“This was a time to bring the wider team together on-site to acknowledge the hard work and effort everyone has invested in helping create this exciting new master-planned community,” says managing director Damon Nagel.
“The occasion marked a significant milestone, with all initial key ground and civil works being completed and the first slabs for the townhouses ready to go.”
More than 1500 people registered via the Hamilton Hill website before it was publicly launched and almost all the dwellings for phase one have already been sold. Early-bird residents are expected to move in around autumn next year.
There’s still time to buy, says Nagel, with house and land packages offering exceptional value. He recommends in particular the three-bedroom turnkey houses designed by architect Enzo Caroscio that will run along Glen Stuart Road. Each has a 3-metre vaulted entry hall, landscaping and space for parking two cars.
“Hamilton Hill really is a special spot, so close to great schools and shopping, yet surrounded by rural landscapes, birds and koalas. We expect the development to make a very positive difference to the area, bringing people together, attracting new businesses and helping to create a new vibrancy.”
Immediately adjacent Morialta Conservation Park, the site retains about six hectares of green open space, giving access to the great outdoors with cycle and walking trails – the perfect balance of urban and rural.
Nagel says: “With a range of land and home options, there’s something for everyone. The green reserves have barbecues and an outdoor amphitheatre that’s built into the natural contours of the land. These are all open to the local community and are a great way to meet your neighbours.”
He established Starfish Developments six years ago, having seen a gap in the South Australian market for high-quality, stylish homes.
His experience and intuition have steadily built from his early days working in real estate in London, followed by ventures into property renovations and investments before he returned to Adelaide, his hometown, bringing an entrepreneurial flair with him.
With an eye on consumer interest, market trends and the zeitgeist, Nagel believes Starfish has a knack of choosing the right sites to develop at the right time.
Taking inspiration from creativity and best practice globally, it seeks to break the classic mould – whether in the form of innovative architecture, outstanding product or unique location.
This approach has led to several Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) awards – for one of Starfish’s first developments at Avenue St Clair and more recently for the city’s highest residential tower, the 28-floor Vue on King William Street. That building’s unusual twisting design, contemporary styling and executive finish, along with stunning 360-degree penthouse views, helped it stand out from the crowd.
Starfish has a formidable reputation for reliable delivery. It’s newest city development, the 22-storey, green-focused Bohem at Whitmore Square, is well under construction, expecting to top out around August.
Nagel puts much of Starfish’s business success down to appointing the best commercial partners/suppliers and recruiting well.
“Many of Starfish’s in-house team are experts with international experience. These include project director Craig McRostie, who has worked in China, the UK and Australia and oversees the design and efficient delivery of each project.”
Starfish was one of only a few developers win the tender to redevelop Port Adelaide. Not afraid to embrace challenges that may have previously stalled others, Damon is keen to see the area succeed.
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