Buying a property off-the-plan is a great way to enter the apartment market, but for many it can be a daunting and emotional change, especially if they have lived in a large family home for many years.
One of the techniques property developers are using to ease this transition is the option of extra customisation. This can consist of anything from upgrading floor materials, customised lighting and even knocking down walls to alter the floor plan of an apartment, given enough forewarning.
“Customisation options help reduce any uncertainty from first-time apartment buyers that might be nervous about making the change from home-style living,” OpenCorp Director Allister Lewison said.
“Depending on timing, new spaces can be created, including walk-in wardrobes and, in some circumstances, combining multiple apartments.”
Off-the-plan apartments are proving to be a popular choice for downsizers as prime locations, new facilities and appliances, high-level security, shared amenities and minimal maintenance allow for a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle.
This style of living also provides for a safe and secure lock-up-and-leave lifestyle, meaning trips to visit family or go on holidays are a walk in the park.
First-time buyers are being drawn to off-the-plan apartments because of it being slightly easier to buy an apartment in a desirable area than a house.
One of the upcoming developments including extra customisation among its features is Quayhouse, the latest project from OpenCorp, which is set to adorn the Port Coogee landscape later this year. Quayhouse consists of 38 apartments and has been designed with relaxed liveability in mind.
“The apartments have been designed solely with an owner-occupier in mind, and the added benefit of extra customisation supports those buyers,” Mr Lewison said.
“A unique facet of Quayhouse is its luxurious rooftop, which features a swimming pool, alfresco cooking facilities and a private outdoor cinema.”
Among the options available, Mr Lewison highlighted the customisation of the kitchen area, including different cabinetry and bench styles, as well as the inclusion of a study area, as being most popular among clients at Quayhouse.
“In some of our other developments the most popular customisation requests have included converting rooms, merging apartments and updating finishes; for example, changing a balcony to bi-folding doors,” he said.
Naturally, when people think about customisation a higher price tag is expected, although this is not always the case.
“Customisation costs are highly dependent on the changes requested,” Mr Lewison said.
“Customisation that requires restructure of the building will incur an additional cost, but simple selections such as interior finishes won’t affect pricing.”
Quayhouse is available to be viewed from 10.30am-12pm Saturdays and Sundays, or by private appointment.
This article was found in The West Australian, Tuesday 30th of May 2017, and written by Chris Thurmott.
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