Local Penrith builder Astina Group has been awarded the contract to build all 152 apartments in Stage One of the East Side Quarter urban village development next to Panthers. Construction has now commenced.
TAWAR RAZAGHI JUN 21, 2018 The once-overlooked suburb of Penrith on Sydney’s outskirts is steamrolling ahead with unprecedented development in the face of a major population growth spurt and its new future as one of Sydney’s most important town centres. For years it was just the last suburb Sydneysiders would bypass on their way to the Blue Mountains, but with the promise of a major airport a stone’s throw away, construction workers are already in overdrive preparing for the city’s new trajectory. The suburb has already started to evolve over the years with disillusioned Sydneysiders heading to Penrith in search of better value housing. In Penrith the median house price is $650,000, almost half that of Sydney’s overall median, $1,150,357. Despite being 60 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD, the main street of Penrith is now booming, according to Penrith Mayor John Thain. “There’s a restaurant or cafe opening up every second week. You can see the vibrancy and it’s lifting the night economy,” Cr Thain said. It’s a far cry from its rural beginnings – Penrith has gone from being a farm on Sydney’s outskirts to a hardscrabble of suburbs to a city in its own right. Residential projects, particularly house and land packages, are not new in Penrith, but more medium-density and high-density mixed-use precincts with apartments are luring new types of buyers to Penrith and changing the town’s fabric. “It’ll give our young people the opportunity to actually stay in the area they grew up in. But it’ll certainly bring more people in. They want to have lifestyle choice … whether it’s a unit, townhouse or a 400 square block,” he said. A new $500 million project planned for the banks of the Nepean River will be a litmus test for demand in the region for high-density city-style living. It’s one of the biggest residential projects Penrith has seen and has been touted by those marketing the project as a “visionary new community”. The East Side Quarter “village” will be a mixed-use development with 850 apartments next to the Penrith Panthers’ Entertainment Precinct. David Borger, Western Sydney director of the Sydney Business Chamber, said Penrith was in the process of getting a major facelift. There’s a sense of optimism and it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen. Its future is rosier than its past,” Mr Borger said. “Penrith still has blue skies, wide-open spaces and wonderful nature at its doorsteps and people are attracted to that environment.” Young people can see the value and affordability of a place like Penrith, Mr Borger said. “There is a draw for young people to live in more affordable locations as well as local families who are doing well and want to go to a different community and migrant Sydney will be moving westwards as well,” he said. Despite much lower property prices in Penrith, the suburb isn’t immune to Sydney’s affordability crisis. Almost a quarter of Penrith tenants are in rental stress, according to the latest census data, and there’s a wait of more than a decade for social housing. One community housing provider said that while development is booming, there needs to be consideration of affordable housing options. Alongside new residential projects, change is also afoot with several infrastructure developments. Mr Borger said Badgerys Creek airport, which is 20 kilometres away, Sydney Science Park and the Northern Gateway development by BHL are “mega mixed-use projects” that will change the landscape in the region entirely. And the mayor said Penrith is ready to live up to the hype of all the record investment and population of about one million people in Western Sydney by 2036, up from 740,000 in 2016. “That’s twice the population of Canberra or three times the population of Newcastle. We’ve got to accommodate that [growth] across eight councils. Western Sydney’s time has come,” he said. There were less than half a dozen submissions raising traffic concerns around the ESQ development but councillor Thain said a number of parking lots would be built in time to prevent those issues from arising. https://www.domain.com.au/news/new-500-million-east-side-quarter-project-the-latest-in-unprecedented-development-for-penrith-20180620-h11m0k-440839/Read More
Targeted specifically for buyers over 55, Watersedge in Sydney’s northern beaches proves that apartment living isn’t just for young first-home buyers. Alison Cheung reports Watersedge is the latest residential project released in Bayview, with property developer CABE setting its sights on the over-55s market. The development, at 2079 Pittwater Rd, will consist of four triplebedroom units and a penthouse. With only five dwellings in total, managing director of CABE Lou Zivanovic said Watersedge will provide an alternative to offerings for the over-55s market, which are typically higher in density. “Making the decision to downsize doesn’t mean that buyers have to compromise on size and design,” Mr Zivanovic said. “Watersedge is an opportunity to secure a beautifully appointed apartment home that still offers spacious living and entertaining areas.”Read More
A new urban lifestyle village is coming to Penrith with ESQ 1818, the residential quarter of the Penrith Panthers’ Entertainment Precinct, receiving approval for stage one of its $500 million development. The development from Sydney developer CABE will feature 850 apartments plus retail, lake frontage, communal spaces and landscaped boulevards, nature walks and running tracks. CABE CEO Andrew James said it will be the first of its kind for western Sydney. “ESQ 1818 will become the residential quarter of the Penrith Panthers’ Entertainment Precinct,” he said. “East Side Quarter references the site location East of the Nepean River and East Side of the Lakefront and Penrith Panthers – creating an important lifestyle activation and connection into the town centre and Riverwalk Link. “The project will create a vibrant urban village on the door steps of the Penrith Panthers’ Entertainment hub.” Mr James said the new development would be of international standard. “ESQ 1818 will offer world class amenities, from the retail and lake frontage to the communal spaces, landscaped boulevards, nature walks and running tracks,” he said. Maintaining space between the buildings means views of the lake and Blue Mountains was essential for the development, with 50 per cent of the site allocated to landscaping, creating a green oasis for residents and the broader public. “The Blue Mountains is a Sydney icon,” Mr James said. “The natural attraction and fantastic backdrop is a direct visual connection to nature. It is our vision to create a village atmosphere bounded by parkland and landscaped boulevards. “Our landscape designers, Oculus, known for their work in both Barangaroo and the Central Park Development in Sydney, have been commissioned to realise this vision.” With one, two and three bedroom apartments on offer, the site will provide not only additional homes for the growing region, but a new vibrant and luxurious lifestyle currently missing from Penrith. “We believe space is the ultimate luxury,” Mr James said. “In addition to the amenities this project will deliver in the heart of Penrith’s entertainment precinct, we also have plans for a future eat street as well as resort-style living with wellness retreat, private club, dining and exclusive entertaining areas.” ESQ Stage One is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2018. Read the full article here.Read More
Award winning Sydney developer, CABE has just received DA approval for Stage 1 of its $500M ESQ 1818 (East Side Quarter) mixed-use development in Sydney’s Penrith. The 850-apartment master-planned development designed by the award-winning Turner Architects will feature retail, lake frontage, communal spaces and landscaped boulevards, nature walks and running tracks. Maintaining space between the buildings means views of the lake and Blue Mountains will never be built out. 50% of the site has also been allocated to landscaping, creating a green oasis for residents and the broader public. “We believe space is the ultimate luxury,” says CABE CEO, Andrew James. “In addition to the amenities this project will deliver in the heart of Penrith’s entertainment precinct, we also have plans for a future eat-street as well as resort-style living with wellness retreat, private club, dining and exclusive entertaining areas. This will be the first of its kind for Western Sydney.” “Our plans for this site meet the State Government’s vision to provide high-quality attainable housing with an array of amenities and employment opportunities near transport corridors,” he adds. “We’re looking forward to working closely with Penrith Council, community and all the precinct’s stakeholders to deliver this unparalleled mixed-use destination for Sydney’s booming West.” ESQ Stage 1 is scheduled to launch 2nd Quarter 2018. Registrations of interest are now available www.esqpenrith.com.auRead More