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Celebrity landscape designer and author, Jamie Durie, wowed local VIP guests on Sunday at the sunny lakeside sales suite of the Capital Bluestone development, Esplanade Norwest.

Jamie mingled with guests and presented a workshop on how to create the perfect balcony green space, with the aim of encouraging residents to bring the lush gardens of the Hills Shire to their new apartments.

And local green thumbs listened with rapt attention, as Jamie talked through the two balcony displays he had created – one lush and tropical and the other divinely edible.

Jamie’s top tips for balcony garden design included:

  • You can still grow your own vegetables on even the tiniest balcony. It’s the most satisfying thing to grow, harvest and eat food you’ve grown yourself.
  • Downsizing from a house with a backyard to an apartment with a balcony leaves you with more free time and the capability to still connect with nature, through growing a selection of beautiful plants. You can make it as simple or as colourful and varied as you like.
  • When it comes to balcony gardens you should think laterally and plant vertically. Using available vertical space to garden is a no-brainer – they can serve as an architectural feature or an art piece, or you can plant them full of edibles such as herbs and dwarf varieties of vegetables.

“I had a fabulous day at the Capital Bluestone Garden Party,” says Jamie. “I enjoyed meeting everyone, especially the former Mayor and her daughter who came up on stage with me. I had so much great feedback on our presentation, everyone seemed to get a lot out of it.”

The guests particularly loved when Jamie shared his local connection. “Since my very first investment property in Cherrybrook I’ve followed the changes in the Hills Shire. It’s important to remember that downsizing in property size does not mean sacrificing what we love about the Garden Shire.”

“I was delighted to find out that most of the attendees at the Esplanade Garden Party were local to the area, so of course there were plenty of passionate gardeners with great questions.”

Capital Bluestone General Manager Design Frank Xuereb said the event also allowed future neighbours the chance to come together.

“Bringing the community together is at the core of what we aim to do at our developments, and this has been a great event to do just that,” he says.

“The development process can be a lot of waiting as things happen – so events like these are a great reminder of the kind of lifestyle ahead of us, which makes it worth the wait.”

Jamie’s message of ‘transterior’ living particularly resonated with Esplanade purchasers, with many keen to start planning their seamless segue between indoors and outdoors immediately.

“The sweet spot for lifestyle is where architecture meets nature – that’s where all the magic happens,” says Jamie.

“Capital Bluestone have prioritised the ‘alfresco’ aspect of living with the design of their development, as you will see the balconies are almost the same size as the apartments, thereby delivering the purchasers maximum lifestyle.”

Frank Xuereb said he was thrilled Jamie could appreciate the standard of living offered by the apartments at Esplanade.

“The demand for apartments with great indoor-outdoor areas is much higher than those without,” Mr Xuereb says. “It’s all about lifestyle and the interaction between inside and the outdoors and we worked hard with Esplanade to ensure this something we would be delivering.”

Esplanade offers a range of apartment types and sizes to suit a wide range of purchasers, with future residents already made up of a great mix of first home buyers, families, investors, empty nesters and downsizers.

There is still a chance to be a part of the Esplanade community with two-bedroom apartments available from $815,000 to $1,100,000 and three-bedroom units ranging from $1,175,000 to $1,365,000. The exclusive penthouse range has prices ranging from $1,950,000 to $2,950,000.

For more information, visit, call 1800 088 800 or visit the sales suite with a full-size two-bedroom display apartment at 11 Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills, from noon to 3pm seven days a week (or by private appointment).


Over the course of the past 25 years, Capital Bluestone has delivered more than $2.5 billion in total project completions and has a current project pipeline of more than $2 billion.

This includes a $700m portfolio of 45 projects at Norwest, accommodating the workspace needs of more than 1000 businesses.

The group has more recently earned a market reputation for its approach to community-focused development, with its flagship $750m Sutherland Shire project Woolooware Bay Town Centre.

The project will deliver more than 600 apartments, a new shopping, dining and entertainment precinct and a rejuvenated new Club environment for joint venture partner the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club.

The project sold out all 460 available apartments in 2015, with Stage 1 now complete and occupied; and Stage 2 to be delivered early 2018. New apartments in Stage 3 – the final release in Woolooware Bay’s western precinct – will come to the market later this year.

Capital Bluestone has recently broken ground on its near sold out 220-apartment development Veridian at Kogarah, to be delivered in partnership with Kogarah RSL.

The business is also development manager for Esplanade Norwest Lake and has worked with the community, council and business owners within the area to ensure the project fits with existing buildings but also brings about a renewed energy and sets a new benchmark for future projects within the area.

Other key projects in planning stages include work with Bondi Junction RSL and Parramatta Mission.


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Holly Reynolds    Left Field Public Relations    0409 462 112

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