Caringbah, NSW, is home to a new development which intends to 'widen' the appeal of apartment living.
Named Affinity Caringbah, this development consists of 57 apartments which all have extra wide frontages of up to 15.44-metres to provide vantage points from balconies, living areas and master bedrooms.
In comparison, typical multi-unit buildings utilise narrow floorplates of 6-to-8 metres to maximise the number of apartments on site.
Affinity Caringbah adopts a different design mindset to traditional apartment building architecture, spreading out and following the topography of the large 4,292sqm site at 1 and 3 Dianella Street, instead of towering skywards.
The two symmetrical five-storey buildings have a balanced horizontal profile and a tapered roofline with sloping overhangs. Strong blade walls act as ‘bookends’, and the articulated façade helps to give Affinity Caringbah a more ‘human scale’ than standard apartment blocks.
Affinity Caringbah is orientated to the north, with full-height glazing drawing natural light in to the apartments and accentuating the feeling of spaciousness. The apartments are larger than prevailing standards in the area. The two-bedrooms average 80sqm internally and the three-bedrooms more than 100sqm, with external spaces ranging from 19sqm to 59sqm.
Residents will gain the further bonus of two communal rooftop terraces for social gatherings, private relaxation and enjoying a view that stretches as far as the Sydney CBD skyline.
Two basement levels with 104 car spaces for residents, plus 12 visitor spaces, provide unusually generous parking convenience for the Sutherland Shire.
Affinity Caringbah has been designed by architectural firm Baker Kavanagh and represents many years of evolving apartment planning.
“We have ensured occupants have generous and flexible interior and external living areas and many storage options,” said principal architect John Kavanagh.
Affinity Caringbah is being created by local developer John R Keith, who has built such residential landmarks as 77 Macleay at Potts Point, Bayview at Bronte, 151 East at Bondi Beach, and Portifino and The Bay at Coogee.
Mr Keith says he refuses to compromise on quality and believes ‘gracious space’ is what the middle-to-upper end of the Shire apartment market desires.
“That’s why the bulk of our apartments at Affinity Caringbah are large two-and-three-bedders with two parking spaces and plenty of storage,” said Mr Keith.
“Affinity Caringbah will appeal to owner-occupiers who want to combine a coastal lifestyle with comfort and convenience. Living here will be like taking a ‘sea change’ without having to move miles away to enjoy the benefits.”
Externally Affinity Caringbah uses a rich palette of materials, carefully selected for their enduring properties and low maintenance qualities. Internally, opulent touches abound.
Each apartment will have solid engineered timber flooring, wool carpets, feature downlights, fully ducted air-conditioning, high-speed computer cabling, provision for Pay TV, and video intercom security.
Kitchens brim with Bosch appliances, Caesarstone benchtops, tile splashbacks, oak joinery, and a pull-out or built-in pantry.
Master ensuites have a Caroma bath, shower and vanity, full-height wall tiles, and Phoenix chrome tapware and accessories.
Private northerly decks overlook the leafy parklands that surround North Caringbah Oval, which is a magnet for sporting and recreational activities.
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