Brighton has been slower to take up apartment living, but now that it has, a number of new apartments have appeared over the last few years. These luxurious abodes, often in smaller developments, appeal to empty nesters wanting to spend half the week at their beach house, often located on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Complete with large terraces, these apartments allow the sea breeze and salt air to be enjoyed all year round.

1. The Saint Martin Apartments by BG Architects

Location: 120 Martin Street, Brighton

This mixed-use development, with a café at ground level, is now an integral part of St Martin Street. Residents, as well as locals, spill onto the pavement, while those living there tend to take their coffee back home, enjoying it from their balconies. The 51 apartments appeal to a younger demographic, keen to remain in the area. Given the location, a stone’s throw from the beach, the materials and finishes are relatively light. Pale timber floors and white MDF kitchen joinery complement the green perforated steel balustrades used for the balconies.

2. Church Street Hill by Rob Mills Architects and BPM with gardens by Jack Merlo Design

Location: 171 Church Street, Middle Brighton

Designed by Rob Mills Architects BPM Church Street Hill, located on Church Street, Middle Brighton creates a strong contemporary statement. Surrounded by Victorian mansions, these apartments, with their large picture windows and shutters take on the same scale as the nearby lavish homes. While the early settlers to Melbourne built these Victorian mansions as summer escapes, these new apartments are predominantly used as permanent abodes. Spacious, sumptuously appointed and surrounded by manicured gardens, these apartments are an attractive option for those wanting to scale down and also remain in Brighton.

3. The Standard by BPM and designed by Elenberg Fraser

Location: 211 Bay Street, Brighton

Elenberg Fraser rarely comes up with a standard idea for apartment design. For this development, the ‘stitching of leather seats, the timeless glamour of the pocket square and the silk lining of a classic bag’ inspired the apartments. The vertical fins created across the entire façade add to the mystery of this striking development.

4. 241 Bay Street, Brighton by Blackstone Selwyn Architects

Location: 241 Bay Street, Brighton

Concealed behind a late 1920s brick and rendered façade lies these contemporary apartments. Clad in timber and of a lightweight construction, these apartments are partially concealed behind the deep parapet of the original building. With two elevations, one to the street and the other to the laneway, there’s a fusion between past and present.

5. St Andrews Brighton by Ten 23 Architects

Location: 14 St Andrews Street, Brighton

In a block of only eight, these apartments designed by Ten 23 Architects and delivered by the Edge Development Group, take on the appearance of a large freestanding house from the street. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to generous terraces and balconies allowing for the finest in alfresco dining. Parquetry floors, limestone bathrooms and verdant gardens are a hallmark of this contemporary development. Those who are fortunate to live in the penthouse enjoy the spaciousness of taking over the entire third level.

Text by Stephen Crafti
The images courtesy of The Saint Martin Apartments by BG Architects

Image c/o BG Architects


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