The Australian dream is changing. With population growth and homeowners holding onto their property more tightly than ever before...
The Australian dream is changing. With population growth and homeowners holding onto their property more tightly than ever before, a traditional house in Sydney’s inner-city fringe is almost impossible to come by. Developer Thirdi Group has the solution — Torrens-titled townhouses in Alexandria.
Named The Gentry, the project consists of 37 beautifully designed townhouses built within a former warehouse. Award-winning architect firm, SJB, has retained the building’s heritage façade while ensuring each residence makes the most of the land upon which it stands.
Spanning across four levels, these homes showcase the signature skill of interior design studio Lawless&Meyerson. Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private rooftop garden terrace with a barbecue and spa, the floorplan is spacious and has been designed so access to natural light has been maximised.
Jo Lawless, Director of Lawless&Myerson, says the team designed the living room joinery to run the full length of one wall in order to provide a flexible kitchen, living and dining space. “You could have two living areas and no dining table,” she says. “You could have the whole place empty and set it up as an artist studio — the choice is yours.”
The development team has also paid close attention to the finer details. High-end fittings and fixtures have been included, like a full suite of Miele appliances in the luxurious kitchens, and porcelain benchtops and dual basins in the bathrooms.
“You have on-site parking, storage for bikes and surfboards, expansive and well-designed living spaces, a wine cellar, a rooftop terrace, courtyard and a master suite with generous storage and a freestanding bath,” Lawless says.
Residents also have access to a home automation system at The Gentry, meaning lights can be turned on and off remotely, and security cameras can be accessed via hand-held devices. This technology allows residents to completely personalise and tailor their home according to their needs.
Only 5km south of Sydney’s CBD, Alexandria — formerly an industrial, working-class area, has gentrified in the recent past to become a mecca of art, design and food.
One example of the evolving community is The Grounds of Alexandria. Just a five-minute walk from The Gentry, here residents can find a range of food stalls, bars, bakeries, markets, and more. The urban sanctuary has revitalised an industrial concrete car park and is a much-loved social destination for the community.
With its eclectic mix of specialty design stores, Alexandria is also becoming known as one of Sydney’s most intriguing shopping destinations. Both local and international brands have gravitated towards the flourishing suburb, and now Zimmerman, Coco Republic, and Cosh Living all have outlets here.
Even though there are more businesses than ever before, Alexandria has retained a vast amount of green spaces. On the same street as The Gentry, Beaconsfield Park provides the perfect setting for an afternoon picnic, while the new indoor and outdoor courts at the Perry Park recreation centre, built in 2018, are ideal for a quick game of tennis with friends.
Alexandria is surrounded by vibrant communities. It’s a short walk to the hilly streets of Darlington where one need only turn a corner to find a quirky bar or trendy new café. Alternately, neighbouring suburb Waterloo extends the fashion and art scene, with antique stores and funky homewares outlets scattered around Botany Road.
With the Green Square train station nearby, travelling to the city is quick and convenient, and trams run frequently along Collins Street just around the corner from The Gentry's prime location on William Street.
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