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LIV APARTMENTS REVEALED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, property, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

LIV 1

 

Scaffolding is coming down on the LIV apartment building in Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, allowing glimpses of what is to come.

Some of the windows in Quarry Street appear to be very large, so let’s wait and see till August when the building is supposed to open.

Roel Loopers

FREO NEEDS FAMILY FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, family, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

Interesting to read that there is an increasing demand for big 3-4 bedroom apartments by people who want to down-size from a house to a unit.

There is and oversupply of small 1-2 bedroom apartments in the Perth metropolitan area and some planned projects have been put on hold or cancelled because supply well exceeds demand in these difficult economic times.

The demand is for extra and larger living spaces for families and also for the 3rd or 4th bedroom to be used as a home office.

I believe this is relevant for Fremantle where new residential apartments don’t appear to cater for singles and couple, but not for families.

Freo is a family city and we love kids and it would be a shame if new infill development did exclude families because the units are too small and not family friendly.

 

Roel Loopers

NOT A MATCH FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017

Match

 

It appears that the MATCH Group have quietly postponed or abandoned their plans to develop the former Energy Museum site in Fremantle’s Parry Street.

All the signs to promote the mixed development of residential and commercial accommodation have been removed from the building’s facade.

Plans were for a four-storey residential new building behind the old one and the former museum transferred into a Bread in Common style restaurant and bar and other retail on street level.

While the delay is disappointing it is also understandable as there is a lot of apartment development happening in Fremantle and the Heirloom by Match building still has apartments for sale.

Real estate experts say their is a glut of apartments in the Perth metro area and an oversupply of them, so developers will probably have a bit of a wait and see attitude to see where the market is heading before realising plans that already have been approved.

Roel Loopers

LIV DEVELOPMENT GROWING FAST

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle by freoview on April 3, 2017

It is very lively and productive at the LIV residential development at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets.

It is a very large development by Defence Housing straight opposite the beautiful Heirloom by Match development.

The east end of Fremantle is going through a well-overdue facelift that will improve the run down area dramatically.

Roel Loopers

 

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ICONIC HEIRLOOM BEAUTY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, building, development, fremantle by freoview on January 18, 2017

 

heirloom

Delighted to see the Heirloom by Match residential development of the historic former Dalgety Woolstores at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street. It was the first time in years this morning that there was no scaffolding around it.

What a beautiful iconic entry statement to our city it is!

Roel Loopers

HERITAGE AND DENSITY NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, councils, development, heritage by freoview on November 23, 2016

After my previous post about the Atwell Arcade development and previous posts about my objections to the Notre Dame University proposal for the West End, and my reservations about the height of the Quest Hotel, and the general lack of creativity of new buildings in Fremantle’s CBD, it is interesting to read in the West Australian today the opinion of heritage architect Philip Griffiths, who spoke at a Future Bayswater forum.

Griffiths told the audience that respecting heritage and promoting local development are not mutually exclusive, and mentioned the City of Fremantle as a local government that got a lot smarter about preserving heritage while encouraging well-designed density. I believe the well-design part of that sentence is controversial as Freo is mainly getting mediocrity in design.

Heritage is a reason to be careful about how we develop because we don’t want to create a sterile town, but it is not a reason not to do anything, the architect said. That should be a very important consideration for the City of Fremantle because so far we are getting boring new buildings!

According to the Property Council of WA there is strong support for medium and higher-density apartments near public transport hubs and in the inner city.

I personally have no issue with higher-density in appropriate locations around Fremantle and in the east CBD but somehow we need to give more power to the Design Advisory Panel, and planning rules need to address the visual impact of new buildings better, so that we can get very good and outstanding buildings, not the bland and boring ones that are being built and proposed now.

Creating a new modern part in inner city Fremantle is in my opinion desirable as it means many more people will live in the CBD and that will encourage new traders, bars, etc to open up shop and make Freo more vibrant, but we need to get great architecture!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S APARTMENTS ARE POPULAR

Posted in fremantle, housing, lifestyle, real estate, western australia by freoview on August 2, 2016

Good news for Fremantle developers and apartment owners! According to independent analysts PropertyESP the Freo apartment market has remained steady.

