Prestige Property: 10001/70 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, VIC
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Prestige Property: 10001/70 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, VIC

Luxury living at brave new heights.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Feb 4, 2022 12:35pmGrey Clock < 1 min

Perched above the clouds is a penthouse in Melbourne’s Southbank that goes beyond superlatives, elevating notions of luxury living to new heights.

A truly one-of-a-kind penthouse, it is located in Australia 108 — one of the country’s most spectacular developments designed by the acclaimed Fender Katsalidis, taking up nearly 800sqm, or, the entire 100th floor of Melbourne’s tallest residential tower.

Within the 4-bedroom, 5-bathrooms, and 5-car parking residence comes panoramic views encompassing the Melbourne CBD, Albert Park Lake and Botanic Gardens through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Throughout the penthouse is a collection of warm tones that decorate the open plan living zone inclusive of the kitchen, dining and living space on the north side of the residence.

The interiors, designed by acclaimed firm, Carr, pairs the home’s natural light to natural elements such as timber flooring and marble adornments echoed in the kitchen, which is fitted with European appliances and a butler’s pantry.

Further, the home offers a gallery space, office, home theatre room and multiple retreats.

Elsewhere the residence sees 4-bedrooms on its south side, with each with walk-in robes and ensuites, the latter fitted with marble adornments. Here, the master suite features both ‘his’ and ‘hers’ walk-in robes and oversized ensuite.

Living in one of the country’s finest residential towers comes with its perks with the building featuring three infinity pools, gyms a cinema, yoga room, dining rooms and golf simulator.

Southbank rests on the cusp of Melbourne’s CBD, nearby to the best dining and shopping precincts the city has to offer.

The listing is managed by Monika Tu (+61 409 898 888) with an asking price of $30.9 million.


Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’

Americans now think they need at least $1.25 million for retirement, a 20% increase from a year ago, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual

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Leaders in Australia’s property industry are calling on the RBA to hit the pause button on further interest rate rises following yesterday’s announcement to raise the cash rate to 4.1 percent.

CEO of the REINSW, Tim McKibbin, said it was time to let the 12 interest rate rises since May last year take effect.

“The REINSW would like to see the RBA hit pause and allow the 12 rate rises to date work their way through the economy. Property prices have rebounded because of supply and demand. I think that will continue with the rate rise,” said Mr McKibbin.  

The Real Estate Institute of Australia  today released its Housing Affordability Report for the March 2023 quarter which showed that in NSW, the proportion of family income required to meet the average loan repayments has risen to 55 percent, up from 44.5 percent a year ago.

Chief economist at Ray White, Nerida Conisbee, said while this latest increase would probably not push Australia into a recession, it had major implications for the housing market and the needs of ordinary Australians.

“As more countries head into recession, at this point, it does look like the RBA’s “narrow path” will get us through while taming inflation,” she said. 

“In the meantime however, it is creating a headache for renters, buyers and new housing supply that is going to take many years to resolve. 

“And every interest rate rise is extending that pain.”

In a speech to guests at Morgan Stanley’s Australia Summit released today, Governor Philip Lowe addressed the RBA board’s ‘narrow path’ approach, navigating continued economic growth while pushing inflation from its current level of 6.8 percent down to a more acceptable level of 2 to 3 percent.

“It is still possible to navigate this path and our ambition is to do so,” Mr Lowe said. “But it is a narrow path and likely to be a bumpy one, with risks on both sides.”

However, he said the alternative is persistent high inflation, which would do the national economy more damage in the longer term.

“If inflation stays high for too long, it will become ingrained in people’s expectations and high inflation will then be self-perpetuating,” he said. “As the historical experiences shows, the inevitable result of this would be even higher interest rates and, at some point, a larger increase in unemployment to get rid of the ingrained inflation. 

“The Board’s priority is to do what it can to avoid this.”

While acknowledging that another rate rise would adversely affect many households, Mr Lowe said it was unavoidable if inflation was to be tamed.

“It is certainly true that if the Board had not lifted interest rates as it has done, some households would have avoided, for a short period, the financial pressures that come with higher mortgage rates,” he said. 

“But this short-term gain would have been at a much higher medium-term cost. If we had not tightened monetary policy, the cost of living would be higher for longer. This would hurt all Australians and the functioning of our economy and would ultimately require even higher interest rates to bring inflation back down. 

“So, as difficult as it is, the rise in interest rates is necessary to bring inflation back to target in a reasonable timeframe.”


Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’

Americans now think they need at least $1.25 million for retirement, a 20% increase from a year ago, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual

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