Bayside’s newest town centre is already making waves

Photos by Emma Cross, courtesy of Figurehead

Photos by Emma Cross, courtesy of Figurehead

Residents and visitors alike have been keeping a keen eye on Martha Cove as the Mornington Peninsula’s prestigious bayside marina community is brought to life by the Balmain Group. The first stage of development within Marina Village Martha Cove is now complete, with residents moving into their new homes in The Moorings. 

Sitting directly on the waterfront, The Moorings is aptly named. It comprises 43 two, three and four-bedroom apartments, with the ground floor apartments providing direct access to the waterfront boardwalk via private landscaped courtyards. The waterfront ground floor retail space at the south end of The Moorings is known as Martha’s Table and is set to open early this spring. It’s got a little bit of everything, including a restaurant, bar, grocery and cellar. 

The Moorings was designed by town architect Karl Fender, of Fender Katsalidis, and takes cues from its surrounds, bringing together modern architecture, well-proportioned layouts and beautifully crafted homes. There’s no doubt that the design sets a new benchmark in waterfront living. Karl describes it as “a habitat of modern lifestyle inspired by the spirit of the Mornington Peninsula”.

The Balmain Group has stated that one of its priorities for the project was to work with a tier-one design team in order to deliver a market-leading town centre that would set a new standard for Martha Cove. The group’s head of asset management, Murry Offord, says: “As our first project within the town centre, The Moorings is an iconic building in terms of design and what it means for the evolution of the area. The completion of Marina Plaza and The Moorings has delivered what we set out to achieve — creating a community and lifestyle that will be the envy of the Mornington Peninsula.”

The Marina Village Martha Cove project also includes Marina Martha Cove and Boatyard Martha Cove. Marina Martha Cove provides a boutique location for mariners with 99-year berth leases available and the berths themselves ranging from 10m-30m for both mono and multi-hulled vessels. Boatyard Martha Cove incorporates the most comprehensive range of quality marine services for boat owners, including a full-service boatyard and dry-stack facility which is now complete and available for booking. 

“We’re extremely proud of the precedent that The Moorings sets for the town centre,” Murry says. “It really is a haven for boat owners. There aren’t many places where you can live in an architecturally designed apartment and tie your boat up in your frontyard. We’re proud to see the town centre become a reality. It is a project that combines the best of contemporary place-making and the aesthetics of the Peninsula. We look forward to opening Martha’s Table and launching our next residential projects later this year.”

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