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Take a sneak peek inside Sky Residences


She has only lived in the building for a week but already 25-year-old small business owner Hannah Barnes feels right at home in Newcastle’s latest inner-city high-rise Sky Residences.

The 19-storey building located at 509 Hunter Street has been welcoming its new residents this week, and if you wander through its freshly-painted corridors, you’ll get a glimpse of why it has sold all 189 of its one, two, and three-bedroom, and penthouse apartments.

Smooth finishes, clean lines, quality features, and simple tones give this inner-city structure a timeless feel.

And, then there’s the view from its rooftop space, the highest in the city, aptly named the Sky Lounge.

Porcelain that looks like natural stone and aluminium that looks like wood are just two of the touches that make this area feel natural but give it a robust core that will temper any weather the city might endure in the future.

Sky Lounge, open to all residents, is the jewel in the crown for Newcastle-based building and development company GWH.

Its shared entertaining spaces offer the feel of a backyard oasis, with sweeping views that stretch from Stockton to the Watagans.

“It’s become a trademark of GWH,” says construction manager George Araujo.

“We include these communal spaces on all our buildings because we see it as a great space to create community.

“It doesn’t matter what aspect your apartment has then, everyone can enjoy views.

“And all the vertical components come from local factories, all our windows, glass, aluminium, are all from preferred local partners. It’s another part of our commitment to community.”

For Hannah, whose parents purchased a one-bedroom apartment and are allowing her to rent for the foreseeable future, Sky Residences offers a safe, convenient alternative to suburban living.

Having called flats oversees “home” in the past, Hannah says Newcastle’s central structure ticks all the boxes.

“I knew I wanted to live in the city in an apartment for a few years before buying my own house,” she says.

“My work is on King Street, so it’s all really close by.

“I don’t even need to drive anymore unless I’m going to mum and dad’s house in Charlestown.”

And, she is not alone.

Residences of all ages are unpacking their boxes and setting up home within the luxury tower this week.

Many opting for a lifestyle that allows low-maintenance, inner-city living with a touch of class.

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