Identifying the next apartment hotspot: Glen Iris

The latest planning application for Glen Iris is adding weight to the suburb's credentials as it emerges as an apartment hotspot. Situated 10 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, the suburb has seen an elevated amount of apartment-based activity of late, with developers keen to secure a foothold within the locale which is split between City of Stonnington and City of Boroondara.

Urban Melbourne is tracking 638 new apartments within Glen Iris spread over 13 separate developments. Small-scale numbers relative to inner city development, yet impressive when considering the suburb is both a youngish apartment market and heavily favoured by owner-occupiers.

City of Stonnington are currently advertising the suburb's largest intended development to date, located at 1559-1567 High Street. The proposal which rises progressively to eight levels would hold 148 dwellings if approved. Southbank-based Gardenier Pty Ltd is the proponent with ROTHELOWMAN responsible for the design.

Indicative view from High Street and Brixton Rise. Image courtesy ROTHELOWMAN

Clad predominantly in varying tones of glass, 1559-1567 High Street holds a mixture of one, two, two plus and three bedroom apartments. The development carries a nominal value of $36 million and would see 15 three bedroom dwellings included in addition to 6 two bedroom plus options, both of which point toward the development team's recognition of Glen Iris as a suburb capable of holding a greater number of higher-end dwellings.

Elsewhere and Glen Iris currently sees three apartment projects at construction. Gardiner Rise, Grace and Vivid on Malvern are all at basement stage with the latter the latest project for St Kilda Road-based AG Constructions; yet another of a new brigade of builders devoted solely to the delivery of apartment projects.

Gardiner Rise and Vivid on Malvern in progress

Soon to join those at construction are Lennox Glen Iris, which was featured recently, and Trentwood, Kokoda Property Group's latest residential project. Featuring 92 apartments within a Hayball-designed building, Trentwood will feature Carr Design interiors within the development dominated by two and three bedroom dwellings which hold internal spaces of up to 123sqm.

Also at Registrations and Sales is Leopold which presents as more typical Glen Iris apartment developments in that it is low-rise in nature and within a close distance to either of the suburbs two train stations: Gardiner or Glen Iris.

The balance of project within postcode 3146 are at planning, with three notable developments in waiting. Calabro Capital's 1579-1581 Malvern Road is a recent entrant into the Urban Melbourne project database as are 1729-1735 Malvern Road and the Peddle Thorp-designed 1655-1659 Malvern Road.

Sizeable apartment developments applications are also in progress for the following Glen Iris addresses (some of which have yet to enter the Urban Melbourne project database) include:

  • 1687 Malvern Road
  • 7-11 Elm Road Glen Iris (developed by modular builder Modscape)
  • 1639-1645 Malvern Road
  • 1795 Malvern Road
  • 1693-1699 Malvern Road
  • 1542 High Street
  • 1655-1659 Malvern Road (Notice of Decision stage)
  • 1789 and 1791-1793 Malvern Road

With Malvern Road and High Street a focal point of apartment development within the area, Glen Iris's forward apartment development pipeline is looking particularly strong. This coupled with the desirability of the suburb leads Urban Melbourne to ear tag Glen Iris as an apartment hotspot both now and into the medium term.

A selection of active Glen Iris apartment projects


Aussie Steve's picture

The 1559-1567 site in High Street, Glen Iris, right next to Gardiners Creek should be included as part of the open space parklands along the creek and not redeveloped. The same goes for the land to the west of Brixton Rise where the car wash and former Post Office is situated and the land to the north under the large overhead power pylon. This area is not sutable for redevelopment but for more open space for the environment. There is plenty of development potential to the east of Glen Iris train station where all those factories are located as well as any air rights over the sinking of the train tracks between Glen Iris and Gardiner Stations.

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johnproctor's picture

^ Why?

that area is awash with both active and passive open space - I think the two areas you've identified would make sense as land isolated from nearby low rise single residential to be developed to a very high density.

they are 2 minutes walk to Glen Iris Station, 5 minutes to Route 6 tram, (outbound) High Street bus at the front door serving a lot of schools along High Street. crappy local bus to Camberwell and Chadstone at the doorstep. TH King and Eric Raven for active recreation over High Street, Gardiners Creek trail for bike access to the City and local passive recreation (both east and west various wetlands, urban forest, bbq's etc). Freeway access. easy bike/long walk (3km) to Monash University Caulfield.

i.e. its the perfect place to chuck 1000 apartments with some associated convenience retail.

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Aussie Steve's picture

The only reason I say this is because the distance between the banks of the creek and the title boundary of this sit is far too close for comfort and this part of the creek does need some greater passive open space an d bushland setting and for this developed land to be returned back to native vegetation. I am not against development perse, butt this area of Glen Iris isn't the right spot. This is prime land that the Council should be purchasing to augment its public open space. The same goes for a site on Dandenong Road, at the southern point of the Urban Forrest in Malvern East. A major development site in the middle of public open space which should be purchased by the local council to again expand its local passive/active open space.

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Development Melbourne's picture

Hats off to Terry Harper Architects for designing Vivid. the apartment dances in rhythm to the bending Malvern road where the site is located. BUT right opposite this apartment is the historic blue stone St Andrews Uniting Church, which VIVID allegedly doesn't respect the presence and the architectural character of the historic building. Their is no doubt in my mind that Glennhill Pty couldn't give a dam about church's significant and allegedly were more focused on making another another dollar than caring on how VIVID would communicate to the historic church.

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