6 Star Green Star luxury family living arrives at Bowden

19 July 2022

True family living will soon be available at Bowden, with the development of 19 townhouses boasting the most spacious floorplans seen in the precinct to date.

Construction of the 3 and 3-plus bedroom luxury homes will begin by the end of the year and will be one of South Australia’s first privately funded 6 Star Green Star townhouse developments.

The boutique-scale project, on the corner of Fourth and Gibson streets, will deliver generous square footage for owners in the form of multiple living areas and king-size bedrooms, catering specifically for young families needing space to grow or downsizers still wanting room to move as part of their quality lifestyle. All properties will be Torrens titled and include off-street parking. Some of the dwellings will feature private rooftop terraces overlooking the Bowden Town Park.

Developed by locally-founded company Wellstone, in partnership with Tomlin Projects, the townhouses will be constructed primarily of reclaimed brick, with barestone concrete and metal detailing to blend with the neighbouring heritage property. Local firm Walter Brooke have been appointed as Architects.

“We’ve been watching the Bowden precinct with interest for some time, looking for the right project and location and this is it,” Wellstone director Damon Semanic said.

“This development is much lower density than others that have preceded it. We aren’t looking to squeeze as many townhouses on here as we can.

Andrew Tomlin, Director of Tomlin Projects says: “The designs are focused on larger household formations for families and downsizers who want something more aspirational and luxurious. They will include large living areas and second living areas and larger bedrooms but still at a competitive price.”

Three of the 19 townhouses will be offered as affordable housing through the state government’s HomeSeeker program.

Renewal SA General Manager, Project Delivery and Property, Todd Perry said the Wellstone development spoke to the pivot the Bowden project took 18 months ago to meet market demand by moving away from delivering larger scale apartment projects to delivering more boutique apartments and additional townhouses.

“Residents love the village life, but they also want space to be able to move and grow and maximise their lifestyle at Bowden,” Mr Perry said.

The development will leverage a mix of intelligent design elements that seek to utilise natural resources such as heat, natural light and airflow to achieve a 6 Star Green Star energy rating, so there is less reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Windows will be orientated to maximise solar access. Indigenous plant species requiring less water will also be used, while locally sourced materials will reduce freight emissions.

Mr Semanic said this development was designed to make a statement.

“We are used to dealing with very discerning buyers, so we are wanting to bring something a bit different to Bowden,” Mr Semanic said.

“Our projects are about leaving a legacy, not just in design but impact. This is a marque area for Adelaide, and we want to set a new standard here and push others to reach that standard.

“We’re pleased to be collaborating on this with Tomlin Projects who share our philosophy and have developed a following for design-focused projects in premium areas of Adelaide.”

Strong attention has also been paid to returning green space back to the site enabled by front yard gardens.

“Bowden has one of the highest concentrations of Green Star homes in the country,” Mr Perry said. “The precinct is built on the foundation of sustainability.

“For buyers, a green home is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a ‘must have’ on their checklist of things they want in a home, so a development that expands the green credentials of Bowden is a formidable addition to the market and the precinct.”

Residents can also expect some bold and interesting architecture to activate and heighten the project’s corner location that overlooks the Plant 3 and Plant 4 retail precinct and Bowden Town Park.

“The project lends itself to a more premium type of offering because of its proximity to the park with view corridors from a number of the dwellings,” Mr Semanic he said.

While Wellstone has delivered project’s locally, it has achieved considerable success on the eastern seaboard in recent years, developing ultra-luxurious properties in Sydney with record price tags upward of $10 million.

Mr Semanic said the Bowden development was deep into the planning phase and that the team was hopeful of launching construction later this year.

“We’ve learnt a lot of lessons elsewhere and we want to bring back that best practice to Adelaide,” he said.

“We are born and bred Adelaideans, so we know Adelaide is a well-kept secret. Once you’ve been away from Adelaide, you appreciate it more. Even people who have never been here before are being drawn to Adelaide. You can get anywhere within 20 minutes, so to have a Torrens titled property so close to the city with so much amenity, people are really starting to notice.”
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