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UPDATED OCTOBER 2018: Bohemia West End has finished construction, meaning that all future buyers can move in as soon as they’re able to. 70% of the development has been sold to date.
Bohemia is a new apartment project located at 75 Jane Street in West End. It is currently under construction and is due to be completed by the end of 2017.
This project is really well designed to suit its West End location. The facade is a mix of timber, glass and concrete that really lends itself to West End’s style of grungy-yet-gentrified inner city living.
With a starting price of $420,000, this project is clearly targeted right at the young professional market (as well as investors like many developments in Brisbane at the moment). This would be a pretty perfect place to live for younger people who work in the City or South Bank because you can easily travel to both on public transport or by bike in less than 20 minutes. In fact, living in this location would minimise overall car use due to the sheer amount of shops, cafes, restaurants and public transport options nearby.
As we mentioned above, there are a total of 94 apartments at Bohemia. The apartment mix is as follows:
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom + study nook: 33 apartments
2 bedroom, 1 bathroom: 1 apartment
2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms + study nook: 53 apartments
3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms + study nook: 7 apartments
The design of the building is quite cool, reflecting West End’s heritage. Bohemia’s facade integrates elements of timber, tin and the sawtooth roofs of the heritage industrial buildings in the suburb.
In terms of parking, all 1 & 2 bedroom apartments include 1 car park and all 3 bedroom apartments include 2 side-by-side car parks (other than Lot 201 & 301 which are tandem). There is also bike parking available at Bohemia, which is fantastic to see and would be extremely handy in a place like West End. There are 12 visitors parking spaces in the basement.
Parking in the surrounding streets will be really tough because West End is very busy and there is a school, two child care centres and many businesses and apartments in the surrounding streets.
The views from Bohemia will potentially be quite nice, particularly higher up on the northern side of the building. These apartments will look towards the city. However, given the amount of development currently in West End, it is likely that the view line will fill up quickly over time. Other sides of the building will look out over suburban West End, as well as over Montague Road and Davies Park.
The rooftop area at Bohemia will be resident recreational space. It will have a lap pool and, instead of a standard BBQ area, this residents recreation area will have several break out areas and an intimate bar that looks towards the city (there will still be a BBQ area).
The security in this project is good. Access to the lobby and basement requires a proximity card and there is intercom to all apartments.
Overall, the design of the floor plans at this project is quite thoughtful. We think that the balconies are fantastic. This is because they don’t have AC condensers on them (these are located on the roof) and there are gas cooktops and gas bayonet fittings on the main balconies for BBQs. These two small features make a huge difference to the usability of an apartment, particularly in Brisbane where the lifestyle is heavily focussed around outdoor living.
Have a look at a selection of floor plans in the gallery below.
Bohemia is located at 75 Jane Street in West End. West End is a small inner-city suburb that is located 1km south of the CBD, on the other side of the Brisbane River. It is bordered by Highgate Hill and South Brisbane.
West End is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs in terms of population. Over the past five years, an extra 1,300 people are estimated to have moved there – equating to a 15% increase in population. Over the next 20 years, it is predicted that West End’s population will increase at 5.2% each year, which is double the pace of wider Brisbane. So, for people who are purchasing in the area, it is good to keep in mind that this will become one of Brisbane’s most metropolitan suburbs. The area is going to see many high-density developments come over the next 20 years and with that, there will be new businesses, shops and all of the other things that come with city life.
Bohemia itself is located opposite West End State School and just 150m from Montague Road and Davies Park. The Montague Road and Davies Park area is an eclectic and vibrant area, full of warehouse-style shopping, restaurants, local businesses, bars and more. Most notably, the Saturday markets at Davies Park are famous around Brisbane for having great produce and attracting large crowds. Montague Road is home to some of Brisbane’s best shops and cafes such as Mappins (well-known plant and fish shop) and Plenty (great new organic cafe).
Residents of Bohemia will also be able to walk just five minutes in the other direction to Boundary Street, which is littered with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes.
Public transport from West End is easy, particularly into the city. There is a bus stop essentially across the road from Bohemia that has regular services into the city that take around 10 minutes. Cycling is an increasingly popular option in West End due to the dedicated bike paths along the river and the dedicated bike and pedestrian bridge into the city. The closest train station is just over 1km away at South Bank.
Another great thing about the location of Bohemia is that it falls within the Brisbane State High School catchment area. This is one of Brisbane’s best schools and is increasingly difficult to get into. Also, young families will love the fact that there are two child care centres within 100m of Bohemia.
The median apartment price in West End is $563,000, a figure that has softened by 2% over the past 12 months. The median rental value is $495 per week.
Quality and Finishes:
Internally, these are high-quality apartments. Their interior design is a departure from the external design, where the architects tried to emulate the working class past of West End. Buyers will find high-quality finishes and appliances, as well as the latest design trends inside these apartments.
The kitchens at Bohemia will be fitted out with SMEG appliances. This will include the cooktop, oven dishwasher and rangehood. The kitchen design is good, integrating many elements of modern design. A nice touch is the black tapware and timber veneer cabinetry. Also, the kitchen islands have a small amount of built-in shelf space for display or storage which is a great addition in apartments where space is at a premium. The kitchen and living areas will be tiled with large, 60mm x 60mm tiles.
The bathrooms have the same look as the kitchens. There are floor tiles and timber cabinetry. The walls have ceramic tiles as well on the wet areas around the sink and shower.
The balconies at Bohemia are very functional. We love that they come with both gas and electrical fittings. This enables residents to set up a good quality BBQ and even integrated BBQ/Fridge for outdoor dining and entertaining. We think that residents attracted to the West End lifestyle would love this kind of entertaining in their own home.
In the bedrooms, the floor is a wool blend carpet. The cupboard doors are mirrored and inside the cupboards, there is melamine shelving with hanging rail and one drawer unit.
Body corporate fees start from $63.
There will be an onsite manager at Bohemia.
For detailed rental appraisals, please contact the sales agent of this project.
West End is currently experiencing a surge of apartment construction. As such, there is a fair amount of competition in the immediate vicinity of Bohemia. There are two projects just around the corner on Bank Street called Highline and Black Fold. These are both being developed by BPM, who is a Melbourne based developer. Highline is a similarly sized building to Bohemia, whilst Black Fold is smaller at just 6 levels. Being developed by a Melbourne company, the interior design of these two nearby buildings is quite different to Bohemia. Bohemia is more cool and grungy, like West End is as a suburb, while the other two are very Melbourne.
Developing for over 30 years, Turrisi Properties is a Queensland-based property developer specialising in residential, commercial and mixed-use developments in selective, unique locations. Their previous projects in Brisbane include Ink in West End, The Glass Factory in West End and The Ivy in New Farm.
There is a sales display for this apartment project that also doubles as a display for INK Apartments which is another project from Turrisi Properties.
Inside the display is a model of the building, along with finishes and a kitchen and bathroom.
The display is open from 9 am to 2 pm Wednesday to Saturday, or by appointment.