Small but perfectly formed

Small but perfectly formed

The Astoria offers elegance and versatility in a small but functional, apartment-style package.

astoriaelevationContemporary rendered facade with contrasting masonry, high ceilings, stunning ensuite, study, double lock-up garage.

The Astoria’s compact yet luxurious design has struck a chord with homebuyers ready to relinquish the traditional WA dream of big homes on big blocks.

As builder National Homes’ first narrow-lot display home in more than a year, the 10m-wide home has performed beyond expectations since opening in Harrisdale last September — success which National Homes brand manager Tony Harvie attributed both to shrinking lot sizes and a shift towards more easy-care blocks.

“People who are choosing to build today are steering away from building the biggest home on the biggest block they can afford,” Mr Harvie said.

“Clients are starting to look at what is really important to their particular lifestyle and base their design choices on these needs. This is partly because of the shrinking lot sizes in new land releases, and partly because people are looking for a lock-and-leave lifestyle.”

The Astoria offers elegance and versatility in a small but functional, apartment-style package which maximises every inch of the available space. There are two alfresco areas — one each off the open-plan living and dining areas.

The parents’ retreat at the back of the home is a stand-out and includes a lavish ensuite with a mirrored blade wall dividing it into a bathroom on one side and dressing room on the other.

“Visitors to the home rave about the design of this space,” Mr Harvie said. “There is plenty of room to move . . . the whole area reflects the most elegant five-star resorts and provides a sanctuary away from the main living area.”

A study with adjacent powder room at the front of the home could just as readily be used as an appointment room for a home business, a music or art studio, or a reading room.

Two double-sized minor bedrooms with built-in robes, another bathroom and an upscale laundry complete the home.

Mr Harvie said the Astoria had opened up a new demographic for the company in young professional couples who wanted class and style without excessive size, but was equally popular with downsizers and empty-nesters who were back to just two in the house.

The Astoria is priced at $240,813 as displayed, but can be built from $186,385.

Publication Date: 18/05/2013

Publication: The West Australian

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