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Is this Sydney’s last hidden waterfront gem?


Majors Bay Village in Mortlake sits on the Parramatta River waterfront on Sydney's Upper Harbour.

Rare lake-house style apartments in the heart of Sydney are among a range of luxurious new dwellings about to launch to the market.

Located at Majors Bay, 14km from the Sydney CBD on Sydney’s Upper Harbour, Majors Bay Village is being developed by Holdmark Property Group.

At completion, Majors Bay Village will include 497 new luxury designer apartments set across 15 low-rise buildings.

The first release, expected in late July, will feature 250 apartments in a mix of 94 one-bedroom, 147 two-bedroom, and nine three-bedroom floorplans.

Designed by leading architectural firm Turner, the apartments will feature oversized balconies and private terraces, maximising water and district views over Parramatta River and the surrounding suburbs, including spectacular views across to the green open spaces and graceful heritage buildings of the historic Yaralla Estate.

Selling agent Colliers International’s General Manager of Residential, David Chittenden, sayssays the project is one of the last waterfront developments, so close to the CBD.

“Majors Bay Village will represent the best of Sydney – spectacular waterfront living, ample parks and open green spaces for families to enjoy, serviced by great shopping and leisure facilities,” he says.

“These hidden Sydney gems that combine location, lifestyle, space and accessibility are what life in Australia’s greatest city is all about – and they’re almost all gone. We’re excited to be delivering luxury apartments that will let people live that Sydney dream.”

Turner’s Angus Henderson says the design of Majors Bay Village plays on the sense of adventure and retreat that you would feel as a kid, going on a family holiday to the lake or beach house.

“Those memories conjure feelings of relaxation, family, and togetherness,” he explains.

“The way we’ve played on those qualities is by having apartments that look out to the fantastic water views and emphasising them with deep balconies. We also use timber linings and flooring, a deep pile textured carpet in the bedrooms, and an anchor palette of softer greys, blues, and greens. The vibe is soft, approachable, and warm, and balances the masculine and the feminine to create a comfortable space that people can immediately feel at home in.”

Turner architect Annraoi Morris says the lakeside lifestyle is emphasised in the outdoors as well, with a foreshore reserve, waterside walkway, and private landscaped zones between the buildings, equipped with communal barbeques and seating.

“Our central design goal was to create maximum amenity for each individual apartment. We also wanted to create individual character for each of the buildings, without losing the sense of community,” says Annraoi. 

“We acknowledged the industrial history of the area, using urban materials such as brick and metal cladding. In another section we went for a lighter, more open approach, with lots of space between buildings and lining the street with jacaranda trees, and as you come down to the waterfront buildings, we’ve really focused on the ‘waterside villa’ feel, giving each apartment an individual expression and unique features.”

The combined effect is a private, lively village neighbourhood offering a luxurious lake-house lifestyle.

Located at 1 Northcote Street, Mortlake, Majors Bay Village will encompass Hilly, Northcote, and Bennett Streets in Sydney’s inner west and is just minutes from Concord Village, which features a thriving eat street and cafe culture along Majors Bay Road, complete with supermarkets, a post office, and medical facilities.

Just a short drive to Burwood Westfield, Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre, Homebush Direct Factory Outlet, Sydney Olympic Park, and Strathfield Plaza, residents will have an array of leisure facilities within their reach, including Concord Golf Club, Massey Park Golf Club, Cabarita Swimming Centre, tennis courts and multiple playing fields all within a few minutes drive.

Access to the CBD is also simple. The Cabarita Ferry departs the wharf every half hour, and Concord West and North Strathfield rail stations are just a short distance away. For a unique way to travel across the harbour, the Putney Punt is the only remaining car ferry in Sydney. The short 300-metre crossing takes around 5 minutes and connects the peninsula with Putney across the bay. Regular and express bus routes to Circular Quay also depart from Concord, Cabarita, Five Dock, Leichhardt, Burwood, Strathfield, and Ashfield.

Prices for one bedroom apartments at Majors Bay Village begin at $575,000 with an average of 55sqm; two bedrooms begin at $775,000 with an average of 85sqm; and three bedrooms begin at $990,000 and average 115sqm, though some go up to 129sqm.

The Majors Bay Village display suite at 1 Northcote Street, Mortlake will open from August 2, 2014.

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