Footscray's Riverina Apartments powers ahead

Recently Urban Melbourne broke the news that Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct will begin its transformation into an inner-city residential enclave with the release of Riverina Apartments. Located less than five kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, Riverina Apartments also presents as developer AZX Group's vanguard Australian development, with further projects planned along the Eastern Seaboard.

Nic Cuni as Director of CBRE's Residential Projects was on hand to guide Urban Melbourne through the now open display suite, providing an overview of Riverina Apartments which has seen the project's first stage already garner strong sales.

Riverina's display suite model up close

Within close proximity to the Maribyrnong River, Nic Cuni explains that the Peddle Thorp-designed complex will be split into stages. Initially available for purchase are apartments within the podium and buildings D, C and E; all of which which front Hopkins Street.

Subsequent stages will see the dual 31 level residential towers delivered, creating a heightened level of living to Footscray with unfettered views to all directions. Overall Riverina Apartments will provide in excess of 950 new dwellings while also delivering Melbourne's inner West with a highly visible marker.

To date Riverina Apartments' strong early sales has seen a considerable number accounted for over the available buildings, with a mix of domestic and overseas buyers securing apartments at competitive prices. One, two and three bedroom apartments are available with an entry point of $255,000, while four bedroom penthouses crowning each tower as seen above are also available.

CBRE have just released Riviera to our Victorian database, only to receive the biggest response ever fielded. So much so we expect to sell out of stage one soon after our grand opening during July.

The market has understood the value proposition that Riverina offers, with Melbourne's affordability issues in part addressed by releasing apartments from $255,000.

Nic Cuni
Representative kitchen and bedroom finishes

The display suite demonstrates the bright, open apartment format created by Peddle Thorp. Kitchens and bathrooms are simple, modern and convenient with an emphasis on functionality while bedrooms feature neutral tones.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive living areas point toward the desire of the development team to create apartments that capture the maximum amount of light possible.

We have addressed quality by using well known appliances and showcasing interiors designed by Peddle Thorp. Buyers get a unique opportunity to buy an exceptional apartment within five kilometres to the CBD from $255,000.

It's an opportunity to enjoy a high yielding investment that has huge growth potential and Riverina's mix of apartments will appeal to first home buyers, downsizers and the local area investor!

Nic Cuni

A feature of Riverina Apartments will be an expansive internal courtyard which opens to Warde Street. Surrounded by hanging greenery, the courtyard and garden area headline project amenities which include rooftop entertainment and barbecue areas, rooftop swimming pool, sauna and spa, private dining/entertaining rooms and a gymnasium.

An activated ground level will see a slew of retail and entertainment options with the project maintaining frontage to four separate streets. Specialty and large-scale retailers will constitute the mix with a supermarket expected to underpin retail activities which stretch across the 9,500sqm site.

Riverina's penthouses with their distinctive exterior. Image courtesy CBRE


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Mark Baljak's picture

I don't know how much context can be taken from a one word reply, but I'll assume you're referring to the development's bulk/exterior finish?

It's no beauty but then again nor are many other projects around town that produce less than dazzling exteriors.

It passed through State planning channels and got the nod from the Minister of the day as well, do we lay the term "appalling" down at their feet?

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Its no Prima Pearl or the Quays buts its not that bad. Its a massive site so it was never gonna house a nice, slender curvy tower. It would still win any CE beauty contest!

TBH, I'm just happy to finally see the ball rolling at Josephs Rd. We'll get to see some more interesting stuff on the site right on the river at 2 Hopkins St.

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Wink Brand Design's picture

The bulky design doesn't do much for me, but wouldn't go as far as to say that it's "appalling". From the inside however, those views of the Melbourne city skyline are simply dazzling.

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