Malvern East firms as a new apartment hotspot

Urban Melbourne has in the past highlighted various locations as forthcoming apartment hotspots, with Collingwood's Smith Street and Lygon Street Brunswick East the most notable two notable examples. Malvern East on the other hand may come across as a suburb less likely to attract a mass of apartment developments.

Yet that is what postcode 3145 is in the process of doing, with 12 apartment projects currently listed in the Urban Melbourne project database. Add further current projects at planning within Stonnington City Council which are due to appear on the database in due course and the overall number swells to in excess of 20.

Headline projects

By far and away the largest residential project within Malvern East, Vanguard is the work of Bensons Property Group and architects Fender Katsalidis. With 321 apartments over 18 levels, the 62 metre buildings which is at sales also features a north facing terrace designed by TRACT landscape architects.

Vanguard with 60 Belgrave Road

While Urban Melbourne first shone a light upon Vanguard during January 2014, another more recent planning application is set to become Malvern East's second largest residential endeavour. Little Projects are seeking approval for the former Dairy Bell headquarters addressed as 60 Belgrave Road which includes 154 apartments over the 3,860sqm site.

Former SJB Architectute and Plus Architecture Director Alfred de Bruyne conceived the design under the newly former AdeB Architects banner. A mixture of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments are called for as are 6 retail tenancies amounting to 781sqm of new retail space.

The Dandenong Road stretch

The completed 833-843 Dandenong Road began the ball rolling along this stretch of prime real estate opposite Caulfield Railway Station and Monash University. Since its completion surrounding low-rise commercial properties have been the target of developers. The Clarence at 857 Dandenong Road is nearing completion while Gasciogne Apartments at 879 Dandenong Road is under the guidance of builder Harris HMC.

865-871 Dandenong Road with Gascoigne and Finch.

Sitting between Clarence and Gasciogne, Circa Property Group have instigated a redevelopment of 865-871 Dandenong Road which would add a further 47 dwellings while Finch Apartments at 887 Dandenong Road rounds out the current quartet. This new wall of apartment buildings has the potential to be extended east and west along Dandenong Road.


A swag of additional apartment developments are also on the radar, with Burke Road and Waverley Road front and center. Separate applications covering 82 Burke Road, 84 Burke Road, 86 Burke Road would yield 62 apartments between them if realised while 131-133 Waverley Road and 226 Waverley Road would see a combined 54 dwellings.

Seen below is Moda Corp's Bruce Henderson-designed scheme for 86 Burke Road which would feature a collection of twenty 1, 2 & 3 bedroom residences. While it's at appeal with Council, another recent planning application has been submitted for 1009-1011 Dandenong Road within Malvern East which looks to replace a unique Architects EAT proposal which did not advance and which was featured on Urban Melbourne during 2014.

Moda Corp's Burke Road development and Architects EAT's scheme for Dandenong Road

Encompassing all the identified apartment projects within Malvern East above and assuming all are delivered, Urban Melbourne has identified in excess of 1,000 apartments earmarked for the suburb.


Development & Planning

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 00:00
More than 8,000 square metres of land in Wheelers Hill has been given the development green light by Monash City Council. At the turn of December Council chose to endorse an application to develop vacant land at 161-169 Jells Road for a multi-level aged care facility.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

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.