BuildHOME compiles a list of up-and-coming residential communities that offer the perfect spot to build your dream home.
Gregory Hills, NSW:
Opening south-west Sydney to new employment opportunities and a spirit of community is Gregory Hills, a new development area located near Camden, Narellan and Campbelltown. With spectacular views of the surrounding area and beyond, Gregory Hills offers the promise of a peaceful, relaxed lifestyle.
The area will eventually become home to approximately 2400 dwellings, while 2500 jobs will be created once the town centre is complete. And for those who work in locations away from Gregory Hills, don’t worry: commuting to work will be a breeze thanks to a new major bus route from Oran Park Town to Campbelltown that will pass through Gregory Hills’ bustling town centre. Campbelltown Train Station, the M7 Motorway and the soon-to-be-constructed Leppington Train Station are also just a short drive away.
Several schools are located within an easy distance of Gregory Hills, making this spot ideal for families. The University of Western Sydney and South Western Institute of TAFE are also located nearby.
Darcy’s Peak, NSW:
Named after one of Maitland’s own, Australian boxing legend Les Darcy, Darcy’s Peak will accommodate more than 200 homes in this picturesque, elevated hillside community. Build your ideal home here to enjoy the breathtaking views of Maitland’s outskirts, and benefit from the relaxing nature of living in the Hunter Valley region.
One of Stockland’s newest offerings, this intimate community offers the unique blend of living within traditional heritage surrounds, while being able to indulge in modern-day luxuries.
Ideal for those with school-aged children, Darcy’s Peak is within a convenient distance from several primary and secondary schools. Those who have finished school or would like to return to study later in life are also catered for, with The University of Newcastle and a number of TAFE campuses located an easy drive away.
Whether you desire a charming, country homestead or an impressive, ultra-modern dwelling, Darcy’s Peak provides a pleasing spot to make a fresh, new start.
Hundred Hills, NSW:
Nestled in an enviable location near Murwillumbah in northern NSW, Hundred Hills is the perfect place to build your family home. Getting the best of both worlds, you are surrounded by majestic mountain views and country living. The growing community is a short drive from Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, which means residents enjoy a relaxed, coastal lifestyle, too.
Hundred Hills is a Stockland development and features 315 blocks on which you can build the home of your dreams. The family-sized blocks are surrounded by lush parklands and walking trails, with the natural beauty of rainforests and national parks also right on your doorstep.
A bustling country town minutes away from Hundred Hills, Murwillumbah offers all of the amenities you will ever need, including primary and secondary schools, medical centres, recreational spaces and other community facilities.
Oran Park Town, NSW:
Looking for a new spot to call home in the greater Sydney region that’s affordable, family-friendly, offers a relaxed, modern lifestyle, and boasts an abundance of contemporary amenities? If these qualities piqué your interest, then look no further than Oran Park Town, a new community development by Landcom in partnership with Greenfields Development Company that offers all this and more.
Located approximately 60 kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD, Oran Park Town is on the site of the old Oran Park Raceway in south-west Sydney. Once completed, the 1119-hectare project will accommodate more than 7540 new dwellings and be home to approximately 22,000 residents, making this tranquil and leafy town the biggest residential development that Sydney has seen in the past 10 years.
Molonglo Valley, ACT:
One of Canberra’s newest and largest residential communities, Molonglo Valley brings together the very best of city and regional living in one appealing package.
The first of 13 new suburbs to be developed in the region, Wright is named after Judith Wright, an Australian poet and conservationist, and situated near the shops, community facilities and infrastructure of Weston Creek. Coombs is Molonglo Valley’s second suburb and will boast the area’s first neighbourhood hub, as well as retail outlets, a school and other community amenities.
