As published in the West Australian on 11 March 2017.
Proximity to a range of community facilities has been key to the success of the Donatti Retreat land release at Taylor Private Estate in Caversham.
Most of the home sites in the quiet Donatti Retreat cul-de-sac are already sold, and titles are now available.
The lots in Stage 13A of the estate are close to the Caversham Village Shopping Centre which opened in April 2016 as the first stage of a wider village centre precinct.
Taylor Private Estate Development Manager Taylor Conway said the Village Centre would expand to include medical facilities, a gym, a child-care centre and community and sporting facilities.
“One of the challenges for any homebuyer looking at a new residential estate is understanding that key facilities and infrastructure may not be available straight away,” Mr Conway said.
“At Taylor Private Estate, new buyers are recognising that the community has matured to a stage where facilities, such as the Caversham Village Shopping Centre, are already open.
“Many key roads have been upgraded so that access to Reid Highway and the wider road network is easily available, with improved convenience for drivers.
“The local child-care centre is nearing completion and will be open in a few months.”
Mr Conway said work was also advanced on the multi-million dollar, architect-designed Caversham Community Centre, which would include club rooms, a kiosk, meeting spaces and other facilities. The centre would open to a major playing field – the William Henry Oval – which is due to be completed in early May.
“The William Henry Oval will provide active sport and informal play areas, while retaining and landscaping a linear stream that runs through the area,” he said.
Selling agent Darren Meakins said the new lots were the closest to the amenities offered for sale to date, and had proven popular with buyers and builders.
“The land release is just across from where residents will be able to take in the landscaped setting while watching their children’s sport,” Mr Meakins said.
“The area is maturing into one of the best-serviced in the north-east corridor and, with the range of affordable sites suited to a variety of home designs, Stage 13A is expected to continue selling quickly.”
Homes at Taylor Private Estate must comply with design guidelines addressing aesthetic and sustainable design criteria.
“In conjunction with the focus on amenity, the design guidelines have helped to create well-presented homes and streetscapes that are impressive when you drive around – and this sets the estate apart from others,” Mr Meakins said.
Home sites in Donatti Retreat Stage 13A range from 290-455sqm and are priced from $250,000.
The Taylor Private Estate land sales office, at the corner of Arthur Street and Castella Drive, Caversham, is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-5pm.