SWANBOURNE APARTMENTS, TOWN HOUSES - IDEAS FROM MELBOURNE
It was cold and very windy and not ideal weather for holding a video camera. But this was the one day in September that we’d chosen to check out residences around Melbourne’s train station precincts. After all we were really in Melbourne to soak up some AFL Grand Final atmosphere.
Swanbourne Village Trust director, Garry Baverstock and I wanted to compare the building mix along the Melbourne - Brighton – Sandringham line to the town houses and apartments near the Perth - Swanbourne - Cottesloe line.
The trains were frequent, thank goodness, or it would have taken another day to do this.
BUILDING CLOSE TO RAILWAY STATIONSThe aim was to look at the built environment around train station villages and find answers to the questions:
· how close are houses and apartments to the railway lines - do we have townhouses in Swanbourne near to the railway
· how does townhouse and apartment density impact the lifestyle of the village
· what safety precautions are taken at crossings
· are cyclists using trains to commute from village to city
· are there public open spaces around stations
· how are the trains incorporated into village life
LODGE YOUR INTEREST FOR A NEW TOWNHOUSE OR APARTMENT IN SWANBOURNE
Click on our 4 minute video showing the built environment around Melbourne-Brighton railways stations.
Text has been added to highlight some main features.
HIGH RISE APARTMENTS SET BACK FROM THE MAIN STREET
I was unaware of the multi-storey buildings until I stepped back and viewed the sidewalk from a distance. From street level, South Yarra appeared to be a high street of small shops, but set back behind the shops are multi-level apartments.
I asked myself how we incorporate clever set-backs when building our Cottesloe and Swanbourne town houses.
ACTIVE RETAIL PRECINCTS AROUND TRAIN STATIONS
The Melbourne experience was interesting – the idea of hopping on and off a train and visiting suburban hubs hadn’t previously occurred to me when visiting a city. What we found was an eclectic mix of funky cafes and interesting retailers which were not visible from the train itself.
Chain stores and international big brands did not dominate the retail strips. There were many hand-made artisan outlets.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SWANBOURNE TOWNHOUSE AND APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT
Coming back to Swanbourne it was noticeable how small and quiet the village is and what potential there is for revitalisation.
Julia Hayes, investor with SVT and owner of Swanbourne Business Centre