The Medium Density Development Round-Up: Sydney

Australia's city dwellers are increasingly embracing apartment and townhouse living.

And developers are getting in on the act, with the volume of medium-density site sales last year increasing more than 10 per cent (about $1 billion) since 2013.

We often cover significant, high-density projects here at The Urban Developer, and can miss the smaller, low-rise development projects that are so crucial to the good development of our urban environments.

Here's five low-rise medium-density residential projects that have recently entered planning assessment in Sydney.

Related: The Shortlist: Seven Of The Best Medium-Density Residential Projects in Australia

12 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga

12 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
Developers Barua Group's 5-storey, 12-apartment project in Wahroonga.

Architects Fox Johnston together with developers Barua Group have proposed a 12 unit residential flat with a communal rooftop terrace in Wahroonga.

The $7 million project is spread over four levels, each of which contains three 3-bedroom apartments.

Each unit will benefit from at least two hours access to solar energy each day and all are 100 per cent cross-ventilated.

The development is walking distance to Wahroonga Railway Station and only 100 metres from bus stops along the Pacific Highway.

658-660 Botany Road, Alexandria

658-660 Botany Road, Alexandria
Architect Environa Studio are responsible for the design of this 30-apartment example of medium-density development in Alexandria.

Also known as 11 Birmingham Street, 658-660 Botany Road in Alexandria is designed by Environa Studio.

The proposal for a 6-storey mixed-use building includes ground floor retail on Birmingham Street and commercial tenancies fronting Botany Road.

The $10 million project will create 30 residential units along with 28 parking spaces at a new basements and ground floor level.

702-710 Botany Road, Mascot

702-710 Botany Road, Mascot
AGM Studio designed this 35-apartment low-rise apartment block in Sydney's Mascot.

AGM Studio's Botany Road development in Mascot was submitted at the end of July.

The $10 million project will build a five-storey mixed-use development with four retail tenancies fronting Botany Road, a communal garden.

A total of 35 residential units will be created with on level basement parking with access from Miles Street.

1 Lorne Avenue, Killara

1 Lorne Avenue, Killara
RJK Architect's 10-dwelling low-rise apartment project in Killara.

RJK Architects have proposed a 3-storey development that will create a total of ten apartments.

The proposed building will also have communal areas and one level of basement parking with 16 spaces.

The new development will be wheelchair friendly with all proposed units having 100 per cent accessibility with lifts and access corridors.

The development is situated 400 meters from the Killara Railway Station.

This development will require the demolition of the existing two-storey dwelling and swimming pool.

117 Alison Road, Randwick

117 Alison Road, Randwick
Mark Shapiro Design's 24-dwelling boarding house in Randwick.

Mark Shapiro Design have submitted a 3-storey boarding house proposal in Randwick.

The $3 million development will include 24 boarding rooms, offices, communal rooms, 4 car park spaces, 5 motorcycle spaces, bicycle storage and communal outdoor area.

The site neighbours The University of New South Wales and the Prince of Wales Hospital, local shopping centres, and the light rail which is under construction.

Main image: Smart Design Studio's "Pipi" in Bondi.

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