Back streets given new life and style

Sharp: Syracuse features 27 apartments in a range of configurations with contemporary decor.Hawthorn streets between the railway line and Burwood Road are being eyed by developers for apartment developments, replacing the not-so-special mix of low-rise commercial buildings and what can best be described as ”remnant” housing.
Nanjing Night Net

From Power Street in the west through almost to Burke Road in the east, the ”backstreets” are being revitalised with apartment blocks that put residents within walking distance of Glenferrie or Burke Road shops and either Glenferrie or Auburn train stations.

The latest project is Syracuse, at 8 Queens Avenue, which will put a seven-level block of 27 apartments on a wide site now occupied by a two-storey commercial building.

Queens Avenue has the Auburn Road shops at its eastern end and, at the western end, there is Henry Street and its underpass connection to the large and pretty Central Gardens. So, for residents there will be shops, transport and open space within easy walking distance. Unlike some developments, the block will not back onto the train line but will be on the other side of the street.

There are eight one-bedroom apartments and 19 two-bedroom apartments in a block whose exterior will add a sharp modern look to the street, with green, white and grey the highlight colours on the angled frames that front each level. At ground level, Syracuse will front the street but the upper levels will be set back.

One-bedroom apartments range from 46 square metres to 62 square metres and have balconies ranging from eight square metres to 13 square metres. Prices are from $379,000 to $479,000.

Two-bedroom apartments range from 60 square metres to 78 square metres and have balconies of between eight square metres and 56 square metres. Eight of these have two bathrooms, and all apartments have parking and a storage cage. Prices vary widely – from $539,000 to $759,000.

A sixth-floor, two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, with views from the wraparound balcony, is $629,000 while, one floor down, a similar-sized apartment with a smaller balcony is $564,000.

Buyers have a choice of two colour schemes featuring grey and white. Many apartments have a study nook, and kitchens have Smeg appliances. Apartments also include a Fisher & Paykel fridge, washing machine and dryer.

A little more than half have sold, to a mix of investors and owner-occupiers. Construction is due to begin later this year.

A display suite is open Saturdays 11am-noon and Beller, 9510 1966, is marketing the project.

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