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Nest the latest at Doncaster Hill

The latest entrant into the bustling Doncaster Hill apartment market has unveiled itself with Nest at the Hill due for its public launch in coming weeks. A collaboration between established Singaporean developer Sin Heng Chan and architecture firm K2LD, Nest at the Hill located at 642-654 Doncaster Road will deliver 249 apartments and four townhouses.

Split between 40 one-bedroom, 180 two-bedroom and 29 three-bedroom apartments, Nest at the Hill also holds 10 penthouse dwellings with private rooftop terraces. Designed with a 7.2 energy star rating, the project will target both high-end purchasers and investors with a manned concierge desk, hotel-style lobby, swimming pool and keyless entry included.

Located on the highest point of Doncaster Hill, Nest on the Hill is 18.9 kilometres to Melbourne's CBD and will hold sweeping views with separate north and south facing terraces available to all residences. Other project amenities include the aforementioned outdoor pool, gym and multi-purpose meetings/functions rooms.

Exterior perspectives. Image courtesy K2LD

In fitting with the project's unique moniker, internal apartment finishes have been dubbed ‘Light Dove’ and ‘Dark Owl’ relative to the respective colour schemes on offer. Obligatory for top-end developments, Nest on the Hill will feature Miele appliances, reconstructed stone benchtops and splashblacks and timber floors, in addition to LED and track lighting throughout the living areas. Bathrooms include Porcelain tiles, while bedrooms will be fitted with wool blend carpet.

Entry price into Nest on the Hill is $395,000 for a single bedroom apartment with 52sqm of internal space, while the largest non-penthouse apartment on offer is a three bedroom/two bathroom dwelling with 104sqm of internal space valued at $800,000.

Maximising the site's elevated position, ten penthouses will occupy top billing within the project. The average penthouse internal size comes in at 172.9sqm with the average price per penthouse at $1.631 million. As sales have yet to commence, the largest penthouse is still available with 367sqm of internal area, while terrace areas of up to 224sqm are also available. The premier penthouse caries a list price of a cool $2.188 million.

Currently an open air car park, the project will also activate Doncaster Road by way of 6 retail spaces present at ground level, including an expected cafe. Basement car and bicycle parking services the development, and includes 43 retail and visitor spaces.

With the display opening May 16th, construction commencement of Nest at the Hill is expected at the turn of 2016.

Internal finish and lobby space. Image courtesy K2LD

The site in question has been subject to a number of design proposals over the best part of a decade, including an imaginative beehive-like design some years ago. Most recently Englehart sold the site with a permit for a Peddle Thorp-designed residential building containing 273 dwellings over twelve levels.

The design below has been supplanted by the current K2LD scheme. Nest at the Hill add's to K2LD's Melbourne portfolio which has expanded in recent times. The Singapore and Melbourne based practice also has four additional large-scale residential projects active in Melbourne, in addition to a sizeable Burwood Highway commercial development.

The superseded design. Image courtesy Peddle Thorp

Nest at the Hill joins a bevy of other residential projects jockeying for position at Doncaster Hill. The Urban Melbourne project database shows Nest at the Hill to be the 16th large-scale apartment project in postcode 3108.

Projects at construction include 83 on Tram, Panorama, Imperial Doncaster, 88 Doncaster Hill and Pearl while those at sales are Ellia, Gardenhill which incidentally has nearly sold out, Magnolia and 8 Hepburn Road. There are an additional six approved developments in and around Doncaster Hill.

Should all 17 projects come to fruition, the total number of apartments pumped into Doncaster Hill would be approximately 2050.

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