DESIGNED by award-winning architect David Hartree of Hartree & Associates, a new off-the-plan apartment development is set to shake things up in the Scarborough beachfront redevelopment.
Somerville Residences at 2 Southbourne Street will consist of seven apartments and one penthouse 350m from the water’s edge and feature a sustainable design that maximises the building’s location.
There are six two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments; a one-bedroom, one-bathroom first-floor home; and the penthouse, which has 115sq m of living space, a 26sq m entertainer’s balcony, two car spaces and the bonus of two bicycle bays.
“Our focus was on creating a building with a refined and elegant street presence, apartments with a diverse range of floor plans, generous proportioned living spaces, and fresh air,” Mr Hartree said.
“There is so much scope for innovation in apartment design; this project has been a great opportunity to rescale ideas we have developed over time in our residential work.”
The project, which also marks the launch of Mr Hartree’s boutique developments business Leapfrog Property, will be defined by its coastal location among Norfolk Island pines.
“With a warm, neutral colour palette and luxury specifications, each apartment offers residents beauty, comfort and a blank canvas through which they can express their own individual style,” interior designers Kohler Design said.
“Interiors are oriented to take full advantage of their aspect among surrounding trees, blurring the boundary between inside and out, creating spaces filled with natural, filtered light and gentle breezes.”
The homes are all generously proportioned, with sophisticated living spaces made for entertaining, including kitchens, which feature Miele appliances such as an integrated fridge/freezer.
Light-filled bedrooms have fantastic separation from the living areas and extra storage is provided throughout the residences.
“I have sold a lot of apartments and know what buyers want so it’s good to be involved from day one,” selling agent Paul Kettle from Peard Real Estate Scarborough said.
“Somerville ticks all the boxes, are easy-care, and David has a vision that has not been produced before in Perth. This is the first time I have worked with a developer/architect who has insisted on Miele appliances, fridges concealed behind the cabinetwork, timber floors, beautiful tiles –his project will set a new benchmark – and while it will not be in everyone’s price range, they are great value.”
Environmentally-friendly design solutions include double-glazed windows.
“We live on the edge of a desert; cross-ventilation is the key element missing in most apartment projects in Perth and these apartments are designed to wrap around two sides of the building, catching breezes and light at different times of the day,” Mr Hartree said.
“Double-glazed windows are integral in creating a comfortable living environment and reducing energy consumption.”
Another of Somerville’s attractive inclusions is in the form of a low-maintenance shared organic herb and citrus garden on the third-floor terrace for resident use.
For details, call Mr Kettle on 0403 177 680.