23 August 2018
Quality Trumps Quantity
In this era of massive, cookie-cutter apartment developments built primarily for investment, HELM continues to prove that quality is still being recognised.
The privately-owned Australian developer of both Bayview and Encore at Ramsgate Beach has just won two more prestigious industry awards; this time for its project, Laurier, at Cremorne.
The pet-friendly building was judged the finest medium-rise apartment development in Australia by the Urban Taskforce. This was followed by the Urban Development Institute of Australia's award for best medium-density development in NSW, and qualifies Laurier for the National Awards which will be announced early next year.
Laurier is the fourth boutique-size apartment project from HELM to win State and National industry awards over the past four years. Not only are experts praiseworthy of HELM, purchasers are equally enamoured.
"We were lucky enough to discover the HELM difference. Laurier is a boutique building in an energising location where residents are owners, not tenants, so there is great pride in maintaining standards. Our apartment is fantastic and the HELM team are extremely professional." John and Donna Watts, Laurier purchasers.
"Having to downsize from my five-bedroom family home into an apartment because I'm now on my own filled me with trepidation. I looked at several unit developments and was not impressed. Then I saw what HELM was offering and it was like: 'Wow, what a difference'. My apartment in Laurier is wonderful in every way; spacious with plenty of light, quiet and beautifully finished. It's lovely. I'm so happy I put my faith in HELM, and I congratulate them." Andrew Vassalios, Laurier purchaser.
"Our apartment meets our new lifestyle perfectly. The quality of finish is exemplary, and if we do find a defect HELM is fastidious.
"They left us a detailed handover package, and a project manager remained on site to help all owners settle in. Nothing ever seems too much trouble for HELM. They are one developer who don't just talk about their attention to detail, they back it up with action." Geoff and Lorraine Thoroughgood, Encore purchasers.
"Before you buy any property off-the-plan it's vitally important that you look at a developers' previous work, and talk to occupants of these buildings if you can. We were lucky enough to know people who lived in two previous HELM developments, so we inspected their apartments and also gained ringing endorsements about the company's standard of service." Michael and Joanne Sidoti, Encore purchasers.
"We didn't expect that buying off-the-plan and moving into an apartment for the first time would be so easy. Dealing with HELM has been a fantastic experience. They guided us through every step, and if there were any problems HELM solved them promptly and without fuss. Our apartment is of the highest quality, but this wasn't a surprise having been shown through a finished apartment at the nearby Bayview development before we made up our mind to buy." Tony and Anna Allen, Encore purchasers.
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Designed For Owner-Occupiers
HELM is constantly on the lookout for potential development sites in prime Sydney locations in order to create masterful residences within beautiful buildings. It believes developers have a social responsibility to provide architecturally-appropriate buildings that are crafted according to good solar management principles, are energy and water efficient, cross-ventilated and which enhance the value of the neighbourhood through high-end design.
Designed specifically for owner-occupiers, HELM's residences bridge the gap between a family home and an apartment. The majority have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and copious storage options.
"Our purchasers are used to having space, and the additional bedrooms allow friends and relatives to stay over," said Mark Monk, Chief Executive Officer of HELM.
"Oversized rooms, high ceilings, plentiful storage and full-height glazing accentuate the feeling of spaciousness and allow residents to entertain in a style they were accustomed to when living in a house"
HELM minimises the number of common walls within its developments and uses advanced acoustic treatments so noise transfer is not an issue. Privacy is a priority, security is cutting edge, entertainment areas are spacious and practical, and the level of comfort is every bit as opulent as a house.
"The people who purchase our apartments are predominantly Empty Nesters and Downsizers who want to escape the maintenance chores of a house but many baulk at the thought of high-rise, multi-unit complexes where tenants are constantly moving in and out." said Mr Monk.
''The vast majority of our purchasers come from within, or near, the suburb in which we build because we make their transition from a family home into strata living as seamless as possible without them having to move away from familiar surroundings or their social network.
"Buyers see our developments as being vitally important to the communities in which they live because we are providing a local housing option not previously available.
"Our apartment-homes allow people to downsize in style, which frees up large houses with backyards for the next generation of families to move into"