South Duncraig perfect for higher residential density, according to developer

The 10-unit development at 6 Argyll Place, Duncraig. Picture: Bruce Hunt.
The 10-unit development at 6 Argyll Place, Duncraig. Picture: Bruce Hunt.
The 10-unit development at 6 Argyll Place, Duncraig. Picture: Bruce Hunt. The 10-unit development at 6 Argyll Place, Duncraig. Picture: Bruce Hunt.

BUILDER and developer Robert Zupanovich says new developments in suburbs with a higher residential density can integrate into the area.

The Zegna managing director said the 10-unit apartment complex at 6 Argyll Place in Duncraig, which is zoned R60, was an example.

He said the previous building on the 1020sq m site was a 1970s duplex.

Now, each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining areas, kitchen, large outdoor balcony or alfresco, a car bay and storeroom.

“A main focus was to have street appeal and blend into the high standard houses of South Duncraig which has been successfully achieved by using tiled feature walls – giving it class and presence,” he said.

“The brief was to maximise the site while not compromising the size of apartments (70sq m) and have the feel of space when moving around the complex.”

Mr Zupanovich said being at the end of a cul de sac was the perfect location.

“When you stand in front of the complex it doesn’t feel like there are 10 apartments as there is no bulk and scale; it looks like two townhouses,” he said.

“We worked very hard to get the mix right so it can naturally blend into the surrounding areas.”

He said areas like South Duncraig were perfect for higher density developments because of its closeness to Perth city and Joondalup, Warwick train and bus stations, Warwick Grove and Carine Glades shopping centres and the beach.

“Seniors that are comfortable in an area they have lived all their lives can now downsize,” he said.

“This rezoning gives these local people an opportunity to stay in the area.”

However, he did agree that the R40 area near Sycamore Drive and the Carine Glades estate should have remained at R20.