ORA has been designed for owner-occupiers who want spacious house-style living on a single level, with 36 apartments comprising a mix of 4, 3, 2 & 1 bedroom apartments. The rooms are large, the ceilings are high, the entertaining options numerous, the storage space copious, and the windows expansive to maximise the views of the parkland & Botany Bay.
Forming a dramatic entry point is a central atrium to allow sunshine to flood into the lobby, aiding natural ventilation and helping greenery to prosper. Underpinning HELM’s reputation for high-end materials, finishes and innovative features are sound engineering principals, industry-leading acoustic treatments and proven solar management and environmental techniques.
The vast majority of apartments in ORA have parkland or district views, with two of the penthouses capturing water vistas. Eight of the apartments have substantial garden areas on title, ranging from 40 to 190sqm.
ORA’s marketing campaign was a great success with 75% selling during the initial campaign, in September 2018 (a difficult time in the market), with the last two apartments selling within 6 months of completion (due to Covid Lockdowns), with almost all apartments selling to the target market, being empty-nester owner occupiers. Prices ranged from $830,000 for a 1 bedroom up to $4,300,000 for a 4 bedroom penthouse. Construction commenced in December 2018 and was completed June 2021.
The site was owned by the War Widows Guild, whom HELM partnered with to increase the density and height, through a Planning Proposal (which HELM managed and paid for). The Rezoning resulted in the Guild receiving 23.5% more for the site, than had they sold the site prior to Rezoning.
The construction team overcame significant challenges in the ground, due to the water table which is located 1 metre below natural ground level, with rock located 23 metres below natural ground.