8 February 2020
Chances are you won’t need to travel far along Fremantle’s coastal corridor before you are just ...
22 February 2020
Jillian Marshallsay raised her family in a comfortable home in the Perth hills, but with the kids grown up and children of their own, it was time ...
Jillian Marshallsay raised her family in a comfortable home in the Perth hills, but with the kids grown up and children of their own, it was time to consider her lifestyle options and take steps to be closer to her family. She purchased a boutique apartment at M/28 by Match in South Fremantle and hasn’t looked back.
Jillian is one an estimated 2.5 million Australian households with owners over 55 who have already downsized or thought about it (Ref: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)).
The catalyst for her was when her son found the South Fremantle apartment and said, “mum this is for you – you need to get a life!”
“I do love the hills, the walks in the bush, the birds, (but) when you have aging parents and grandchildren, there’s no way you can actually fit everything in with work,” Jillian said.
“I needed a change for the next stage of my life and I wanted to be by transport and close to the beach. I wanted to walk everywhere; the shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach.
“Moving to the city is a total sea change for me!”
Like many others, Jillian purchased her apartment as part of a transition into retirement. She bought off-the-plan and had to visualise what she had invested in while it was under construction.
“It’s sort of better than I thought actually. It has a bigger kitchen than I visualised and I love the full-length windows. I’m happy with the open plan concept and I do like the big pots and the landscaping in the garden.
“I can just lock up and leave and go travelling if I want to and not have to worry about gardens or maintenance.”
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said Jillian is one of a growing number of baby boomer clients moving into Match apartments.
“It is so rewarding to see many of our clients discover a new lifestyle through our apartment designs. They may have moved to the coast or swapped their suburban residence for the inner city, but most wonder why they hadn’t done it before,” he said.
“Apartment design is so different from cookie-cutter environments of the past that were built purely for investment purposes and to maximise space. Today, good developers consider everything from privacy to light, airflow and other comforts that would appeal to an owner-resident.”
“M/28 by Match has given Jillian and its other residents a central and coastal home-base in the thick of South Fremantle. The lifestyle and environment are hard to beat.”
M/28 by Match is a mixed-use building comprising of just 20 boutique apartments on the popular South Terrace coffee strip. The building is deliberately designed to present as understated with naturally inspired materials and palette, which take inspiration from the Fremantle culture and nearby heritage-listed community hot-spot, The Local.
Prices start from $440,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $550,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
For more information visit www.m28apartments.com.au or contact 0432 660 066.
8 February 2020
Chances are you won’t need to travel far along Fremantle’s coastal corridor before you are just ...
Chances are you won’t need to travel far along Fremantle’s coastal corridor before you are just metres from a Match apartment or terrace home project. With residences located in the City’s hub, as well as along the coast at the emerging and visionary Shoreline precinct and on the marina the established lifestyle environment of Port Coogee, the company’s growing portfolio of apartments and terrace homes is backed by a staunch confidence in the area and its continued growth potential.
Match entered the Fremantle market back in 2012 with the introduction of a leading-edge environmental design, aptly named The Summer, which received the first 5 star Green Star rating in WA. Match has since had sell-out successes and introduced design diversity to meet the aspirations of those drawn to the area’s unique lifestyle benefits.
Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, Mr Lloyd Clark, said Match has had a love affair with Fremantle’s stretch of coastline for almost a decade.
“It’s strange to think back to when we first started investing in Fremantle, South Beach Estate was a little more than a concept and not many appreciated the proximity of suburbs just a little to its south,” he said.
“Since then, we have introduced apartments and terrace homes that are as diverse as the people attracted to them, and as we have continued to identify great lifestyle opportunities for our buyers, we’re so pleased that our footprint and architectural influence has expanded to cater to a broad range of lifestyle choices and styles.”
Available Match apartments and terrace homes throughout the area are located within the iconic Heirloom by Match rejuvenation project, M/27 by Match in Parry Street and M/28 by Match on South Terrace, with M/31 Terrace Homes by Match, M/32 Terrace Homes by Match and Form by Match located in the Shoreline Precinct and Port Coogee respectively.
“All our apartments respond to the specific environment in which they are located, so you will get a different look, feel and layout within a beachside apartment like Form by Match than you will with M/27 by Match in the heart of Fremantle, where the design is largely about maximising the amazing parkland views,” Mr Clark continued.
