 2014
The $113 million transformation of Brunswick East’s former 1.2-hectare Tip Top bakery site between Edward and Weston streets is near completion, with its first residents moving in next month. Only a few apartments remain unsold.
Under four kilometres from the city and close to Lygon Street’s cafés, trams and Merri Creek trails, the precinct’s pricing and larger-than-average apartments have proved highly attractive to buyers and investors, says Michael Fox, managing director of developer Little Projects.
“Where else in Melbourne can you buy a stunning architect-designed two-bedroom home 3.7 kilometres from the city for $539,000?” Fox asks. “Buyers have recognised that Live Brunswick East is great value in a vibrant area close to the city. If you go anywhere else this distance from the city, you will pay a lot more.”
Paying homage to the site’s baking heritage, the development was nominally sliced by Melbourne-based architects RotheLowman into six sections: the Stables, Seeds, Silo, Rye and Grain apartment buildings and Malt townhouses.
Each building has an exclusive vantage point, and many residences have views of the city and beyond from balconies of up to 25 square metres. The buildings have separate street addresses via landscaped internal laneways created by Oculus Landscape Architecture. Retained and integrated into the precinct’s contemporary architecture are the art deco heritage façade with strong vertical and horizontal multicoloured brickwork, and the original art deco stables. The vast landscaping also integrates public areas with spaces, exclusive to residents, including racks for more than 250 bicycles.
“We worked closely with RotheLowman to ensure the site’s magnificent heritage was maintained while creating quality, contemporary living in a unique, master-planned community,” Fox says.
The new community will also be home to the Learning Sanctuary, a 92-place childcare centre with purpose-designed rooftop play areas on the top level of the Seeds building. The centre will be available to Brunswick East families and has its own entry.
Fox says negotiations are being finalised for the ground-level café and offices in the Seeds building, and retail or office space at the base of the Stables building. Completion and settlement of the
new community’s 411 apartments and townhouses is staged from April to July. A few two-bedroom apartments with prices from $539,000 to $649,000 remain available in the Stables, Seeds and
Silo buildings. Prospective buyers can visit finished display apartments from the end of this month.
The apartments are sized from 68 square metres to 72 square metres internally, with balconies from five square metres to 16 square metres.
The two-bedroom apartments on offer include layouts with one or two bathrooms. Seeds and Silo apartment interiors feature timber flooring in living areas, with carpeted bedrooms and tiling in wet areas. Stables features carpet throughout all living areas and bedrooms. In kitchens, the stone benchtops have mirrored glass splashbacks and Smeg cooktops, underbench ovens, rangehoods and dishwashers. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to balconies and there’s reverse-cycle air-conditioning in living areas.
Bathrooms include generous below-vanity storage, and walk-in showers with framed glass screens. Most apartments have secure basement car parking and storage, with visitor car parking available on site.
Little Projects specialises in inner-city residential and mixed-use developments. Completed projects include 101 Bay in Port Melbourne, Halo in St Kilda and ILK South Yarra. Construction is underway on the developer’s latest project, Central South Yarra.
Location Residents in Brunswick East’s new precinct will have the luxury of a 3.7-kilometre commute down Lygon Street to the north end of the city via a 45-minute walk, 15 minutes of cycling or a 16-minute tram ride from the tram stop on the corner of Lygon and Weston streets. With a rich residential, industrial and commercial heritage, Brunswick East has in recent years become a chic heartland of hip and eclectic cafés, bars and galleries close to parklands. Eateries and bars in the neighbourhood include the Brunswick Foodstore in Weston Street, and Atticus Finch, Zia Teresa, Small Block and The Old Bike Shop Café. The Capital City and Merri Creek trails are a few minutes away by bike, and Princes Park, Royal Park and Edinburgh Gardens are also nearby.