More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMegan Flashman is looking forward to the ultimate lifestyle upgrade with her family when they move into their new apartment at Virtuoso in West End.Originally from Auckland, New Zealand and currently living in a 1930s Queenslander on a large block in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, the family focused on lifestyle and location when choosing a new home.“We drove through every suburb on our list but nothing was quite right for me, there has to be that gut instinct,” Ms Flashman said.“Then we drove into West End and instantly you could see the community here. You’ve got markets and the Greek community, that international flavour.“It’s by the river and so close to the city, everything is here. It’s a celebration of life, living in West End.” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and developer Mark Stockwell do an official sod turning at Virtuoso residences in West End, marking the beginning of construction.CONSTRUCTION is underway on a West End project that is proving to be a lifestyle upgrade for families and a key driver in Brisbane’s future success.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Stockwell managing director Mark Stockwell attended the official sod-turning on May 10 of Virtuoso, with Mr Quirk leading the event with a speech on the growth of Brisbane and West End making a key contribution to its success.Mr Stockwell said the starting of construction was a significant occasion for the company as they worked against the trend in Brisbane’s current property market.“The riverfront development is a result of 20 years of building and development experience in West End. We have spent this time listening to the local market to learn and understand their needs,” he said.“We could have built 250 apartments on site, however, we have listened to the local market and developed 77 owner occupier residences with a focus on size and premium finishes.”The Flashman family, Megan and Brian and their son Jonte, are one of those owner occupiers who have chosen Virtuoso to downsize their home but upsize their lifestyle. Virtuoso at West End.After toying with the idea of an apartment lifestyle Ms Flashman said they were instantly impressed by Virtuoso with its high ceilings, full height doors and attention to detail.“I’ve made sure I’ve selected a home that is different to the rest and will stand out, and Stockwell is different to the rest,” she said.Convenience to some of Queensland’s best high school and universities was also top of the priority list for the Flashman’s and they said it easily met that criteria.Virtuoso is 70 per cent sold with all five bedroom and ground floor residences sold out. There are three and four bedroom residences remaining with prices from $1.31 million to $1.995 million.Virtuoso is on the former site of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. It will have six lifts servicing the building, meaning residents will only have to share an entry lobby with a maximum of one neighbour.