Illowa, Malvern East



Address |  12-16 Illowa Street, Malvern East

Developer |  Tom Frawley

Project manager |  Sinclair Brook

Building, interior and landscape design |  Daryl Pelchen Architects

Sales |  Michael Robinson 0401 071 071

Display suite |  13 Illowa Street, Malvern East

Open | Saturday and Sunday 11am-1pm, Thursday 5-7pm or by appointment


Combining modern architecture with a privileged location, a newly released Malvern East development is tucked away in a quiet, tree-lined street just moments from Darling Station.

Illowa, at 12-16 Illowa Street, is a low-rise development of 52 one and two-bedroom apartments in garden surrounds with prices starting from $365,000.

Designed by Daryl Pelchen Architects, Illowa comprises two four-level buildings presenting mirror images to the street, divided by internal gardens designed to create an urban oasis in between. The contemporary design incorporates stone, steel, timbers, basalt and glazing into façades with metal louvred screening and deep balconies. Some apartments have landscaped courtyards of up to 47 square metres.

Sales and marketing agents Look Property Group say local interest in Illowa has been strong, with half sold in late May within a week of release.

Look Property Group director Michael Robinson says locals are recognising it as an opportunity to get into a project in Malvern East, where quality apartment projects have been in short supply. Buyers to date are a mix of investors, first-home buyers and downsizers.

“We have a lot of local buyers coming in,” he says. “We’re seeing a trend in parents with adult children who want to see them living locally. Mum and dad are often giving the kids a 10 per cent deposit to get them started, and they can use the first-home buyer’s grant.”

Open design is a key feature within the apartments, with relaxed, open-plan living flowing into private outdoor spaces and sliding doors that offer spatial versatility by opening up spaces in one-bedroom apartments. Bedrooms can become dual entry, bathrooms turn into en suites and a media unit doubles as a dividing wall.

Buyers have a choice of 15 floor plans and north, east and west aspects for the apartments. The internal floor areas range from 44 square metres to 53 square metres for one-bedroom apartments and 61 square metres to 70 square metres for two-bedroom apartments. Balconies are about nine square metres, with private courtyards ranging from 31 to 47 square metres.

Interior detailing includes engineered oak floorboards in living areas, with wool-blend plush carpets in bedrooms and porcelain tiling in bathrooms. There’s a choice of light and dark interior palettes in contemporary neutrals for Caesarstone benchtops and timber-veneer joinery throughout.

The kitchens have Smeg stainless-steel gas cooktops, underbench ovens, rangehoods and dishwashers, with an integrated refrigerator available as an upgrade. There’s deep, soft-close storage, a full-height pantry and optional mobile island bench.

The full-height, textured-porcelain-tiled bathrooms have deep-set walk-in showers screened by frameless glass and wall-concealed storage, white wall-mount basin and toilets, and a full-height mirror above the vanity. All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with mirrored doors.

Each apartment has parking in the secure basement, with allocated storage and bicycle space. Security at Illowa also includes security intercom entry and lift access to each building.

Laminated glazing provides temperature control and architect-designed metal louvres enhance privacy while providing natural ventilation, with support from reverse-cycle air-conditioning in living areas. Gas-boosted solar hot water, rainwater harvesting and energy-efficient fixtures also contribute to the building’s six-star energy rating.


Firmly ensconced in blue-chip Malvern East, Illowa is 12 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Illowa residents will have a 150-metre dash for the train at Darling station, with a 21-minute commute to Flinders Street. The Monash Freeway is close by, with a four-minute drive to the city-bound freeway ramp at High Street. The Gardiners Creek cycle trail and reserve is a two-minute bike ride away and nearby parklands also include Central Park and Hedgeley Dene Gardens – highly popular with locals.

Illowa also shares a postcode with retail and entertainment colossus Chadstone. Residents will be a six-minute drive from its international brands, food shops, cinemas, health spas and large conglomeration of department stores, supermarkets and local retailers.

Local schools include Sacré Cœur, Korowa, Lauriston and De La Salle and St Kevin’s colleges. Monash University’s Caulfield campus is three kilometres away.


One-bedroom from $365,000

Two-bedroom from $495,000


– Choice of light and dark interior schemes

– Engineered oak flooring; plush wool-blend carpet

– Porcelain tiling in wet areas

– Caesarstone benchtops and smoky mirrored glass splashbacks

– Timber-veneer kitchen joinery

– Smeg stainless-steel gas cooktops, underbench oven, integrated dishwasher

– Mobile island bench in some apartments

– Full-height tiled bathroom, walk-in shower with frameless glass screen

– Built-in mirrored wardrobes

– European laundry

– Ground-level courtyard or balcony


– Six-star energy rating

– Laminated performance glazing

– Rainwater harvesting

– Solar, gas-boosted hot water

– Bicycle storage


– Secure basement parking and storage

– Two lifts with security access

– Video intercom


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