A Croydon development set to reshape the suburb’s skyline could also give the local cafe culture a boost.
The four-storey Orphic development will become one of the most prominent buildings in the outer-eastern suburb as you drive in from the Melbourne side.
And the 50 apartment building has been designed accordingly, according to Prestigious Realty director Sean Cantello.
“It’s not just your normal square looking apartment complex, there are a lot of architectural features to the facade,” Mr Cantello said.
JAM Architects have designed a facade with a charcoal, white and cream, colour palette, timber highlights and greenery spilling over from planter boxes.
At street level, the development includes retail spaces, which he expects to bring additional dining options to the area.
“There’s nothing I know of like this in the area with the potential for cafes underneath,” he said.
Not that buyers aren’t already spoiled for choice with about 20 cafes and eateries, as well as Croydon train station, within walking distance.
“Location has been a major factor, it’s close to everything — there’s so many amenities within 200m,” Mr Cantello said.
The project is 20 per cent sold, reflecting the more than 30 years experience developers Rose & Gold bring to the project.
Early buyer feedback indicated the wide range of two-bedroom apartments with a second bathroom and spacious interiors were part of its popularity.
The average apartment size will be 75sq m, with a further 15sq m outdoor space included.
Two of the project’s five three-bedroom offerings have already sold, with buyers in the suburb looking for a larger downsizing option otherwise limited to pricier units located further from key amenities.
“There’s nothing else around if you want to be so close to Croydon,” Mr Cantello said.
Apartment interiors will offer an open-plan living space in one of two formats.
The display option comes with a Caesarstone island bench and 600mm appliances in the kitchen, wide-format porcelain tiles in the living areas, chrome taps and floor-to-ceiling tiles in the bathrooms.
An upgraded package adds timber floors in the living areas, glass splashbacks, 900mm appliances, brass taps and Caesarstone vanities in the bathroom.
So far buyers have been evenly split between the two options.
One-bedroom apartments are priced from $350,000-$395,000.
Two-bedroom apartments are available between $420,000 and $530,000, while three-bedroom apartments range from $670,000-$705,000.