Towers take luxury to greater heights

Brisbane was declared the home of the nation’s best apartment building last year. Now it’s planning an assault on the title again with a flurry of new projects, ranging from the tallest tower the city
has ever seen to one of its most luxurious.

‘‘There is so much to support investing in Brisbane right now,’’ says Liz McFarland, sales manager of developer DevCorp. ‘‘Brisbane has experienced consistent capital growth over the past 10 years
and sales volumes indicate a continued demand for units over houses.’’

In 2015, the 20-storey Austin apartments in South Brisbane were voted the country’s best high-rise residential development at the Asia Pacific International Property Awards, with its rooftop dining and pool, and floor-to- ceiling windows.

But the next crop of buildings look set to be equally impressive. At 274 metres, the 90-level Brisbane Skytower (artist’s impression right and on our cover) will be the highest in the city, with 1138 units. Its rooftop will feature the country’s highest infinity-edge outdoor pool.

‘‘It’s going to be absolutely iconic,’’ says developer Billbergia’s development manager, Bill McGarry, of the Noel Robinson Architects-designed tower.

‘‘Obviously, its location in the city centre is amazing too, with the park, university, close to the South Bank, commercial streets, retail space below and down
the road from the new casino.’’

Brisbane-based DevCorp has about $300 million of new projects being built across the city. These include Lume at Kangaroo Point, The 28 in Fortitude Valley, Lincoln on the Park at Stones Corner, and The Woodstore in Chermside. Lume, designed by Cox Rayner, is a $100 million 13-level boutique tower with a rooftop sky lounge with an infinity-edge pool and gym, as well as landscaped gardens and views of the Brisbane skyline.

‘‘Lume is the jewel in the DevCorp crown,’’ McFarland says. ‘‘It sets a new level of luxury for Brisbane apartments.’’

DevCorp’s The 28, with 139 apartments over 15 levels, will also have a rooftop pool, terrace, gym and great views, as well as an onsite cafe and retail area, and is a five- minute walk from the Chinatown precinct, Bakery Lane.

‘‘The 28 will bring city chic to Fortitude Valley,’’ says Ben Hamblett, NSW & Queensland associate director for Ausin Group’s project marketing division. ‘‘It is a high-end premium development.’’

Overlooking 5.2-hectare Hanlon Park, Lincoln on the Park has 93 apartments over eight floors built around a covered breezeway, also with a rooftop pool.

DevCorp also has The Woodstore under way – 45 one, two and three- bedroom apartments over nine levels, with timber features designed to evoke the site’s timber mill heritage.

It’s a great time to be buying in Brisbane, CBRE Brisbane residential projects managing director Paul Barratt says. ‘‘We have a number of wonderful, diverse and exciting projects.’’

For downsizers and luxury buyers, hotel, resort and residential developer Banyan Tree is launching its first branded property in Australia, the 73-apartment Banyan Tree Residences on the clifftop at Kangaroo Point, overlooking the Botanic Gardens and the CBD. Billed as the ultimate in luxury, the apartments will have a 24-hour concierge, rooftop pool and garden, gym and spa, while three of the four penthouses will have its own pool.

Radiance at Light + Co. is the second stage of a 1.2-hectare masterplanned project on the old gas and light company site for more than 700 residents by developer-builder-property manager Pradella Developments. At West End, adjacent to the river and Davies Park,

it comprises four buildings as well as gardens, two pools, a gym, lounge, theatrette and function room, with architects Rothelowman.

CBRE’s third top project is Chester
 and Ella in Newstead, comprising two buildings from Kokoda Property Group by architects Hayball with Chester as the first release. It will have 170 apartments over 15 levels, with 2.7-metre high ceilings.

 

CASE STUDY

Looking around for an apartment for an investment, Ann Woo was horrified by Sydney prices, and when a friend told her she had just bought a one- bedroom unit in the city with no car space for $1.52 million, that proved the last straw.

‘‘I started looking in Brisbane instead, and prices were half, or even a third, of what they are in Sydney,’’ says Woo, 42, who works in the legal field. ‘‘Rental yields were also a lot better.’’

Then Woo, a mother of three, saw the plans for Billbergia’s Brisbane Skytower and was immediately impressed. She liked the idea of units right in the middle of the city, with the university nearby and the potential of plenty of tenants.

‘‘It’s a fantastic location, and prices were quite affordable, in fact very affordable,’’ she says. ‘‘You couldn’t get anything for those kind of prices in Sydney.’’

As a result, she ended up buying two – a one-bed plus study and car space with a river view on level 58 for $550,000, and a large one-bed on
a lower level for $440,000.

 

WHAT’S HOT?

Brisbane Skytower, 222 Margaret Street – 1-bed (57-86sqm) $454,000-$843,400; 2-beds (59-108sqm) $469,000-$1.38 million; 3-beds (86-125sqm) $821,000-$1,549,000. brisbaneskytower.com

Lume, Kangaroo Point – 1-bed (59-88sqm) $420,000-$499,000; 2-beds (86-151sqm) $585,000-$1,295,000; 3-beds (116-299sqm) $995,000-$2.95 million; 4-bed penthouse (360sqm) $4.95 million. lume.com.au, 1800 478 477

The 28, Fortitude Valley – 1-bed (59-81sqm) from $438,000; 2-beds (73-107sqm) from $530,500. the28.com.au, 1300 551 604

Lincoln on the Park, Stones Corner – 1-bed (54sqm) from $381,000; 2-beds (65-114sqm) from $495,000. lincolnonthepark.com.au

The Woodstore, Chermside – only 3-beds remain (117sqm) from $678,000. woodstoreapartments.com.au

Banyan Tree Residences, Kangaroo Point – 2-beds (109-172sqm) from $900,000; 3-beds (170-244sqm) $1.95 million; 4-bed penthouses (250-631sqm) $3.25 million- $6.95 million. banyantreeresidences.com

Radiance at Light + Co., West End – 1-bed (55sqm) from $400,000; 2-beds (81sqm) from $600,000; 3-beds (110sqm) from $775,000. lightandcoapartments.com.au, 1300 202 888

Chester & Ella, Newstead – 1-bed (51sqm) from $415,000; 2-beds (68sqm) $625,000; 3-beds (143sqm) $875,000; 4 beds (159sqm) $2.45 million. kokodaproperty.com.au/ residences/chester-ella, 1300 624 756

Sue Williams, Published in Sydney Morning Herald (April 30, 2016)