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To Downsize Is Not To Downgrade

To Downsize Is Not To Downgrade

Australian-owned developer, Central Element, proves that downsizing need not mean a compromise on quality finishes, fixtures and fittings with its latest boutique development, Mera by PBD Architects.

Sydney’s Lower North Shore is a dream location for many, and the enviable suburb of Cammeray is located on the edge, less than 5km and only minutes away from the CBD. Surrounded by beautiful lush green spaces such as St Leonards Park, Tunks Park and the Flat Rock Gully walking track, the suburb offers a sense of community along with a tranquil village feel. It is here, in Cammeray, that Central Element’s latest boutique development, Mera by PBD Architects, has made its place. The location offers a peaceful lifestyle without the frantic pace of surrounding locales, and Central Element wanted the opportunity to offer residents an urban oasis – a place to live, to retreat and to entertain.

To bring the vision of Mera to life, Central Element’s brief to PBD Architects was centred around contemporary elegance. Mera’s façade is a streamlined architectural form, with curvilinear lines that draw the eye. The louvres, copper detailing and the wide balconies span four floors, with the design capturing the organic beauty of the surrounding landscape and inspiring a sophisticated lifestyle in a home that becomes a personal sanctuary. Mera is a boutique development of only 14 apartments, with residences offering 1, 2, or 3 bedroom layouts.

Nathan Chivas, Development Director of Central Element says, “From the exterior, luxury and architectural excellence are displayed on a grand scale. When you step inside, the interiors reveal this level of exceptional craftsmanship in every small detail.” He goes on to explain, “The brief for the interiors was understated elegance, providing our purchasers a high-quality, contemporary apartment with superior finishes, so they could then style it their own way. We allowed for a wide range of purchaser customisation, allowing residents to customise finishes, add fixtures and even amalgamate apartments to offer our purchasers their ideal layout”.

The bespoke interiors of the residences are a clear demonstration of excellent craftsmanship, with a carefully considered palette of materials and finishes. Luxury finishes include Marble Elba and Blue Grey granite stone island benches, Parisi basins and tapware, and the pinnacle of any luxury kitchen – Gaggenau appliances.

Whether relishing in a quiet meal alone or hosting a feast for a number of guests, food brings a whole new level to the enjoyment of daily life. Through culinary exploration we can find comfort, extravagance and everything in between. So, with Mera offering kitchens befitting even the most accomplished home chef, the heart of the home is alive and well, with Gaggenau appliances awaiting all of your upcoming gourmet adventures.

When asked why the opulent ensemble of Gaggenau appliances were specified for the Mera kitchens, Nathan explains, “Many Central Element purchasers are people that are downsizing from homes with entertainer kitchens, and our design team hold the belief that downsizing does not mean a downgrade in quality. It is just more ‘right-sizing’ for this period of their life. Therefore, this is why our development specification list always goes above the expected or accepted level of quality.”

Gaggenau appliances are designed to inspire the private chef to create masterpieces as accomplished as those emerging from the professional kitchen. The Gaggenau 200 series is the perfect blend of functionality and versatility, wrapped up in a sleek designer aesthetic. The kitchens throughout Mera include various combinations of Gaggenau 200 series gas cooktops, pyrolytic ovens, and built-in microwaves with grill, offering an incredible workspace for all types of gourmet connoisseurs.

The residents who will call Mera home will be getting the best of both worlds. The close convenience of the city, with a community focused atmosphere all the while luxuriating in a bespoke development surrounded by a beautiful leafy outlook. An idyllic lifestyle full of good friends and food masterfully prepared in a Gaggenau kitchen, Mera will be a place where beautiful memories are made.


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