A restored pub will anchor a Malvern East development that begins serving homebuyers on May 30.
Residents at the $234 million Malvern Collective will be able to order room service to their home from The Angel Tavern downstairs, while the pub itself will get an overhaul at the hands of Techne Architects, which recently rejuvenated the Esplanade hotel in St Kilda.
Kokoda Property managing director Mark Stevens said while the pub’s heritage would be retained, an atrium with a retractable glass roof would shelter 6m-tall trees inside it.
Spanning more than 4700sq m, the residential part of the development will have two buildings designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects and oriented to capitalise on views to the CBD, Port Phillip Bay and Dandenong Ranges.
A rooftop pool and barbecue space, as well as a private theatre, spa, sauna and private dining room, will also cater to residents looking for “more than just a gym”.
“We are building the development in such a way so you will play where you live, and the local pub is the cornerstone of this community,” Mr Stevens said.
This meant it was important the design avoided becoming “one monolithic structure”, prompting an angular wedge-shaped design.
“It’s not just a group of people who will inhabit the buildings, but there’s an extended mixed-use development and community that will use it,” Mr Stevens said.
The 266-unit complex will have a mix of one, two and three-bedroom floorplans. Each will feature Miele appliances, stone benchtops and European oak floors.
A choice of two colour pallets are on offer, along with flexible fit-outs offering scope for alternative buyer requests.
“So long as we don’t have to change a structural column, we will try to deal with and cater to it,” Mr Stevens said.
Construction begins later this year and should end in 2021.
A sought-after list of local schools is also expected to attract families to the project.
“Ultimately the people we believe will inhabit the apartments will be families and a combination of young professionals and empty nesters,” Mr Stevens said.
There will be a landscaped park and boardwalk leading to Malvern Station.
One-bedroom apartments are priced from $415,000-$500,000, two-bedroom designs are $615,000-$900,000 and three-bedroom layouts are $1.065-$1.3 million.
Apartment sales for the Malvern Collective start on Thursday.