Only 4 minutes from the CBD by car or 10 minutes by train, it’s no wonder West Melbourne has become a residential hotspot. In fact, the suburb has a Walk Score of 92%, so those who live here hardly need a car. And now, thanks to new project Tailor by Drake Developments, potential buyers can be a part of the action.
“Having lived in North and West Melbourne, I’ve often explored the area on foot. You can go anywhere, quickly,” says Nicholas Murray, Director of Nicholas Murray Architects — the studio behind Tailor.
“The city subtly merges with these suburbs and there is a huge amount of high-quality amenity which intermingles with the range of homes — making it a superb place to live.”
Tailor comprises townhouses on the ground floor, and apartments on the upper levels. The building has been split into two, divided by a central open-air atrium.
“When you come in, you’re in an open space which is airy and breezy. It feels like you’ve got your own private entrance.
“Each home is two-sided. You can open your front door and the windows on the other side to receive airflow — an uncommon feature in many apartments,” Nicholas says.
It’s clear that the design team has thought carefully about the kind of experience they want residents to have at Tailor. Sustainable design elements such as recycled water tanks and on-site bicycle parking show a commitment to the future — in fact, the development has been granted a 6-star energy rating and requires minimal levels of heating and cooling to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout.
Similarly, attention has been paid to ensure each home is visually striking and comfortable. The kitchen has been designed as a hub for entertaining. The open island bench can be treated as a breakfast bar in the morning, while a full suite of Miele appliances and integrated fridge-freezer create a seamless cooking experience.
The master bedroom features large walk-in robes and every apartment has ample internal storage. The ensuite is intrinsically luxurious, featuring a stone benchtop and sleek vanity and mirror.
“It’s important to us that every single one of these homes delivers the same experience of a house,” Nicholas adds. “We’re looking for quality of space and quality of finish. To do that, we need to be involved right to the end with the builder, holding his hand all the way through the project.
“The way we dwell is changing,” Nicholas says. “And Tailor has been designed to capitalise on that.”
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