Article sourced from Realestate.com.au
Those in search of land in 2015 were chasing the water, with eight out of 10 suburbs in a national list of most popular land developments on the outskirts of Queensland’s coastal centres.
The only development in the top 10 outside the sunshine state was Stockland’s established Highlands community, in Melbourne’s northern city fringe suburb Craigieburn.
With more than 150 hectares of open parkland, Highlands boasts public space in bucket loads, as well as creeks and conservation corridors bursting with native flora and flora.
“The open spaces encourages people to get out of their homes and integrate with others in the community,” Stockland Project Director for Residential Communities David Allington told realestate.com.au in May.
Education and employment opportunities abound, with three schools, a childcare centre and a $16.7 million ‘global learning centre’ forming part of the project master-plan.
“We wanted to provide education and learning, health and wellbeing and open spaces. But providing jobs ensures Highlands is sustainable in its own right,” Allington says.
An established development, Highlands has delivered new homes to the Craigieburn region for more than 10 years.
Lifestyle seekers drop anchor in island home
With over 30km of sandy beaches running onto to a golf course, Pacific Harbour is an island oasis coveted by keen boaters and golfers attracted to the lifestyle.
Annette Mengel, Sales and Marketing Director for QM Properties says Pacific Harbour has a unique position in the market, being essentially an island connected to the mainland by a bridge.
“About 80% percent of the island is protected as national park, state forest or marine park,” Mengel says.
“The wide canals of Pacific Harbour are one of the last canal developments to be approved in Queensland.”
80% percent of the island is protected as national park, state forest or marine park.
Surrounded by such an abundance of natural resource, Pacific Harbour was developed on the principle of environmental sustainability.
“The canal precinct offers parks and walkways designed to include all native plants for street and park landscaping,” Mengel says.
“Likewise the golf course was one of the first links in Australia to be designed and maintained totally on environmental lines. The overall coastal theme is achieved by using vegetation and textures that reinterpret the natural environment.”
Pacific Harbour rounded out 2015 with more than $60 million of sales. The second stage of Pacific Harbour’s Headland release is currently for sale, with future releases due to hit the market later in the year.
Pacific Harbour boasts its own country club, as a focal point of activity.
Convenience & community win out in NSW
The most popular land development in New South Wales for 2015, narrowly missing a spot on the national top 10, was The New Rouse Hill by developers Lend Lease.
We feel we have purchased a lifestyle, not just a home.
A thriving new community in Sydney’s Hills district, The New Rouse Hill promises residents a convenient lifestyle with an abundance of local amenity, community facilities and reliable services to all the main centres in NSW.
Vince and Carol Neary, who recently bought a house and land package at The New Rouse Hill, were attracted to the region for two reasons: proximity to shopping, medical and public transport amenities and just a general “good feeling” regarding the ambience.
“We are really looking forward to moving into our new home this year,” Carol says.
“The inclusion of well-maintained local parks and green areas will make this estate a real pleasure to live in. We feel we have purchased a lifestyle not just a home.”
The future North West rail link will run through the New Rouse Hill.
1/1/15 – 16/12/15
1. Pacific Harbour – Banksia Beach QLD
2. Coomera Retreat – Upper Coomera, QLD
3. Gainsborough Greens – Pimpana, QLD
4. Lightsview – Northgate, SA
5. Sunshine Cove – Maroochydore, QLD
6. Jimboomba Woods – Jimboomba, QLD
7. Pelican Waters – Pelican Waters, QLD
8. Arise at Rochedale – Rochedale, QLD
9. Highlands – Craigieburn, VIC
10. Fitzgibbon Chase – Fitzgibbon, QLD
1. Highlands – Craigieburn
2. Tulliallan – Cranbourne North
3. Otto at Forsyth Park – Truganina
1. The New Rouse Hill – Rouse Hill
2. Kellyville – Kellyville
3. Freemans – Carnes Hill
1. Lightsview – Northgate
2. Bluestone – Mount Barker
3. Playford Alive – Munno Para
1. Whiteman Edge – Brabham
2. Port Coogee – North Coogee
3. Ellenbrook – Ellenbrook
1. The Heights – Durack
2. Breezes – Muirhead
3. Zuccoli – Zuccoli
1. Eucalyptus Rise – Howrah
Data source: REA New Apartments and New Lands Estates Performance data, from January 1 2015 – December 16 2015. Methodology: Ranked Project Profile on realestate.com.au from 1 Jan-15 to 16 Dec-15 by total views.
*No more data was returned for Tasmania within the set search parameters. No data was returned for ACT within the set search parameters.