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Apartment Life Maintains a Sense of Community

By Katherine Townsend (The Age Domain Section)

Sandringham has much going for it, with a vibrant café-rich shopping strip adjoining its busy transport hub, across the road from beautiful bayside beaches and in easy reach of schools and parks.

Its period housing and large blocks have always drawn families but, like many middle-ring suburbs, it has been rather short on apartments. The Sandyhill development of 495 apartments will change this and, although the original proposal faced almost 1,000 objections, sales to locals have been strong and include empty-nesters and first-home buyers.

To be built at 220 Bay Road, on a former commercial site of about two hectares, the project is basically a mini-village and is being sold in stages. Its Bay Road frontage will include ground-level shops.

Sitting almost equidistant between the beach and Westfield Southland Shopping Centre, the development will have three well-separated buildings ranging from eight to 11 levels, with many of the apartments having views of the city, bay and the Dandenong Ranges. Sandringham East Primary and Sandringham College are behind the site, a plus for family buyers.

The concept plan was by Fender Katsalidis and includes three distinct but complementary buildings in contemporary style and light tones, with plenty of glass and angled areas for added interest.

Tract Landscape Architects and Watson Young Architects will implement the masterplan.

Residents will have access to the Sandyhill Club, which includes a pool and fitness centre. About 60 per cent of the site will be open space – either landscaped gardens or communal areas – and the development adjoins the Bay Road Reserve, a large area of native bushland.

The first building offered for sale is in the middle of the site with the 'resort' facilities; 25 of its 180 apartments remain for sale. The second stage will begin marketing later this year, according to Castran Gilbert’s David Howard. One-bedroom apartments range from 51.5 sq m to 55.5 sq m and prices begin at $379,000. Two-bedroom apartments range from 54.5 sq m to 80.9 sq m and the prices start at $423,000.

Three-bedroom apartments range from 110.2 sq m to 131.8 sq m and prices begin at $827,000. All apartments include a terrace or courtyard, basement parking and lift access.

The interiors feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oak floors, Neff appliances, integrated fridges and ducted heating and cooling.

A display suite is open at weekends from 12.30 to 2pm, or by appointment, and Castran Gilbert, 9827 1177, is marketing the project.