Marsden Park: The Sydney suburb you’ve never heard of that’s having a massive transformation
Home automation. Intercom. CCTV-security vision. Cinema. Function room. It also has wall-panel and smartphone app controls, run on one of the fastest internet networks in any residential building in Sydney.
The mod cons, not to mention the striking contemporary architecture and interiors, look like they belong in a slick, new, inner-city, apartment block. In fact, the high-tech features are standard for buyers in this sleekly designed lifestyle complex in one of Sydney’s up-and-coming suburbs.
Marsden Central at Marsden Park, about 50 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD, is poised to deliver 240 apartments in four Jackson Teece-designed buildings, ranging in height from four to seven storeys.
The project from Kanebridge Property marks a new chapter in the evolution of the area from agricultural heartland to bustling residential and employment hub. Marsden Park is part of Sydney’s so-called North West Growth Area.
Once fully developed, the area is predicted to be home to 250,000 people. By 2026, according to government projections, more than 33,000 new homes will be built.
In Marsden Park, up to 10,300 new homes are expected, under the latest planning controls. A new town centre, two village centres, primary and high schools, road upgrades and sprawling, open, green spaces and recreation areas are all on the cards.
Marsden Central will, as the name implies, be in the heart of the action. It’s one of the first medium-density projects to launch in the suburb.
Kanebridge Property development manager Joe Aflak says the site was chosen because of its proximity to the future town centre and a major new community hub.
“There’s a big shopping centre going up next door,” Aflak says. “The community hub is expected to include a cafe, 50-metre lap pool, a spa, library, gym, basketball and multi-purpose courts and a child-care centre.”
Within Marsden Central, resident amenities include an indoor cinema, function room, rooftop terraces, a landscaped central courtyard and picnic areas.
While the completion date of the new town centre and schools are yet to be confirmed, nearby Sydney Business Park is already up and running with tenants including Ikea, Aldi, Costco, Lindt, Coles Express and Bunnings.
Public-transport options are also yet to be set in stone, though could potentially include a metro station at Marsden Park as part of a western extension to the Sydney Metro Northwest, as well as a rail link to the future airport at Badgerys Creek.
The homes are five minutes’ drive from the M7, providing access to the Sydney CBD and Parramatta, as well as links to Norwest Business Park and the Hills district.
Aflak says he expects a strong take-up from first-home buyers and young families seeking luxury and affordability.
“First-home buyers purchasing a three-bedroom apartment for less than $600,000 will be eligible for stamp-duty exemptions and $10,000 government grants,” Aflak says. “At that price point, I guess investors will be drawn to it, too.”
Jackson Teece senior associate Connie Argyrou says the cinema is a terrific point of difference for young families. “We designed this space with kids in mind, keeping it low maintenance, flexible and lively,” Argyrou says.
“We ramped up the theming through colourful carpet, graphics and edgy lighting.” Apartments are typically oriented to optimise northern aspects and access to light through generous glazing and balcony areas.
From the outside, the building incorporates a simple palette of materials, such as bagged brickwork, coloured and textured-facade panels and aluminium screens for privacy and sun protection. “The palette of the apartment interiors was designed with young working families in mind; we wanted it to look and feel uncomplicated and smart,” Argyrou says.
A light, cool scheme uses whites and greys, balanced with accents of grey-washed timber and black.
For the landscape design, Urbis associate director Cameron Greatbatch says the active street frontage with native tree canopies leads to lush green plantings closer to the buildings.
“For the ground-level courtyard, the desire was to provide a series of flexible open spaces for residents as extensions of their private living rooms,” Greatbatch says. “This includes open communal lawn areas, barbecue and dining facilities and sculptural play areas that are more about adventure play than a standard jungle gym.”
The main courtyard fans off into smaller meeting spaces and more private, shady nooks. Rooftop terraces provide barbecue spaces, seating arbours and a series of open retreats and reading areas, surrounded by lush native and exotic plantings.
“The design for the rooftop is trying to complement what is happening on the ground level but providing more of an intimate experience for residents,” Greatbatch says.
Sales for the first stage, Sole, are due to start on May 12.
Five things you didn’t know about Marsden Park
The suburb is named after Samuel Marsden (1765-1838), a Church of England priest and early landholder
Marsden Park was traditionally dominated by small agricultural holdings, including several chicken farms
A population boom is on the way, with rezonings predicted to bring 10,300 new homes, compared with 465 in 2016.
The suburb has strong Maltese links. It was the third most common ancestry in the last census, after English and Australian.
The heritage-listed Clydesdale House has been used as a farm homestead, Marist Seminary and air-force convalescent home.
Source: Elicia Murray, “Marsden Park: The Sydney suburb you’ve never heard of that’s having a massive transformation”, Domain Group, May 11, 2018.