First stage of $880 million Footscray vision complete

The 15-level first residential stage of R&F Property Australia’s Live City project at Footscray in Melbourne is now complete and about to welcome its first residents.

The first building features 208 apartments, exclusive resident bar and lounge, and a rooftop garden with 270-degree views across Melbourne, including Flemington Racecourse, the CBD, Docklands and Port Phillip Bay.

Apartments in Stage 1 feature light-filled, open-plan living, most with floor-to-ceiling glass, timber floors, reconstituted stone benchtops, premium appliances, generous balconies and plenty of storage space.

A grand lobby with soft, earthy features will reference the site’s heritage while metallic hints reflect the increasingly contemporary Footscray community.

The ground floor will feature more than 500 square metres of retail space with tenants expected to include a café and convenience store.

The stunning residential building is the latest milestone for the historic precinct’s revitalisation, following a $5.6 million restoration of the Kinnears Ropeworks site last April.

Kinnears closed its doors in 2002, after 100 years making rope, string and other products at the large site on Ballarat Road. The new masterplanned development is transforming the former industrial site into a new residential, retail, commercial and community landmark for the famous inner-west suburb.

Upon completion, Live City will feature eight residential and mixed-use buildings including 1,450 apartments and townhouses and 10,000 metres of commercial space, creating a thriving new community in the heart of Footscray.

R&F Property Australia commenced construction of Live City Stage 1 in December 2017. The next stage will feature almost 400 additional homes, including some exclusive street level townhomes.

A limited number of apartments are currently available in the first completed stage, which means buyers can move into a brand new home in a fast-growing premier suburb immediately.

Footscray is experiencing an incredible period of urban renewal and gentrification while retaining its much-loved and multicultural community feel. The area recently moved up to sixth place on Domain’s list of most liveable Melbourne suburbs.