“We have never been one for homogenous design, which is why we have always been so drawn to the diversity and distinction of Fremantle and its coastal corridor. Where else would you be able to explore the broad scope of architectural option and innovations? It truly is a special place.”
Match apartments start from $335,000 and terrace homes from $550,000. They are all architecturally designed and include features such as signature high ceilings, spacious balconies or courtyards, quality fittings and fixtures.
For more information on Match and its apartment and terrace home portfolio visit www.itsamatch.com.au/freo or call 0432 660 066.
25 November 2019
As a school teacher and single woman, Debbie Bruce was looking for a safe and centrally located ...
As a school teacher and single woman, Debbie Bruce was looking for a safe and centrally located home with everything she loved close by. She found this and more in a one-bedroom apartment at M/25 by Match in Mount Lawley.
M/25 by Match is located on the corner of Walcott and Burt Streets in Mount Lawley. It is a boutique mixed-use apartment building with only 30 residences, designed to integrate seamlessly into the culture of its Mount Lawley environment.
It is this culture that had been a major drawcard for Debbie when considering her purchase.
“Everything is close by and the area makes me feel like I’m travelling round the UK, with little streets, old houses, history, culture and community,” she said.
“A typical weekend generally includes heading out somewhere close for a nice walk, and meeting a friend for breakfast or coffee. My gym is two-seconds away and Fresh Provisions stays open until 10pm at night.
“The biggest thing for me is that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want to – even when I work long hours, I feel safe.”
As a single woman, Debbie wanted to live independently but didn’t want to worry about people jumping fences.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said safety is often one of the most important factors for people looking to tap into the apartment lifestyle.
“The global shift in people choosing apartment living over a half acre block on the outskirts of town is well documented. However, their motivations can vary,” he said.
“Safety is definitely extremely important, particularly for families and young single people like Debbie. However, others are enticed by the low maintenance aspects, lock up and leave qualities and surrounding amenity.”
Match has been instrumental in leading a philosophical change in Perth that has evolved apartment architecture from bland ‘cookie cutter’ environments to well-considered designs that integrate into the surroundings and enhance the occupant’s lifestyle.
M/25 by Match was architecturally designed by award-winning architect Cameron Chisholm Nicol and features a distinctive mural artwork by renowned artist, Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
“I love that (M/25 by Match) doesn’t feel like the apartment has been done on the cheap. I have high ceilings, skylight, splash back. I think a lot of apartments can feel closed-in and I like that this is so open and bright and airy,” Debbie continued.
“When I sit out on the balcony I can see the skyline and fireworks when they’re on. And because I purchased when the building was complete, it was mine quite quickly.
“It’s great that I could go into a place that felt nice and I could afford it.”
‘Move-in-ready’ apartments at M/25 by Match start from $349,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $465,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
For more information visit www.m25apartments.com or contact 0432 660 066.
2 October 2019
M/28 by Match is a modish addition to the eclectic South Terrace neighbourhood built with a nod ...
M/28 by Match is a modish addition to the eclectic South Terrace neighbourhood built with a nod to the past and a high five to the future in one of the most desirable and vibrant corners of the greater Fremantle area.
Located in the heart of South Fremantle on the iconic South Terrace café and restaurant strip, M/28 by Match is a three-storey mixed-use development comprising of 20 apartments and 6 commercial tenancies to the ground floor designed to achieve a 4-star green rating. Of the 20 apartments, there are four 1×1, three 2×1 and thirteen 2×2 apartments with a mixture of single and split-level apartments.
M/28 is designed with coastal dwellers in mind including most South Terrace facing apartments enjoying views across the harbour whilst the apartments on the south-side of the building benefit from two private courtyards for entertaining and outdoor living.
The apartments are accessed from the pine-tree-lined Charles Street into a private lobby which includes a lift to all levels and a main stair-well showcasing feature tiling and a timber slatted ceiling with detail lighting.
Michael Read, Director of M/Construction (part of M/Group), said “The building appeals more to the owner occupier market and astute investors typically wanting two-bedroom apartments. The considered building layout creates a diverse housing solution that responds to changing social demographics.”
