Tony Merhi, a well-established and successful property investor in his own right for some 30 years, has combined his visionary talent and aptitude for recognising business potential with a tried and tested formula for optimising positive outcomes and minimising risk in developing property.
Evolution of Unit Development in the Hills District
“The Hills District generally consisted of free-standing residential properties, be they single residential dwellings or duplex houses. The Hills became a popular area for families given its amenities such as shopping, schools and access to arterial roads that linked the area to the rest of Sydney. Over time as the population of the Hills began to increase it was realised that Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills would need to develop a way to cope with increasing demands of people wishing to settle in the area.
It was decided at this time that some areas within Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills could cope with greater density and some pockets in these suburbs were rezoned for medium density development. The Council would allow for the development of three to four level apartment blocks to be built above basement car parking. Tony Merhi was one of pioneers of this change and he was able to work with Council to put forward a number of applications to develop sites in Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills.”
This project, known as Hillcrest Gardens was the first apartment building to be approved by the Hills Shire Council in Baulkham Hills. The DA was approved on 19 March 1997 for the construction of 16 residential units and communal areas.
This development was the first time that an R4 High Density Zoning had been used and the project was a complete success. It provided large 2 and 3 bedroom units with secured parking with landscaped surrounds.
At the time this project pioneered the apartment market in Baulkham Hills and the template for higher density developments was set at this time.
Following the success of the Railway Street project at Baulkham Hills, Tony Merhi was instrumental in bringing the project at 50 Cecil Avenue, Castle Hill to fruition.
The DA was approved on 20 April 1998 and this project, known as the Hills Mirage was the first time that residential unit blocks had been developed in Castle Hill. Again, the R4 High Density residential zoning was utilised to create 22 large residential units with a resort style atmosphere, with a gym, spa and sauna all included.
At the time this project pioneered the apartment market in Castle Hill and the template for higher density developments was set at this time.