New apartment block at West Gosford includes two communal green spaces


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This new apartment block at West Gosford will include two communal green spaces.

Sydney is seeing a rise of communal spaces in modern apartment developments, creating brand new neighbourhoods that encourage community interaction and a shared enjoyment of much-needed green spaces.

A new apartment block development on the Central Coast has clued into this trend, offering something rare for the region — a brand new tower that includes two large community green spaces, bike facilities and a fully contained gym that could potentially offer personal training and yoga lessons.

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With its tagline of ‘Blue View, Green Heart’, the design aim of the Bayview apartments at West Gosford is to “reflect a deep connection to the beauty of the Central Coast.”

The north-facing atrium courtyard will include fairy lights, a gym and bicycle storage to encourage owners to ride to the station.

The seven-level tower will include 80 apartments — a combination of studios, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, townhouses, sub penthouse apartments and penthouses.

“One of the most exciting things about this is that scaffolding comes down this week, before we have even started marketing,” selling agent Brett Hunter from Raine & Horne Central Coast said.

“You can put your hard hat on and look at your apartment before you even buy, and we’ll have people moving in by Christmas.

Computer generated image of the Bayview development facade.

“No three units are the same, there is so much variety. Floorplans are very different for every unit, which is something that buyers want.”

Penthouses and sub-penthouses will enjoy a picturesque rooftop garden with convenient barbecue facilities for all residents to use.

A ground floor north-facing atrium courtyard will include fairy lights, a gym, bicycle storage to encourage owners to ride to the station and possibly personal training.


“We have been approached by personal trainers offering services — I would love to see things like yoga lessons at the site, encouraging owners to build a lifestyle where they live,” Mr Hunter said.

Sydney and Melbourne have seen a rise of communal spaces in contemporary apartment design, creating vertical villages that encourage community interaction.

For example, Hamton’s Fifty Albert tower near Albert Park Lake in Melbourne offers residents a health club, day spa, on-site yoga, indoor garden retreat, a sun deck, hot tubs, fully equipped barbecue, kitchens, dining, lounge, cinema and poker rooms — all shared.

View from the Fifty Albert tower in South Melbourne.

Mirvac’s Harold Park in Forest Lodge near the Sydney CBD, is one of the city’s most significant urban renewal projects.

The 10.6-hectare site was previously the harness racing centre and is now it’s home to around 2600 residents in 1300 terraces and apartments, with a 3.8-hectare park creating a green corridor from Bicentennial Park to the harbour foreshore, and the old Rozelle Tram Depot becoming the Tramsheds with restaurants, a supermarket, medical centre and gym.

Prices for the Bayview development range from $268,000 for studios up to $1.6 million for the top penthouse.

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