The 10 most popular projects in 2019

With the year drawing to a close, we’re bringing together the most popular posts on our website in a two-part series. Here, in Part 1, we’re looking at the top 10 most viewed project reviews on the PropertyMash website, bringing together the developments that have people talking (for better or for worse). Located around Queensland, with everything from boutique projects next to the Redcliffe Penninsular to a tower with over 1,000 apartments in it, this list is highlighting the best of the best around the state.

Jewel | Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Jewel Exterior dusk
Jewel Exterior dusk
Jewel Exterior beachfront location
Jewel Exterior beachfront location
Jewel Exterior podium
Jewel Exterior podium
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bedroom A
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bedroom A
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bathroom B
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bathroom B
Jewel Tower 1 Interior kitchen living A
Jewel Tower 1 Interior kitchen living A
Jewel Exterior dusk
Jewel Exterior beachfront location
Jewel Exterior podium
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bedroom A
Jewel Tower 1 Interior bathroom B
Jewel Tower 1 Interior kitchen living A

Jewel came in as the most viewed project on PropertyMash.com this year. Perhaps Australia’s most beautiful looking project, Jewel is as striking to look at as it has been controversial. Winning by a landslide, the Gold Coast project has been plagued by controversy: from tradies being laid off during contractor issues in October 2018 to the unfortunate injuries of three workers in a construction accident in December 2018, and then news of the Chinese developer, Yuhu Group, buying up neighbouring land to expand the already sprawling $1 billion development in May of this year. Despite this, the project is nearing completion and buyers are getting ready to move in around Q2 in 2020, and things are only looking up for the massive development and that is forever changing the Gold Coast skyline and redefining 6 star luxury apartment living in Qld.

443 Queen Street | Brisbane CBD, Brisbane

443 Queen Street street view
443 Queen Street street view. Image by developers.
443 Queen Street pool
443 Queen Street pool. Image by developers.
Artist’s Impression of the 443 Queen St Lobby
Artist’s Impression of the 443 Queen St Living Area
443 Queen Street street view
443 Queen Street pool

443 Queen is the first waterfront residential apartment development in the Brisbane CBD since the iconic Riparian Plaza was completed in 2005. Currently under construction, and one of the most talked-about projects in the CBD area, 443 Queen Street was clearly going to be one of the most viewed projects on the site. 443 Queen Street is a truly stand-out development, if only for its impressive eco-friendly design. 443 Queen Street is Australia’s first WOHA designed building, and it has been created with the sub-tropical climate of Queensland specifically in mind. This luxury waterfront development consists of a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments across a 47-storey tower, all with great views (obviously).

Brisbane Skytower | Brisbane CBD, Brisbane

Brisbane Skytower location Brisbane Skyline
Brisbane Skytower
Brisbane Skytower penthouse living room
Brisbane Skytower penthouse living room
Brisbane Skytower penthouse bedroom
Brisbane Skytower penthouse bedroom
Brisbane Skytower living room
Brisbane Skytower living room
Brisbane Skytower living room with views
Brisbane Skytower living room with views
Brisbane Skytower location Brisbane Skyline
Brisbane Skytower penthouse living room
Brisbane Skytower penthouse bedroom
Brisbane Skytower living room
Brisbane Skytower living room with views

With construction now complete and all residents now moving in, people have been watching the tallest apartment tower in Brisbane. Brisbane Skytower has risen to the challenge though, as our Buyer Insights series showed. The architecturally striking building — standing almost 300 metres tall — brought 1141 new apartments to the Brisbane market, spread across the 89 floors of the building. Of the residents that have already moved in, there is a mix of owner-occupiers and investors, with the majority being investors. As well as long-term leasing options, there is also short-term hotel stays available at Brisbane Skytower which is managed through Song Properties.

The VUE | Scarborough, Moreton Bay

The VUE Scarborough apartment View. Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough apartment View. Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough Living Room Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough Living Room Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough apartments
The VUE Scarborough apartment View. Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough Living Room Render by Develop2U
The VUE Scarborough apartments

This pet-friendly development overlooks the Redcliffe Peninsular, and is proving popular with local buyers. Coming in at number four on our most popular projects list, The VUE, has two apartments per floor, with most also offering 2 car parks per apartment. Apartments are sized between 175m² and 197m² with balconies between 49m² and 63m². These generous sizes make The VUE apartments perfect for downsizers who have come from traditional Queenslander homes. 

Mali Residences | Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

Mali Residences Mermaid Beach
Mali Residences Mermaid Beach
Mali Residences balcony
Mali Residences balcony
Mali Residences living space
Mali Residences living space. Render supplied by Dankav.
Mali Residences Level 9 lounge
Mali Residences Level 9 lounge. Render supplied by Dankav.
Mali Residences Mermaid Beach
Mali Residences balcony
Mali Residences living space
Mali Residences Level 9 lounge

We were not surprised to find Mali Residences on our most popular projects list due to its great design and knock-your-socks-off views from most apartments. Sitting on the northern end of Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, the development is located only 100m from Pratten Park. The design of the building is a standout feature. Mali has been designed by BDA Architecture with a striking facade. The curved building sides are not only visually pleasing, emulating soft waves and sand dunes, but also serve a distinctive design purpose. The building’s shape helps to funnel breeze in through the building, keeping each apartment cool. Green walls above the foyer and overhanging the amenities level have been added with environmental consciousness in mind.

