How a luxury Rippleside project becomes a star by the sea

The architects behind the luxury Rippleside development, Stella Maris, say it promises to elevate contemporary living to the equivalent of a mansion in a beautiful historic estate.

Jonathan Cowle, principal – national design at Rothelowman said the development of 50 flats and three townhouses around the landmark 1848 house, St Helens, raises the question of whether it is possible for a new contemporary project to connect to the past, to be of its location and truly revive the dignity, design quality and classic form of the past?

At first glance, Stella Maris answers yes.

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“It was imperative for us to find a way to help define the site and organize the grounds, gardens and property to really celebrate the idea of ​​classic living,” said Mr. Cowle.

Four buildings roll around the original home (to be restored and recreated as a standalone residence) creating Nautica House and The Arbory ​​at the front with Park Row at the top of Bay St and The Acreage along the back.

The apartments have water views, including to the Geelong skyline, and communal entrances also celebrate the position.

Existing trees, such as eucalypts, a Moreton Bay fig, peppercorns and oaks are celebrated by landscape architects, Acre, who have mixed natives and perennials, used garden roofs so that residents above see green, not cliplock steel, and to pick herbs, lemons or limes from an edible garden for their cooking.

There is also a wellness center with a 20m long pool, gymnasium and outdoor kitchen.

Rothelowman design director, interiors Jackie Johnston said their aim was to create homes that become much more beautiful over time.

Developer Monno’s task was clear – 3 m to the ceiling, open floor plan, carefully considered sight lines and maximizing connections to the outdoor space. Plus, VZug appliances and finding and maximizing storage in all the apartments.

“The design team felt it was very important for future residents to be able to personalize their home,” Ms Johnson said.

“It means providing space and walls for things like art collections, putting together a color palette that works with a whole lot of decor. It means designing spaces that will accommodate your furniture, because everyone has certain preferences.”

Materials include engineered oak floorboards, wool carpet, marble benches and splashbacks, large format porcelain tiles, satin 2pac cabinetry and wood veneer.

Entertaining at home was an important consideration, so there is a bar made from timber and stone and includes a glass-fronted wine fridge.

“Essential for any home,” she said.

“A day with family and friends on the terrace around the barbecue. A quiet moment in front of the fireplace. And if you don’t want to watch the TV, there’s an integrated sliding panel designed into the joinery.”

There will be EV chargers, rooftop solar, large ground floor gardens, cycle parking and secure garage and storage.

McGrath Projects agent Jim Cross said Stella Maris would set a new benchmark in luxury lifestyle in Geelong.

“They simply do not make more land around this beautiful waterfront of ours.

“Stella Maris is a boutique development so we only have a limited number of these luxury hacks available.

“We are located in one of the country’s finest places, where we enjoy this breathtaking view.

“There is a huge amount of open space throughout this project, we have the luxury of the wellness center, swimming pool, a car wash and parking throughout the development, including 2-3 and 4 parking spaces with some residences.”

McGrath Projects’ Jim Cross handles sales for Stella Maris. Price guides are from $595,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, two-bedrooms from $795,000; three-bedrooms from $1.6m and four-bedroom penthouses from $4,295m.

Originally published as How a luxury Rippleside project will be a star by the sea

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