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Downsizer heaven in Glen Iris

Swanky new apartments sought by downsizers in Melbourne’s leafy suburbs like Glen Iris are increasingly hard to find with the new planning zones curtailing development opportunities.
Nanjing Night Net

That’s why the new Trentwood development off Toorak Road at 25 Trent Street, Glen Iris, has stirred plenty of local interest with the rarity of its location on a tree-lined residential street rather than a main road.

The 92-apartment development on a large 3300-square-metre site is only five levels in height and has been designed to appear more like a series of townhouses with striking timber screens to blend in with the surrounding streetscape.

A row of cypress pines along the street will be preserved in the project that is being developed by Kokoda Property with a design by Hayball Architects and interiors by Carr Design.

Directly opposite Burwood train station and its two hugely popular cafes Golden Child and Baba Sus, residents will also have the public transport option of trams on Toorak Road 200 metres away.

The apartment mix is weighted towards larger apartments with 14 three-bedroom apartments, 54 two-bedroom apartments and 24 with one bedroom.

The developer has opted for a high-end finish to lure the well-heeled locals with marble bathrooms, granite kitchens with Miele appliances, oak timber flooring and features such as butler’s pantries in the larger apartments.

“We’ve introduced flexi three-bedrooms whereby a lot of the retirees that want the space but don’t necessarily want that third bedroom can turn it into an additional second living space,” says Kokoda’s director of sales and marketing Sam Tucker.

“There are some very high-end inclusions – everything a retiree or downsizer potentially has in their existing home but allowing for a more low-maintenance lifestyle,” he says.

Gardeners will not have to forsake their hobby moving into an apartment as there are plans for a communal veggie patch with large planter boxes on the communal rooftop terrace, which also includes dining and barbecue facilities.

Three-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms and two basement carparks range from $950,000 up to $1,399,000. Their internal living area will range from 103 to 123 square metres with outdoor space of 18 to a massive 193 square metres.

The two-bedroom apartments – around half with a second bathroom – have internal space of 53 to 83 square metres and outdoor areas of 10 to 128 square metres and a basement carpark. Prices range from $529,000 to $755,000.

Smaller one-bedroom apartments with a study are sized from 47 to 48 square metres internally with nine to 53 square metres of outdoor space and a carpark, selling from $409,000 to $450,000.

Trentwood is being marketed by 360 Property Group, phone 9644 2600. The display suite at 25 Trent Street, Glen Iris, is open Thurs-Tues noon-4pm.

A new apartment in a residential neighbourhood in a coveted suburb such as Glen Iris makes for a solid investment property, Daniel Aquilina believes.

The 31-year-old cafe manager from St Albans has just purchased his fifth investment property – a one-bedroom apartment – off the plan at the new Trentwood development at Glen Iris.

“Glen Iris is an area where there is just no wrong to it,” Aquilina says. “You are close to public transport, so close to Toorak, close to the CBD.”

The development ticked all the boxes for a desirable apartment that will attract a good tenant with its prestigious location, communal facilities that include a rooftop garden and veggie patch and quality finishes with high-end appliances.

“I look at it as if I’m going to be living in the property myself and I want something that is amazing,” he says. “I want a wow factor.”

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