Wide-eyed at units with broad appeal


We are used to the idea of unit blocks going up rather than out, but a new development takes a broad brush to apartment design

“Never mind the quality, feel the width,” used to be the catch-cry of the clothing trade.

But a new low-rise development of supersized apartments in Caringbah, in Sydney’s south-western Sutherland Shire, offers both, says PR Barry Hyland.

“All 57 apartments at Affinity Caringbah have extra wide frontages – up to 15.44-metres – to provide vantage points from balconies, living areas and master bedrooms,” he says.

“This is in dramatic contrast to typical multi-unit buildings which have narrow floorplates of 6-to-8 metres to maximise the number of apartments on site.

Barry claims Affinity Caringbah adopts a different design mindset from bland ‘egg crate’ architecture. Rather than towering skywards it spreads out and follows the topography of the large 4,292sqm site in Dianella Street.

“The two symmetrical five-storey buildings have a balanced horizontal profile and a tapered roofline with sloping overhangs,” he says. “Strong blade walls act as ‘bookends’, and the articulated façade helps to give Affinity Caringbah a more ‘human scale’ than standard apartment blocks.”

Affinity Caringbah faces north, with floor to ceiling windows enhancing the feeling of light and space. The apartments are larger than average with two-bedders 80sqm internally and the three-bedrooms more than 100sqm, plus  external spaces ranging from 19sqm to 59sqm.

All ground-level apartments, and some terrace apartments, have substantial landscaped gardens on title and there are two communal rooftop terraces for social gatherings, private relaxation and enjoying the views all the way to the Sydney CBD skyline.

Affinity Caringbah is being created by veteran local developer, John R Keith, who also built such residential landmarks as 77 Macleay in Potts Point, Bayview in Bronte, 151 East at Bondi Beach, and Portifino and The Bay in Coogee.

John believes ‘gracious space’ is what appeals to the middle-to-upper end of the Shire apartment market.

“That’s why the bulk of our apartments at Affinity Caringbah are large two-and-three-bedders with two parking spaces and plenty of storage,” he says. “Affinity Caringbah will appeal to owner-occupiers who want to combine a coastal lifestyle with comfort and convenience. Living here will be like taking a ‘sea change’ without having to move miles away to enjoy the benefits.”

Every apartment will have solid engineered timber flooring, wool carpets, feature downlights, fully ducted air-conditioning, high-speed computer cabling, provision for Pay TV, and video intercom security.

Kitchens will have Bosch appliances, Caesarstone benchtops, tile splashbacks, oak joinery, and a pull-out or built-in pantry. Private northerly decks overlook the parklands around North Caringbah Oval.  Strata levies are estimated from $650 to $1,200 per quarter.

“We have ensured occupants have generous and flexible interior and external living areas and many storage options,” said principal architect John Kavanagh of internationally acclaimed architectural firm Baker Kavanagh.

Affinity Caringbah will have:

  • 4 one-bedroom apartments (61-62sqm internally plus 25-52sqm externally) with one car space from $690,000 to $725,000
  • 40 two-bedrooms (80-92sqm internally plus 17-79sqm externally) with two car spaces from $795,000 to $1.15-M, and
  • 13 three-bedrooms (101-111sqm internally plus 40-63sqm externally) with two car spaces from $1.12-M to $1.39-M

John Keith expects construction of Affinity Caringbah will start by early next year and be finished by late-2018. A display suite at 1 Dianella Street, Caringbah is open by appointment through Peter Shield of Ray White Erskineville on 0417 884 882, and Matt Otway of Belle Property on 0424 199 009. More information is available on the website: www.affinitycaringbah.com.au



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