Does density assist in making a community more vibrant?
Last month I wrote about the various projects Celsius has been working on including Lucent Claremont, The Tide Scarborough and our new site in North Perth. The one thing that all these projects have in common is their location within a vibrant community on the rise.
Lucent Claremont is situated on Davies Road between Claremont Oval and the Claremont Pool, with just a short stroll to strip shopping, a world class shopping centre and public transport. Not to mention the golf course, tennis club and gym on the same street. This really is such an obvious place to provide density and in fact it is the density that drives the community activity. This weekend we will launch the viewing tower at Lucent as part of a community event, The Big Local Warm Up! Put together by local businesses the event is “a celebration of healthy living” and will include food tastings, kids footy clinics, fitness demonstrations, a live DJ and discounted memberships. If interested in taking in the view to be offered by Lucent Claremont why not pop down and see Tim and Andrew between 11am – 3pm and enjoy this free community event at the same time.
The opening of The Tide Scarborough last week has been strategically pitched at millennial residents looking to enjoy the substantial amenity now on offer at Scarborough Beach, with flexible terms. Offering secure private accommodation with access to great shared facilities such as co-working, social TV room and lounge, communal kitchen and hub for dining and socialising (plus a) and swimming pool.
Last Thursday I attended the Scarborough Beach Markets with literally thousands of others, all-embracing dining out of food trucks and pop up kiosks. This week we note that Woolworths has just acquired a substantial site in Scarborough and they have advised “while no plans have been finalised, we envisage the site will provide a new retail precinct featuring a full line Woolworths supermarket, specialty tenancies as well as commercial and residential space”. If it goes ahead as suggested it will be a residential-retail first for Woolworths in WA!
If you presently live in an area that has undergone an increase in density over the past few years, I bet the strip shopping and dining has improved in line with the increased density. You see all these boutique operators that we love to get our essentials from require some density around them to survive. I’m 100% convinced that the future of living will involve online shopping of staples delivered to your door but strip shopping evolving into daily social interactions and shopping centres becoming entertainment hubs. Why do you think that all the major shopping centres in Perth are undergoing substantial expansions involving the addition of much more dining and entertainment options? Shopping centres will no longer be able to survive with Woolworths or Coles as their drawcard alone, even Woolworths has worked that out!
The way some of us are choosing to live is evolving rapidly. Whilst not everyone will want to live in an apartment, townhouse or villa, it’s the density this type of development brings that benefits the entire community. It is important to ensure that an increase in density is considered, well planned and strategically suited to the location. We believe suburbs such as Claremont, Scarborough, North Perth and Victoria Park along with other examples such as East Perth, South Perth, Subiaco, Leederville, Mount Hawthorn and Fremantle are ideally suited to cleverly considered density enhancements to cater to the growing population needs our great city will require. If you would like to find out more about our view on density and how we believe it should be considered and varied according to each specific location, drop us a line – 6144 0700 – and we would be only too happy to have a chat.
With the festive season now well and truly upon us I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you a very safe and prosperous festive season and all the very best for your endeavours through 2019 and beyond.
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