Designed by David Barr Architect in collaboration with Cameron Chisolm Nicol the building includes protruding box shapes on the north and south elevations finished with a Venetian plaster creating a standout feature along with unique vertical slats that encompass the building in certain areas. These elements help set M/28 apart from its surrounding structures.
The slatted balconies along South Terrace also incorporate a full length shelf angle which is beneficial to the residents as a countertop for décor and entertainment. In addition, the residents have access to a common courtyard on the first floor with Australian native planting in concrete planters. Greenery and vegetation has also been added to the southern rear entrance off South Terrace.
Designed with contemporary coastal living in mind while respecting the fabric of South Fremantle’s past.
In collaboration with the architects, M/Construction Project Manager, Joshua Stott explained how plans were amended to change levels of the original building design.
“The building’s form and scale were developed with respect for neighbours, stepping from three storeys at one end to two at the other, thereby negotiating the height change between an existing heritage pub on one side and single storey housing on the other.
“On its southern boundary, where the project abuts an existing heritage house, the building height was stepped down and then later, following negotiation and collaboration with the local authority and neighbours, altered to further reduce the effects of overshadowing and overlooking.
“The two-storey high brick boundary parapet wall on the eastern side, which was originally part of the existing factory that was demolished, had to be incorporated into the new building design.
Internally, the finishes of the apartments flow from the industrial to the contemporary which is achieved using timber and light, concrete-look colour schemes along with matte-black accents. The project team were also able to accommodate purchaser design changes with minimal disruption to the program.
Each apartment has a contemporary and eclectic mix of materials, textures and finishes that evoke a uniquely South Fremantle feel.
For the external finishes Joshua noted that “Due to the close proximity of the ocean, the project required extra attention to the selection of some materials and products such as stainless-steel hardware and treatment of the external metal work finishes.
“All screens were originally designed to be timber. However due to the fire requirements & regulations they were redesigned to be aluminium wood-look screens which is better for future maintenance and longevity.”
Minimum waste was another important factor and it was achieved by choosing specific products which were all accounted for during the build.
Coordinating a project amidst the busy pedestrian and road traffic of South Terrace was a logistical challenge for Joshua and his construction team. “Main challenges included ensuring neighbours, including residents and businesses, were not impeded by our construction schedule. There was pressure from both boundaries regarding their concerns with disruptions.
“To combat this both myself and the Site Manager had regular meetings with them, providing open communication, and keeping them up-to-date with different construction milestones and all potential impacts to them.”
All challenges were able to be overcome and therefore enable construction of the project to be completed three weeks ahead of schedule.
M/Construction have a transparent and flexible process on delivering the best possible outcome to the client, while at the same time maintaining a strong sense of control over a project’s development. This approach provides a number of benefits — shortened program times, improved value and the opportunity for innovation.
Find out more about M/Construction here www.mconstruction.com.au
29 August 2019
Heirloom by Match & M/27 Apartments by Match were featured on the OUR Town Fremantle episode ...
We are pleased to announce that Match was part of the OUR TOWN Fremantle episode that aired on Channel 7 & GWN7 on the 24th August 2019, which featured Heirloom by Match & M/27 Apartments by Match.
22 July 2019
For the second year in a row M/Construction has been awarded Best Multi-Unit Development ...
For the second year in a row M/Construction has been awarded Best Multi-Unit Development between $10-$20 million at the Master Builder Awards Excellence in Construction – but this time for our Form by Match building in Port Coogee.
It goes without saying that construction quality is a top priority when looking for a new apartment and we’re proud our team has been recognised as the best in the business for the second year in a row when it comes to boutique apartments.
Along with this accolade, our Maintenance & Minor Works division were awarded Best Educational Building under $1.5 million for Leda Educational Support Centre.
Finally, Josh Stott’s hard work paid off managing the construction of Form by Match as he won Project Manager of the Year.
22 June 2019
Most know that the enduring nature of property means that if you tick the boxes of location, ...
Where would you say Western Australia’s unit living/apartment market is currently at?
The property market in general is cyclical. It follows a bell-curve pattern that sees prices peak at the top of the market and level out at the bottom. Investors and market commentators monitor this process carefully to maximise investment potential before an upwards shift occurs. The apartment market is not immune to this cycle and we are currently experiencing a lot of movement from investors. This signals that we might have hit the bottom of the cycle, but also that an expected upturn is likely to take place due to our strengthening economy and record low interest rates.
