Inside Flemington’s latest luxury address, The Darley
Hundreds of millions of people around the world stop by each November to watch the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse. When they do, Australia’s most prestigious racecourse and its surrounding parklands appear like a lush emerald island, just three miles from Melbourne’s CBD.
Today, the development of a striking residential landmark directly overlooking this lane in a 1.27 square kilometer park offers an unparalleled opportunity for luxury living.
As a new gateway to Australia’s most revered motor racing venue, the new building holds a deep reverence for the heritage and purpose of its site.
Named after the Arabian stallion who represents the bloodline of 95% of all thoroughbred racehorses today, The Darley is a 14-storey building with 313 apartments.
The project occupies a 10,600 square meter site at 550 Epsom Road, adjacent to the racecourse, parks and stables.
Its residents will benefit from state-of-the-art hotel amenities, including an infinity pool, a residents’ lounge to relax and hold larger gatherings, with a terrace overlooking the track and a world-class gym with Technogym equipment. .
The inclusion of three concourses minimizes the distance residents travel between their car and their front door; 80% of the apartments will be less than 50 meters from their car park.
Starting at $450,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, prices soar to over $4 million for one of four bespoke penthouses.
Being developed by the award-winning Melbourne-based Pace Development Group, The Darley will be the only residential development at Flemington Racecourse in its 182-year history.
Pace Sales and Marketing Director Ash Bramich says residents will enjoy direct access to Flemington Parks from a prestigious and convenient address with protected views.
“With the racecourse and the coaches stables as neighbors you have the peace of mind that your sights will never be built,” he says.
Pace is known for delivering city-defining projects with leading Australian designers including 181 Fitzroy of St Kilda, 51 Langridge of Collingwood and Pace of Abbotsford.
Pace sought out leading Australian architects with an international reputation and record of delivering iconic projects for the Flemington site, and ultimately engaged the highly regarded ARM Architecture, renowned for the Melbourne Recital Center and the National Museum of Australia and his redevelopment of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and Hamer. Hall.
“We have a huge responsibility to ensure that the design of this site takes into account elements far beyond the context of its neighborhood,” says Bramich.
Pace selected Australian interior design firm Carr Design and landscape architects TCL on the same basis to collaborate with ARM to bring The Darley to life.
Inspired by a horseshoe, the curved lines of the Darley emerge from the east end of the track, rising to admire panoramic views of the parks, its urban surroundings and beyond.
The building’s 360-degree form is expressed in a rugged and contemporary exterior, softened by the greenery climbing up the building’s facade.
The roofline descends towards the horseshoe bend of the building, giving the apartments large garden terraces and panoramic views of the runway and beyond.
The richly colored facades favor green to match the green environment. The building opens onto Epsom Road, where each end of its horseshoe features an outline of half the Melbourne Cup trophy.
In the bold expression of the Darley’s exterior, Carr has created a world of light and finesse. A natural palette sets a neutral backdrop for interior features across three levels of residential specifications: comfort, upscale and luxury.
At the top of the project, buyers of its four penthouses can design bespoke interior layouts and finishes with Chris McCue, head of Carr Design.
The designers had first-time home buyers and investors in mind for the one- and two-bedroom apartments inside the Horseshoe, while the larger two- and three-bedroom residences around its perimeter will attract downsizers and professionals.
The format of each apartment aims to offer amenities worthy of home, including a well-equipped, generously proportioned kitchen with a built-in breakfast bar and high-end appliances.
Apartment sizes range from 52 square meters to 300 square meters indoors, with terraces from eight to 150 square meters.
The Darley offers a world of comfort, convenience and style usually exclusive to major international hotels. An elegant garden plaza welcomes residents and guests to three separate entrances and lobbies where a five-star concierge provides services such as managing deliveries.
Residents will benefit from a Technogym with rooms for yoga, pilates, spinning classes and personal training, as well as a coworking space that forms a dedicated work hub.
To rest, connect and relax, residents will head to level seven to enjoy the view of the park from the infinity pool, entertain on an expansive terrace overlooking the track, hold meetings in one of the three private dining rooms or relax in the library.
For watching a movie and catching up with friends, residents have two media rooms, a wine cellar and a separate bar on the underground levels.
Outside, residents can stroll across the lawn to a heritage-listed octagonal building that was once the Jockeys’ convalescent lodge, now enjoying new life as The Darley’s cafe with a designed menu by celebrity chef and restaurateur from Melbourne, Scott Pickett.
Further afield, residents can slip through their own doorway to the open green space and manicured garden world of Flemington Racecourse.
Set on its rare prime site in Melbourne’s vibrant North West, The Darley is flanked by the village charm of Kensington, the amenities of Ascot Vale and the excitement of Footscray.
It is less than three miles from the CBD, trams are a one minute walk away and Newmarket station is a 10 minute walk or two tram stops.
Melbourne’s main hospitals and universities are nearby and The Darley is within the catchment areas of a selection of schools.
Residents will also find the great outdoors of Melbourne Showgrounds, Royal Park and Melbourne Zoo just a short drive away.
To learn more, visit thedarley.com.au or enter your details below to get a response from Pace Development Group.
Author: Liz McLachlan