With Sydney becoming more built-up by the day, landscaping and greenery in new developments is fundamental to residents’ health and psychological wellbeing. This is why one Erskineville project with the apt name 'The Secret Garden' is set to provide a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of inner city living.
The name is a nod to the famous children’s book about a secret garden which miraculously rejuvenates the health of a sickly child and lifts the spirits of an entire family.
The Secret Garden at 19-21 Eve Street is a rare, private hideaway that proves it is still possible to provide a charming and serene living environment within a populous Sydney suburb. The boutique-size development eschews the amorphous approach of nearby high-rise developments by having just two low-level buildings framing a tranquil retreat for relaxation and socialising.
“We believe our vision for a small, sustainable development with a community feel better reflects the charm and village character of Erskineville than a multi-storey, multi-unit complex,” Frontier Property Development Group's Patrick Boutros said.
The Secret Garden comprises just 15 apartments starting at $540,000 and three three-storey terraces from $1.75 million. The apartments are contemporary with flexible layouts and deep entertaining balconies, the majority of which have security parking.
The terraces have their own individual entrances, private courtyard gardens, practical outdoor areas and security parking for two cars.
The 250 square metre residents-only urban oasis has been designed by landscape architect Mansfield Urban with lawns, seating nooks and flowering plants which will be irrigated by rainwater collected and stored underground.
“In such a high density suburb the landscaping is something unexpected and will create an ever-changing daily experience,” Boutros said.
“We’ve selected trees and plantings to provide richness in texture, colour and seasonal variation, while summer foliage will provide cool, shaded retreats, with strategically-positioned seating to encourage social interaction.
“It will be the perfect place for residents to unwind, to read a book, or to soak in the zen-like peace and privacy.”
A further bonus for residents of The Secret Garden is its proximity to Sydney Park - 40 hectares of rolling hills, picturesque wetlands, landscaped gardens, playgrounds, ovals and sporting facilities.
Green design has long been embraced for environmental and energy-related reasons. The Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) has established a national ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ program in response to research showing parkland to be fundamental to people’s health and psychological wellbeing. Among the benefits it lists are:
All residences are designed to maximize cross-flow ventilation and provide natural cooling. But, to suit every occasion, there is ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning.
Strata levies will be moderate, with estimates ranging from $700 per quarter for the studios to $1,400 for the terraces.
Erskineville is a much-loved urban village near such eclectic inner-city suburbs as Newtown, Alexandria, Redfern, Rosebery and Waterloo. Property expert Peter Shield rates it among Sydney’s most convenient locations, being well served by buses, close to two railway stations, arterial roads and Sydney Airport without being under the flight path.
“Sydney’s traffic congestion, mounting road tolls and ever-fluctuating petrol prices are factors in the overwhelming demand for accommodation close to public transport,” said Mr Shield. “From Erskineville it’s just three stops to the heart of the CBD by train so you can do without a car, or at least leave your car at home during the working week.”
Erskineville is also ideally located for students and teachers, being handy to Sydney University, University of NSW, the University of Technology, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, the Newtown School of Performing Arts and the Sydney College of Applied Arts.