Touching the sky

Sweeping views of the Sunshine Coast and well-appointed interiors are two important advantages of the First Avenue Mooloolaba apartments
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When an attractive, scenic hideaway combines with an inner-city location, the best of both worlds are on offer. However, a developer needs to pay careful attention to the interiors and appliances to complete the picture.

The new up-market First Avenue apartments create a bold architectural statement on one of the city's smartest and most prominent addresses, says project architect Frank Raadschelders.

"The developer wanted the complex to transcend accepted market standards, allowing residents to enjoy a casual coastal lifestyle but from the comfort of well-appointed surroundings," says the architect. "All apartments offer a secluded location with ocean and hinterland views. They are also only a short stroll from bars, restaurants, supermarkets and the beach."

The eye-catching curves and planes of the facade provide privacy and separation, without hindering views. Behind the facade lie comfortable living environments and a variety of resident facilities, ranging from a recreation area, lap pool, and gym to full security systems, double garaging and ample storage facilities.

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"The apartments have been designed with the permanent resident in mind, resulting in generous, comfortable spaces that flow from one to the other and seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor environments," says Raadschelders.

Interior designer Ellie Roberts extended the exterior's sophisticated feel into the apartment interiors.

"The interiors offer sweeping beech timber floors and high ceilings in the living areas," says Roberts. "Timber, full upholstering and the use of glass contribute to an up-market feel. This is balanced with a casual feel for the close proximity of the beach. Light tones were inspired by the ocean and the sand, while subtle beach-oriented motifs feature on some materials. All lighting, finishes and fixtures are of the highest standard."

In keeping with the rest of the interiors, the First Avenue apartment kitchens have intelligently designed work triangles and cutting edge appliances.

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Supplied by Kleenmaid, the appliances offer contemporary profiles and a range of features. The free standing double oven, for example, has a 92-litre capacity in each oven. It also offers four burners, including two wok burners, an auto ignition and a two-zone electric barbecue grill.

To maintain a clean air environment, the oven is coupled with a wall-mounted canopy rangehood. This has a generous 1200m-wide design, and offers three fan speeds, a turbo boost and a touch control pad, for easy adjustment.

For a breakfast coffee with the Sunshine Coast at your feet, the coffee machine is built into the cabinetry.

For details, contact Kleenmaid, phone 13 13 08. Website: Or contact Frank Raadschelders Architecture, phone (07) 5444 0244. Or contact interior designer Ellie Roberts Design, phone (07) 3216 4070.

Apr 01, 2005
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