The Complex

City Gardens is a large, residential development dating from the late 1970s comprising four low-level apartment buildings and six two-storey townhouse courts. In total, there are 92 apartments and 48 townhouses. It was designed by Australian architect, Peter McIntyre.

The City Gardens development features a central tree-lined avenue, known as “Plane Tree Way” and a beautiful, mature central garden, home to a variety of native plants. City Gardens is also home to the Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre, positioned in the heart of the site, accessed by Plane Tree Way.

City Gardens occupies a site totalling 1.73 hectares, the equivalent of a typical whole Melbourne City block. The City Gardens development has four street frontages, to Abbotsford, Haines, Dryburgh and O’Shanassy Streets.

Photo by Jonathan Morton

City Gardens is separated into two distinct areas by Plane Tree Way, a private road that runs east-west for the full width of the site. To the north of Plane Tree Way are located four low-level apartment buildings accommodating a total of 92 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.  To the south of Plane Tree Way are located six townhouse courts accommodating a total of 48 two or three bedroom townhouses.  Each townhouse court has a centralised concrete-sealed area, with small garden beds.

Apartment buildings A, B and C are positioned around the mature central garden. Apartment building D is positioned overlooking Dryburgh Street. Townhouse courts E, G and I have access only from Plane Tree Way. Townhouse courts F, H and J have access only from O’Shanassy Street.

The Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre is positioned central to the site, on Plane Tree Way and is operated by The City of Melbourne.

The overall composition of the apartments and townhouses that make up City Gardens, plus the names of the individual apartment buildings and townhouse courts, is shown in the table below:

ApartmentsBuilding NameNumber of
TownhousesCourt NameNumber of
A BlockAzalea24E CourtElm8
B BlockBanksia20F CourtFuchsia8
C BlockCamelia24G CourtGeranium8
D BlockDaisy24H CourtHibiscus8
I CourtIvy8
J CourtJasmine8

Plane Tree Way

Plane Tree Way
Photo by Ruth Allwood

Plane Tree Way is a tree-lined avenue with over 40 mature plane trees and occasional gums. Many of the trees in Plane Tree Way are listed under the City of Melbourne’s Exceptional Tree Register. Plane Tree Way provides vehicle access to the two underground car parks for A/B/C buildings and D building and the garages in townhouse courts E, G and I. Plane Tree Way provides pedestrian access for residents of these same buildings and for parents with children attending the Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre. Plane Tree Way is also used by other locals as a shortcut to the nearby public swimming pool and children’s playground.

Car Parks

There are two underground car parks, one located beneath the A/B/C buildings and central garden and one located beneath D building. These twin underground car parks provide parking for the use of residents of the A/B/C and D blocks. Entry to both car parks is by Plane Tree Way. The D Block car park entrance is located at the west end of Plane Tree Way, close to Dryburgh Street. The A/B/C Blocks car park entry for is located towards the east end of Plane Tree Way.

The townhouses have their own individual parking in the form of driveway or garage parking.