Spending weeks in lockdown has forced Melbourne to embrace the idea of living local.
And from built-in fast internet supporting workers at home, to in-house ballrooms, the city’s developments are embracing it, too.
Marshall White Projects director Leonard Teplin said high-rise buildings were now often designed as “self-sustaining ecosystems” where staying in was part of the lifestyle.
“So you don’t have to leave to get your shopping, to entertain yourself or get some exercise,” Mr Teplin said.
Among those performing the best at the moment was Glenarm Square in Glen Iris, where buyers have been enticed by a yoga studio, pool and gym at home, as well as a provedore and pizzeria downstairs.
With expectations more of us will be able to work from home in the aftermath of COVID-19, major developments, like OSK’s Melbourne Square in Southbank, are also putting residents ahead, with internet and mobile-phone infrastructure built into the complex for download speeds at 250 megabytes per second.
Pacific Building Management Group’s Nicholas Zayat oversaw the development’s communal services and said in addition to tapping into high-speed internet more, residents had also kept the concierge team busy throughout lockdown.
Hotel amenity and a lavish pool area are also expected to entice residents to stay put once restrictions lift.
Meanwhile, future residents of the Aspire Melbourne tower will be able to save time and money by receiving free delivery and discounts via food delivery app EASI as part of a partnership between the company and ICD Property.
In-house amenities at the tower developed by ICD property will include a whiskey parlour and two ballrooms.