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5 Melbourne CBD Apartments Under $1M

Stylish pads available in Melbourne’s CBD.

By Terry Christodoulou
Tue, Aug 3, 2021 2:23pmGrey Clock 3 min

1008/111 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC

1008/111 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC

Pinned in a perfect location that celebrates the very best of Melbourne CBD comes this dreamy residence.

With a feeling of space and unity presented upon entry, the oversized dwelling areas allow your arrival home to be relaxing and refreshing.

Here, the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1-car apartment presents quality craftsmanship and materials that reflect modern elegance, the kitchen with modern, natural stone, perforated metal, breathable interior and Mile appliances.

Elsewhere the residence sees world-class residential amenities such as the outdoor cinema, pool, spa and entertainment facilities.

The property is with Setia, $991,000; spsetia.com

 

 

1013/118 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC

1013/118 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC

Here, a modern sun-drenched penthouse apartment presents 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms and 2-car parking across 154sqm capped off with a 30sqm rooftop terrace.

The kitchen is stunningly finished, with a large, u-shaped granite benchtop complemented by the black tiled splashback and power points, and is equipped with European appliances.

The master bedroom also features oak flooring and a double corner robe providing you with plenty of storage. The plantation shutters can be retracted to combine the bedroom and retreat into a singular space.

Further, a master ensuite comes complete with marble flooring, tiles and splashback with the other three bedrooms well sized.

The listing is with Ray White Southbank & Port Phillip; $1m – $1.1m; raywhitesouthbank.com.au

 

27/300 King Street, Melbourne, VIC

27/300 King Street, Melbourne, VIC

A unique space in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD – this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1-car parking residence is filled with distinctive details.

As you enter this second-floor apartment one notices curved walls, high ceilings, sunken lounge room and intelligently designed flooring frames each living zone.

A central zone incorporates the kitchen with soft close drawers and stainless-steel appliances including a Fisher & Paykel double drawer dishwasher, SMEG oven, large 4 burner gas cooktop and unique illuminated stove splashback for that extra wow factor.

The luxurious master bedroom has generous proportions and is complemented by a large walk-in robe and ensuite complete with a double vanity and extra-large shower. The additional spacious bedroom, also contains a walk-in robe and the central bathroom features a shower, separate bath and stunning tile feature wall.

The listing is with Biggin & Scott, $880,000 – $950,000; bigginandscott.com.au

 

4102/38 Rose Lane, Melbourne, VIC

4102/38 Rose Lane, Melbourne, VIC

This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2-car garage residence immersed in Melbourne’s CBD offers a stylish, lock-and-leave lifestyle.

Spread with sleek oak floors the home features a semi-enclosed balcony with views extending from the Bolte Bridge to the Victoria Market.

The kitchen sees a contemporary finish with stone tops, glass splashback and a full appointment of appliances.

Three generous robed bedrooms form the accommodation, with a modern ensuite and study nook off the main bedroom.

Facilities within the complex include a swimming pool, spa, gym, steam room, garden and barbecue amenities.

The listing is with RT Edgar, POA; rtedgar.com

 

1105/108 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC

1105/108 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC

This superb apartment, located on the 11th floor, features split level entry with storage facilities and stairs leading up to a stylish, light-filled open-plan living area with timber flooring.

Inside the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1-car apartment sees a timber and white stone-topped kitchen with Miele appliances with views via full-height glazing and an intimate outdoor terrace balcony.

Features include a central bathroom, study, euro laundry, two well-appointed and carpeted bedrooms – each with mirrored built-in robes – while the master enjoys an ensuite.

Further, the complex is privy to a rooftop terrace, internal landscaped courtyard, resident’s lounge and gym.

The listing is with Core Realty, POA; corerealty.com

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