The holiday season has come and gone, with February generally signifying increased activity and a rush of apartment developments released for sales. So today we highlight a number of upcoming projects, both big and small, which will in the hopes and expectations of their respective developers grace greater Melbourne's skyline in the not too distant future.
Metropolitan - 137 Bourke Street, Melbourne > http://www.metropolitanmelbourne.com.au/
Registrations are open for developer VIMG's latest offering. Located next to Citadines Hotel, "Metropolitan is a 19 floors luxury living apartments building, designed by leading architect Metaxas. It contains 104 apartments which includes 19*1bed 1bath apartments, 31*1bed 1bath plus study apartments, 53*2bed 1bath and apartments and 1*2bed 2bath penny house. The internal areas for apartments are all over 43 square meters. The biggest internal area apartment which has 75.5 square meters."
101-105 Tram Road, Doncaster
Hoardings are in place and a display suite fronting Doncaster & Tram is midway through completion. Gaining approval last year, 101-105 Tram Road is held by Dong Chen Trading and Investments according to the planning application. With 201 dwellings consisting of a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments this pending development continues the measured flow of apartment stock into Doncaster Hill.
Fortuna - 807 Dandenong Road, Malvern East > http://www.bensonsgroup.com.au/
From recent approval to appearing on the developers website in rapid time, Fortuna is a benchmark tower for the Malvern East stretch of Dandenong Road. Benchmark in both height and number of apartments; a comprehensive write-up of the project can be found here with vitals showing 314 apartments over 18 levels.
The Saxon - Sydney Road, Brunswick > http://www.thesaxonbrunswick.com.au/
Little is known of this pending apartment development aside from a number of sketches involving a multi-level complex, but if recent projects on and around Sydney Road are any example, The Saxon will sell handsomely in a very popular area.
54 Clarke Street, Southbank > http://54clarke.com/
Urban Melbourne hears that a May public sales launch is slated for this crystalline tower which has divided opinion owing to its position and height. More artwork than tower, it will be interesting to see the pace of apartment sales given there are only 270 apartments within the near 240 metre structure. Could this become a Melbourne icon?
The Village Cheltenham - Park & Nepean Highway, Cheltenham > http://thevillagecheltenham.com.au/
Developed by Goldfields Living and Maple, The Village Cheltenham is nearing its launch with one and two bedroom apartments on offer. The sketch taken from the developments website is similar to imagery found on Doig Architecture's website, although Doig lists the project as fronting Railway Place. Potentially one and the same or a future additional phase to this initial release which when completed will greatly solidify Cheltenham's Neighbourhood Activity Centre.
Reside Carlton - Swanston Street > http://residecarlton.com.au/
Officially launching this weekend, Reside Carlton is the latest installment from Australand and Citta Property Group's joint venture which covers multiple Carlton sites. "A distinctive Swanston Street entry lobby leads to a collection of 48 apartments across 5 levels. One, one plus study, two and three bedroom apartments offer everything you’d expect for life in the world’s most liveable city."
Walter Carnegie - Neerim Raod, Carnegie > http://www.bpmcorp.com.au
First impressions suggest developer BPM are intent on bringing quality architecture to middle Melbourne. Their website describes the project as "Walter, a striking new development in the heart of Carnegie, offers an enviable urban lifestyle. Designed in collaboration with DKO architects, its progressive design offers an exciting new landmark that perfectly complements its surroundings. This pioneering approach has forgone traditional architecture in favour of a simple yet strong and innovative building."
Eq. Tower - 127 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne > http://www.icdproperty.com.au/#/melbourne-cbd/
This planning application covered late last year by Urban Melbourne here now has a name - Eq. Tower. Developer ICD Property's website states "Designs for this project feature extensive residential amenities for the 632 apartments. These include but are not limited to exclusive dining rooms and lounges, a gym, karaoke suites, pool and communal garden. Pre-sales will be launching shortly so keep an eye out for this exquisite development which has no equal."
It's an interesting group of projects shown above distributed throughout metropolitan Melbourne, but really just a small fraction of projects relative to the apartment stock expected to be released throughout 2014. Melbourne's insatiable appetite for apartments shows no sign of abating.