Major makeover gives Como apartment complex new lease on life

After a $1.8m makeover, Burramia, a fifty-six year-old singles complex in Como, has a new lease on life.

Constructed in 1953, the 21-unit block at Park, Saunders and Baldwin streets has been part of the Department of Housing’s community housing portfolio for decades.

Member for South Perth John McGrath MLA said the work was a breath of fresh air for the complex which would now be managed by Access Housing under the Department’s Public Housing Leasing Program (PHLP).

“Burramia is ideally located, close to the river, shops, medical facilities and public transport,” Mr McGrath said.

“This upgrade makes the apartments even more attractive.”

Renovation work focused on external and internal elements. On the outside dated face brickwork has been rendered to give a more modern finish and sliding doors incorporated so that tenants can access their balconies lending each unit a roomier, lighter feel.

The revamp inside includes new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, new flooring, modern feature walls and new bathroom designs. The new design includes re-configured doorways and changing the layouts of the apartments.

Work stared in October 2008 and was finished in April 2009 with the landscaping, the finishing touch—due for completion later this month.

“The refurbishment has created a vibrant and modern complex with a real urban-lifestyle edge to it,” said Housing Minister Troy Buswell.

“Not only are the apartments more attractive and comfortable to live in, but they are also much more in tune with the overall aesthetics of this part of Como.”

The apartments are most suitable for single-person accommodation.

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