Don’t kid yourself – these flats are for families too


For couples unwilling to give up strata life when children come along, HOME, a new development in Roseberry,  is where the heart is

By Henry Clarkson

You’ve secured your dream apartment right in the heart of the action. You’re on first-name terms with your local barista and bartender, you’ve got your pick of cool cafes and pop-up restaurants any time you can’t face cooking – and work is just a bus ride away. In essence, you’re living strata life to the hilt.

And then – surprise! – you and your partner are having a baby. Poof! – the party’s over, and all that awaits you now is the waking coma that is life out in the distant suburbs: the weekly shop at Coles, the odd backyard barbie at a neighbour’s house, and maybe a steak dinner at the local RSC if you’re lucky. And the commute – oh, what fresh hell awaits you every day when you take the hour-plus journey to work.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, say developers LivStyle. With HOME, based in the hip and happening suburb of Rosbery in Sydney’s south, the inner-city living specialists are aiming to provide an evolved form of apartment living to appeal to couples with children.

HOME is made up of 26 apartments with families in mind, with leisure aspects, such as a rooftop garden, and transport links – the Eastern Distributor and Green Square Railway Station are both close to hand – that make them a viable alternative to suburban family house.

“HOME is a sensible solution for a growing family,” Peter Shield of real estate group Ray White Erskineville told “It offers all the creature comforts of a house but is free from external maintenance chores, allowing more quality time together. Most importantly, these apartments are in a vibrant and rapidly growing location.”

While the footprints of HOME’s units – 22 of which are three-bedroom apartments over one or two storeys – might not seem radically bigger than the average apartment, LivStyle director Aaron Tippett believes some canny design touches have made the best possible use of their space.

“With HOME, we’ve made a conscious effort to eliminate un-useable floor space to ensure occupants have generous and flexible interior and external living areas while being mindful of their need for storage,” he said.

And parents worried that their kids are going to be stuck indoors on a sunny day while their suburban counterparts are playing in the park should have no worries, insists Tippett.

“Getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine is fundamental … so we’ve also placed added emphasis on green sanctuaries at HOME,” he said. “The rooftop community park will become a tranquil environment for both relaxation and socialising, with shade trees, barbecues and seating that allow residents to enjoy the views and the sun,” he said.

With 12 three-bedroom apartments and six three-bedroom garden terraces priced from $1.3m, four three-bedroom sky terraces from $1.55m, and four one-bedroom apartments from $690,000, HOME is expected to start construction by the end of the year, with a completion date of mid-2018.

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