Hive The Gap: Townhouses in a sought-after Brisbane suburb
62 Illowra Street, The Gap, QLD 4061 See 17 more projects in Brisbane - West
62 Illowra Street, The Gap, QLD 4061 See 17 more projects in Brisbane - West
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Hive The Gap is a three-stage townhouse project, with Stage 1 due to finish construction in early 2019. There will be 61 three and four-bedroom townhouses at the Hive when it is completed, and so far most of the new townhouses in north Brisbane development have been sold to downsizers, first-home buyers and young families from the local area. Over 75% of the first two stages have been sold.
The two and three-storey townhouses all have double or triple garages and have open-plan living areas with generous balconies. The development’s proximity to public transport, schools and shopping areas have also played a part in its popularity. All of the new townhouses overlook a protected green reserve with mature trees and a dedicated nature trail.
A range of floor plans have been created with first-home buyers, young families and downsizers in mind. Of particular appeal has been the four-bedroom design featuring an extra room on the ground floor which could be used as a guest room or home office. Hive The Gap offers the sort of luxury amenities you would expect at an inner-city apartment development, including a large resort-style pool and outdoor dining area. Prices start at $679,000 for three-bedroom townhouses and $719,000 for four bedrooms.
When the development was first proposed back in 2016, it received a lot of resident concerns due to the density and scale of Hive The Gap and the numerous trees (over 100) that would be lopped to make space for the development. As a result of this, the plans were amended slightly and the number of townhomes reduced from 65 to 61 and the environmental impact is now minimal, with the majority of trees retained and the nature reserve actively regenerated and maintained.
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Hive The Gap is located on the corner of Illowra Street and Waterworks Road. Situated around 10km from Brisbane CBD, this location is excellent for commuters, while still offering a quiet, suburban feel. Breakfast Creek and the surrounding nature reserve sits just behind the Hive townhouses, and there is a small complex with a coffee shop (Bean & Gone Espresso Bar) as well a few restaurants and a Friendly Grocer just up Illowra Street, directly next to the new townhouses.
When it comes to weekend activities, the beautiful Walkabout Creek is only a three-minute drive away, as it Enoggera Dam, which is a great spot to hang out on summer afternoons. Further up Mout Nebo Road, you’ll also find some beautiful bush walks and picnic areas.
Public transport from Hive The Gap is easy, with several bus stops within a few hundred metres, just along Waterworks Road. Commuting to and from the city will take about 20 minutes. The Gap Village Shopping Centre has located an easy 950m walk away. This complex offers so many conveniences, including a large Coles and Aldi, a gym, medical centre, car wash, bank, chemist and a number of speciality shops too.
For those with children, there are a number of schools local to the area too. The Gap State School is only 350m away down Settlement Road and The Gap State High School is only 750m away on Waterworks Road. In terms of private education options, St. Peters is also within a kilometre and there are also several local churches including The Gap Uniting Church, St Markets Anglican Church and Rivercity Family Church.
Hive The Gap provides residents with the kind of facilities you’d expect from a luxury apartment development. There is a barbeque area with outdoor dining space and a pool with a feature deck which overlooks the nature reserve with Mt Coot-tha views. This communal area is located behind the back row of townhomes. There are 10 visitor car parks at Hive The Gap to accommodate for family and friends visiting.
The three-bedroom townhouses are between 164m² and 192m² internally with around 50m² of outdoor space, including the terrace, courtyard and balcony. The four bedrooms offer between 170m² and 215m² of indoor area and quite a variable outdoor area, ranging between 43m² and 102m². Some townhomes are two-storeys high and some are three. With the two-storey floor plans, the double garage sits on the same level as the living, kitchen and dining areas, with bedrooms upstairs. The three-level residences are generally narrower, with either a three-car garage or two-car tandem garage on the ground level, living space Level 1 and bedrooms on Level 2.
All kitchens offer a large island bench with dual sink and plenty of storage space. Each of the new townhouses for sale at Hive The Gap also has an internal laundry, a bathtub and study nook. There is also a skylight located around the middle of the top level of each townhouse, to ensure every room is filled with light.
There are several floor plans available for both the three bedroom and the four-bedroom townhomes at Hive The Gap. You will notice by looking at the below plans, in Plan 4B, one of the bedrooms is located downstairs, which would provide a great spare room for guests, a private retreat for teenage children or a great reading room or library if you’ve got bedrooms to spare. This is also the case in a few of the other floor plans. The majority of the townhomes have all bedrooms located on the top level, however, it’s worth noting the separation of bedrooms, which will make for quiet and undisrupted living for families. Another point of interest is not all master bedrooms have walk-in robes, however, when this is not available, there are very large built-in cupboards.
These new Brisbane townhomes for sale in The Gap offer either timber or tiled flooring in the living room and carpeted bedrooms. In the kitchens, you’ll find 40mm stone benchtops, Bosch appliances and laminate joinery. Each residence at Hive The Gap has ducted air conditioning throughout, as well as ceiling fans in the bedrooms.
As these apartments are geared toward owner-occupiers, so there are no rental appraisals available for Hive the Gap. Looking at the property market in the area as a whole, the median house price for a three-bedroom is $635,000 with a median rent of around $470 a week. Rental demand in The Gap is quite strong, however, the suburb is comprised of primarily owner-occupiers, with 40% of the suburb owning their home, and an additional 44% currently purchasing a new property.
The Gap and neighbouring suburbs are quite tightly held, and low-density development regulations mean there aren’t a lot of new projects currently underway in these suburbs, especially projects that are the scale of Hive the Gap. Contempo Residences is located off Mount Nebo Road in The Gap and consists of 16 house and land sites which recently sold out. In the neighbouring suburb of Bardon, Breezes on Bardon offers 25 two and three-bedroom apartments which were completed in May 2018. At Enoggera, Essence is currently selling three and four-bedroom terrace homes. This project is currently under construction with limited properties still for sale. Essence is the most comparable project to Hive The Gap, with terrace homes for sale starting at $610,000.
There are currently no body corporate details available for Hive The Gap townhouses.
The developer of Hive The Gap townhouses is Lantona, a Brisbane-based development company. Lantona focuses on light-filled interiors and clean modern lines as well as connectivity to the outdoors as a must for Queensland living. There other current projects include The Maddison in Loganholme and Oxy Stones Corner in Greenslopes.