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Local

Kensington

Sitting pretty on the corner of Macaulay Road and Stubbs Street, Local Kensington’s design draws from the character and feel of modern Kensington (if you ask the architect, they’d say that it’s eclectic and vibrant), with a nod and a wink to the site’s industrial past.

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Kensington; the leafy green streets, a village full of character, and streets full of unique homes that have provided shelter for generations.

Project Overview

We're building a better way to live.

Corner of Macaulay Rd & Stubbs St
  • 477 Apartments

  • 42 apartments dedicated to Impact Housing

    Local is working directly with registered housing providers to supply a portion of our homes to
    - women over 55 and at risk of homelessness
    - key workers who are essential to our communities
    - those in need of specialist disability accommodation who don’t currently have suitable homes.
    We call this ‘impact housing’.

  • Under Construction

Within the campus style layout of 477 apartments across 6 buildings, you’ll find awesome amenities like a heated pool, coworking offices, private dining spaces, wellness areas, a BIG screen room, dog friendly outdoor spaces and green spaces to get your nature fix.

The nitty gritty
  • Gym & yoga studio
  • Private dining room
  • Coworking
  • BIG screen room
  • Resident Lounge
  • Artist Creative Studio
  • Dog Friendly Outdoor Spaces
  • Green Spaces
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Pet wash bay
  • Car wash bay
  • Ground floor café and shops

FAQs

  • All
  • A bit about Local and Build to Rent
  • The Whats
  • The Whens
  • The Who’s and How’s

Who is Local?

That’s us! We’re Local.

A Melbourne-born business who creates and manages apartments just for rent.

We believe everyone has the right to live and belong in the places they want, for as long as they like. 

What we’re really saying is: 

  • Climate-friendly buildings, designed to provide sustainable living now and long into the future
  • Top notch amenities (we’re talking pools and private dining rooms) that are all yours to enjoy
  • Well-connected locations in already thriving neighbourhoods 

With that in our sights, we’re excited to make living like a Local (see what we did there?) possible for everyone.

What Does Build to Rent Mean?

The short answer is ‘renting but way better’.

From mild annoyances to complete nightmares, we’re on a mission to make renting a pleasure, not a chore.

So, what does that mean exactly?

  • No more third-party real estate agents. You’re dealing direct with us. 
  • An on-site concierge team to wave good morning, hook you up with local services, and help dissect last night’s car wreck of a MAFS episode (If you want, I mean, we know you do…)
  • Pets are (very) allowed. We love pets. More info on this here
  • Stuff will get fixed, and quickly. Maintenance requests will be directly reportable by you through our Local app and their progress/resolution is completely trackable. What a time to be alive.
  • Your lease, your terms. We’re not going to kick you out or sell your home on you, hike up the rent, or demand an inspection at a moment’s notice. That gives you one thing you’re likely not getting from your current rental - security.
  • Be a social butterfly. Be a hermit. Living with Local means engaging with your community as much, or as little, as you like.

Build to Rent also means that we don’t build to sell. We build to own. So, because it’s us who’s responsible for managing and maintaining our buildings, we build them well. 

We’re in this for the long haul, so you can be too.

What’s the project?

We’ve got 477 apartments including studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options spread across 6 buildings that surround a central pool and landscaped courtyard.

What’s included in my rent?

A new apartment, including whitegoods (how good is not having to move your fridge!), access to all amenities, secure postal and parcel lockers, bike storage and concierge services during extended business hours. 

If you need it, fully furnished apartments, additional storage, and car spaces are available in addition to your base rent.

We’ll also be able to help you set up green utilities, contents insurance and jump on a speedy connection to the world wide web.

What is impact housing and what will it mean for Local Kensington?

We’re committed to creating positive social change in the areas we operate. And to do that, we need to ensure our communities are inclusive and accessible.

Local is working directly with registered housing providers to supply a portion of our homes to women over 55 and at risk of homelessness, key workers who are essential to our communities, and those in need of specialist disability accommodation who don’t currently have suitable homes to live in. 

We call this ‘impact housing’. And for Kensington, we’ve dedicated 42 homes to it.

What are the Environmental Sustainable Design initiatives of the project?

Everything we build, inside and out, is designed with the climate in mind. Kensington is fully electric and net zero carbon in operations. So, big on renewables and low on waste.

We don’t see this as a box ticking exercise to meet ‘minimum requirements’. This is a real passion of ours and if you’d like to know any specifics, we’d be happy to catch up and chat about it over a cuppa. 

What’s the go with pets?

They are awesome, obviously. Your bestie is totally welcome, all we need is their details and a signed Leash Agreement… (You can thank our punny teammate Pete for that gem) before they move in.

What’s going in at street level?

We have two retail shops going in at street level along Macaulay Road. If you’re interested in leasing the space, let us know!

When will the project be finished?

Mid-2024. We know, the wait is killing us too! But we’ll be ready and raring to chat about living at Local Kensington well before then. The best way to stay in the loop is to join our mailing list here.

When are we on site?

Our builders are on site between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am and 3pm on Saturday. If we need to do any work outside these hours, we’ll only do so with a council permit.

Who will live here?

You, hopefully! 

We’re an inclusive bunch so we’re expecting a range of backgrounds, professions, and life stages. And pets. Pets are very allowed (did we already mention that?)

How much will the rent be?

We’re still crunching the numbers, so we can let you know what rents will be in early 2024. If you’re keen to hear more about rents, let us know here and we’ll tell you as soon as the numbers are sufficiently crunched.

How can I buy an apartment?

You can’t. It’s not you, it’s us. We don’t build our apartments to sell them off. Our goal is to create long-term, sustainable, attainable, housing that positively impacts the community. We’ll always own 100% of our buildings so we can look after them and you can live comfortably knowing we’re not going to sell up and kick you out.

I’m a member of the Kensington community, what’s in it for me?

We’re glad you asked! 

We’ll be hosting some open sessions this year and the entire Kensington community is invited and encouraged to come along. Our team will be there to chat about the project and to get an understanding of what’s important to the community.

If you want to come along, sign up here for updates and we’ll let you know the details.

More questions?

We’d love to answer them, pop your questions here and we'll get in touch.

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