Surrounded by beautiful natural attractions, such as the Molonglo River and Stromlo Forest Park, Molonglo Valley has been meticulously planned to make the most of the environment and provide plenty of large, open recreational spaces. Wright and Coombs are also Canberra’s first certified EnvironDevelopment projects, which highlights the development’s commitment to promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
Birtinya Island, QLD:
Set in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is Birtinya Island. This growing residential development by Stockland is only moments away from Mooloolaba’s beautiful beaches and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Caloundra. The island paradise also connects to Kanawa, which will eventually be home to a vibrant town centre with shops, eateries and entertainment hotspots. A new medical and hospital precinct is also planned for the area, with construction due to get underway in 2013. These developments will provide plenty of employment opportunities for Birtinya Island residents and those in surrounding areas.
Building on Birtinya Island will allow your home to be built in a unique and private community, where you and your family can enjoy a wide array of recreational activities. A haven for those who love the outdoors and coastal living, the beautiful island location boasts 40 hectares of lakeside walking trails and bike trails and is just a five-minute walk to Bokarina Beach.
Yarrabilba is an exciting residential development by Delfin Lend Lease that’s situated on a 2014-hectare site in Logan City. More than 16,000 dwellings will eventually be built in Yarrabilba, accommodating approximately 40,000 residents who will call the area home. Construction is due to get underway on the Delfin Lend Lease development this year.
Located 35 minutes south of Brisbane’s CBD, Yarrabilba will have a bustling town centre, neighbourhood hubs, community facilities and several education institutions for young and old once complete, catering to the needs of those who settle in the area. There will also be plenty of employment and business opportunities with business precincts, light industry and commercial office spaces planned for the area, which is ideal for new residents who wish to work close to home.
Building your dream home in Yarrabilba will open many opportunities for you and your family, such as creating a happy and healthy lifestyle with its many parks and recreational spaces.
Ripley Valley, QLD:
Ripley Valley is located approximately five kilometres south-west of Ipswich and 35 kilometres away from Brisbane’s CBD. Construction is due to start this year and it’s expected the region will accommodate approximately 50,000 homes and more than 120,000 people by 2030.
With numerous business and industrial parks, as well as health, education and other community facilities, in the pipeline, it’s estimated that Ripley Valley will support 200,000 new jobs, which is great news for those who are thinking about building their new home in the district. Retail and entertainment attractions, along with the Valley’s beautiful natural surroundings and planned leisure areas, will ensure residents can enjoy a life/work balance.
Looking to the future, a fast bus system linking Ripley Valley with Ipswich is being considered for the area. Residents can also enjoy an easy drive to the Ipswich CBD and Springfield thanks to the Centenary Highway, which runs through the valley.
Forest Gardens, QLD:
With spectacular views of the city and neighbouring rainforest, who wouldn’t want to call Forest Gardens home? Situated in Mt Sheridan, this lush, family-friendly location from Delfin Lend Lease is within an easy distance of the Cairns CBD, where you can explore shopping centres, restaurants and, of course, Cairns’ vibrant nightlife. For those who don’t wish to stray too far from home, Forest Garden’s bustling retail and professional precinct is sure to meet your every need.
Whether your children are about to start primary school or are graduating to secondary school, you’ll be pleased with the choice of schools in Forest Gardens. There are numerous public and private schools in and around the area catering for students of all ages, as well as several childcare centres.
Woodvale is a lush, peaceful community development by Devine Limited, which is nestled in Burpengary, Moreton Bay. Families will love calling this beautiful location home, which is situated a convenient 35 minutes north of the Brisbane CBD and less than an hour from the Sunshine Coast.
With a wide array of retail, commercial, educational and transport facilities located nearby, Woodvale residents won’t have to travel far to work, rest and play. New infrastructure has also been built or is currently underway to support Woodvale residents, including an upgrade of the Bruce Highway and the construction of the Moreton Bay Rail Link. These developments will ensure the growing area is well connected to other bustling town centres nearby.
With four large parks, extensive walking trails and beautiful, green open spaces, families who enjoy spending time together outside in the fresh air will love their new peaceful lifestyle at Woodvale.
