Brunswick apartment living levels up with two homes a floor in new project

The Themeda development at 19 Wilkinson St, Brunswick, will give buyers a half floor apartment – minimising neighbours and maximising light and airflow.

A Brunswick apartment project offering buyers half a level for almost all of its 11 homes is aiming to raise the price ceiling and quality of the suburb’s market.

Reside Real Estate director Brett Ayles said Themeda, named for a native grass, was working to a different specification sheet to most developments, and homes in the building would set price records for the suburb on a square metre basis.

“They are the most expensive apartments on the market in Brunswick at the moment,” Mr Ayles said.

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Themeda is backed by developer the Three P’s Property Group, and the five-level complex was designed by Telha Clarke architects with a mix of sustainability and “uniqueness” in mind.

While each apartment will have a “base” floorplan, for the next 60-90 days purchasers will be able to heavily customise it.

The five-storey development will have just two apartments a level for most of its floors.

“It’s not just optional, it’s encouraged,” Mr Ayles said. “If you want to double or halve your kitchen you can, or sit down with the developer with a cup of tea with a pencil.”

One buyer has arranged to add a music studio with sound proofing and better acoustic design. Another has requested 15sq m of planter boxes for a balcony “jungle”.

Most apartment sizes will range from 80-136sq m inside, with an about 50sq m balcony. In the kitchen, buyers will choose the stone they want for their island bench.

The development’s rooftop will be split between dining spaces and vegetable gardens.

There is also an option for a fireplace.

The building’s location means apartments will have windows to the north and south, making full use of floor-to-ceiling glazing for cross ventilation and extensive natural light throughout.

Apartments are also expected to achieve NatHERS energy efficiency ratings as high as 8.6 stars.

Shared amenities include a rooftop dining space and planter boxes for residents to grow their own vegetables.

Kitchens can be customised, with buyers able to double or halve them in many instances.

The project is expected to be completed by April next year, with the basement already completed.

One-bedroom apartments start from $589,950, two-bedroom units from $811,950-$1,142,400 and three-bedroom homes from $1.28m-$1.66m.

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