Collective #3 – Strettle St Thornbury

Project details

  • Site: 4 Strettle Street Thornbury
  • Status: Building Permit
  • Collaborators: Pillar+Post Architecture
  • Commencement: May 2015
  • Completion : 2019
  • Partners: 5

Around Christmas 2014 we formed our next collective and started looking for another townhouse development site.

We purchased Strettle Street at auction for $1.75m in April 2015. Measuring around 1430 sqm with a 20 metre frontage and 70 metre length, the most exciting thing about the site apart from its size is its elevated position. Sitting close to the top of McComas Hill with an east – west orientation, the site has fantastic city views looking the south over Merri Creek.

For this project we are developing six double-storey townhouses of around 130 sqm of living with our 5 collective members. At the price we bought the site for, we could have pursued a scheme for 7 dwellings, however the collective preferred to pursue a slightly less dense scheme to enable larger dwellings and lot sizes.

The east-west orientation of the site also means that we have been able to maximise northern private open space to all of the townhouses and given the generous size of the site design ground floor living spaces. This is the only Property Collectives project to date that has not featured reverse living. A recognition of how expensive land has become in the inner city.

We secured our planning permit in 2016 and began construction in April 2018 with completion expected in August 2019. Bank of Queensland has provided us with construction finance.

The dwellings feature:

  • around 130sqm of living space
  • tandem car parking where the rear car park sits behind the garage and is uncovered so residents can use this area as a multipurpose space,
  • roof decks with sweeping views to the south towards the city.
  • brickwork patterning details in reference to the predominately inter and post war brick veneer housing in the area
  • exposed ground floor ceiling joists to increase the feeling of space at ground floor living.

Click on this link to review a copy of the scheme.

Below are a few site photos showing progress on the build from January to March 2019:

4 Strettle Street Thornbury