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A laid-back ocean vista lifestyle

Libby Oldershaw

The crashing surf and coastal vista of iconic Scarborough Beach have proved to be attractive lures for people looking for a resort-style beachfront address
with an incredibly central location. Owner and developer Gary Dempsey said a combination of factors had led to the majority of the 36 apartments at Bluewater, Scarborough being snapped up off the plan, leaving just six remaining.

Mr Dempsey said Bluewater was a relatively small, purely residential development, which was the first on the beach side of West Coast Highway in more than 30 years. He said buyers liked that there were no commercial tenancies or short-term rental components in the development. In addition, the majority of the apartments had beautiful, permanent views over popular Scarborough beach.

Mr Dempsey said the refurbishments of the nearby Observation City hotel and Observation Rise apartment complex had highlighted that Scarborough was a desirable address. “The rebirth of Scarborough has just begun, it’s been talked about for so long and it’s now actually happening,” he said. The State Government’s commitment to contribute $30 million towards the foreshore master plan, commencing in March next year, was a key factor.

Mr Dempsey said the fit-out had an exceptionally high standard of finish and quality of features, which was unprecedented in Scarborough.
Bluewater possessed true executive, lifestyle offerings and facilities. Extra attention has been given to creating an environment that was both functional and inspiring, including a residents-only heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art gymnasium and sauna. Comfort was a major focus of the interior which included stone benchtops, Miele appliances and glass splashbacks in the gourmet kitchens, to glamorously appointed bathrooms, ensuites and bedrooms.

Mr Dempsey said the apartments had big balconies, which offered wind-protected outdoor living and ocean views. The location of the apartments meant residents could enjoy the quiet end of Scarborough with easy access to the beach without walking through beachfront car parks, yet they could walk to the
cafe strip if they wanted to, he said. “Many residents are impressed, more confident of buying off the plan when I tell them I will be living there myself in one of the four penthouses,” he said.

Mr Dempsey said although six apartments remained they had stopped actively selling them, pending a decision to keep them as executive rentals or market them for sale after the project’s completion. The prices of remaining apartments are one-bedroom from $625,000, two-bedroom from $1.1 million and three-bedroom from $2.1 million. Download Article (PDF)