Jodhi Meares Lifestyle Collaborator For Clara, South Yarra Project

Ms Meares has been employed as a "lifestyle collaborator" for Clara, a $140million parkside apartment project being developed by boutique builder R. Corporation on the former Surrey Road Transfer Station site, on a prime location off Surrey Road.

She will help design the interiors of villas, units and apartments in the development. Clara will include among other luxuries a Turkish harem-style steam room, vertical gardens and a sauna. It will be built around a 5400-square-metre park and restored historic horse stables.

R. Corporation managing director Andrew Rettig said plans for Clara, construction on which would start in the middle of next year, would be revealed soon. It is believed a "Jodhi Meares-styled display suite" will be available for inspection when marketing starts next month.

On orders from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Stonnington City Council approved the townhouse and villa component of the project. An eight-level apartment building has also been proposed.

The 36-year-old former Mrs Packer started her career aged 16, as a Moove milk model, before gaining notoriety as a swimsuit model.

ASX-listed Billabong late last year bought her swimsuit clothing label, Tigerlily, for a price reported as between $3 million and $5million.

Ms Meares in 1999 married James Packer, but separated from him in 2002, about the same time she changed the spelling of her name from Jodie. Most recently Ms Meares has hosted reality TV show Australia’s Next Top Model.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.

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