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    Traditional Sydney terrace designs make their way to new community in Queensland

    Geraldine Chua

    The traditional Sydney terrace home has been given a modern Queensland twist at the $200 million CityVillage Community on the Gold Coast.

    Designed by architect Andrew Halstead and delivered by Robina Group, homes in the new Queensland community were inspired by the terrace street facades Sydney is known for.

    “The concept was inspired by the success of a previous project in CBDRobina, Paddington Terraces, but has evolved, going a step further with a more modern interpretation and incorporating elements from terraces in Melbourne and New York,” says Halstead.

    Conceived as apartments on the ground, each of the 130 terrace homes in CityVillage will feature its own unique façade.

    This is influenced by a range of natural, organic colours inspired by the Gold Coast’s beach dunes and deep rich timber tones from the hinterland, and highlighted with accent tones.

    The palette is complemented by raw-look design treatments and textures, as well as a mixed range of materials which enhance the individual look and add a layer of texture, including eco groove, vertical design treatments, aluminium screens and sun hoods.

    Developed on a four hectare lakefront site adjacent to the Gold Coast’s Robina Town Centre, space maximisation of the low maintenance homes was important for the team. This was achieved by the high ceilings, higher than standards doors and windows, and large 600 square floor tiles or timber flooring which flow out to the outdoor terrace/balcony.

    Full height joinery in the kitchen and laundry add to this feeling of spaciousness, while timber stair cases create more height and stand as a point of interest internally.

    Halstead says that the latest stage of the development, which has already seen 30 homes completed, includes 20 three storey homes, some with frontages up to nine metres wide to the lake. These houses have three separate living spaces/media room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room and a front and back garden.

    “A small courtyard garden has been incorporated at the front of the home alongside the garage with a larger garden at the rear on the lakefront, as the homesites fan out in line with the curve of the lake,” says Halstead.

    “The covered lake front garden and entertainment area is perched above the public boardwalk, providing privacy and an elevated view, while providing direct access to the pathway that links to the Robina Town Centre and its abundant mix of shops, dining and entertainment.

    “The lower level includes a recreational lounge with kitchenette, storage and contemporary polished concrete floor that flows to the landscape entertainment level.

    “The middle level provides the entrance to the home and includes the living area with gourmet kitchen, punctuated by a mosaic tiled splashback, slick 2-pac cabinetry, stone benchtops with European appliances and lounge room, along with the large deck overlooking the lake,

    “On the upper level are the bedrooms, including a generous balcony off the master bedroom. The bathrooms incorporate the raw timber elements that are a common theme throughout the home.”

    All homes are NBN ready, and situated on freehold land, meaning there are no body corporate fees. 

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