Whether it’s beaches, pools or even a long soak in a tub, when we want to relax we’ve long been intuitively drawn to water. It’s no surprise that studies show living by the water has physical, social and mental-health benefits.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge, New Zealand and Michigan State University, who studied data from residents of Wellington, found a link between living near the beach or a river and improved mental health.
Marine biologist Wallace J Nichols says proximity to water can transform all aspects of one’s life and increase calm, diminish anxiety and even increase professional success.
It’s one of the drawcards for people seeking a sea-change in Melbourne – in particular, Seaford.
Positioned on Port Phillip Bay and a gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, Seaford boasts more than five kilometres of clean, sandy beaches, safe swimming and a bush reserve with walking tracks along Kananook Creek.
“The flagship development basically sits between what you might describe as two national parks, so the apartments at the rear of the development are overlooking Kananook Creek and the wetlands,” says Resimax sales director Ken Dodds.
“That view will never be taken away. And, of course, the views from the apartments overlooking the bay can never be taken away either.”
Designed by award-winning Hachem Architects, the building features a curved “floating” roof that reflects the sand dunes and waves. The building takes up less than 50 per cent of the site, with the rest being retained as garden with local flora.
The complex is landscaped by John Patrick Landscape Architects, creating a private sanctuary for all residents to enjoy.
“So even the apartment building itself will feel like it’s situated on the beach because the landscapers have integrated the development site with the beach across the road,” Dodds says.
Orabel’s 140 apartments (across four buildings) are designed to maximise space and views. All have car parking, storage cages and bicycle racks.
“We’re providing plenty of space for vehicles to be taken off the road so it doesn’t interrupt the local environment at all,” he says.
The location offers a beach-front, holiday-like lifestyle while access to nearby public transport means the city is only a 40-minute train ride away.
“That’s why we think this is going to be a landmark building and a fantastic place for people to live,” Dodds says.
- 78-83 Nepean Highway, Seaford
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