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Sydney's First Renters-Only Apartment Building Is Focused on Community Living

Find out what life's like at this apartment block that was purpose-built for renting.
By Courtney Ammenhauser
January 17, 2022
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By Courtney Ammenhauser
January 17, 2022
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When it comes to the rollercoaster that is the Sydney property and housing experience, there are a few categories people belong to. They are either people who can afford to buy, who can afford to buy but would rather invest outside the property market, renters who love to rent, and renters who are unsettled by the sense that they're constantly living in a state of flux.

If you're in that latter category — where renting is your best financial option but yearn for more stability in your living situation — there's an alternative model that's just being introduced to Sydneysiders. LIV Indigo in Sydney Olympic Park is Australia's first renters-only apartment building, providing residents with more freedom to live how they want compared to a standard rental.

A key feature at this apartment complex is its focus on creating community. And while a lot of apartment blocks have shared outdoor spaces and a communal feel, LIV Indigo takes it a step further by organising events and workshops to foster relationships among residents.

One perk that caught the attention of LIV Indigo residents Vanessa and Rebecca, is that it's a new apartment complex that is pet-friendly.

With two French bulldogs and a fluffy cat to take care of, the pet-friendliness was a big drawcard for the couple. "Most rental places will tear our application [due to our pets] up even though we are both high income earners, extremely clean and value our home," they said.

They were also impressed by the extra amenities — particularly the deck —and said these features "were all part of the excitement, as well as [us] wanting to be part of this community."

The apartment block has an on-site gym, workshop space, cinema room, and communal kitchen, dining and lounge space which all help to streamline day-to-day life. There's even a dedicated space in the common area for remote working to make it easier for residents who work form home to set a boundary between office and home life (and to free up the kitchen table from work clutter).

For seasoned renters, a big drawcard will be the fact you can make adjustments to your apartment to make it feel more like yours. Want to hang up your artwork? Sure. Feel like painting a feature wall? No problem. In fact, the on-site maintenance team will even organise it all for you before you move in.

In terms of the design, the floor-to-ceiling windows flood the apartments with natural light which gives each home a warm and luxe feel. Each unit also has an internal laundry complete with appliances so you won't have to rush out and find something that fits the space. There's ample storage space, modern finishes and each apartment has its own outdoor area (either a courtyard or a balcony), too.

You won't have to spend weeks chasing a real estate agent or a landlord to get stuff done, either. General maintenance is a streamlined and pain-free experience. "It's an extremely easy process," Vanessa and Rebecca told us. "You log a ticket through the app and it gets sorted within a matter of weeks, sometimes days."

There's also an on-site team offering help, seven days a week. Got a leaky tap? Need help with your oven? Left your windows open? That's no longer a problem, according to Vanessa and Rebecca. "The staff are amazing and they are extremely helpful — to the point [that] we can call them to close our windows that we left open when it's raining.  You can't get this service anywhere else," they said.
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For more information about LIV Indigo, visit the website.

Published on January 17, 2022 by Courtney Ammenhauser

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