CO-WORKING AT HABITAT WORKSPACE NOW OPEN

Habitat North Beach has today unveiled Habitat Workspace, a brand new shared office space now open in the heart of Byron Bay’s newest community and lifestyle destination.

To celebrate Habitat’s latest addition, Habitat Workspace is offering a FREE two-week trial, providing creative and passionate freelancers and small businesses the opportunity to experience this shared space with like-minded people.

Unlike other shared office spaces, Habitat Workspace offers a collection of 34 “micro” offices and open plan desks suitable for 1 or 2 people.

The space comes fully-furnished with access to the NBN, shared access to a central meeting room and reception area, outdoor meeting spaces, kitchen facilities, and free access to Habitat’s shared pool and recreation area, all encouraging a better work/life balance.

Project Architect Fraser Williams-Martin from local design team, DFJ Architects, explained the concept of Habitat Workspace and why it works within the Habitat community.

“Co-working is a response to a worldwide phenomenon of people needing smaller, more flexible work spaces in order to complete their work, while inspiring collaboration, cross-fertilisation of ideas and connections between co-workers.

“The idea is to share facilities that you don’t need intensely, like kitchenettes or meeting rooms, but then to have your own dedicated work space which suits many contemporary work practices,” said Williams-Martin.

“During the design process we looked at many different models and settled on this one, where you actually get a contained space which you can lock up within a community of like-minded individuals.” he continued.

The Habitat Workspace two-week free trial is available now. Prices start from $125 per week (open desk space) and can be leased on a month to month basis.

Contact Leigh Edwards at l.edwards@precise.property or call 0414 881 861.

For further information including prices, visit www.habitatbyronbay.com/community

LIVE/WORK TOWNHOUSE FOR AUCTION

12 Parkes Avenue, the first Live/Work apartment at Byron Bay’s newest community and lifestyle destination Habitat, will be auctioned on SATURDAY May 19th. 

This newly finished architect designed apartment, is a flexible one or two bedroom contemporary loft living space with workspace below, offering a private oasis in the heart of the vibrant Habitat community.  Complete with bathroom and kitchenette amenities, ready to run a business, owners have the flexibility to convert part of the downstairs space to a second bedroom or have additional warehouse space.

Habitat is a new way to live and work in one convenient location, within walking distance of Belongil Beach and to the solar train into Byron town centre.

The property available is north-east aspect fronting onto the resort style pool. All Habitat residential and commercial tenants have access to a range of shared onsite facilities including the lap pool and recreation area, renowned all-day eating establishment Barrio, barbeque areas and edible gardens, ping pong tables, open green space, and meeting spaces in the main commercial precinct.

Architect Dominic Finlay Jones of local firm DFJ Architects, shared the benefits of living and working in the Habitat community.

“Habitat is a quality environment connected by creative and passionate residents and workers. Buyers who are attracted to quality design, space and landscape will be attracted to the community here,” said Finlay Jones.

“For the first seven years of my practice my office was underneath my house, so the idea of living over your workspace is very familiar to me and has become increasingly popular the world over, particularly in aiding small business to grow,” he continued.

This Live/Work townhouse is available for auction onsite on Saturday May 19th at midday (unless sold prior).  Following the auction, additional Habitat townhouses will be available for sale through Byron Bay Property Sales. 

For details contact Kath Vaubell, Byron Bay Sales on 0415 410 633 or kath@byronbaysales.com.au

NEW POOL AND RECREATION FACILITIES OPEN EXCLUSIVELY FOR HABITAT RESIDENTS AND TENANTS

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We are excited to announce the newest addition to Habitat North Beach is now officially open. 

The Habitat Pool, Park & Recreation area features a luscious 25m lap pool, therapy pool, outdoor and indoor showers, change facilities, secure bike storage, BBQ areas, edible garden, ping pong tables, and a beautifully landscaped park.

All facilities are available for exclusive use by Habitat tenants, occupants and their accompanying guests.

The world's first solar powered train has arrived in Byron

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You'll soon be able to ride the world's first solar powered train to Habitat! A restored 1949 heritage solar powered train has arrived in Byron Bay, set to take locals and visitors between Byron township and the burgeoning North Beach precinct come December. The 3km journey along the coastal track will cost just $3 for adults with some concessions provided for children.