Eden Brook, VIC:
If you’re after a cosmopolitan lifestyle, have a love of the great outdoors and want to escape the daily grind of city living, then consider Devine Limited’s Eden Brook estate as the perfect spot to build your new home.
Located just a hop, skip and jump away from the bustling Pakenham city centre and only a 45-minute drive from the heart of Melbourne, Eden Brook offers everything a growing family needs. Schools, shops, recreational facilities and other community amenities are all located within an easy distance of the estate. Public transport, public and private hospitals and the Berwick campus of Monash University are also close by.
Big, open spaces and unspoilt natural attractions also surround Eden Brook, creating a pocket of paradise where people can rest and relax until the working week rolls around again.
Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too and that’s certainly the case for those who chose Lyndarum as the setting for their new home. Located in Melbourne’s growing north, Lyndarum is a beautiful new AVJennings community development that offers the vibrant atmosphere and luxuries that come with city living combined with the charm and relaxed vibe of a small regional town.
Lyndarum’s bustling town centre is at the heart of the community and boasts a large grocery store along with chic cafes and specialty retail stores. Your children can also walk to school, with Epping Views Primary school nestled in a central location within the estate. A community centre and childcare facilities are also on the cards for the area.
Dream of a home surrounded by parks, leafy streets and natural reserves? You will find all this and more at Lyndarum, where over one quarter of the estate is dedicated to parklands and other natural attractions.
Drive 30 kilometres north of Melbourne and you’ll find Laurimar, a Delfin Lend Lease-planned community that provides a way of life that puts your family’s wellbeing and happiness first. Combining a pleasing blend of city and country living, work/life balance can be easily achieved by settling down and opting to build your dream home in this area. After all, with extensive parklands, a retail hub, health and other community facilities, an early learning centre and schools, plus plenty of business and employment opportunities, everything you could ever need is right at your fingertips, leaving you with more time to spend with your family.
If you love being active and getting out and about on the weekend, then you’re in luck: Laurimar boasts kilometres of inter-connected walking and cycling tracks that wind through the area. You’ll also find 35 hectares of parklands and gardens, as well as two large sporting fields and beautiful wetlands.
The Point, VIC:
Those who desire a more relaxed way of life along the coast are sure to be enchanted by The Point at Point Lonsdale, a new Stockland community located a little more than an hour south of Melbourne. Nestled among the undulating hills of the Bellarine Peninsula at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, The Point offers the promise of a tranquil, leisurely lifestyle, making it an ideal spot for younger families and those who wish to build away from the urban sprawl.
Once complete, The Point will eventually accommodate numerous leisure and recreational areas, including 86 hectares of wetlands, conservations, parks, boardwalks and cycling trails. A multipurpose activity and meeting centre, as well as play areas, picnic shelters, a convenience store and a retirement village and aged care facility will also be constructed to cater to the needs of residents.
Point Lonsdale beach is a short drive away from The Point, as is the bustling town centre, historic Point Lonsdale lighthouse and the nearby resort town of Queenscliff.
A new community development by Mirvac, Harcrest is a contemporary, community-minded estate that offers young families building their first home to those looking downsize an ideal spot in which to settle.
Situated in Wantirna South, the Dandenong Ranges provide a spectacular backdrop to Harcrest. The community has been carefully planned to embrace with the surrounding landscape in mind and, as a result, the area not only embraces the natural environment, but also promotes sustainable living. Harcrest boasts 6.8 hectares of open space, pristine landscaped gardens and a proposed Community Garden. The development will also soon accommodate a shopping village.
There is a number of different options for those who wish to build at Harcrest. A pleasing selection of house and land packages are available through Metricon and Porter Davis, but land is available to purchase if you would prefer to find a builder to construct your dream abode within the estate. Whether you require a compact block or a generous parcel of land, you’re bound to find a block to suit your needs, lifestyle and budget.