Defence Housing Australia Launches 'Arkadia' - Redefining Sydney Living


Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has launched Arkadia, a $60 million residential development in Alexandria set to redefine inner city living in Sydney.

The design of the new development aims to combine contemporary apartment living with lush, green spaces and distinctive resident facilities.

Located at 18 Huntley Street, Arkadia will comprise 152 modern apartments and terraces designed by architects DKO.

DHA plans to retain over half of the dwellings while the remaining 71 studio, one bedroom and three bedroom configurations, measuring 42 to 110 square metres, will be offered for sale to the public. Many of the apartments will offer views with northern outlooks to the city, while the southern outlook is across Sydney Park.

Studios are priced from $550,000 to $595,000, with one bedroom apartments starting at $620,000 to $765,000. Three bedroom, two bathroom designs range from $1,165,000 to $1,380,000 and the three bedroom terrace option is on offer between $1,230,000 and $1,260,000.

Arkadia will comprise four separate apartment blocks over six levels and parking for 124 cars, 10 motorcycles and 176 bicycles, making it one of the largest bicycle storage facilities in the area. Each block has its own unique style of patterned brickwork in the foyer and this design feature is carried through into the bathroom floors of each building’s apartments.

Extensive rooftop gardens and pocket parks feature communal vegetable patches, barbeques and covered dining pods boasting city views. There are also plans for an apiary and chicken coop on the roof. Residents can also benefit from a communal music room, and a ground floor café.

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DHA Acting Managing Director Jan Mason, said the vision behind Arkadia was to bring something new to the Sydney property market, with unique architecture that blends with communal vegetable gardens, barbeques and dining pods.

Mason said Arkadia is not meant to simply be a home, but a village lifestyle for its residents.

DKO aspired to create a sense of community with Arkadia. With iconic design, Arkadia’s grand brick arches facilitate the movement of people through several key pedestrian links, while scattered gardens, pocket parks and a ground floor café encourage interaction between residents and visitors alike.

"The design was inspired by the evolution of Alexandria and blends the elements of city living with sprawling green spaces," DKO Architecture Director David Randerson said.

"The robust architecture with warm-face brickwork also echoes the history of the site, with it being the former site of the New South Wales Brickworks."In the 1870s the brickmaking centre was one of Sydney’s oldest and most important industries and formed a vital component of the labour force of the district. This inspired DKO to incorporate an industrial material palette into the design of brick, concrete, metal paneling and glass.

All apartments feature open living areas with a spacious galley kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, walk-in laundries and ample storage. Some apartments have street-facing private courtyards and others feature outdoor terraces with spectacular views of Sydney Park and the city skyline.

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DKO has designed the interiors palette to reflect understated city chic and buyers will have a choice between Cool and Warm schemes. The Cool scheme features a white kitchen and fresh, crisp tones while the Warm scheme kitchen is set in a more natural, shaded timber veneer.

Finishes have been selected with luxury and sophistication in mind with reconstituted stone benchtops, mirror splashbacks and Smeg kitchen appliances.

Living spaces seamlessly blend into an open plan, with timber flooring in the kitchen and living rooms, large wall tiles in the bathrooms and laundries, and carpets throughout bedrooms offering ultimate comfort and low-maintenance living.

Colliers International Director Ian Bennett said there was already some early market interest in Arkadia, but this was no surprise because of what it offers.

"We’re seeing a mix of young professionals, couples and families attracted to the serene location by Sydney Park," he said.

"Buyers have been drawn to the flexible lifestyle that comes with modern apartment living and the opportunity to combine that with open green spaces so close to the Sydney CBD.

"Recent revitalisation and landscaping development upgrades of Sydney Park and urban locations, such as The Grounds, make it an enviable lifestyle and project for select few."Construction is scheduled to commence next year, with completion expected by June, 2018.

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