Read more here: http://www.byronbayblog.com.au/world-first-solar-train-arrives-in-byron-bay-6661

Habitat Summer Pop-Up Retailers

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Habitat is kicking off the summer with a series of pop-up collective retailers featuring a select range of design-led products from over 40 local brands and artisans - perfect for your Christmas shopping! Brands include Zulu & Zephyr, The Bare Road, St Agni, Mr Simple, Tigmi Trading, Pampa, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, The Dharma Door, Martin Johnston, JD Lee Furniture & more.

Retail now leasing

Habitat is nearing the first stage of completion with the commercial precinct set to open for business mid 2017.

Retail tenancies ranging in size from 36m² to over 300m² are available to lease with special introductory rental incentives on offer.

“With a huge shortage of retail tenancies in Byron Bay, Habitat opens up a great opportunity to secure an affordable, modern space in the area’s new retail and business hotspot,” says Byron Bay Property Sales Commercial Agent and Director, Kath Vaubell.

“The demand and interest in this development is huge - these retail spaces aren’t expected to be vacant for long, so we encourage those interested to get in touch now,” she says.

The energy efficient design by Dominic Finlay-Jones Architects promotes natural light and cross ventilation and includes exposed concrete ceilings, burnished concrete floors, natural white walls, Spotted Gum timber framed shopfront windows and rear glass louvres.

Covered walkways will open to a large landscaped central courtyard which will include a licensed café and food outlets with a mix of indoor and alfresco dining.

“The Arts and Industrial Estate is a melting pot of creative businesses and independent retailers, many of which are tucked away with very little street presence,” says Developer, Brandon Saul.

“What we are offering at Habitat is a well-designed precinct that brings likeminded retailers and businesses together in a centralised hub that is easy to access with plenty of parking and becomes a destination in its own right.”

Habitat is situated within close proximity to Elements of Byron Resort & Spa and the new light railway service, that will soon provide a direct link with Byron CBD.

To enquire about retail tenancies at Habitat, contact Kath Vaubell at Byron Bay Property Sales on 02 6685 8575.

Commercial Lease Agreements & Residential for Sale

We are pleased to announce that lease agreements for the commercial precinct are now being issued and the residential properties in the first stage of Habitat are for sale.

The commercial precinct will have a total of 35 first floor spaces and 29 ground floor spaces including a 270sqm food/retail hub. It also includes meeting/conference rooms, breakout spaces and boardrooms available for use by all occupants.

The first stage of live/work properties will include:

  • 10 commercial townhouses with private courtyards, 2 bedrooms above and office, lounge, kitchen and dining below.
  • 12 live/work loft style apartments with 1 bedroom above and large open plan commercial studio/office spaces below.

Contact Byron Bay Property Sales: 02 6685 8575  |  sales@byronbaysales.com.au

ARCHITECT Q&A - DOMINIC FINLAY-JONES

Local award-winning architect, Dominic Finlay-Jones talks about the design of Habitat and how it will benefit the community of Byron Bay…

 

What was the brief for this mixed-use development?

To design a village for people to live and work in the one place and thereby reduce the reliance on a car for the daily commute.

 

The Commercial Precinct (Phase one) has commenced construction - what stage is Phase Two (residential) at?

Stage 2 is under detailed design and will be issued to the builders over the coming months so that they can flow directly from completing Stage 1 through the rest of the buildings.

 

How have you approached the design? How have factors such as the local aesthetic, lifestyle, environment & climate influenced the design & material palette?

The development is defined by a simplicity to the architecture, with larger buildings broken down in scale to allow covered outdoor spaces to exist between them - which is a direct response to the climate - plenty of shade, sub-tropical gardens and ventilation. Materials are generally either naturally finished, or pre-finished - to reduce the amount of paint required and to allow the buildings to age gracefully.

 

What environmentally sustainable design initiatives will be incorporated in this development?

All of the buildings feature natural ventilation, natural light and high thermal mass - all of which combines to reduce any reliance on mechanical cooling or heating and lighting. All of the common areas are lit using LED low wattage lights and all of the buildings will have photovoltaic cells for energy generation. There is a large amount of water storage on site for re-use in toilets and gardens. We are also looking into shared electric cars and solar power micro-grid storage. The development also features a large wetland for the local native Wallum Froglets and birds.



What have been the main challenges and how have you overcome these?

The biggest challenge has probably been planning legislation which inadvertently seems to stifle innovation by trying to prevent bad development rather than encouraging good ones. This is no unique to this area - it is across the board - it is a large ship to try and turn around but hopefully developments like Habitat can show that it is possible to deliver good built environment outcomes in one package.



