EXPECTING a hotel-style corridor as I stepped out of the lift at this apartment complex in Newcastle Street, Perth, it was with delight I instead found a sweeping courtyard open to the skies, with huge pots of olive trees, lemongrass and herbs.
Corporate body fees aren’t paying someone to tend this oasis; a collection of garden-mad residents tend the pots, creating a sense of community along with fresh produce that even those not inclined to get their hands dirty are welcome to pick and munch on.
This one-bedroom apartment had been a compromise for the vendor after his wife fell in love with a country retreat but he needed somewhere close to his office on weekdays.
It’s worked so well he’s been there eight years: “It’s an easy 15-minute walk to the Terrace…or I jump on the free buses,” he says.
There’s a supermarket five minutes up the road, a pharmacy next door, a swag of eateries on the doorstep—and it’s pretty handy to the Royal Perth Golf Club, the keen golfer says (“yes dear, I’m very hard at work at the office — I’ll be home soon”).
When the vendor’s wife is in town they make the most of the proximity to all things cultural, “the cultural centre is 10 minutes away, so we’re handy to everything”.
There are just 22 apartments in this intimate complex, all of them single-bedroom.
“We didn’t want a pool or gym and the only thing you have to service is the lift so the body fees are just $500 a quarter.”
Secure screening on the front door and rear windows mean they can be left open: “We like the flow-through ventilation and the place doesn’t feel tiny.”
High ceilings, heaps of storage, and its own laundry were a bonus, the vendor says.
Adding to a sense of spaciousness a bank of windows in the pleasant open-plan lead out to a balcony overlooking Parry Street.
“We had the pick of apartments and wanted one at the back because it’s quieter,” the vendor says.
The well-sized kitchen has a sweep of caesarstone bench tops along with a floor-to-ceiling pantry, and a heap of crisp white cupboards and drawers.
Covering 61sqm this first floor apartment offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle and will easily suit retirees looking for a lock-and-leave, a young professional single or a couple starting out on their real estate journey.
by JENNY D’ANGER
6/60 Newscastle Street, Perth
Kong Wai Wong | 0477 333 450
Mark Hay Real Estate | 9225 7000