People in glass houses

HANDLE Property Group launched it’s much-anticipated The Bottleyard development on Palmerston Street last Saturday, the miserable weather not stopping a steady street of interested viewers strolling the new complex.

The Bottleyard is named after one of the site’s previous uses: in the early 1900s it became the burgeoning city’s largest bottleyard, home of the Perth and Fremantle Bottle Exchange Company.

The development is surrounded by the lush greenery of Robertson Park, which boasts a tennis club as well as an artists’ studio, and has the Northbridge precinct a mini-stroll away. You’d have just enough time to stretch your legs before taking a dip at Beatty Park.

Having more than 5000sqm to play with has given the designers an unprecedented opportunity to create something special close to the city. The development was awarded “design excellence” by Vincent council’s Design Advisory Committee and caught the eye of government architect Geoff Warn who says hopes “it sets a benchmark for future projects of this kind”.

At the centre of the development is an urban garden, which is a nod to the site’s use as a market garden in the 1800s after the wetland was drained.

The complex is set out more like a small town than a lumpy urban ghetto, with the designers using the site’s space to break it into seven different buildings.

There’s 125 apartments which had a great response when they were sold off-the-plan, but there’s still some one-bedrooms available from $429,000, two-bedrooms for $589,000 and three-bedrooms for $775,000.

by STEVE GRANT

The Bottleyard
75-99 Palmerston Street,
Perth
Claire Swan
0415 866 881
Handle Property Group
9403 8080

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