HOTEL-style living is what attracted the owner of Geelong’s Bob Jane T-marts to buy two apartments in the $150 million Geelong Quarter development.
These two apartments will be amalgamated to create a family home for the Delios family in the Franzé Developments project at 44 Ryrie St.
The Architectus designed project, that includes the Ryrie Residences — 14 luxury apartments, an 180-room hotel Holiday Inn and a 10-storey commercial office space as well as a retail plaza, is expected to be completed in mid-2020 after construction starts this year.
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Vic and Athena Delios have been looking for an apartment-style home for about 12-18 months across Geelong and Melbourne.
The couple and their two children have lived in Eltham for 22 years but the timing was right for them to relocate to Geelong.
“I had been looking for a while at having a hotel sort of resort living on a permanent basis,” Mr Delios said.
“The hotel underneath attracted me … we looked at other apartment developments but they didn’t have the facilities like this.
“If we want room service at 10pm we can get it.”
Their two-storey amalgamated apartment is spread over 185sq m and will be on levels 11 and 12 at the south of the building, giving Mr Delios a fantastic view of Kardinia Park and his beloved Cats.
An extra internal lift will connect the two levels with downstairs the living areas and upstairs the bedrooms.
This accessibility was needed as Mrs Delios has Multiple Sclerosis.
This is not the first time in Geelong two apartments have been amalgamated to create a larger family home with several buyers doing just that in The Mercer and G1 Apartments.
The location of the Geelong Quarter was also a big attraction for the Delios family.
Mr Delios said he could walk to work if he wanted and his two sons, aged 21 and 17, would be able to catch the train, that is about 300m away, to university in Melbourne.
“It is a big change as the house we are in now is spread over five levels and is not practical,” he said.
As well as the two-storey apartment, the family will have access to four car spaces and a communal landscaped terrace on level 13 with outdoor kitchen and seating areas.
Mr Delios said he was born and bred in Melbourne but did live in Geelong for a short period in the 1990s.
“I always thought I’d like to retire to Geelong and now is perfect timing for us,” he said.
Of the 14 luxury apartments 30 per cent have already sold with strong interest from locals seeking larger, higher quality apartments.
Franzé Developments founder and managing director Paul Franzé said the Geelong Quarter aimed to create a new destination for the city centre.
“It is increasingly important to create a new link between the CBD, the arts precinct and the bay to ensure Geelong remains a highly desirable international waterfront city, with world-class facilities,” Mr Franzé said.
The Ryrie Residences are located on levels 11-14 and range in price from $785,000 to $2.539 million.