Purchasers look for these 5 things when choosing a new community

With so much choice available for those looking to buy their dream home in Melbourne’s growth suburbs, selecting the right community for your family’s needs can be daunting.

To help, we’ve put together the top 5 things to look for when searching for the right community that ticks all the boxes.

1. Parks and open space

In order to enjoy a healthy, happy lifestyle, it’s important to have access to ample parks and open space. Ideally, your home should be within walking distance to at least one active space (say, a sporting field, playground or running/walking track etc.) and one passive space (wetlands, landscaped reserve). This will ensure your family can enjoy a range of leisure activities such as walks with the dogs, jogs, sporting activities, all within an easy stroll from home.

In Melbourne’s north-west at the new Olivia community, almost one fifth of the masterplan will be set aside for multiple playing fields, parks and open space, offering the perfect mix of leisure and lifestyle activities.

2. Accessibility to amenity

Many new communities are located in key growth suburbs where there is a substantial dedication to planned amenity. While these blueprints will play an important role in shaping new suburbs as they grow and establish, in the short-term, it’s important that residents can have their everyday needs serviced by existing amenities nearby.

Purchasers should ideally look for a community that’s within a 10 minute drive of vital everyday amenity like a supermarket, petrol station, medical facilities and appropriate schools or childcare services.

3. Unique Features

With so much choice available for purchasers, sometimes it can be hard to weigh up the differences between one new community to the next. That’s why it helps to assess what unique features your preferred community will offer. Perhaps it’s a unique design feature, a wetlands precinct, or maybe a sporting facility on-site? At Olivia, the developer Marantali has focused on an incredible adventure playground as its centrepiece, complete with innovative play zones for all ages, fun activity-based areas, incredible landscaping and barbeque facilities for family get-togethers and birthdays.

The developer has also chosen to preserve the natural character of the land by retaining a significant number of olive trees in order to repurpose them throughout the community’s streetscapes and open space for the next generation to enjoy.

4. The developer’s commitment to quality

Behind every good community is a developer who’s committed to quality and innovation. It always pays to research the developer and get accustomed to their values and previous projects. Do they go the extra mile to create a lasting lifestyle for residents?

At Olivia, developer Marantali is committed to ensuring the streetscapes and surroundings are landscaped to the highest quality, by offering free front landscaping for every home. This will ensure the community remains premium in nature, thus preserving and adding value for years to come.

5. Connectivity to the CBD

Melbourne’s growth suburbs offer a fantastic opportunity to access affordable land on which to build a dream home that’s perfectly suited to your needs. While many growth suburbs will provide land options under $200,000, not all areas are created equal. Due to sustained growth in Melbourne’s south-east and the number of existing suburbs already populating the north, new land in these regions are typically 40 – 50km from the CBD. However new land in Melbourne’s north-west is relatively close to the CBD, with new developments located as close as 30km from the CBD, offering an excellent location for those who commute into the city daily for work.

Olivia is set to launch to the public in the coming weeks, and will feature lots sized from 263sqm – 523sqm.

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