Article by Sarah Tayler: June 20, 2018
Banyan Tree Residences
Artist's impression of the Banyan Tree Residences

Over the past few years the River City has come into its own. Getting bigger and better all the time, with more restaurants, bars, entertainment and activities than you could hope to fit into even the most action-packed of weekends! With this growth comes new apartments, houses and land developments to accommodate the growing population of Brisbanites.

With each project, developers are raising the stakes to make their apartments the most sort-after luxury new builds in the city. We have searched high and low to bring you a definitive list of the top five luxury new apartments in Brisbane that you can buy today, and we think you will agree, these are the crème de la crème when it comes to city living.

Banyan Tree Residences | Kangaroo Point

 

Banyan Tree Residences
Artist’s impression of the Banyan Tree Residences

Price
$6.95 million

Unique luxury features

  • Private rooftop pool and garden terrace overlooking the Brisbane River
  • Free accommodation and spa treatments at Banyan Tree Resorts worldwide
  • Curved interior walls
  • 24-hour concierge

Penthouse 01 at Banyan Tree Residences on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs stands out on this list because not only is it the largest apartment (625 metres-square in total), but it is the only one that has its own private rooftop with a swimming pool and barbecue area. Inside the tenth-storey apartment, there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder room, two separate living areas and two large balconies with a huge combined frontage of 25 metres overlooking the Brisbane River.

The interior design is quite different – using curved walls to really open up the space. Although many new developments claim ‘resort style living’ in their advertising, Banyan Tree Residences is one of the few projects in Brisbane that actually does. There is a 24-hour concierge offering a range of services, some of which are included in body corporate fees and others that are available for a fee.

On the ground floor of the building there is a function room, gym, restaurant, and the Banyan Tree Spa. All residents get one free treatment at this spa each month for two years, which is a special offering that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane. On top of this, all owners will gain access to the Banyan Tree Sanctuary Club providing them with discounts and privileges at Banyan Tree resorts worldwide, as well as one week of free accommodation each year for five years in selected Banyan Tree Resorts from around the world. Construction on the project hasn’t started yet and move in dates for this property are likely to be late 2020.

Barca | Bulimba

Barca apartments and townhouses Bulimba Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Barca

Price
$4.3 million

Unique luxury features

  • Double four-car lock-up garage
  • North-facing balcony
  • Direct Brisbane River frontage

The penthouse at Barca has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, a multi-media room, study, an open-plan living area and a 12 metre-long north facing balcony that looks out over the river. On the second floor of the building, the penthouse has 3.2 metre ceilings, American oak timber floors and has been designed by Arkhefield. Slightly different to other penthouses on the list, this apartment isn’t up high boasting panoramic views, but it is right on the bank of the Brisbane River with access to the footpaths and water sports opportunities that the river offers.

Mary Lane | CBD

Mary Lane Penthouse
Artist’s impression of the Mary Lane Penthouse

Price
$3.7 million

Unique luxury features

  • Ability to utilise services of the 5-star Westin hotel below
  • Master suite occupies whole top level of apartment
  • Excellent views from the 36th floor of the CBD building

There are two mirrored penthouses on the top level of the new Mary Lane Residences in Brisbane’s CBD. The penthouses are four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartments with
three car spaces and an extra storage unit that is located on the same floor as the apartment. This development is located on Mary Street, right in the heart of the city, so it’s going to feel like a prestige cosmopolitan location. Adding to this feeling is the fact that the owner of this apartment will be living on the top floor of a building above Brisbane’s brand-new 5-star Westin hotel.

Residents at Mary Lane will have access to all of the hotel facilities such as valet, concierge, and room service on the lower levels of the building; as well as the private facilities for residents that are on the upper floor including the amazing rooftop pool, gym and dining area. The views from these 36th-floor penthouses will be fantastic – looking over the city, the Eagle Street Pier Towers, the Brisbane River and the iconic Story Bridge.

Banc | Toowong

Banc apartments Toowong Brisbane
Artist’s impression Banc

Price
$3.18 million

Unique luxury features

  • Customise your penthouse at no extra cost
  • 4.5-metre high ceilings in some areas
  • Penhouse on 15th floor with entry directly from lift

Unlike many of the other apartments on this list, the owner of this penthouse will have the opportunity to customise the property at no extra cost. The two 231-metre-square Sky Mansions take up the entire top floor and
there is a ‘concept design’ that features views over the Brisbane River, three bedrooms,
two bathrooms and guest powder room, two living areas, a study, and three car spaces. Upon entering the Sky Mansions, residents are greeted by a large private lobby with space to store bikes and paddle boards to make the most of the river and network of parks on the doorstep.

Although situated on a main arterial road, the double glazed glass exteriors isolate from the noise and the building embraces its location by opening its grand lobby straight onto Coronation Drive. The location is great for access to Brisbane’s CBD – less than ten minutes away by car, 20 minutes by bike and 15 minutes by CityCat. Banc is certainly up there as one of the most opulent apartments in Brisbane offering residents of the building access to a private wine cellar.

The Coterie | Fortitude Valley

The Coterie apartments Fortitude Valley Brisbane
Artist’s impression of The Coterie

Price
$2.29 million

Unique luxury features

  • Oversized balcony
  • Luxury finishes
  • Minimalist design

Inside this three-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse, you will find open plan living spaces with stone and hardwood finishes and plenty of natural light through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, leading to the balcony which stretches the whole length of the apartment. The minimalist penthouses have been designed to allow the high-end materials and finishes to really shine through.

The kitchens will have Miele appliances, marble bench tops and a kitchen island to make entertaining easy. The spa-inspired bathrooms will have marble and timber finishes with black tapware and a free-standing bath in the master ensuite. The Coterie offers views over the CBD from the communal rooftop retreat with sundecks, landscaped gardens, outdoor dining areas and a pool.

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