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Fawkner. The low rise building has occupants now, with a gentleman soaking up the rays today on his sunny balcony. Nice spot, with acres of Fawkner Park behind him. All this warmth has prompted the prunus blossom to pop, as a tease of Spring.





 

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The Muse luxury apartment complex with $40m penthouse aims to attract the wealthy to St Kilda Rd

IAN ROYALL, Herald Sun
September 21, 2017 1:13pm

WITH a penthouse worth $40 million and the minimum apartment priced at $2.5 million, a proposed new development on St Kilda Rd really will be for the well-heeled.

Plans for the 14-storey luxury apartment building are being submitted to the Melbourne City Council today by the Devitt Property Group.

The development, at the corner of Toorak Rd, will have just 45 apartments, even though the building could accommodate more than 200 normal-sized residences.


An artist's impression of The Muse high-end apartment development on St Kilda Rd.

The apartments will have three-metre ceilings and range in size from about 200sq m to more than 1000sq m for the penthouse.

The complex will have 24-hour concierge, a 20m lap pool, spa, gym, sauna and a club lounge. Each home will have a minimum of a three-car garage.

The penthouse will be over two levels and will carry a final price tag of more than $40 million.

Bruce Henderson Architects have created the design, claiming to offer absolute privacy and security.

Veteran builder Peter Devitt said the aim was to create an “exceptional place to live” for the wealthy.

“We understand what high-net worth individuals want — privacy, security, convenience, the city’s best location and larger residences with bespoke, handcrafted interiors,” he said.

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I was wondering when Tim Gurner's Albert Place would get under way, after the impressive sales performance. Anyway, demo is well under way. It's a "V" shaped site, where Bowen Crescent (just behind the Zaha Hadid Mayfair site) and Bowen Lane meet Kingsway.

'Unprecedented' downsizer interest drives Tim Gurner sellout

Financial Review rich lister Tim Gurner sold 97 per cent of the apartments in a new Melbourne high-rise project in just two weeks after offering larger apartments to the downsizer market.

Mr Gurner's Albert Place Residences on Bowen Crescent in South Melbourne originally featured 160 apartments, but was reduced to 140 after downsizers chose to amalgamate apartments to create large residences.

The resulting layout created eight half-floor residences all worth between $4.5 million to $5.5 million with the project generating total sales of $140 million.

Mr Gurner said he took a calculated risk by offering a third of the apartments in the tower, designed by Elenberg Fraser, as three-bedders to "test the scale and breadth of the downsizer market" but that it had "paid off in spades".

While Mr Gurner has consistently rejected the view there are too many apartments being developed in Melbourne, he warned that new state government changes to stamp duty, which include the removal of off-the-plan stamp duty concessions for investors, would have a "large impact on the investment market without question".

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/residential/vic/unprecedented-downsizer-i... (link is external)








The park opposite Albert Place.



The virtually complete Queens Domain, in Queens Road.

 

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The Xmas/NY shutdown is almost worth it when January often brings a start on some major new projects. Queens Place is the headliner, but we can add St Boulevard to the list. I've been driving past regularly, since Dean's post on Nov.1st, and today spotted some equipment (City Circle) parked around the back. There was one bloke outside and he told me that demo is starting today, so my timing was spot on. The three buildings comprising St Boulevard should be quite a landmark in St Kilda Road, especially the tallest of them, the "ski-jump" Magnolia building.

Icon has won the tender to build the 3 tower 'St Boulevard'. 3 towers called Anaca, Gingko and the large curved one is Magnolia.



 

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Luxury Muse apartment complex to feature ‘unprecedented’ tech

FACIAL, fingerprint and numberplate recognition technology will be installed in Melbourne’s luxury Muse apartment development among “unprecedented” security measures for its future high net worth residents.

Hi-tech and customisable home automation systems that automatically call lifts when residents enter the building, turn on airconditioning and even put the kettle on will also feature in the 14-storey tower on the corner of St Kilda and Toorak Rds.

The development by Devitt Property Group will be crowned with a penthouse worth $40 million — which would be a record price for an apartment in Australia — and have a minimum apartment cost of $2.5 million.

It will contain 35 to 45 apartments with “six-star amenities”, ranging in size from 200sq m to more than 1000sq m for the penthouse, even though the building could fit more than 200 normal-sized homes.

The developer announced this week that The Muse would use numberplate recognition technology, which would grant residents access to the building and call a lift so it’s waiting when they arrive.

It would also trigger the airconditioning, lower the blinds and turn on the kettle in their apartment — or anything else they wanted.

Biometric systems, including facial recognition and fingerprint scanners, and personalised “fob” swipes would also be used to access The Muse.

And a 24-hour concierge would monitor a CCTV system using facial recognition and “intruder detection systems” to round out the top-level security.

Those who buy into the complex would be able to customise elements of their home automation, including heating and cooling systems, automated blinds and lighting controls, to make their apartment “almost entirely self-managing”, the developer said.

“We understand what high net worth individuals want — privacy, security, convenience, the city’s best location and larger residences with bespoke, handcrafted interiors,” Devitt Property Group managing director Peter Devitt said.

Brian Mason, director of The Muse’s building services and sustainability consultants Waterman AHW, said the level of technology being developed for The Muse was “unprecedented”.

“Residents will be able to tailor the level of integration of the interface technology within their residence to their individual needs, with the option of the entire household being automated,” he said.

Occupants of the high-end development will also have access to a 20m lap pool, “relaxation pool” and spa, gym with sauna and steam rooms and a residents’ club lounge with meeting rooms.

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There's a big banner up on the Illoura office block, corner of Kingsway and St Kilda Road, for a resi development called Illoura House. Renders for the Bates Smart 17L design first appeared in Dec. 2015, but appear to have been tweaked going by the render on their website www.illourahouse.com
The photo of the existing building is one I took some time ago.




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Virtually across the road from Illoura, Gurner's Albert Place is under construction. Elenberg Fraser are the architects for this luxury project.





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New Charsfield's floor plates are above ground now.





Opera is a little disappointing, I think. It looks much stubbier than the render and would have looked more elegant if taller, but that's height controls for you.



 
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