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Hip And On Trend

Herald Sun - Published July 2016

Established residents in many parts of Melbourne have seen an invigorating transformation of their former sleepy suburbs thanks to the buoyant demand for modern apartment living. But few would have seen the rapid pace of change as much as those who have lived in Northcote for decades. The former working class suburb, once a stronghold of Mediterranean immigrants, has morphed into, dare we say, a hipster haven.

Over the past five or so years, unloved shopfronts on Northcote’s high St have given way to a myriad four to six-level apartment blocks, bringing diversity, hundreds of new residents and spending clout to the local economy.

One of the new kids on the block, Pace of Northcote, aims to capitalise on the increasing penchant to live north of the Yarra but still with and easy 6km to the CBD.

What sets the Pace of Northcote project apart is that it embraces sustainability, with cascading gardens down the buildings “industrial-chic” sides, almost in a reflection of the prolific olive, fig and lemon trees planted in many of the suburbs traditional front yards.

The apartment project on the corner of High St and Beavers Rd mimics the down-to-earth, grow-your-own and recycling mentality of the areas new residents.

According to Pace: “The climbing wall of plants and greenery in the building’s facade provides additional shade and insulation to apartments, making residences more energy efficient by removing the need for excessive heating and cooling. “The ecologically minded should warm to the project’s sustainability goals, as the developer aims to recycle more than 80 per cent of construction waste.

But despite the complex targeting a 6 star energy rating, it is not just for those who dedicate themselves to mother Earth. Pace of Northcote’s one and two bedroom apartments will have an elegantly appointed bathrooms and kitchens with clean lines and Smeg appliances, whitewashed oak floorboards and dedicated carpark.

For public transport aficionados, there is a number 86 tram stop outside and Northcote train station just a 5 minute walk away.

Thornbury’s pay-what-you-can Lentil As Anything vegetarian restaurant is just a block down, as the is the new Welcome to Thornbury food truck stop, and the fine dining is also just down the road.

Those who need to kick on after dinner will find a plethora of bars, including the Northcote Social Club. Pace of Northcote apartment are priced from $349,000, with many on the upper levels enjoying city views. All will have balconies suitable for outdoor entertaining. 

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