Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The street where I live

(I knew this post would come in handy when I was so very time poor) I thought I had original photos of 450 St Kilda Road from about 2002, but it seems not. In about 2005 the quite dated building underwent a huge renovation and looked so much better. I can't get over the huge expenditure to renovate the building in 2005 and now it is being demolished.

It is now a concrete lined pit in the ground with I suppose high end apartments being built.
Oh yes, the new building will be called Opera. How good did we do, buying in the cheap seats in an expensive street. But still the media describes our building as being exclusive, mostly to do with having a government senator living here, the former bearded media person. Although there is a bit more to it than that. The apartments in our building are big, whether one, two or three bedroom and three bedrooms dominate by numbers. Foolishly some 3 bedders have only one car space. Each floor has a large public area and it is certainly not a rabbit warren of narrow passageways as many are. Trying to being unbiased, ours is a really good building of its time and relatively cheap to buy into compared to the new buildings in the street.




The nearby formerly Charsfield Hotel had is being redeveloped too, with what I think are early 20th century additions being demolished and more highrise apartments built. At least the original late Victorian building is being kept. The parallel Queens Road has apartments going up left right and centre, mostly replacing nasty 1960s buildings. Who will live in all these apartments? Think of it as ladder where people rise and fall on the ladder, and at the moment people are rising on the ladder because of our high immigration, but as anyone who lives in Sydney or Melbourne knows, that has come with huge problems and a reduction in our quality of life. 



18 comments:

  1. Up, up and away! (Or should it be - "down, down, and gone away?"

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    1. Lee, up up and away with profits for developers.

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  2. That is SO obvious, that a 3-bed would have more than one car, evil developers pushing unhappy architects to forsake function for economy.
    Judy Bachrach would not have let them demolish Charsfeld. When I worked at your end of StKilda Rd and walked home to the Acland St end every night, Charsfeld was a dump with old guys on the verandah. 10 years after that it was boutiqued and my new rural friends entire wedding party stayed there before the big day in StKilda Gardens. It was memorable apparently. Thanks for the reminiscing. These days I breathe crisp fresh air but the price paid is seeing dead koalas by the road.

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    1. Annie, I don't who Judy Bachrach is. The only one that comes up in Google is a US journalist. Yes, I too remember it as accommodation, a boarding house, I suppose. It must have been good to see the hotel inside. I never made the effort and it is too late now. No dead koalas in St Kilda Road.

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  3. Isn't that ridiculous. I daresay, given the absolute shit they're constructing these days, that a lot more will be pulled down in 10 - 15 years to be replaced yet again. It certainly isn't quality they're after.

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    1. Fen, it seems like that is exactly what will happen, with many new developments of a poor standard. R keeps more in touch with new developments and no matter how good they look on the outside, the rooms are very very small and often not even a kitchen that is to a standard for cooking a proper meal.

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    2. They're replicating my premises??
      Oy vey!

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    3. River, at least you are not being ripped off. I consider many buyers of these apartments will never get their money back.

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  4. Can't really understand why solid buildings have to be pulled down. It creates work and spending and more expensive apartments only to be torn down again in the future - and it goes on.

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    1. Margaret, developers can make much more money by demolishing and rebuilding, nearly always much taller and taking more of the block of land. That is why development should be strictly controlled to prevent excessive profits and encourage re-use of buildings.

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  5. I love the way most are open plan building, so how much do they save on walls. For me, it would be one huge clutter trap (shut up Annie O). Now I could go for a roof top garden for the cat which is the new idea overseas. R is right about the kitchens, one cup on display and it looks like a pigsty.

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    1. Jah Teh, a used cup on display in the kitchen? I think not. It should be either clean in the cupboard or in the dishwasher if it is dirty. Don't be thinking you will be influencing me with your 'bad housewife' standards.

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  6. I hope the new buildings will be easy on the eyes, with the apartments thoughtfully designed. Wishful thinking?

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    1. River, the apartments are always thoughtfully designed, to get maximum profit from the land footprint. The clue to the size of the rooms lies in the price. $650,000 for a two bedroom, one car space, in our street is going to have very small everything, no matter how grand the building looks. For something new the size of ours in a new building will be around 1.5 million. It will be a lot flasher than ours, but I don't mind our rather dated building and apartment.

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    2. Yikes, Andrew. $650K? I'm afraid all I could afford would be a tent.
      Hope you're doing okay.
      Thinking of you.

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    3. Sandra, property here is very expensive, to the point where unless you are a couple earning good money, you cannot afford to buy a house anywhere near the centre of the city. We struggled in the beginning to buy a place, but at least was then possible. Thank you.

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  7. The 1960's wasn't a good architectural period! Andrew do you remember all the fabulous ArtDeco style apartment buildings around the area you stayed when you guys visited Perth. I love that spot and I bet a lot of them have super views of the city and Swan River. You have pretty fab views from your high-rise also, I like that you can see the harbour.

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    1. Grace, yes in Mount Street there was some great ones and up the top. We examined them carefully whenever we walked up Mount Street. There was much pausing and photography. Only a cynic would suggest we were resting. I am not totally against 60s cream brick veneer houses. I have seen some nice ones, and at least the cheaper flats built then had more spacious rooms.

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