Banyan Tree Residences | Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Banyan Tree Residences exterior sunset
Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. Image provided by Banyan Tree.
Banyan Tree Residences pool
Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. Image provided by Banyan Tree.
Banyan Tree Residences bedroom
Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. Image provided by Banyan Tree.
Banyan Tree Residences bathroom
Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. Image provided by Banyan Tree.
Banyan Tree Residences balcony living bedroom
Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. Image provided by Banyan Tree.
Banyan Tree Residences exterior sunset
Banyan Tree Residences pool
Banyan Tree Residences bedroom
Banyan Tree Residences bathroom
Banyan Tree Residences balcony living bedroom

Banyan Tree Residences is a luxury off-the-plan apartment development situated on the banks of Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point. This residential development has been brought to Brisbane shores by the international resort company, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. The project sits on an elevated 2,200m² site and offers one, two, three and four-bedroom configurations. The 100 apartments of Banyan Tree Residences will be spread over 10 levels and the building will include a full-floor rooftop terrace complete with the resort-style facilities you would expect from Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. Buyers at Banyan Tree Residences get exclusive access to deals and discounts at the Banyan Tree hotels worldwide, as well as a week’s free holiday every year for the first five years (honestly, such a great deal. A holiday sounds fabulous right now).

Qube Broadbeach | Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Qube Broadbeach streetscape
Qube Broadbeach pool area
Qube Broadbeach sunrise from the balcony
Qube Broadbeach sunrise from the bedroom

Our first 6 most popular projects are all owner occupier focused, so the top investment orientated project in 2019 is Qube Broadbeach. Great views, good location and many amenities make Qube an obvious choice for investors looking for a solid investment. Qube Broadbeach has finished construction on the Gold Coast. These apartments have great views out to the hinterland, ocean and river stretching from Surfers Paradise to Burleigh. The bottom of the apartment building is home to a vibrant retail plaza. Underneath this plaza sits the secure car park, with one to two spaces available per apartment. Half an acre of amenities is available on the recreation deck which features a pool and spa. The lowest-level apartments are situated on Level 5, above the recreational deck.

Hanlon Park Residences | Stones Corner, Brisbane

Hanlon Park Residences exterior park view
Hanlon Park Residences residential facilities
Hanlon Park Residences residential facilities
Hanlon Park Residences one-bedroom apartment, light colour scheme
Hanlon Park Residences one-bedroom apartment, light colour scheme. Render supplied by Position Property.
Hanlon Park Residences exterior park view
Hanlon Park Residences residential facilities
Hanlon Park Residences one-bedroom apartment, light colour scheme

Hanlon Park Residences is a complete building of 88 apartments in the Stones Corner precinct of Greenslopes. The apartments for sale at Hanlon Park Residences include one, two and three-bedroom configurations, although only 2 remain for sale. The site is located just one minute walk away from the Stones Corner Village retail precinct and overlooks Hanlon Park. Just 4km from the CBD these apartments are close to key public transport links and offer large floor plans, storage and decent balcony sizes. The rooftop offers residential amenities including a pool, BBQ, gym, lawns and landscaped gardens.

Lucent and Luminare| Newstead, Brisbane

UDIA winners Lucent Newstead
Lucent Newstead
Exterior of the Lucent apartments in Newstead
Exterior of the Lucent apartments in Newstead
Lucent Apartment Gym
Lucent Apartment Gym
Lucent Apartments BBQ Alfresco
Lucent Apartments BBQ Alfresco
UDIA winners Lucent Newstead
Exterior of the Lucent apartments in Newstead
Lucent Apartment Gym
Lucent Apartments BBQ Alfresco

Lucent apartments and Luminare apartments are a dual-tower project located in Newstead. The new luxury apartments are designed to function as a health and wellness hotel, without the hotel guests. With premium fixtures throughout the apartments, urban New York-style views looking out to Brisbane CBD and a rooftop packed with enough amenities to keep residents occupied (and fit) for an entire Saturday, it’s impossible to suggest they haven’t nailed their brief. The apartment building is pet-friendly, has an underground secure carpark and offers morning yoga three times a week and a monthly wine-tasting session, all free of charge.

Fabric | Teneriffe, Brisbane

Fabric Apartment Exterior
Fabric Bedroom
Artist impression of the Main bedroom and balcony
Fabric June 2019
Construction at Fabric as of June 2019 (image from google maps)
Fabric Apartment Exterior
Fabric Bedroom
Fabric June 2019

Fabric is a distinctive and quite beautiful building. It is very sleek and quite narrow, occupying a corner triangular lot. Is it perhaps channelling the famous Flatiron building in New York? One way or the other, we like it and it is certainly a step up on many of the uninspiring architecture that we find in modern apartment developments in Brisbane at the moment. Fabric has been designed to incorporate the traditional elements of Teneriffe and has drawn inspiration from the old commercial warehouses and buildings surrounding it, which is reflected in the interior design.

Have our readers missed an exciting project? If you think so we would love to know which one? Tell us in the comments below.

Written: 20 December 2019, Updated: 16 January 2020

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