Mr Smith Project

Mr Smith invites easy living.  Contemporary architectural design over four distinct levels.  Mr Smith likes privacy and convenience.  One or two bedroom apartments all about designer style with substance and simplicity.

SJM were the developers and Project Managers on this $25 million development. The land was purchased containing a number of dilapidated buildings that had short term rental income. We quickly applied for a planning permit and it was issued for 49 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, 3 retail premises and two level basement car park.

Darebin Council did not conclude the planning permit application within the stipulated time frame, therefore we applied to VACT for a hearing. The Planning permit was subsequently concluded during the mediation process at VCAT. SJM were required to negotiate with the Darebin Council and three neighbours who objected to the proposed design for various reasons. SJM worked through the design issues with all parties and a permit was concluded.

We then managed the marketing of the off the plan apartment sales and arranged the construction finance. The marketing included the construction of a display suite within the existing buildings.

This is the first project that SJM has commenced construction without 100% of the apartment sold prior to construction commencing. SJM had sold 46 of the 49 apartments when construction began. The remaining 3 apartments were all sold prior to the completion of the construction. With 100% of the apartments settling shortly after the completion of construction.


The Lido Project

Only a few minutes walk to Hampton Beach. The Lido’s unique architecture creates excitement of the location as well as a feeling of privacy and community.  The two retails shops and 57 apartments provide a fantastic lifestyle close to the beach and of course Hampton.

SJM were the developer of this $30 million building. The Land was purchased containing an old bus depot which had redundant diesel fuel tanks under the ground.  We managed the demolition and environmental rehabilitation of the site to allow the residential building to be built.

A planning permit was issued for 59x 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, two retail premises and a mechanised stacking car park system. Bayside Council did not process the Planning application as they were wanting a two level building on the site. However being within a designated activity centre VCAT awarded the permit for the 6 level building.

All apartments were sold off the plan within a four week period soon after the planning permit was issued. The marketing included the construction of a display suite within the existing buildings.

Finance was arranged and a tender process was undertaken to source a Builder and Walter Constructions were appointed.
All apartments were settled after construction as completed.

About  Elgar Gate

Constructed in September 2010 Elgar Gate was designed to meet the needs of the student population in the Box Hill area.

Elgar Gate offers 53 architectural designed student accommodation apartments constructed over five levels including basement car park and student facilities.

SJM was the management partner in this project holding a 20% stake in the $14 million investment. We worked with the Whitehorse Council to secure a building permit and then oversaw the sales process. Utilising an on-site portable building display suite proved very successful and in only two months all units were sold.  

The final stage was negotiating a building management agreement with Student Housing Australia to run the project post construction.


Velia Project

Unveiling the culture, vibrancy and lifestyle of the Westgarth precinct.  Velia is a boutique development of only 14 apartments, only 5kms from the Melbourne CBD in Northcote's premier pocket.  Velia is ideally located in a truly energetic and vivacious hub just waiting to be revealed. 

SJM were the developer and Project manager on this $9 million building. Velia was purchased with a single large warehouse covering the entire area of the corner site.

We managed the application to Darebin Council and subsequently VCAT for a 4 level building containing 14 apartments, 3 retail premises and a mechanised car parking system. All apartments were sold within 30 minutes of the site signage being installed. Purchasers arrived at the office of our Real estate agents before the display unit on site was opened, to reserve their apartment.

Finance and construction documents were concluded very quickly and works commenced on site shortly after. The project was completed within 10 months and all apartments settled soon after construction was completed.

About  The Balcombe Road Project

The Balcombe Road project provides an exciting and sort after exclusive apartment development with four retail shops and secure residential garages on the ground level.  Plus four exclusive first floor apartments, with individual roof top decks taking advantage of the extensive bay views.

SJM purchased this site containing a dilapidated retail premises that had been leased to a single tenant for 20 years. The site is triangular which caused a number of issues for our design team.

A permit for 4 retail premises, 4 x 2 bedroom  apartments, individual roof decks, all with bay views and associated car parking was achieved through Bayside Council.

Sales of the apartments was concluded quickly, utilising an investment advisory group that arranged the sale of all the apartments without the need for a display suite or large scale marketing campaign.

SJM then sourced construction finance and documentation and on site construction commenced soon after the sales were completed.
All apartments settled soon after construction was concluded.