WAAA Director Samantha Reece has been touring a number of completed projects over the past four weeks and the following is her account of what she discovered - much to her delight.
"When I started the WAAA in 2016 I did so with the intent of not just challenging the NIMBY movement but also the development sector. The concept of market led design was virtually unheard of, but I knew that it was the way of the future.
Over the course of the past four years our research has challenged typical developer mentality and has guided an evolution of design including larger apartments and key elements such as study nooks.
So when I recently toured four very different projects, I was delighted to see that they each brought new elements to the market, which in turn set new benchmark standards.
Norup Wilson's The Precinct on Canning Hwy in Mt pleasant was my first stop. This development is striking from the distance and the delivery of John Norup and Dave Wilson's dream has been exacted perfectly. In this development I was delighted to see a children's playroom on the entertaining level as well as an outdoor gym.
Next Finbar's Sabina apartments - also in the Applecross area - offered some additional unique amenities (in fact a first in WA) including a music room complete with piano and drums, as well as a guest apartment (which could be rented for a nominal fee). The developer has also merged a three bedroom and one bedroom apartment to form an upgraded apartment that offers a very spacious master bedroom and formal dining area - which is also highly attractive to right sizers.
Blackburne's Marina East apartments in Ascot offered a striking outlook - covering the river, wetlands and City skyline. Maximising the location the amenities offered SUP and kayaks and I could see how this could become a new pastime for many residents, looking to fill their free time.
And finally Finbar's Motive apartments in Maylands offered 3 bedroom apartments for $630,000 and located so close to the CBD and on the train line, I welcome this Melrose style design and its much needed affordability.
As Perth's apartment market evolves so will our buyers tastes and it is essential that the market continues to match these needs.
Personally I am excited for Perth - and look forward to seeing more advancements in this "easy breezy" lifestyle choice."