Nightingale housing in Fremantle proves popular with Perth homebuyers

An artist’s impression of the Nightingale Fremantle development.
An artist’s impression of the Nightingale Fremantle development.

THE Nightingale Housing model – a housing revolution that aims to construct multi-residential buildings that are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable – has proven a popular choice with Perth homebuyers since its launch on June 6.

About 250 WA residents have already registered interest in being a part of the social enterprise that is producing homes at below-market rates.

Nightingale Fremantle is the first Nightingale building outside of Melbourne and is spearheaded by EHDO Architecture and Fini Sustainability.

“This development will have a minimum 8.6-star energy rating (NatHERS) and an estimated 70 per cent reduction in heating/cooling costs,” Fini Sustainability’s Don Fini said.

“We’re also installing a minimum 20kW solar photovoltaic system on the roof that will equate to a saving of $11,000 per annum and can be used to offset body corporate costs.”

Nightingale Fremantle has received planning approval to be built on the corner of Wood and Blinco streets.

When complete, it will have 13 to 15 apartments with shared amenities, including a communal laundry and rooftop garden, as well as commercial spaces available for lease or purchase.

An artist’s impression on an apartment interior at Nightingale Fremantle.

The industrial building currently on the site will be recycled into the new development.

The apartments will be sold only to owner-occupiers who, in the event they decide to resell, agree their sale price will be what they paid plus any average property price increases in the area.

“The Nightingale concept may not be driven by profit, but you still have to strike the right balance between financial, environmental and social sustainability,” Mr Fini said.

“When it comes to affordability, Nightingale Housing looks at both capital and living costs associated with owning a home.

“We hope the fact that around 250 people have already expressed a strong interest in living in an eco-conscious, ethical, community-minded development will encourage more architectural firms to apply for Nightingale licenses.”

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