In the middle of Malvern East, a 19-acre expanse of luxuriant lawns and gardens provides the perfect backdrop for the iconic period houses surrounding it. And now, directly beside the park, a boutique collection of 18 homes takes residence — introducing Central Park, inspired by its namesake, for those in favour of superior living.
The project’s elegant façade comprises an earthen palette of materials complemented by copper shingles in Autumnal hues. These elements, paired with the warm, textural patterning of brickwork and smooth, soaring concrete, create a building that is sympathetic to both its natural and built surrounds.
“We’re continually learning and trying to achieve better results with each project,” says Simone MacGinley, Associate Director of Ewert Leaf — the award-winning firm engaged to lead Central Park’s architecture and interior design. “And I think we’ve really hit the mark on this one, especially in terms of the level of quality and the detailing throughout.”
Thanks to having the luxury of space, Simone says the team was able to provide a wealth of finishes which really impart a feeling of ‘home’ — from the higher-than-normal ceilings and gallery style walls to butler’s pantries and integrated wine bars.
“What residents will love most about the design is the quality of the finish and the generosity of the living spaces,” Simone explains. “It’s a very high-end product, and it’s somewhere buyers can feel proud to show visitors and friends.”
The development team has used materials from the best local and international companies. Hand-selected natural stone from CDK features in kitchen island benches and splashbacks, and vanity benchtops in bathrooms.
With over 50 years of experience, Signorino is a supplier at the forefront of the tile industry. Its signature Italian stone tiles can be found in Central Park’s laundry floors and in the walls of the bathrooms, imbuing a sense of sophistication and elegance in both spaces.
“We’ve selected two timber colours from George Fethers which can be used for either scheme,” says Simone. “This is in a chevron pattern which will continue throughout the kitchen, dining, and living areas and also through the corridors.”
“Sites like this don’t come around every day,” says Richard Buxton, a local developer with over 50 years of experience. “They’re very hard to locate, especially in regards to the orientation. The north-facing aspects and westward outlooks towards Central Park make it feel like you’re living in the Botanical Gardens.”
Malvern East is one of Melbourne’s most prized residential suburbs. It effortlessly ties tradition with innovation, retaining its old-world charisma while progressing with the advances of modern life. Here, heritage homes line streets with trendy restaurants and wine bars as neighbours. It can be hard to describe in precise words Malvern East’s reputation but Richard sums it up nicely.
“Generation after generation come back to live in Malvern because it’s a renewable lifestyle that’s been proven for the last 150 years as being a fabulous place to live.”
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