The latest chance to buy the Pentridge Prison redevelopment has put the prison’s one-time practice yard on homebuyers’ radars with features that “talk to consumers in the northern suburbs.”
The former training ground at Pentridge Prison will be revamped with the sale for a 312 home development on the site that began last weekend.
The Pace 3058 project in Coburg will feature architectural nods to the past as well as a look to the future with solar power supporting communal areas and electric vehicle charging will be offered in up to 20 of the project’s parking garages.
SJB Architects director Tristan Wong said they would also combat the “heat island” effect with extensive greenery, from roof and balcony gardens to citrus trees growing in a central plaza, intended to leave the site “overgrown with plants”.
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“And residents will see how we’ve used aspects of the prison, such as blue-gray brick and beautiful arched motifs, to give our architecture beautiful character,” said Mr. Wong.
“These cheerful spaces are full of materiality that really encourages a sense of homeliness.”
Ashley Bramich, sales and marketing director of Pace Development Group, said the two-building project would also have features that “talk to consumers in the northern suburbs”.
“It’s less ‘glitter’ and more common sense,” said Mr Bramich.
There is a lap pool and lounge for residents, but a training ground or gym is not included – given the abundance of private providers in the Coburg area.
The common sense approach was also the basis for a decision to give houses an earthy interior. “It’s a neutral color balance † timeless and modern’, says Bramich.
Quartz countertops, terrazzo floors and tiled splashbacks will be on display inside – a throwback to the suburb’s European migrant history.
The planned dimensions of the house will extend from 52 sqm in the more modest one bedroom offering to 110 sqm for a three bedroom house.
Balconies will add up to an additional 90 sqm, with most homes having at least 15 sqm of outdoor space.
During the project’s first weekend on the market, 24 reservations were made, including six apartments that buyers plan to combine into larger homes.
Mr. Bramich said high demand from families had been a factor of surprise for the two-story, three-bedroom townhouse developments in the $845,000-$875,000 range.
One-bedroom units are priced at $415,000-$550,000, while two-bedroom floor plans are $580,000-$815,000 and three-bedroom homes are $745,000-$1.1 million.
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Originally published as Pentridge Prison’s Latest Project is a Piece of Old Practice Garden