All this aside, most know that the enduring nature of property means that if you tick the boxes of location, limited supply, quality build and unique design, apartments are likely to hold their value for the long term – regardless of market factors.
Do you think more people are moving into and living in apartments than say, 10 years ago? What traits about apartment living do you think have contributed to this?
When Match started building apartments almost two decades ago, we were conscious of a global shift towards apartment living. There were certainly sceptics that believed Perth would always favour the house and land ‘dream’, but we weren’t so sure. Fast forward eighteen years and our predictions have all come true. There is a definitive lean towards apartment living and awareness of the economic and environmental aspects associated with continuing the urban sprawl. Many are trading that plot of land on the outskirts of the city for lifestyle and location. Apartment living just makes more sense.
What kind of demographic of people are living in apartments in 2019? Is there a mixed variety?
The range of people being attracted to the apartment lifestyle is now as diverse as their reasons for doing so. We see young and upwardly mobile singles and couples wanting to make the most of their proximity to cafes, CBD and nightlife, and we’re also seeing families preferring to raise their children close to the beach rather than in the thick of suburbia. Perhaps the most exciting market group are the downsizers, who are all about creating an idyllic and ‘low maintenance’ lifestyle without moving too far from their families or where they have lived for most of their life.
What future do you see ahead for Western Australia’s apartment market? Do you think it’ll continue to grow, and why is this?
The underlying factors that will continue to support the apartment market include population growth and an increasing market trend towards apartment living. The value-system of the emerging generations will be key for driving demand for new and architecturally appealing apartment designs. As more people gravitate towards apartment living, we will see an increase of amazing spaces. This represents incredibly exciting prospects for individuals as well as the Perth streetscape alike.
We’ve come a long way since the ‘cookie-cutter’ apartment blocks that were primarily built for the investor and rental market. Apartments today are considered architectural spaces that focus on the end user and their varying tastes and preferences.
Just as you would have earlier discerned over the features of a stand-alone house, we are now finding that people are drawn to apartment designs that reflect their personal taste and lifestyle preferences.
The more distinctive, rare and well-located the apartment is, the more value you are intrinsically buying into.
Comments by Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group
As the dust settles on the completion of the first M/31 Terrace Homes by Match, the lifestyle potential within a precinct earmarked to be Perth’s ‘next big thing’ in coastal living begins to reveal itself.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match is a set of just 16 exclusive three-bedroom beachside terrace homes located in Landcorp’s visionary Shoreline coastal masterplan development at North Coogee.
The newly complete architecturally-designed terrace home is among the first in the area to open its doors and, while the vision and scale of the precinct is still in development infancy, managing director of Match parent company, M/Group, says the occasion resonates a similar period not so long ago in the neighbouring Port Coogee Marina Estate.
“It wasn’t too long ago that Match was celebrating the completion Helm at Port Coogee Marina Estate. It was one of the first completed apartment building at a time when the area looked unfinished. However, it didn’t take long before landscaping, cafes and shops were complete, and the vision took shape. Now Port Coogee Marina is one of Perth’s most sought-after environments.”
Shoreline is located just North of Port Coogee Marina and just South of Fremantle and only 300m from the coastline. It is a secure coastal environment with extensive parkland and landscaping, as well as plans for a beachside plaza with shops, cafés and restaurants.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match include well appointed open plan layouts that draw design inspiration from surrounding Sheoak trees, sand and limestone; with complete customisation available through M/Group’s personalised building division, M/Construction.
Each terrace home is offered as a house and land package. They integrate indoor and outdoor living with a central courtyard feature that soars across two storeys to maximise light, space and breeze.
“We are thrilled to introduce the first terrace home living environment of its kind at Shoreline and invite people to get a taste of what everyday life could look like,” Mr Clark continued.
“Not only is this amazing location a short walk to the established café strip of South Fremantle, it also represents a very sound financial and lifestyle investment. Who wouldn’t want to live in this beautiful environment.”
Only five lots are currently available at M/31 Terrace Homes by Match and are affordably priced from $585,000. Titles are available and homes are ready to build.
M/31 by Match will host a Grand Opening with its first furnished display terrace home on Saturday 22 June between 1pm – 3pm.
More information can be found at www.m31terracehomes.com.au or contact Match’s experienced Sales Consultants on 0432 660 066.