Meet the Neighbours: The Creatives Calling The Malt District Home

Nov 12, 2020

Drew and Amanda will call The Malt District home in just a few months. We spoke to them about what they are looking forward to, and how they chose their apartment.

Located at the Nylex site in Cremorne, The Malt District is tucked into a riverside pocket along Yarra River, just 3km from Melbourne’s CBD. With Coppins Corner apartments offering the only chance to live at The Malt District, it’s no surprise that photographer Amanda Alessi of Amanda Alessi Photography and architect Drew Caddy are ready to call the Cremorne apartments home.

We sat down with the couple for a chat about why they chose a one-bedroom apartment, what attracted them to the neighbourhood, why buying off the plan suited them and how they plan to lead a car-free lifestyle after they move in early 2021.

You’ve lived in the area for a while, what’s your favourite part of the neighbourhood?

We love all the amenities that Cremorne/Richmond has to offer. The River, the Botanic Gardens, the MCG, and the city itself, are all within walking distance. Not only that, but with Swan St and Bridge Road close by, we are only a few minutes walk to any number of amazing bars and cafés. If we had to pick favourites, the amazing salads from Sloane Ranger, breakfast Martinis at Top Paddock, and chilling with friends outside The Cherry Tree — we really are spoilt for choice!

What attracted you to The Malt District? Was it the neighbourhood, proximity to the city, design of the apartments, heritage value of the site?

We moved to Melbourne from Perth 3 years ago, and have been living in the Burnley/ Cremorne area ever since. We love the location of the Malt District, given its proximity to all the amenities in the area, not to mention the future amenities the project itself will provide. Being located below the iconic Nylex Sign, a landmark of the Melbourne skyline, was also a very attractive feature of the development.

As an architect (Drew), historic preservation is always an important element of a project for me, so I'm excited to see how The Malt District, and the extensive public realm it will create, will be sympathetic and integrate with the existing red-brick industrial buildings, and the Nylex silos themselves.

The design of the apartments themselves were a highly attractive element of the project. We have a strong affection for industrial style interiors, so the exposed concrete ceilings, matte black and rose gold fixtures and fittings really floated our boat!

Buying off the plan isn’t the most traditional route to home ownership — what were the benefits that you saw over other established properties?

Whilst not the most traditional route, the off-the-plan process provided a great opportunity for us as first home buyers to enter the market. Not only were Caydon offering incentives for first home buyers, which has made it much easier to buy our own home, it also gave us time to increase our savings whilst the development has been under construction.

You’ve chosen a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment without a car park — talk us through your choice of floorplan and what your considerations were.

As there are only the 2 of us (and potentially a little fur baby further down the road) we felt that the one bedroom one bathroom option was the perfect size for us. We currently don’t own a car and with the close proximity to public transport, we don’t feel we will need one any time soon! When photographing weddings on the weekends, Amanda uses a car sharing service called GoGet which have vehicles dotted throughout Cremorne making it easy to access.

When we visited the display suite, our sales consultant, Alex, presented us with a number of different configurations of the available one bedroom apartments. After discussing the pros and cons of each, we eventually settled on a second level, east facing apartment, with a layout that provided ample Kitchen storage, as we love whipping up home cooked meals!

As first home buyers, what are you looking forward to most about owning your own home?

As much as we have enjoyed living the share-house life, we are very much looking forward to having our own private place that we can call home. We seriously can't wait to curate our own space! We've been slowly adding to our ever-growing homewares collection in anticipation of moving in — including art prints by Jasmine Dowling, plants from local legends Glasshaus Inside and personal photos framed by Format Framing (just a short walk from The Malt District).

The money that we would otherwise be spending on rent can now be put towards our mortgage. Knowing that we have an asset is an exciting prospect, especially being part of The Malt District!

If you're ready to make the move to Cremorne like Drew and Amanda, make sure you find out more about Coppins Corner apartments at The Malt District, home to Melbourne's Nylex sign.

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