With 60 metres of park frontage, a new development in Brunswick East offers its residents access to a ‘big backyard’ lifestyle in the heart of the inner-city.
Located at the edge of Balfe Park, the new multi-residential development by Antipodean Land Developments showcases a new standard of medium-density living. Balfe Park Lane gives residents direct access to a 3.7-acre park, modern amenities and bike trails while remaining close to the CBD.
Proximity to green space is proven to improve property values, as well as the health and wellbeing of the local community. By designing the development with consideration to the public space from the outset, rather than as an afterthought, Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) improves the liveability of the homes in Balfe Park Lane and opens up this little-known slice of green space to the wider community.
KTA designed the mix of townhouses and apartments to achieve an average 7+ star NatHERS rating through the use of a 10kW solar PV system, individual metering, and external solar screens. Other details like a bike maintenance station, courtyards and rooftops with edible gardens, composts, and worm farms ensure the sustainable design presents a healthier and more holistic way of life for each resident — as well as the community as a whole.
Almost every home within this project has dual aspects, ensuring cross-flow ventilation and natural light while cross-laminated timber panelling in living room ceilings creates additional thermal insulation. High-quality and durable materials have been used within the interiors with finishes such as natural stone and engineered timber flooring as standard throughout. Buyer customisation options and upgrades are also available, including custom timber joinery and a choice of front door colour and front gate design. These outstanding homes also include basement car parking, with electric car charging stations provided.
“This project is a great example of how well-designed higher density housing can make for great homes and foster community,” Kerstin says. Balfe Park Lane has a residents’ notice board on the ground floor, a communal rooftop garden and a large internal courtyard with open-air circulating walkways that work together to provide points of connection between neighbours.
Residents will also have the opportunity to decide the purpose of the hub on the ground floor — whether as a yoga studio or coworking space, KTA will design the space for the needs of the residents.
Balfe Park Lane is perfectly positioned to take advantage of a variety of bars and restaurants on offer along Nicholson Street and Lygon Street. The vibrant Merri Creek is also at your back door, giving access to a great selection of scenic walking trails — one of which ends up at CERES, Melbourne’s largest urban farm and sustainability centre.
“It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle that combines the best of inner-city living with all the benefits of a large garden at your front door,” says Dominic Ziino, Managing Agent and Director at Castran Projects.