Modern Homes – Making a bold statement

Contemporary style meets art-deco flair in a new apartment project on the way to Rose Bay. The Aristocrat of Rose Bay is a $75-million development from Luxcon Group, featuring 27 apartments designed to appeal to downsizers moving from prestige homes. It makes a bold architectural statement at the corner of Dover and Old South Head roads, between Rose Bay ferry wharf on the harbour side and the dramatic clifftop reserves of Dover Heights on the ocean side.

PBD Architects managing director Paul Buljevic says the building’s exterior – including arches on the facade – draws on New York and European architectural influences to create a “modern art-deco” building. “I believe there’s an understanding among architects today that contemporary architecture doesn’t need to be all about clean lines and minimalist boxes,” Buljevic says.

Luxcon Group managing director Ilya Melnikoff says The Aristocrat recreates many of the luxury finishes and facilities that affluent baby boomers love about their homes. “I think it’s important to make people feel like they’re moving to a home with the types of amenities they would have created for themselves, such as a swimming pool, home automation … and integrated sound.” Finishes include Chevron flooring and Carrara benchtops. Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bang & Olufsen are among the high-end suppliers. Two building cores mean fewer apartments per lift and, in the resort-style communal areas is an 18 metre lap pool with cabanas. There’s also a sauna and gym. As well as empty-nesters, The Aristocrat is tipped to prove popular with forty-something professionals who want luxury hotel-style amenities. Seven kilometres east of the Sydney CBD, this stretch of Old South Head road is home to a cluster of casual cafes and restaurants, including a Thai restaurant, pizza bar and Middle Eastern cafe. There’s also a hardware shop, pharmacy, medical practice, service station and childcare centres in the village. Four ground-floor retail tenancies are planned for The Aristocrat.

The developer says while tenants haven’t been confirmed, he is in discussions with grocers and cafe operators. The median price of units in Rose Bay nearly doubled between 2012 and 2017, up from $685,000 to $1.255 million last year.

At a glance

The Aristocrat of Rose Bay
62 A Dover Road, Rose Bay
Architecture and interior design: PBD Architects
Developer: Luxcon Group
Number of apartments: 27 (3 one-bed; 21 two-bed, some with studies; 3 three-bed)
Internal sizes (sq m): One-bed 51-54, two-bed 81-108, three-bed 115-128
External areas (sq m): One-bed 9-11, two-bed 10-30, three-bed 21-75
Prices: One-bed $1.35 million-$1.5 million, two-bed $2 million-$2.75 million, three-bed $3.5 million-$4 million
Completion: Late 2019
Agent: Brad Caldwell-Eyles, 1st City 0414 246 625
Open for inspection: A display suite at 522 Old Scan the code with the Domain app to view listing South Head Road, Rose Bay is open daily, 10am-4pm. Sales have started.