The rhyme and reason for buying in Melbourne

It is always a worthwhile exercise in gleaning the opinions of others, more so when the person in question represents a growing wave of non-resident apartment buyers seeking to claim a slice of the Melbourne residential market.

Urban Melbourne had the opportunity to pose a number of questions to Light House purchaser and Melbourne semi-resident, Raymond Wei.

In this vox pop of sorts we began by asking the question perhaps most pertinent: would you describe yourself as an investor or an owner-occupier?

RW: I view myself as an owner, I won't be using my apartment year-round but when I'm in Melbourne it is my residence.

MB: Melbourne's skyline is always changing with new projects appearing; were views a consideration when you purchased or merely a benefit?

RW: Everyone would choose sunlight and views if they had the choice. I know Melbourne is changing quickly so views will change but I appreciate direct sunlight and not living in the shadow all the time. Light House will give me both.

MB: What attracted to you the development, in terms of location and design?

RW: I know what Melbourne can be like with its weather, so I was impressed with the winter garden designed into the apartment; it creates a really comfortable residential environment and gives me another usable space when I want it.

The location is great, I have the market and shops a few minutes away.

Light House Melbourne's dining room

MB: How important was the interior design of the living spaces when considering your purchase?

RW: Very important as I will end up living in the apartment. Some people don't care so much, as they are just investors looking to buy an investment property. With Light House I looked at the quality of the living spaces plus I was impressed with the amount of natural light available.

MB: Would you use the communal facilities at Light House (e.g. the sanctuary spa and the entertainment lounge)?

RW: Yes, I will use all of them whilst living in Melbourne. Sometimes you want to get out of your house but not necessarily go outside - maybe the weather's not so good or so on - and the facilities allow me break my routine. I get to relax, work or socialise in quality spaces.

MB: Is a car park important or just an afterthought when living in the CBD?

RW: I require a car when in Melbourne, so absolutely parking becomes extremely important. It takes away all the headache of trying to find street parking in a city where they're not easy to find. It's certainly cheaper than getting charged hefty fees at public car park.

MB: As for the world's most livable city, what do you find attractive about living in Melbourne?

RW: Living in the city brings a lot of convenience. I'm within walking distance to major shopping centres, Victoria Market and many other attractions that local residents take as part of everyday life.

I really like the culturally diversified lifestyle, events, mixed cuisines and restaurants plus the varied festivals... Melbourne has a lot to offer in a concentrated area.


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.