Imperial by name, Imperial by nature

Having observed Melbourne's growing appetite and subsequent construction boom in apartments for over ten years, certain trends become abundantly clear. One such trend is the widening chasm in design quality between Melbourne's inner city and middle/outer suburban apartment stock. Whilst many inner city apartment projects maintain a certain design quality, the majority of those in middle and outer suburbs tend to be precast creations, low in design quality and devoid of character - but not all.

Enter Imperial Apartments atop Doncaster Hill.

Ever expanding Melbourne developer AXF Group have teamed with Buchan Group Architects to deliver an impressive design that responds to its surrounds. With frontage to Williamsons Road and perched atop Doncaster Hill, the terraced design utilises its incredible location to maximise sight lines from apartments over all levels - something generally not afforded to most developments. Relative to nearby apartment buildings, many of which were developed some years ago, Imperial sets the standard for Doncaster in terms of presence and design quality.

Yet the true test of an apartment building's quality lies within. Imperial will contain 96 apartments over ten levels, with one, two and three bedroom options available. Internal design firm Gabriel Saunders have been commissioned to provide a Couture service allowing purchasers to customise their apartments to the their personal preferences. Fixtures & fittings will also be high end with Imperial apartments featuring timber floors, marble bench tops, Bosch or Miele appliances, Two-Pac joinery, porcelain tiles and designer lighting.

All dwellings include large outdoor spaces as seen above and below, particularly those with a western orientation accomodating CBD views. Mt Dandenong to the east or the undulating eastern suburbs elsewhere are also visible.

Another aspect setting Imperial apart is Imperial PLAY - a Mini iPad integration system for centralised control of lighting, multi zone audio, energy reporting and entertainment devices. Push Controls in collaboration with Sonos and Spotify have conceived this unique home lifestyle technology system that allows the operator functionality at their fingertips. Light control, music, DVD, TV and Foxtel options to name a few can all be manipulated via a custom portable unit available to each apartment.

Imperial's residential facilities are also of an exceptional standard and include a proposed open terrace residents garden, modern gym and a residents business lounge complete with a theatre while car parking and storage spaces come standard to each apartment.

So there you have it, an impressive line-up of features for an apartment development designed to sit above all others. With apartment prices beginning from $375,000, Imperial offers an high quality product in a suburb where the median house price sits comfortably above $800,000 - a viable alternative for those seeking a 3108 postcode without the asscoiated price tag. Harking on my earlier point, if more apartment developments were to feature the thought and quality of Imperial's design, apartment living through Melbourne middle and outer suburbs would be that much more better for it.

Completion is anticipated during early 2015.

For further information, see www.imperialdoncaster.com.au or contact AXF Property on 03 8680 4888.

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