THE RISE in apartment living in Australia is being driven by a raft of factors, with the desire for a “lock-and-leave” lifestyle becoming an increasingly popular reason to choose an apartment over a house.
In addition to low-maintenance gardens, apartments described as “lock and leave” typically boast extra security features that give residents peace of mind when they travel.
Downsizers with holiday homes or a penchant for travel are the prime demographic. But lock-and-leave apartments are also appealing to young professionals, corporate couples and empty-nesters who simply want the ability to come and go as they please.
The ability to come and go easily is high on the priority list for some. Photo: iStock
These apartments are often the perfect solution for those living in more than one property, says Wakelin Property Advisory director and buyers advocate Jarrod McCabe.
“It may be a town base for some people, whether they live in regional areas or have a holiday house in a beachside township, who want to have somewhere where they can come and go that is secure and low maintenance,” he said.
“So they don’t have to worry about having someone oversee the property and there’s no concerns about whether it’s going to be looked after in their absence.”
Contemporary apartments were geared specifically for the lock-and-leave lifestyle, McCabe said.
High-security apartments are a good option for those who split their time between properties. Photo: iStock
“The high-rises have really good security where there’s not only your front door locked, there’s quite often a lot of swipe cards and management on the front door,” he said.
“Extra security gives people a lot more peace of mind, particularly if they’re going to be spending extended periods of time away from the property.”
Luxury apartments at The Marker in West Melbourne were designed with the lock-and-leave lifestyle in mind.
Not only is security top level, but the development is less than 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport, making it ideal for anyone who regularly flies internationally or domestically. And if it’s a road trip, The Marker is just a few minutes from the CityLink on-ramp in North Melbourne.
The Marker’s location in West Melbourne makes it a great base for road trips or flights.
But it’s not just location that makes locking up and leaving so easy. At The Marker there are two concierges stationed near entrance points on the ground floor.
Chris Paul, director at developer Lechte Corporation, said the concierges were a measure of security as well as amenity.
“The concierge provides that extra layer of support for the resident and does basic things like even meeting and greeting friends and families who have come to see owners of the property,” he said.
Communication technology at The Marker makes connectivity easy across the three buildings – The Stanley, The Spencer and The Roden.
“It’s not just ringing a bell and answering a door,” Paul said. “The internal communication system within the building means people can communicate with other residents in the building and also with the concierge downstairs.”
While residents at The Marker don’t have to worry about maintaining gardens, they do have access to stunning internal gardens designed by landscape architects at John Patrick.
What’s more, the development includes hotel-like amenities, such as an entertainers’ club with a bar, lounge, banquette and cocktail lounge, so jet-setting residents can feel like they’re on holidays even when they’re home.