While the spike in sales was in 2013, Fremantle, especially North Fremantle, remained consistent, according to the analysts, however North Coogee median prices dropped significantly from $ 1.3 million to only $ 600,000 between 2010-2015. But North Fremantle median prices rose from $ 1 million in 2010 to $ 1.3 million in 2015.

It is believed the fact that many Fremantle apartments have river or ocean views, or both, and are close to the beaches is the reason for Freo’s popularity.

This sits pretty well with the City of Fremantle’s policy to attract more people living and working in the centre of the city.

Roel Loopers

 

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ENERGY MUSEUM M/27 APARTMENTS FOR SALE

Posted in development, fremantle, real estate by freoview on April 26, 2016

 

The M/27 residential apartment and commercial heritage development of the former Energy Museum at Parry Street is now open to start selling apartments, so if you want to live the Freo lifestyle close to Clancy’s, the tennis and bowling clubs and the St Patrick’s Basilica, check out the website: http://www.m27apartments.com

Forty boutique apartments will be built starting from $ 450.000.

The development will be done by the MATCH group who are at present developing Heirloom, the former Dalgety Woolstores site just around the corner at Queen Victoria Street.

It is exciting to see so much development in the east of the CBD that has been floundering for far too many years.

Roel Loopers

and for the cynics among my readers, this is not an advertorial and I don’t get a cent paid to publish this and I also have not been promised a free apartment, or one at a reduced price. I simply like to support what goes on in Freo.

DEMAND FOR FREIGHT TRAIN CURFEW TO PORT RIDICULOUS

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on April 1, 2016

There is a protest meeting on Saturday April 2 at 2 pm at the South Beach lawn near the Sailing Club where people want to start a petition to stop freight train movement to and from Fremantle Port between 11 pm and 7 am. I find the notion utterly ridiculous as Femantle has had a 24/7 working port for as long as I know.

What is next, demanding the trains don’t run on weekends and public holidays either so that those who bought apartments and houses near the railway line have their peace of mind?

This is the same mentality as people who buy property near a pub and then complain about music noise and patrons leaving. I am aware Fremantle Ports have received complaints from people who bought apartments in new buildings in North Fremantle and who demanded port operations stop at 7 pm.

I lived for two and a half years next to the Roundhouse in one of the old Pilots Cottages there and never had an issue with the trains passing by, and I also heard noise from the port but that did not bother me either, because I knew when I moved in that I was only a few metres from the railway line and a few hundred metres from the port.

The call for action on Facebook mentions the name of Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and I am very surprised she would want to get involved in this as the Maritime Union of Australia will start kicking ass, and rightly so.

The annoying wheel squeal of the trains can be solved with water spray, so why not suggest that this will be installed instead of the totally unrealistic demand for trains to only run between 7 am and 11 pm. Do people even realise how many thousands of dollars it costs to keep a ship in port?

Move to the east of Fremantle where you can start complaining about traffic noise that goes on 24 hours a day!

Roel Loopers

HERITAGE LIVING AT HEIRLOOM FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 29, 2016

 

The HEIRLOOM by MATCH adaptive re-use residential development of the former Dalgety woolstores at Queen Victoria Street in Fremantle’s east CBD is taking shape, with some of the scaffolding coming down and revealing the facade.

The development is a partnership between Sirona Capital and the Match group and is being constructed by BUILT. A BUILT. supervisor confirmed to me today that the apartments are progressing well and looking great. There are still some for sale so if you would like to live in inner city Freo, why not check out this building.

Staying with development, it is interesting to note after my article on the Woolstores shopping centre site development and my call last night for better design, that the State government is now looking into introducing strict guidelines for better architecture of highrise for infill development, according to an article in today’s West Australian.

Roel Loopers

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