Friday 18 March 2022

Living large in Sydney’s most family friendly developments

Many of us still believe that when our family expands, we need to upgrade from an apartment to a house. This generally requires a move away from the area that we love to somewhere often unfamiliar where we believe we’ll get more bang for our buck. The Great Australian Dream of the quarter-acre block with a Hills Hoist has been drummed into us since time immemorial, so considering other options seem unideal.

Just by re-evaluating our assumptions, we can be happier remaining living where we know and love. Most of our lives are so busy now, that the Australian Dream, should it be realised, involves an awful lot of extra work. However if we trade that extra space for convenience and access to amenities in our favourite stomping ground, we often benefit greatly. Don’t forget, agents have not been using the old real estate adage “Location, location, location” for nothing.

So if we are to look at growing our family in an apartment/residential development context, the smartest master-planned developments have common facilities that allow families a number of outdoor recreation spaces. The smart developers recognise the fact that if families are going to live in apartments, their project is best placed close to local parks and sporting facilities. The three bedroom apartments to look out for are ones with spacious living areas that flow out to large balconies or courtyard gardens. They should have an intelligent floorplan that maximises space and sleek, streamlined interior design for ease of cleaning. Look for good sized kitchen and storage cupboards and bathroom cabinetry that facilitate organisation.

Three bedroom apartments are ideal for growing families but if your budget will only extend to a two bedroom apartment, then look for a master bedroom spacious enough to set up a little nursery, for if and when you have a new addition. Then once sleeping is more settled, your little one can move into the second bedroom with its sibling if it is large enough to accommodate two single beds or a single and cot. With good organisation, this set up is very doable so don’t rule out a two bedroom apartment if you are thinking of having another child.

Premium developments sometimes have modern terrace homes that feature ample floorplans and several on-title outdoor areas. Terrace homes are fabulous, as they have the space for a growing family, good sized outdoor areas without the high maintenance of a house and garden, giving more time for family fun pursuits. 

Cramer have an outstanding selection of family friendly property options to suit your family’s needs. So think a little outside the house and garden square and find the perfect home for your family where you don’t need to compromise on location.

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Thursday 3 March 2022

What’s not to love about Alexandria and Rosebery

What’s not to love about Alexandria and Rosebery

The Grounds of Alexandria

Over the last few decades, Sydney’s Inner East suburbs of Alexandria and Rosebery have undergone one of the most radical transformations in our city. What were almost exclusively industrial areas have been dramatically gentrified are now teeming with some of Sydney’s most popular eateries, boutiques and artisan purveyors galore. 

Three Blue Ducks

Archie Rose Distilling Co

Many of the original warehouses have been brilliantly converted and repurposed as trendy bars, urban distilleries, food emporiums, funky cafes and one of Sydney’s most iconic destinations, The Grounds of Alexandria. Our favourite eateries are Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Three Blue Ducks, Sushi Jones, Yulli’s Brews, No 5 Restaurant and Bar, Pino’s Vino e Cucina, Zeus Street Greek, Mentmore and Morley, Black Star Pastry, The Cannery, The Drink Hive and Archie Rose Distilling Co – so much to love! 


Living Edge

Utterly lovely homeware stores abound; the divine Koskela – where everything is designed and made in Australia; ultra-modern Scandinavian and British homewares at Living Edge; mid-century modern at Blu Dot; Brosa Studio +; and the homeware institutions of Coco Republic, Matt Blatt and Space. Or journey through the past at Mitchel Road Antique and Design Centre – a 2,300sqm antique and collectable bazaar where you can easily lose yourself for half a day. 

Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre

Need to give your wardrobe a facelift but don’t want to spend a fortune? Look no further than the plethora of high fashion outlets such as Camilla and Marc, Zimmerman, Springcourt, Sambag, Incu, Dunning Avenue Outlet for denim and Seafolly for swimwear. And for covetable shoes, pay a visit to Wittner, Puma, New Balance, Reebok, Rockport, Lacoste and Ben Sherman outlets. And if you are in need of the most glorious bouquet, visit Mr Cook, the florist with some of the best blooms in Sydney.

Outlet Stores Alexandria

Feeling daring, energetic or both? Want to reconnect with your inner child? Look no further than Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq for bumper cars, bowling, arcade games or a little laser tag. Switch to adult mode as the Cirque turns to a cocktail bar by night. You can even indoor ski at In2ski. Care to channel your inner Viking? Try an axe-throwing competition at Kiss My Axe. And nature lovers can walk, run, cycle or picnic through the 40 hectares of green space that make up Sydney Park.

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

Kiss My Axe

For a slower pace, visit the underground Green Square Library. There are more than just books in this masterpiece of urban design. Featuring a subterranean garden and open-air amphitheatre, or you could hire the music room that comes complete with its own Baby Grand. Public transport is fast and effective from Green Square Station – zip to the CBD or Sydney Airport in 10 minutes either way.

If you are loving the sound of these vibrant, fun-filled suburbs, why not live in the thick of it with all the action at your doorstep 24/7. Teneo apartments in Alexandria offer superbly crafted, contemporary designer apartments and terraces where you can live the dream everyday.

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