The Avant Townhomes story started in 2016 with a small group of 11 contemporary homes at the corner of Stanley Road and Blanchard Avenue in Keysborough, within the broader Somerfield Estate developed by Intrapac.
With the new houses being built in the Somerfield estate predominantly for young families, in 2013 the Avant Townhomes team began exploring the level of interest from potential purchasers with different housing needs and at different life stages. Research included a series of professionally facilitated focus groups. This work established there was an appreciable unmet demand for smaller, well designed and more efficient homes.
The development by Avant Townhomes at the corner of Stanley Road and Blanchard Avenue included two house plans with variations in architectural presentation and a range of options including placing the master bedroom at ground level. The 11 homes are set around a private pocket park. Four of the homes have car access directly from the street and seven have garage access from a private road. This configuration allowed enhanced architectural presentation to the street, without being dominated by driveways and garage doors.
The 11 homes sold off-the-plan well before construction was completed and they continue to stand out as premium homes within the area.
Avant Townhomes has completed 20 contemporary homes on Marine Drive at top of the rise in Intrapac’s QUAY2 residential estate in Torquay, Victoria. The masterplan for QUAY2 nominates six parcels of land for medium density housing. The balance of the estate is made up of approximately 550 free standing, traditional family homes.
The Marine Drive homes are a combination of terrace houses and low-rise apartments. The larger terrace homes were attractive to a mix of young families and older people wanting to reduce the time and money invested in their house. The smaller homes; terrace houses and apartments were welcomed by the growing part of our community that does not need or want a traditional family home.
All of the homes have well considered outdoor spaces that extend the living areas and 15 of the 20 homes have roof decks affording views to Bass Strait.
The specification for the homes includes a host of premium inclusions, including: double glazing, reverse cycle air-conditioning, built-in gas bbq, 55-inch smart TV and photovoltaic solar system.
The 20 homes were handed over to their new owners in July and October 2019.
Intrapac Property undertook the development of Somerfield, a 2,000 lot residential estate in Keysborough from [2010 to 2018]. The master plan for Somerfield identified a number of land parcels as being appropriate for medium density housing. The largest of these was a four hectare site in the South West corner of the estate and adjacent to a new neighbourhood shopping centre.
Avant Townhomes undertook extensive market research and master planning to transform this site into a high quality, walkable precinct that integrates into the broader Somerfield estate and surrounding property.
The project includes 110 homes, comprising terrace houses and low rise apartments. Virtually all of the homes have direct car access from the street as the council wanted to minimise private roads and laneways. This approach required detailed consideration of streetscapes to manage the visual impact of garage doors.
Avant Townhomes presented a wide range of home designs, prices and customisation options resulting in no two completed homes being identical. The housing range has also resulted in a more diverse community than is normal in new residential areas.
The first stage of the Homeleigh Road project was completed in mid-2017 and the last home was handed over to its owner in December 2018. The project was designed and built to settle in five discrete stages.