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In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

The ‘so ugly it’s beautiful’ Sirius building in Sydney’s Rocks area is a step closer to demolition after the NSW government rejected heritage status for the brutalist former public housing block. NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced on Wednesday that she had declined to grant protection for the block, opening (more…)

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Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

It might be raining cats and dogs in strata these days but apartment owners with a taste for the exotic  – like giant rhinocerous cockroaches and spinifex hopping mice – are stretching the boundaries of what can’t be ‘unreasonably’ refused. With default by-laws changed so that pets are more likely (more…)

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$350m flat tuned out

$350m flat tuned out

A local council has rejected plans by a  multimillionaire radio station owner to create the UK’s most expensive flat in a luxury development near Harrod’s in central London. Ashley Tabor, who owns Classic FM among other radio stations, applied to knock two properties in the luxury Knightsbridge Apartments together to (more…)

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson.  It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting  very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and (more…)

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Dardanelle Towers 1: The naked truth

Dardanelle Towers 1:  The naked truth

We recently discovered, hidden deep in the darkest corner of our archives, what seem to be long-forgotten reports from an apartment block with more than its fair share of idiosyncratic characters. Is this place real, or a figment of someone’s imagination? Perhaps you know these people. Maybe it’s your building. (more…)

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Quiz: How much do you really know about Airbnb?

Quiz: How much do you really know about Airbnb?

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Come fly with me on a six-star tour of Vietnam

Come fly with me on a six-star tour of Vietnam

Here’s one from the department of shameless self-promotion that has little or nothing to do with apartment living –  apart from being able to lock up and leave –  you can join me,  Jimmy Thomson, on a luxury 14-day trip to Vietnam next year. And before we go any further, (more…)

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Dardanelle Towers 2: Gimme Shelter

Dardanelle Towers 2:  Gimme Shelter

Our Title archivists have found another missive from the troubled strata scheme that is Dardanelle Towers.  We are still making inquiries to try to work out where it is – if, indeed, it exists at all. However, the existence of an old World War 2 bomb shelter suggest it may (more…)

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For the man who has everything … except space

For the man who has everything … except space

It’s the drinking man’s interior design must-have – an old steamer trunk converted into a minibar. Jamie Thomson dons his smoking jacket to give us a tour of the latest trend in domestic drink dispensing. Ah, steamer trunks – redolent of the golden age of sea travel, when itineraries were measured (more…)

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Cat rescued from gas bottle blaze

Cat rescued from gas bottle blaze

An adjoining apartment was set on fire when a gas bottle exploded in the driveway of a block of units in Melbourne. A man who suffered burns to his face and hands was said to be in a stable condition at The Alfred Hospital after the explosion in Hughenden Road, (more…)

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