by Liz McLachlan
Eight luxury inner-city townhouses designed by award-winning architects RotheLowman have just been completed and launched for sale in Brunswick East, 3.7 kilometres north of the CBD.
The Malt townhouses are the ultimate and most exclusive stage of Little Projects’ $215 million redevelopment of the prime 1.2-hectare former Tip Top site on Weston and Edward Streets directly off Lygon Street.
Across the site RotheLowman’s exciting contemporary architecture uses organic, curvaceous and interconnected forms inspired by the site’s heritage, juxtaposed with original restored art deco façades. There are 411 new residences in six building collections in landscaped lanes and courtyards with two new pedestrian laneways connecting Edward and Weston Streets.
The three-level, three-bedroom townhouses are on the eastern perimeter of the site and have 170 square metres of internal living space and two outdoor living areas. Internal stairs lead directly beneath the townhouse to a private single garage with storage and there’s also has an additional car space for each townhouse in the development’s secure underground car park.
The eight townhouses each have their own street address and are 80 metres from Lygon Street’s restaurants and trams.
Little Projects managing director Michael Fox says the Malt Townhouses, designed to suit young professionals who want to live in style close to the city, represent exceptional value from $1.15 million.
“In Carlton, Fitzroy or Richmond you would pay $1.5 million-plus to buy a home of this quality for design, finish and size. Here you have the best in contemporary architecture and interior design and high quality finishes. They are bigger than many inner city terrace houses,” Fox says.
He says Little Projects expects interest from people already living in the CBD or the inner city who want to combine the advantages of inner city living with the benefits of contemporary design and a new home.
Fox says Little Projects opted to reserve sale of the townhouses until after completion because from past experience $1 million-plus buyers want to know exactly what they are getting.
Little Projects recently completed settlements with buyers of the previous stage in the heritage Rye loft apartments.
Fox says buyer feedback has been outstanding across all stages of the development with many saying their new residences far exceeded their expectations.
The three-level townhouses have been designed to optimise space and light with ground floor open plan living, dining and kitchen opening to a landscaped terrace, integrating indoor and outdoor living.
Upstairs a second living area has an adjoining powder room and opens to a balcony from 21 square metres to 31.5 square metres in area.
The main bedroom shares this level and has full width and height east facing glazing, a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. On the top level there are two further bedrooms, a central bathroom and separate laundry.
Flooring in the open plan living, dining and kitchen zone is in American oak, with carpet in bedrooms and first level living and full-height tiling in the bathrooms and en suites.
In the kitchen stone benchtops have mirrored splashbacks and there is a peninsula bench, soft-close joinery, integrated sinks and stainless-steel Miele cooktop, underbench oven, rangehood and dishwasher.
The bathrooms feature slimline wall tiling with clear glass framed shower screens and a mix of open and closed shelving above and below the stone-topped vanity.
Reverse cycle air-conditioning in the living areas and bedrooms is included.
The development’s sustainability rating includes rainwater harvesting to water landscaping, solar panels for common area lighting, racks for more than 250 bicycles and drought tolerant plantings.
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Living in Brunswick East’s new village you have the choice of a 15-minute cycle, 16-minute tram ride or 45-minute walk to the CBD, 3.7 kilometres down Lygon Street. The new community is in Brunswick East’s chic heartland of hip and eclectic cafés, bars and galleries, close to parklands. The tram stop is an 80-metre walk along with supermarkets, newsagents, funky eateries and boutiques around the corner. Cycling and walking trails at Merri Creek are six minutes by bike and Edinburgh Gardens and Royal Park are also nearby.
Address \ 1-8/187 Weston Street, Brunswick East
Developer \ Little Projects
Building and interior design \ RotheLowman
Landscaping \ Oculus Landscape Architecture
Sales \ Peter Susman 9810 2035 or 0423 704 848
Little Projects Information & Sales Centre \ 183 Weston Street, Brunswick East
Open \ 10am – 4pm Saturday to Thursday
Three-bedroom townhouse $1.15 million
• Two living areas
• Three bedrooms
• Two bathrooms and powder room
• Landscaped terrace and balcony
• Engineered oak hardwood flooring
• Wool blend carpet
• Tiling in wet areas
• Timber stairs
• Stainless-steel Miele cooktop and underbench oven, rangehood and dishwasher
• Stone benchtops and mirrored glass splashbacks
• Vinyl wrap soft-close joinery
• Framed clear glass shower screens and countertop basin
• Bathroom storage above and below vanity
• Walk-in wardrobe for main and second bedroom
• Built-in double wardrobes for third bedroom
• Built-in study desk
• Separate laundry
• Reverse cycle air-conditioning in living and bedrooms
• Private underground single garage with storage within secure basement with internal entry and a second car space within basement parking
• 40 car spaces for visitors and commercial use
• Onsite child care centre
• Café and retail
• Live-in building manager
• NBN connection
• Resident website
• Landscaped gardens
Eco Green Rating
• 5.5-star energy rating
• Rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation
• Solar panels for common area lighting
• Racks for more than 250 bicycles
• Water sensitive plantings