Custom Designs Embraced
The West Australian
17 October 2018
Flexible floor plans and other options were more expensive and time consuming but we’re “on target”, according to Perth architect and luxury apartment developer Barry Baltinas.
Mr Baltinas’ Baltinas Made is building the nine-level $30 million Camilla Residences in Mount Street, West Perth.
The luxury development. Which was to have been finished in April, set itself apart by offering buyers a chance to design their own apartments, embraced owners including one in a wheelchair.
“It’s a more expensive and time-consuming process for us but we decided that stepping out of the box and providing a real alternative to the cookie cutter approach was what the market wanted,” Mr Baltinas said. “Our instinct to embrace customisation and personalisation is proving on target.”
He said buyers had opted to add sculleries, customised wardrobes and kitchens and guest rooms and home offices.
Mr Baltinas said of the two sales in the past month, one buyer was relocating from Singapore with a family and the other was a local family wanting to be closer to the city.
“It’s been a tough few years for the Perth property market,” he said, adding that financiers’ “stringent” pre-sales targets had delayed the project.
Baltinas Made had powered ahead but in recent months it had noticed a “very obvious shift” in confidence.