How do you see this development benefiting the inhabitants and Byron Bay more broadly?

I think it will create a bit of focus in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, which has developed in a very informal and rambling way. If there is a cluster of creative people working away on the things that they are passionate about amongst architecture that allows them to do what they do, we will be happy.



What are your thoughts on the future of live/work mixed-use developments in regional locations?

There is something unique about Byron, there is no doubt about that - and so to us it is no surprise that this type of innovative development would get up here. Having said that, it could work wherever there are enough people who want to live and are prepared to look at their work/life differently in order to achieve it.

Habitat construction update

Well, it has been a long time coming…after many years of planning, we are very pleased to see Habitat finally start to come to life.

The initial response has been overwhelming, with a huge amount of local and interstate enquiries. Now’s the time to get in touch if you are interested in being part of Habitat.

We are running three weeks ahead of schedule with construction of the commercial precinct set to be complete by Easter 2017 (residential to follow). All roads, parking and initial landscaping are in and the second storey slab is now being poured. 

The NBN cabling is also now in place, which will provide full fibre to the premise internet access, allowing download speeds of 100Mbps and more.

A state-of-the-art solar system has been contracted, including Tesla batteries, so tenants and residents can make the most of the collective solar production – meaning lower power costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

We look forward keeping you informed on a regular basis as the development progresses.

Developer Q&A - Brandon Saul

You purchased the land for HABITAT 18 years ago – what were your thoughts at the time in regards to developing it?

The land has quite a back story. It was zoned as a “village” some 30 years ago with the intention of building a “model village”. Council even sent people to Scandinavia to look at what were then, quite revolutionary “sustainable” housing models. What we’ve designed is in many ways just an extension of that original intent – somewhere people can live and work in a socially and environmentally progressive, village environment. To their credit, Council have supported the project from the very outset - producing site specific development control plans to allow smaller, more modest commercial/housing options.  Planning controls that would allow people to live, work and play in the one place.

 

Has your vision changed over time? If so, what influenced this?

Fundamentally no, my vision hasn’t changed. The idea was always to build a variety of different commercial and housing options to suit owner-occupied, passion-based businesses. You need only drive through the Byron Arts and Industry Estate to see there is an unsatisfied need for a built form that will allow people to live and work in the same place. People are striving to achieve a good work/life balance. Habitat is simply a reflection of this trend.

 

What makes HABITAT special? 

Habitat is one of the only developments I am aware of that has been specifically designed for people to live and work in the same place.

The concept of a village lifestyle was somewhat lost with the introduction of cars. From a town planning perspective, there has been an emphasis on making people drive to work. This development is about returning to more of a “human” scale.

It is all about bringing like-minded people and businesses together – progressive minded business people who value a sense of community that is part and parcel of the Byron lifestyle. It's also for those amongst us that want to lead a more sustainable, balanced lifestyle - without having to compromise on creature comforts or style.

The community facilities at Habitat also set it apart from everything else currently on offer in the region. Facilities including; a lap pool, designated staff and visitor parking, electric car charging points, change facilities for those that want to ride their bike to work, shared meeting rooms, top tier solar power capabilities and perhaps most importantly, super-fast internet access via the NBN network. All lots enjoy full “fibre” connections to the premises - enabling download speeds of 100 MBPs or more [depending on your choice of ISP].

And…technology aside, there's something special about having good coffee at your doorstep and being able to walk to the beach at lunch...

 

What made you decide to go into property development, having focused your career on being a festival promoter?

I did three weeks of architecture before changing to law and accounting – then ignored both to become a festival promoter. The core of being a festival promoter is town planning - traffic, waste management, liaising with council – for me property development is a natural extension of all of this.

 

Do you feel your background working in the creative industries has influenced the way in which you have approached HABITAT?

Completely. I have always been interested in the creative industries. I think when people talk about the creative industries, what they are really talking about are passion-based businesses - that's where my experience lies and Byron is a place where these businesses can really prosper. 

 

Byron Bay is globally recognised as one of Australia’s most popular beachside towns, how does it stack up from a business perspective?

I may be biased, but I think Byron is one of the few regional locations in this country from which you could easily base an international business. As businesses like Spell have proved, [thanks to the internet] you really can be a “global player” from what is essentially a small regional town. This is increasingly the trend. There is the idea of dropping “out and in” at the same time in Byron. You can surf at lunch and run a serious business in the afternoon. Cheap air travel and good internet is enabling people to make the change - to “live the dream”.  Who doesn’t want that?