Sandra Lewis is pretty excited.
And rightly so – last week the Margaret River resident was on site at the new Margaret River Lifestyle Village to see the very first home delivered ahead of the planned display village opening. Ms Lewis was the first person to secure a residence in the development, which sits between Margaret River townsite and Rosa Brook Road.
“I am thrilled, so thrilled,” she told the Mail as the house arrived in two sections on the back of trucks piloted through the region to the site.
“I heard about the village through a friend while I was on holiday in Queensland and I was so excited I was on the website and looking at all the information straight away.”
It did not take long for the bubbly piano teacher to meet Village Manager Adan Nicholson and to fall in love with one of the seven home designs available on site.
“I love everything about the village, and I cannot wait to move in,” she said as she took a special tour through the construction site to the location of her new home.
“Adan and the team have been incredibly helpful the entire way along, and that has been a really important thing for me as I make these decisions – I sent off a big list of questions soon after deciding to purchase a home and expected it would take a while to answer them all.
“A couple of hours later I had answers to everything, they are just amazing.”
Mr Nicholson said Ms Lewis’ experience was typical of what buyers could expect in the development process.
“One of the things we pride ourselves on is a very personal approach to each home with attention to detail specific to the residents,” he said.
“For example we are working with Sandra to provide some solutions within her selected design that will help with her plan to continue piano lessons in her new home.
“Unlike some other villages where the member only leases the house, here they own the house and lease the land, so the owner can sell the house and decorate any way they want.”
The first 6 homes of the planned 91 lot development are under contract and the first display home is expected to open for viewing from the first week of November.
A purpose-built clubhouse will be one of the first buildings constructed on site, using materials up-cycled from the development such as timber from cleared trees.
“There will be things like coffee roasting and grinding, winemaking, and craft brewing all done on site by the members of the village,” Mr Nicholson said.
We have selected activities and produce from the region and will be partnering with local businesses to establish these as the village takes shape.”
A focus on maintaining the natural environment is what sold Ms Lewis on the development.
“The trees! The trees!”
“I live in Riverslea currently and was devastated to see the bush wiped out with the final stage of that development,” she said.
“I wanted to move to a smaller home that doesn’t require so much of my time or energy to look after, but I also wanted to maintain that sense of living within the trees and the birds.
“It’s the best of both worlds, I’m right up the road to town and very close for my students to take lessons but I am also not missing out on the real beauty of living in Margaret River.”
An information session will be held in coming weeks for interested residents – for more information contact Adan on 0418 940 450 or follow the new Margaret River Lifestyle Village Facebook page for updates.