From a $66 million dollar “sky mansion” to a futuristic development that forgoes house keys for facial-recognition technology, step inside the apartments taking luxury to the next level.
Australia’s most expensive apartment
Billionaire James Packer broke the record for the single biggest off-the-plan transaction in Australia when he splashed $60 million for two floors in this 275-metre tower overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Scheduled to be completed in early 2021, One Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD is positioning itself among the world’s most exclusive residential buildings, following in the footsteps of London’s One Hyde Park which set the record for the world’s most expensive apartment at £140 million ($251 million) in 2014, and New York’s One57 which sold for $US100.47 million ($133 million) in 2014.
The tower comprises 82 luxury two-, to six-bedroom apartments. Prices start at $9.5 million, with 25 per cent of the Crown Resorts-sponsored project sold to date.
The foreshore development offers direct views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and was designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre, with interior design by New York’s Meyer Davis Studio.
Fully serviced by Crown Sydney, residents, including Mr Packer, will be able to take advantage of hotel-style services including housekeeping, room service and valet parking.
The world’s finest residence
Developer John Boyd may eclipse Mr Packer’s record for Australia’s most expensive apartment, if his luxury penthouse is snapped up for its current $66 million asking price.
Dubbed “the sky mansion”, The Boyd Residence is located in Sydney’s ANZ Tower – the only apartment in the commercial building.
Completed in 2015, the 2000-square metre penthouse sprawls across three levels and comprises four bedrooms, each with a marble en-suite.
The palatial apartment boasts sweeping 360-degree views across Sydney and features art deco-style interiors by Blainey North.
In 2017, The Boyd Residence was named the world’s finest residence at the International Design & Architecture Awards.
The high (tech) life
Set to be one of Australia’s most high-tech residential buildings, this 14-level residential development will come equipped with futuristic features and six-star amenities.
Due for completion in 2020, The Muse is located on the corner of St Kilda and Toorak Road West in Melbourne, and will feature 42 three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments.
“We could have built 200-plus apartments within this building envelope, but instead we have designed 45 luxury residences to create an exceptional place to live,” Devitt Property Group managing director Peter Devitt said.
“We understand what high net worth individuals want – privacy, security, convenience, the city’s best location and larger residences with bespoke, hand-crafted interiors.”
The Muse’s fully customisable two-level penthouse is set to be the most expensive apartment in Melbourne, with a price tag of more than $40 million.
In a futuristic twist, residents arriving at The Muse by vehicle will benefit from ‘number plate recognition technology’ which will ensure a lift awaits their arrival, air-conditioning systems are turned on, and any other requirements taken care of.
Forgetting your keys won’t be a problem, as entry to the building will be via biometric systems, facial recognition, fingerprint-scanner recognition and personalised ‘FOB swipe’.
Breaking Brisbane price records at $16,500 per square metre, this 47-storey residential tower at 443 Queen Street comprises 264 apartments with views of the Brisbane River, including two penthouses priced at $6.5 million and $7.5 million.
Designed by Singapore-based architects, WOHA, with Brisbane firm, Architectus, the eco-friendly “subtropical” building features gardens on every level, with 3700 square metres of green space in total.
“Architecturally, the design has been matched to respond to Brisbane’s subtropical climate, which only three other cities in the world share: Rio de Janeiro, Durban and Miami,” Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo said.
“We are focused on Brisbane and investing significantly in its future with a world-class, sustainable and subtropical building.”