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Riverfront Residences is a premium development in the central Gold Coast suburb of Carrara. Nerang is an older suburb of the Gold Coast that is traditionally not well known for apartment developments, but perhaps better as the original home of the Brisbane Bears and now the Gold Coast Suns AFL team. Over recent years though Carrara has gone through its own quite significant renaissance. Emerald Lakes, which sites across the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd from Riverfront Residences has transformed the entire suburb. The previous car racing facility has been turned into a micro-suburb, with the addition of over 1700 homes and apartments, and of course the addition of the resulting infrastructure. Emerald Lakes would argue that it is the jewel in the Carrara crown, however with its prime waterfront position on the Nerang River, perhaps Riverfront Residences could argue the fact.
Located at 574 – 586 Nerang-Broadbeach Road, the development sits right on the Nerang River. It is set back from the busy Nerang-Broadbeach road that carries a significant amount of traffic, however, you would still expect to have some traffic noise on the southern side of the building. The Northern facing and Nerang River facing side will naturally be the premium apartments both from a view, aspect and noise perspective.
The design is said to “blend comfortably with the character of the area” which, as a low rise building of only 6 floors, is a fair enough comment. The apartments are designed with a due north aspect, while the top two levels step back in height progression to give apartments direct living room and balcony views to the Nerang River, Royal Pines Golf Course, Gold Coast Botanic Gardens and out to the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach city skylines.
Due to the due north aspect and being on the waterfront, the apartments look over the Royal Pines Resort Golf Course which sits on the northern bank of the Nerang River opposite Riverfront Residences, which means that the views to the north should remain unobstructed for the foreseeable future. Another benefit of the water access to the apartments is the fact that the Nerang River allows boat users to travel the whole way to the coast and the open ocean.
Riverfront Residences will feature coastal and hinterland design themes, with materials and finishes chosen to deliver affordable luxury apartments. Residents of Riverfront Residences will also have access to a range of lifestyle facilities on site, including an infinity pool, yoga terrace and outdoor gym, an outdoor kitchen and barbeque area, plus a jetty and storage for light watercraft. We particularly like the sound of ‘The Boat Shed’, a resident only facility which will be directly accessible off the pool deck, and which will come with a fully equipped kitchen. It is a nice feature. A bunded car wash bay is another not so common addition.
The development is just a short walk from Metricon Stadium and the newly developed Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. This mixed-use Centre includes sports courts designed to accommodate basketball, netball, indoor soccer, and badminton. It is seven minutes drive to the M1 motorway for an easy drive to Bryon Bay to the south and Brisbane to the north. The closest bus stop is 200 metres walk.
The development is being designed by Brisbane-based Kris Kowalski Architects, which has been providing architectural consulting services throughout Australia and internationally since 1991, forging a reputation of excellence across a variety of projects in residential and commercial architecture.
Managing Director, Kris Kowalski, said the Riverfront Residences’ site on the Nerang River presented a unique opportunity to design a development that embraced all of the site’s natural features: “We design buildings that are timeless, with flexible living spaces, great indoor-outdoor living and high-quality finishes”.
“In designing Riverfront Residences, we have showcased the best of its location by integrating the great site asset of the Nerang River into the overall design of the landscape and ground floor entertainment and recreation areas to create a private oasis that takes advantage of the expansive views and vistas from various levels of the buildings.
The apartments are now for sale off the plan. With a shortage of 3 and 4 bedroom apartments available on the Coast and the ample car parking, the building will appeal to owner-occupiers.
The display suite is now open at the Riverfront Residences site. The sales and display centre gives potential residents the opportunity to see the quality of the interior fittings, kitchen and bathroom finishes planned for the apartments, plus the range of expansive vistas from the Surfers Paradise skyline to the Hinterland.