Ciel Residences: A boutique new development in Herston

By: Jade Horrobin: November 21, 2018, Updated: January 31, 2019

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Ciel Residences is a boutique development of 13 residences located in Herston, Brisbane. Consisting of nine three-bedroom apartments and four ‘Queenslander-style’ terrace homes, each residence at Ciel is unique. An ideal location close to the CBD, residents at the Ciel apartments Herston will have access to a roof-top terrace and lounge with Brisbane city views.

  • Nine three-bedroom apartments starting at $799,000 and four terrace homes from $945,000.
  • Located at 9 Parkhurst Avenue, Herston.
  • The project launched in September 2018 and construction is expected to start early in the new year.
Ciel Residences Apartments exterior
Ciel Residences Apartments ensuite and walk-in wardrobe
Ciel Residences Townhouse kitchen
Ciel Residences Townhouse bedroom
Ciel Residences Townhouse living room + courtyard
Ciel Residences Townhouse main bathroom
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The Project

Each of the four terraces has call-backs to the traditional Queenslander, with features such as weatherboards, vertical joints, the classic generous open spaces and more modern touches of simple, clean lines softened by the use of timber and natural stone. Prices for the new terrace homes start at $945,000. The nine three-bedroom apartments complement the terrace homes. Some apartments offer a study/multi-purpose room, and all offer generous storage. With similarly large spaces and modern lines, these apartments face north-east, looking over Herston and are priced from $799,000. All of the new terrace homes and the new apartments for sale at Ciel have secure parking for two cars.

Since launching the project in September of 2018, 30% have already been sold including the penthouse apartment and two of the terraces. The majority of purchasers so far have been “young downsizers” searching for luxury, convenience and low-maintenance living —while still having enough space to accommodate young-adult children.

We love…

  • All floor plans are very large, from 150m² to 300m².
  • New developments in Herston don’t come along often and the suburb is very tightly held, making this a rare opportunity.
  • Each terrace and new apartment for sale has plenty of storage space with the option to add a lift in the multi-level terrace homes (great for downsizers).

But remember that…

  • While street parking is available for guests, there is a time limit of two hours between 7am and 6pm weekdays. Residents permits are excepted from this.
  • There is no pool available as a part of the new Herston complex.

Display Suite

There is currently no display suite for Ciel Residences.

The Location

Ciel Residences is located just six minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. Although this development sits on a quiet street, it’s only 750m away from the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, meaning parking may be tight as overflow from the hospital visitors and staff spills onto streets throughout the whole area. Having the hospital close by is great news in terms of local community though, with busways and train lines easily accessible. QUT Kelvin Grove Campus is also only 750m away, which is excellent for those who are studying, and also means there’s a slew of cafes, bars and restaurants close by to cater for the campus. Victoria Park Golf Course, Rasay Park & Woolworths Kelvin Grove are also within easy walking distance. Just 1.3km away from the Ciel Residences apartments is King Street, which is home to some of the best restaurants in Brisbane and is an excellent destination for date night or family celebrations.

From Herston, the Inner-City Bypass, Airport Link and Legacy Way tunnels provide excellent road connectivity, meaning you can promptly be on your way to either the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport within minutes.

This project is a relatively rare opportunity to buy a property in Herston as it is a tightly held suburb, with the average hold period being 17 years. Comparatively, the average for the wider Brisbane area is 11 years.

Communal Facilities

On the roof of the apartments sits a private terrace perfect for entertaining. This area features a BBQ, sundeck and fire pit and is available for use by occupants of both the apartments and the townhouses.

Ciel Residences communal rooftop

Ciel Residences communal rooftop

Apartment Details

As we’ve discussed, all residences at the Ciel apartments Herston offer large floor plans of over 150m². The master bedroom in most apartments and townhouses is as large as 15m². Perched on top of a rise in Herston, the living room and bedrooms offer lovely suburban views while maintaining privacy. In the kitchen, you’ll find a large island bench with breakfast bar extension as well as a butlers pantry and gas cooktop. The three bedrooms are serviced by two bathrooms, with the main bathroom offering a freestanding bath. The main bedroom also features a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. The apartments on the bottom floor have private courtyards, as do all of the new terrace homes. Where the apartments are spaced over only one story, the townhomes have three: a mezzanine garage level, ground floor living and bedrooms on the first floor. There is an option to add in a lift to the townhomes instead of stairs, which means even these dual-level residences are suitable for the downsizer market.

Storage space throughout the townhouses and the apartments very generous, with a separate laundry and basement park as well as multiple large linen cupboards. The ceiling heights are a minimum of 2.7m throughout the living spaces and air-conditioning is fully ducted throughout.

Ciel Residences Apartments main bathroom
Ciel Residences Apartments bedroom
Ciel Residences Apartments kitchen + balcony
Ciel Residences Townhouse kitchen and living
Ciel Residences Townhouse second bathroom
Ciel Residences Townhouse dining room
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Floor Plans

All apartments and townhouses at Ciel are designed with owner-occupiers in mind and specifically targets a younger generation of “downsizers”, those with adult children still living at home. In the apartments, there is carefully thought-out separation between the bedrooms with at least one bedroom positioned at the other end of the home to the others. In some, the first and second bedrooms are next to each other, with Bed 3 separate, and others offer Bed 2 and Bed 3 near the entryway with an adjoining media room. These floorplan considerations all allow teenagers (and the adults) to have their own space. This separation is also carried through the townhomes, which also offer a mezzanine level media room next to the garage, which would make the perfect “den” for adult children which can transition into a man cave (or lady lounge) once the young adults move out.

Ciel Residences Apartment 8 Floor Plan
Ciel Residences Townhouse 2 Floor Plan
Ciel Residences Townhouse 4 Floor Plan
Ciel Residences Apartment 3 Floor Plan
Ciel Residences Apartment 5 Floor Plan
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Quality and Finishes

The open-plan living, dining and entertainment areas are finished with timber floors and feature a “Smartstone Calacatta” benchtop, constructed primarily out of natural quartz, as well as Miele appliances. The bedrooms are finished with high-end carpet throughout. All four terraces offer home automation to both the air conditioning and the lighting, allowing you to turn these on and off without being home.

Investment Analysis

As this project is strongly geared towards owner-occupiers, there are no rental appraisals available. Apartments in Herston have a current annual growth rate of 2.3% whereas homes in Herston have a growth rate of 3.7%. The Ciel Residences sit in a happy medium between these two markets, with the large floor plans and boutique size of the development appealing to a wide range of people. The median price for a three-bedroom apartment in Herston is $535,000.

Neighbouring Projects

Currently under construction in the neighbouring suburb of Newmarket is The Garden Terraces. This development offers 26 new apartments priced from $635,000 for a three bedroom. Also close by is Prentice Park Residences in Lutwyche, with a number of three-bedroom apartments as well as three-bedroom penthouses from $695,000 to $999,000.

Body Corporate

No body corporate details for Ciel Residences are available as of yet.

The Developer

The developers of Ciel Residences are Brisbane-based Ention Properties. Ention Properties have previously developed a range of small yet high-quality projects across South East Queensland. These are mostly townhouse residences and boutique apartment complexes in inner-north Brisbane suburbs such as Wooloowin, Kedron and Newmarket.

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