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Foreshore furore

By johnboy 27 November 2008 28

[First filed: September 16, 2008 @ 10:26]

The CT brings word that all is not well in the Kingston Foreshore with the fit and finish not quite matching the price tags:

    Owners of expensive new apartments in Kingston are battling developers, with complaints including leaking roofs, flooded basements and equipment failures.

    Body corporate representatives at The Landmark, The Viridian and The Gateway, where two-bedroom apartments command more than $460,000, say they believe the paying of private certifiers by developers who approve buildings is fundamentally flawed.

    Landmark apartment owners spokesman Gary Petherbridge said developers banked on owners not kicking up a fuss because it would undermine property values and problems were widespread.

Is it wrong to take a little bit of smug satisfaction from calamities befalling the owners of high priced yuppy-boxes?

UPDATED: 2604 has added a postscript:

    Just as a post-scriptum to this: Bovis have, inexplicably, come to the party. They are meeting with all residents to inspect unit defects and will then set about rectifying them. I had my inspection yesterday and they seem very genuine.

    Nice to see someone taking responsibility for their mistakes and looking to make amends.

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miz 6:33 pm 27 Nov 08

Bovis are doing the prison! I wonder how strong the walls are . . .

hax 12:11 pm 27 Nov 08

your gonna be spending a shitload anyway and once again in the long term it really will be worth it to maybe extend yourself a little bitt and go with quality than go for the cheap crap and be replacing stuff left right and centre within 3 or 4 years.

good advice!

People assume builders are out to rip them off and make bigger profits, so they don’t listen when advised by the expert it would be better to do something a certain way (which might cost a little bit more to do) etc

People who say they don’t have enough time to do their research – sorry but you spend more time looking at everything else you buy, why not make time for the most expensive thing you’ll probably ever purchase?!! (crazy)

poptop 8:26 am 27 Nov 08

Good going Bovis! This sort of response is a rare event and should be celebrated accordingly.

2604 9:14 pm 26 Nov 08

Just as a post-scriptum to this: Bovis have, inexplicably, come to the party. They are meeting with all residents to inspect unit defects and will then set about rectifying them. I had my inspection yesterday and they seem very genuine.

Nice to see someone taking responsibility for their mistakes and looking to make amends.

2604 1:39 am 20 Sep 08

seanneko said :

I’m glad that I saw this – I was intending to move into the Viridian (renting, not buying) in the very near future, but I might need to reconsider.

Does anyone who knows the area better than me know if all of the buildings around there are duds, or is it just some?

The Viridian is okay – my sister rented there happily for over a year. Her one-bedroom-plus-study, loft-style place was great – well-designed and roomy enough, no quality issues at all.

Dude, not all of the apartments in these complexes have problems – they generally have 0% vacancy rate, and as mentioned above, mine is fine quality-wise.

tylersmayhem 3:55 pm 17 Sep 08

@mutley: All I can suggest to you Mutley is when you finally find a tradie to come and give you a quote, wear your best suit and tie.

mutley 10:28 am 17 Sep 08

While on the subject of builders, can anyone recommend one for renovations? We’re looking at getting an ensuite added, a couple of walls knocked out and some bigger doors put in.

lula 10:26 am 17 Sep 08

If I could ever afford to buy a house I would definitely go for something ‘old canberra’. Those places are tried and true and will keep on truckin’. Not to mention they actually have character.

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