Forge apartment winners announced

The Australian Apartment Advocacy in conjunction with Mirvac was delighted to announce the three successful candidates for the Forge Apartment trial in Docklands Melbourne at a VIP function last night.

The first family to be chosen was Omrita Paskar and husband Suhas Prasad, daughter Anaina and son Aarin. Living in Wallan which is 1.5 hour commute each way for Suhas (who works in the city), the family thought that the opportunity to have a backyard was paramount for their two kids who are aged below 4.

But instead Omrita is feeling isolated and pining for the vibrancy of the City and hence the family are ideal candidates for the trial. This is the first time that the AAA has had such a young family involved in this social experiment.

The second candidates were a multi-generational family. Also a first for AAA. Lawyer Sarah, her husband Mark (ex-farmer) will move into the apartment with Sarah's parents Carolyn and Jeremy who are in their 70's. Carolyn and Jeremy were very hesitant about the move, especially about being able to store all their items and wanting to feel like they are not too cooped up. This will be an interesting transition for all four family members.

And finally Brad and Sharon Hart will move into the apartment with daughter Abby (18). The couple who live in the burbs, spend every weekend in the City and hence were keen to see how the commute would be if they were in fact to move into the CBD and travel to work, in order to maximise their social lifestyle. They also fit the growing number of people who are transitioning into apartments with adult children, hence challenging the myth that apartment living is just for downsizers.

AAA Director Samantha Reece stated that the 3 month trial, which commences in November, would be closely watched by the community, many of whom were still considering apartment living.

"We deliberately chose three groups that did not fit the apartment norm so that we could really see if apartment living can suit any life stage," Ms Reece said.

"Our national research with 3312 apartment owners in March this year clearly demonstrated that these residents chose apartment living because it was less maintenance and more free time, rather than the kids leaving home and this trial will help to substantiate if this is in fact the case.

"I wish to express my sincere thanks to Mirvac for backing this initiative and freeing up this gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom and study nook apartment for the next three months so that our groups can trial the lifestyle for free for a month each."

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