A home for everyone
The beating heart – and the inspiration – behind Midtown MacPark are the people who will call it home. Inspired by the diversity and richness of the Macquarie Park community, the story of Midtown MacPark is the story of Frasers Property’s bold vision to create a diverse urban neighbourhood where everyone can thrive.
It all began with a single driving ambition: how can we design a neighbourhood where everyone will feel welcome and included?
It was a lofty goal, but drawing on inspiration from some of the world's great urban neighbourhoods found in New York, Paris and London, Frasers Property’s Midtown MacPark team set to work on a masterplan. The result is a 100% walkable and completely connected community. The creation of Midtown MacPark is about more than just a place to live. It’s about creating a place to belong.
Midtown MacPark's innovative blend of housing design brings together investors, uni students, first home buyers, upgraders, growing families and downsizers – all of it interwoven and underpinned by world-class architecture.
“Midtown MacPark will be defined by diversity”, says General Manager National Development Nigel Edgar. “Young families, singles and couples, downsizers, investors, students, community housing tenants, local workers and more, Midtown MacPark will be home to a true mix of people which is the essential building block of every vibrant, inclusive community in the world.”
“This overarching vision of Midtown as a place where people from all walks of life can thrive, is driven by Frasers Property’s goal of creating places where people can belong”, explains NSW General Manager Development Cameron Jackson. “We’re delivering around 30% of the site as open spaces that will be available to everyone. That was part of the genesis of the community’s design.”
“It’s about making sure that everything we do makes everyone feels welcomed and included”, adds Sarah Melody, Midtown MacPark’s Community Development Manager. “Every decision we make has the community’s best interest at the forefront, which is something I’m really proud of.”
So how will the vision unfold?
For those studying hard
Midtown MacPark is situated in one of the best-connected neighbourhoods in Sydney – Macquarie Park – and within easy reach of an extensive range of places to work, shop, dine, socialise and relax. Close proximity to the Macquarie University is bound to also make it a drawcard for students.
Ranked in the top 1% of world universities by QS World University Rankings, 2020 and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021, Macquarie University has been welcoming students through its doors studying everything from marketing to medicine since 1962. Australia's first university-owned teaching hospital, MQ Health, is just down the road making Midtown MacPark perfectly situated to help students succeed in their studies.
For the career-driven
Macquarie Park is currently one of NSW’s top three business districts. For the thousands of people that commute to Macquarie Park from all over Sydney, Midtown MacPark’s location is ideally positioned to cut travel time and improve work-life balance. National and international business headquarters including Microsoft, Optus, Hyundai and Revlon are all close by, while reliable public transport options that connect Midtown MacPark with the CBD make getting around a breeze. The new Metro line, scheduled for completion in 2024, will connect Midtown MacPark residents to Barangaroo, Martin Place, Central and Sydney's CBD, providing direct access in under 20 minutes.
For the youngest residents
A proposed school and two childcare centres will cater for Midtown MacPark’s youngest residents. The first of these, Montessori Academy, is expected to open its doors in late 2023. And when they’re not at school, Midtown MacPark’s open spaces, playgrounds and parks will keep them entertained.
“Interest from families looking for apartments has been particularly strong, and an onsite childcare centre is an essential piece of social infrastructure future residents and locals will need”, comments Nigel. “We’re pleased to welcome the experienced operator Montessori Academy, whose vision for an inclusive learning environment aligns with ours for Midtown MacPark – creating a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.”
“The children's playground will be designed with a public art focus”, details Cameron. “We’ll work with an artist to design a fantastic engaging playground that has a connection to country and will also serve as a beautiful public art piece.
For the young at heart
Midtown MacPark has been designed to help all ages thrive, and that includes older residents as well. The community will include retirement living so seniors can live out their golden years in style.
Further to this, the entirety of Midtown MacPark’s masterplan has been carefully considered to ensure everyone will be able to get around with ease, regardless of their level of mobility. “The site has a gradient in it, it’s quite steep”, comments Cameron. “We understood that this was going to be a design constraint right from the beginning, especially because we wanted to make sure that the main street and all the open spaces are accessible gradients that everyone can use. We worked closely with our landscape architect, Hassell, to develop a masterplan and a level solution that will provide an accessible gradient for all people, without having to rely on a myriad of paths and accessible ramps.”
For the wider Macquarie Park community
Long recognised as a place for work and study, Macquarie Park will soon be known for the best of urban living too.
“From the outset, this important site represented a unique opportunity to design and build a new community that will deliver new character and identity to Macquarie Park”, explains Nigel, “taking a masterplanned approach, we're able to bring new amenities and infrastructure and improve public open spaces to the local community, rather than putting pressure on existing social infrastructure.”
Some of the amenities residents and locals can look forward to are parks, playgrounds, cafés and convenience stores, a community centre, cycling tracks, as well as a 25-metre commercial pool and gym.
Already open and serving the local community at Midtown MacPark is café and social enterprise, Darcy Street Project. Founder John Caffaretta and his team work hard every day to better the lives of those in the community. The social enterprise’s mission is to break the cycle of social exclusion by using education, coffee and food culture as a vehicle for social impact.
Once completed, Midtown MacPark will bring a new and exciting way of living not just for its residents but for the wider Macquarie Park community.
“The beauty of Midtown is it’s going to be such a diverse community”, adds Sarah, “it’s been designed with a very inclusive thought process. I'm really looking forward to meeting the residents and helping to bring them together and seeing what the outcomes are. It’s a very unique and exciting opportunity to work with such a mixed community.”
For more information on Midtown MacPark, call Frasers Property on 13 38 38 today.