CEREMONIAL shovels have hit the ground at luxury developer Top Spring Australia’s $580 million master-planned community The Newlands, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.
The major milestone at the 1.26-hectare St Leonards community follows several months of demolition and clearance work on the Canberra Avenue site, making way for 4.5-star iCIRT rated builder DASCO to commence construction on stage one.
Top Spring Australia managing director, Sydney Ma said The Newlands is “designed to change [residents]] lifestyle for the better, and it achieves this through biophilic design elements that enhance access to natural light, fresh air, beauty and connection to landscape and green spaces.”
The project will deliver to the Lower North Shore a rare opportunity for urban renewal, bringing 330 homes across five low and medium-rise buildings, located five kilometres from the CBD.
Top Spring Australia development director, Jeff Curnow, said The Newlands reflected a rare opportunity to fulfil a community-driven design approach embracing the tree canopy of the century-old Newlands Park, with half of the site dedicated to green and open spaces.
Ninety per cent of the apartments and terrace homes in the Bates Smart project have direct landscape outlooks.
“Newlands Park, with its open spaces and towering trees, will provide residents with both a tranquil escape and a permanent green canopy to view from their apartments,” Curnow said.

The development has a central 5,700 sqm green spine, communal landscaped gardens and 1,500 sqm of communal rooftop amenity.
The Newlands has achieved $165 million in sales in the past six months, bringing the total value of sales to more than $215 million. That demand has led Top Spring Australia to fast-track the release of the Glade collection, a boutique nine-level building of one, two and three-bedroom apartments situated beside the community’s green spine, future pocket park and nature pathways.
The Newlands has achieved a 6.5 NatHERS rating across the site. Sustainability features include energy-efficient appliances, water fitments and lighting, 100KW of solar panels to contribute to power in common areas and 30 EV communal recharging stations with infrastructure in place for chargers on each car space.
Other resident services include communal wellness spaces with gym facilities, saunas and pool, private dining area with city skyline views, electric vehicles and e-bikes for exclusive use by residents, refrigerated parcel lockers for grocery deliveries, and a digital concierge to connect services such as cleaners, personal trainers, and dog walkers.
Marketed by Colliers International, prices at The Newlands start at $870,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, $1.465 million for two-bedroom apartments, and $2.43 million for three-bedroom apartments.
The first stage of The Newlands is due for completion in late 2025.
Top Spring Australia’s other Sydney projects under construction include the ultra-luxe Munro House in Elizabeth Bay and Ode, Double Bay.

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