Sydney’s newest style luxury ‘town-homes’ launched to growing over-55s market

Leading North Shore developer WINIM has launched Longhouse, St Ives, an over-55s residential project comprising 18 strikingly contemporary luxury “town-homes” challenging often outdated and/or traditional perceptions of downsizer over-55s living in Sydney’s Upper North Shore.

Confirming its fourth development project on the North Shore this year, WINIM recently announced off-the-plan sales of high-end residences at Longhouse St Ives, located at 14 Collins Road designed to help meet surging demand for premium owner-occupier downsizer properties in the area.

WINIM Joint Managing Director Josh Leahy said construction would begin on the project, designed by leading East Coast architecture firm Rothelowman before the end of 2020 with occupation expected by March 2022.

“Longhouse St Ives is designed as a series of unique looking “residences”, which we believe will be highly sought after by both downsizers and owner occupiers looking for a quality next-stage-of-life home with the luxury of house-size proportions, but little of the maintenance, offering contemporary state-of-the-art finishes in a traditional, village-style location,” Mr Leahy said.

“We’re delighted to receive DA development approval for the development, purposefully designed to provide some highly sought-after quality designer homes set within a tranquil, leafy precinct with many established trees.”

“To date, St Ives has suffered from an undersupply of high-quality owner-occupier and downsizer apartments or townhouses for discerning buyers heading towards retirement and keen to stay in the Upper North Shore area. Longhouse is a unique, premium boutique project intended to help ease this demand.”

Rothelowman principal architect Ben Pomrey said Longhouse St Ives had been designed in stark contrast to the more traditionally designed over-55s housing.

In place of the more convention village or apartment style complex, Longhouse St Ives would appear from the street as a series of contemporary, architect-designed, individual, two-storey homes in keeping with the area’s common building stock.

“Each is designed to appeal to discerning buyers keen to downsize into properties offering the aesthetic appeal of fashionable single residential dwellings combined with the high-end amenities and features popular with the over-55s market,” Mr Pomrey said.

“From the street, the residences will appear as a collection of small houses, dominated by landscape and sitting amongst the trees. All are extremely generously sized, featuring three bedrooms, substantial private outdoor areas.”

Each luxury home was positioned around soaring, vertical existing mature trees, retained to create the sense of dwellings nestled into a private, almost hidden oasis of green.

Mr Leahy said that while Longhouse, St Ives was WINIM’s fourth project on the North Shore it was the group’s first to cater specifically to the growing over-55s market.

He added: “This project demonstrates our commitment to creating high quality, low rise residential developments that fit within the suburban fabric of the area in which they sit, and within our long-term business strategy.”

Key Features:

  • An exclusive, boutique location in leafy St Ives on Sydney’s Upper North Shore.
  • Located an easy walk or short drive to St Ives shopping village and facilities
  • Set in tranquil park-like grounds and surrounding gardens
  • Walkways connect communal areas, providing opportunities for social interaction
  • Extremely generously sized indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Northerly aspect
  • Garden and courtyard or district views from all bedroom and living areas
  • Three bedrooms
  • Two bathrooms
  • Secure basement car park
  • Storage
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning