Buyers after a slice of the high life and access to a popular school zone have changed the fabric of a Bentleigh project.
More than half the 28 homes sold at DealCorp’s MCKN apartment complex on Jasper Road so far have been to families or those planning for kids. As a result, just prior to starting construction, the developer elected to raise the number of top-floor apartments from four to five.
This made them more affordable for families, rather than leaving them for downsizers cashing out of a house.
The result suited David Dekarta, who will move his family into one of the residences when construction finishes in August — well before his daughter starts Year 7 at nearby McKinnon Secondary College in 2022.
While the location was a major factor, the low-maintenance lifestyle suited them well. Plus, a 97sq m apartment with a 57sq m balcony still offered the house-like dimensions they needed without a house-like price tag.
“We have been planning to buy into the area for some time, from about two years ago,” Mr Dekarta said.
DealCorp executive director David Kobritz said just 13 of the development’s 41 apartments remained for sale.
This demand validated the decision to build larger apartments to suit a highly sought-after location between the popular school and McKinnon train station.
“With this location, it deserved a higher quality of apartment than had been built in the past, and one specifically targeted to young families and downsizers,” Mr Kobritz said.
Apartment sizes will range from 80-130sq m internally, with large balconies adding further space.
Each will feature timber floors in their open-plan living zones, floor-to-ceiling window glazing, island benches with stone tops in the kitchen, and full-height tiling in the bathrooms. Smeg appliances and plenty of storage space add to the appeal.
Two-bedroom apartments start from $690,000-$795,000. Three-bedroom homes are available from $1.1-$1.2m.