looks like sale day is sept 30!
Sydney’s newest $10m penthouse
PUBLISHED: 22 AUG 2013
Harry Seidler-inspired curved lines, Carrara marble and room for the caterers are just some of the features potential buyers of Sydney’s newest luxury apartments at Barangaroo can expect from the designer digs.
Developer Lend Lease threw open the doors of its apartment display suite at the weekend to give a select group of wealthy individuals a first glimpse of what could become one of Australia’s most exclusive addresses when completed in 2015.
The two low-rise buildings, the Alexander and Anadara, are the first two residential instalments of a master plan that will eventually include 800 apartments at Barangaroo South.
But they don’t come cheap.
Interested buyers must first lay down a refundable $10,000 deposit before they can view one of the 159 suites, which start at $1 million for a one-bedroom apartment.
The two-storey penthouse on the northern wing of the Anadara building, known as The Cloud, is expected to fetch more than $10 million.
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Featuring floor-to-ceiling harbour views out to Balls Head, Birchgrove and Darling Harbour, and lavish interiors created by New York and Sydney-based designer Iain Halliday of BKH, the apartments are expected to sell for a price of up to $20,000 per square metre.
Mr Halliday said the interior of the Cloud was inspired by the grand apartments of New York, which contained traditional features you could usually only find in a house like entrance halls, skulleries and service corridors.
Most of the bedrooms are ensuite and are ideal for parents with young children with nannies, and the penthouse kitchens have skullery areas ideal for caterers with a serving area, sink and shelves, which can be hidden by a sliding door.
Stylistic elements from the Australian architect-designer Harry Seidler have also been incorporated.
“It was a conscious decision,” Mr Halliday said, adding many Seidler design features – like darker flooring paired with minimalist, water and grey toned interiors – were iconic and evocative of Sydney Harbour.
Politicians, business executives from Melbourne and empty nesters make up some of the 5000 people who have registered their interest in the harbour-side development.
Lend Lease is tight-lipped on the numbers to submit the $10,000 deposit needed for the apartment-come-sales day, which is widely expected to be announced for September 30.
Residential development manager Shaun Bond said about 30 per cent of inquiries have become from buyers in mainland China and south-east Asia.
He is expecting enquiries to pick up as subsequent higher density residential towers are unveiled.
“Local buyers tend to prefer apartments that aren’t too high, whereas we’ve found our international buyers like the higher rise apartments more.”
Apartment amalgamation is also becoming a priority on the wish list of more and more buyers, Mr Bond said.
He said a number of interested parties have asked about opportunities to merge apartments within the Cloud complex, but they are not on the cards in the near future.
The building will sell the homes as discrete units without the option to merge two into one.