My Place, a new development of 151 apartments, brings creative design and competitive prices to Melbourne’s Hawthorn. Targeting first-time buyers and investors, the project will offer contemporary one-bedroom (56%), two-bed (42%) and three-bed (2%) homes, each with secure parking. Construction will begin in late 2013, completing by mid-2015. Prices start from $375,000, with more than 50percent sold already.
Coordinated by experienced developer Makshaq, the team behind My Place includes acclaimed CHT Architects (Carabott Holt Turcinov), who also conceived the interiors, with outdoor spaces by award-winning Jack Merlo Design. Market-leading Colliers International is handling off-plan sales of Hawthorn’s best value apartments.
Location Hawthorn may be famous for its AFL team, but there are more reasons to come home to Hawthorn than just to kick a ball about. My Place, on Albert Street, plugs you into the heart of one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs, known for its leafy parks, heritage architecture and tempting cafés and restaurants.
Just seven kilometres from the CBD, My Place is a hop from Auburn train station and close to tram routes via Glenferrie Road. This vibrant, inner-eastern neighbourhood is also handy for local shops, Burwood Road Village’s drinking and dining spots, and popular Camberwell Market. Swinburne University is a stroll away and the area boasts some of the best private schools in town.
Design The design of this stylish, multi-faceted development, set over two buildings, responds dynamically to its location. “We wanted to provide My Place with a strong visual identity utilising a clearly defined geometric patterned façade addressing the predominant views,’ CHT explains. ‘The form and façade are combined into a geometric composition of stacked and shifted rectangular parts that integrate into an holistic concept.”
Like a series of floating boxes, each floor offers a unique interface with the street, with every second level recessed for a light, layered effect. Textured concrete, metal cladding and balustrades add eye-catching detail to the façade, with a natural palette of cream and blue masonry rising to bronze. With no standard front or back, My Place should prove visually arresting for residents and neighbours alike.
At the heart of My Place is a light, communal courtyard by landscape designers Jack Merlo. Linking the two buildings, it forms a sociable retreat, with timber terraces, leafy spots to sit, planter boxes. A café will occupy this area, flanked by 23 ground-floor apartments with courtyard gardens.
Another highlight is the sixth-floor rooftop terrace, with a Northern aspect which offers uninterrupted sun. Outdoors, you can enjoy three heated spas, partly shaded by a pergola, and a barbecue area with built-in seating and a dining zone. Indoors, a spacious wood-panelled lounge with a cosy fireplace and another dining table means various groups can entertain here simultaneously. Trees, vertical planting, flowers and soft mood lighting complete the escapist feel.
The majority of the apartments orientate towards the north, east and west, with windows in lounges and bedrooms to make the most of natural light. Each also boasts a balcony or terrace, embracing the outdoors. Interiors reflect the architecture’s simple, geometric lines, featuring tactile surfaces, neutral palettes and a choice of dark or light schemes (black and white, reflective splashbacks and reconstituted stone benchtops). Living and kitchen areas are generous, with optional timber floors and carpeted bedrooms. Bold 3D tiles in bathrooms add to the sense of space. Sleek fittings, including Miele appliances, create a minimal, timeless feel, with timber for added warmth.
My Place is eco-smart, earning a six-star energy rating thanks to its landscaped common areas, rainwater harvesting, cross-ventilation and efficient use of solar power and natural light. There’s also generous bicycle storage.
Options Appealing to Gen Y 25 to 35-year olds, apartment prices start from $375,000 for one bedroom,$520,000 for two and $789,000 for three beds, with a wide choice of lay-outs. Each comes with a car space and over-bonnet storage cage; some of the larger two- and all three-beds also have a second car space. Secure entrances from both Albert Street and Lilydale Grove and off-street basement car parking make for easy access.
A display suite is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm-4pmor by appointment at 10–12 Albert Street, Hawthorn East, 3123; for more details see myplacehawthorn.com or contact Colliers on 1300 175 223.