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New Erskineville development has a secret garden

The Property Addict / Distinct Dwellings

Mar 20 2017

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With Sydney becoming more built-up by the day, landscaping and greenery in new developments is fundamental to residents' health and psychological well-being. This is why one Erskineville project with the apt name The Secret Garden is set to provide a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of inner city living. The name is a nod to the famous children's book about a secret garden which miraculously rejuvenates the health of a sickly child and lifts the spirits of an entire family. The Secret Garden at 19-21 Eve Street is a rare, private hideaway that proves it is still possible to provide a charming and serene living environment within a populous Sydney suburb. The boutique-size development eschews the amorphous approach of nearby high-rise developments by having just two low-level buildings framing a tranquil retreat for relaxation and socialising. "We believe our vision for a small, sustainable development with a community feel better reflects the charm and village character of Erskineville than a multi-storey, multi-unit complex," said Patrick Boutros, who heads up the family-owned Frontier Property Development Group. The Secret Garden comprises just 15 apartments starting at $540,000 and three three-storey terraces from $1.75-Million. The apartments are contemporary with flexible layouts and deep entertaining balconies, the majority of which have security parking. The terraces have their own individual entrances, private courtyard gardens, practical outdoor areas and security parking for two cars. The 250sqm. residents-only urban oasis has been designed by landscape architect Mansfield Urban with lawns, seating nooks and flowering plants which will be irrigated by rainwater collected and stored underground. "In such a high density suburb the landscaping is something unexpected and will create an ever-changing daily experience," said Mr Boutros. "We've selected trees and plantings to provide richness in texture, colour and seasonal variation, while summer foliage will provide cool, shaded retreats, with strategically-positioned seating to encourage social interaction. "It will be the perfect place for residents to unwind, to read a book, or to soak in the zen-like peace and privacy." A further bonus for residents of The Secret Garden is its proximity to Sydney Park -- 40 hectares of rolling hills, picturesque wetlands, landscaped gardens, playgrounds, ovals and sporting facilities. Green design has long been embraced for environmental and energy-related reasons. The Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) has established a national "Ë?Healthy Parks, Healthy People' program in response to research showing parkland to be fundamental to people's health and psychological wellbeing. Among the benefits it lists are: â?¢reducing urban stress â?¢boosting immunity to certain health issues â?¢enhancing fitness â?¢providing opportunities to socialise, and â?¢allowing a more balanced lifestyle. The Secret Garden has been designed by Smith & Tzannes Architects with clean lines, robust natural materials and artisan finishes. It comprises: â?¢Studio apartments (36sqm. internal plus 11sqm. balcony) from $540,000 â?¢One-bedroom apartments with one car space (50-56sqm. internal plus 8sqm. balcony) from $710,000 â?¢Two-bedroom, two-level apartments with two car spaces (77-83sqm. internal plus 26sqm. balcony) from $1,070,000, and â?¢Three-bedroom terraces with two car spaces (110sqm. internal plus 16sqm. balcony) from $1.75-Million The apartments and terraces come in imaginative layouts with plentiful storage options. Among the quality touches are light oak hardwood floorboards, LED downlights and feature pendant lights to add a sense of drama to the dining spaces. Kitchens have high-quality Miele appliances, Caesarstone benchtops and modern semi-gloss polyurethane cabinetry. Ensuites and bathrooms comprise Parisi hardware, wall-hung ceramic basins, stone vanity shelving, ceramic floor and wall tiles, and frameless glass shower screens. All residences are designed to maximize cross-flow ventilation and provide natural cooling. But, to suit every occasion, there is ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning. Strata levies will be moderate, with estimates ranging from $700 per quarter for the studios to $1,400 for the terraces. Erskineville is a much-loved urban village near such eclectic inner-city suburbs as Newtown, Alexandria, Redfern, Rosebery and Waterloo. Property expert Peter Shield rates it among Sydney's most convenient locations, being well served by buses, close to two railway stations, arterial roads and Sydney Airport without being under the flight path. "Sydney's traffic congestion, mounting road tolls and ever-fluctuating petrol prices are factors in the overwhelming demand for accommodation close to public transport," said Mr Shield. "From Erskineville it's just three stops to the heart of the CBD by train so you can do without a car, or at least leave your car at home during the working week." Erskineville is also ideally located for students and teachers, being handy to Sydney University, University of NSW, the University of Technology, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, the Newtown School of Performing Arts and the Sydney College of Applied Arts. A display centre for The Secret Garden has been established at Ray White Erskineville, which is open daily. Appointments can be made on 1800 440 043 or through www.thesecretgardenerskineville.com.au   New-Erskineville1 New-Erskineville6 New-Erskineville5 New-Erskineville4 New-Erskineville3 New-Erskineville2

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