the king of the hill

Published by Sydney Morning Herald
▲ 1 July 2022

Sales in Castle Hill’s aspirational Grand Reve development have ticked past $60 million following the release of stage two, with owner-occupiers snapping up the lion’s share of apartments. Split over two buildings connected by a brick podium, the 196 dwellings cater for all demographics and offer a concierge service, 2300 square metres of landscaped gardens and a communal barbecue and outdoor deck on level three. McGrath Projects associate director Adam Sparkes says 90 per cent of sales have gone to owner-occupiers, including first-home buyers, upgraders and families.

“I think they’ve been drawn by the location – Grand Reve is in a very quiet cul-de-sac yet in the heart of Castle Hill – and by the quality of the fixtures and fittings,” he says. “There’s a design integrity built-in by Turner Studio and beautiful landscaping by Arcadia Landscape Architecture as well.”

▲McGrath Projects associate director Adam Sparkes says buyers have been drawn by Grand Reve’s central Castle Hill
location and by the quality of the fixtures and fittings

Kitchens at Grand Reve will come with curved joinery and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, brand names normally associated with properties east of Sydney Harbour. The larger three-bedroom apartments have proved especially popular with downsizers and are almost sold out, while the six penthouses planned for the top floor will be amalgamated into two grand penthouses, pending council approval, to meet demand.

Sparkes says Hill residents moving from acreage are keen to keep a foothold in the area and have been gravitating to Grand Reve’s oversized apartments where all the amenities of the Castle Hill town centre are a stone’s throw from the front door. Kassis Homes has been building luxury homes in The Hills Shire for close to 30 years and has teamed up with respected builder Dasco, interior designers Turner Studio and landscapers Arcadia to build the most prestigious development ever offered to the Castle Hill market.

“We’re really urbanising the concept of the backyard and integrating that into an urban housing scheme that sits in a suburban context,” says Turner Studio director Nick Turner. “And therefore I think we’re going to end up with a unique project … and there’ll be others that follow that start to then strengthen the new neighbourhood as [it] evolves.

At a glance

Grand Reve, 8 & 18 Garthowen Crescent, Castle Hill

Developer: Kassis Homes

Architect and interior designer: Turner Studio

Landscaping: Arcadia Landscape Architecture

Number of apartments: 196

Internal size (sqm): Studio 42-44; one-bed 52-54; two-bed 77-120; three-bed 96-139

External size (sqm): Studio 4-43; one-bed 16; two-bed 14-60; three-bed 16-44

Prices: Studio $570,000- $615,000; one-bed $670,000-$730,000; two bed $835,000-$1.375m; three-bed $1.295m-$1.775m

Completion: Early 2024

Agent: McGrath Projects, 1300 085 888

Open for inspection: Display suite open daily 10am-4pm, 279 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill.

Transport: 350 metres to the metro station and bus terminus.

▲This article was written by Kate Farrelly and published by Sydney Morning Herald in July 2022. 

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