Rising from the leafy street below, the apartments all feature vast front verandahs with shutters and cedar clad timber ceilings – the first sign of Neometro’s signature blend of warmth and materiality. “This project was about creating four homes rather than apartments. Located at the northern end of Walsh Street, the project brings Neometro’s design DNA to life across four residences each spanning an entire level with generous outdoor living spaces. Neometro design director Jeff Provan said as the residences aimed to offer downsizers uncompromised living, their design was approached as if building a house. A restrained entry opens by way of a cedar gate, another Neometro signature, into a breezeway and beyond to an intimate foyer where services and doors are cleverly concealed by grey cedar batons, providing uniformity and disguise. Blending timber and bold black highlights including a matte black sink, the kitchen is built for function, style and storage, with dual ovens, integrated dishwasher and extensive custom 2-pac cabinetry. Nestled in the leafy enclave of South Yarra, just steps from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Neometro has unveiled its latest development, 126 Walsh Street. Three of the four apartments sold prior to completion and only one now remains. A green awning accessorising the ground-level apartment’s outdoor space complements the limestone-clad façade, expressed columns and natural renders. As the apartment opens up, large and light bedrooms each with their own ensuite, feature plush wool carpet, extensive white wardrobes and all open onto private planter balconies. Each residence features ample joinery and storage, French oak flooring, stone finishes, smart heating and cooling and secure basement parking for three cars. A secure lift delivers residents directly into their home where interiors communicate contemporary elegance through a restrained colour palette complemented by concrete and timber materiality. Its completion this month elevates Neometro’s award-winning design credentials to new heights, with Carr Design Group and MA Architects collaborating on the design to deliver luxury living residences. A beautiful egg-shaped Apaiser bath and rainwater showers add to the lavish surrounds. “These residences aim to raise the benchmark for apartment living and show people that downsizing or choosing an apartment over a traditional house doesn’t have to mean compromised living,” Mr Provan said. Internally, against smooth rendered walls, a black steel surround to the fireplace and entertainment unit effortlessly blends into the granite bench top extending out from the kitchen.