ES­TATES AIM FOR A SENSE OF COM­MU­NITY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

monly sold land in the Perth metro area mea­sured 700sq m in 1985, com­pared to the 375sq m site that rep­re­sents more than 60 per cent of to­day’s sales.

The most pop­u­lar ar­eas to buy in three decades ago were Leem­ing, Bull Creek and Mur­doch in Perth’s south and Dun­craig, Marangaroo, Bal­la­jura, Alexan­der Heights, Kings­ley and Wood­vale in the north. To­day, the com­pany recorded the most sales at El­len­brook in Perth’s north-east and Heron Park in the south-eastern sub­urb of Har­ris­dale.

Mr Sat­ter­ley said land prices had also un­der­gone a dra­matic change in the past 30 years.

“In 1985, the prices of home sites were be­tween ap­prox­i­mately $19,500 and $29,500; to­day the price of home sites are on av­er­age priced around $250,000.”

He said the mar­ket pro­vided a wider va­ri­ety of op­tions so buy­ers could find a home site suit­ing their in­di­vid­ual needs and lifestyle.

PROM­I­NENT Perth prop­erty devel­oper Nigel Sat­ter­ley says hous­ing es­tates have more public open space than 30 years ago to re­flect the in­crease in West Aus­tralians’ ac­tive lifestyles.

The Sat­ter­ley Prop­erty Group chief ex­ec­u­tive said the com­pany’s residential land de­vel­op­ments were now more com­mu­nity fo­cused.

“Peo­ple to­day want ac­cess to a healthy out­door lifestyle, which is why our es­tates are fo­cused on pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to the great out­doors and walk­a­ble neigh­bour­hoods with a real sense of com­mu­nity,” Mr Sat­ter­ley said.

He said the com­pany started de­vel­op­ing neigh­bour­hood parks in 1985, which were not a com­mon fea­ture in land de­vel­op­ment at the time but had since be­come a ne­ces­sity.

About 25 per cent of to­day’s es­tates com­prised public open space, in­clud­ing land­scaped fam­ily parks, re­tained bush land and con­ser­va­tion ar­eas.

“In re­sponse to de­mand from home buy­ers over the last 30 years, we changed our fo­cus to start de­vel­op­ing at­trac­tive and live­able fam­ily com­mu­ni­ties with friendly neigh­bour­hoods.

“Our master-planned com­mu­ni­ties are now de­vel­oped with a blue­print to cater to the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of res­i­dents and to re­spond to the de­mands of mod­ern life.”

Sat­ter­ley has also ob­served a grow­ing de­mand for smaller sized blocks, re­port­ing the most com-

Nigel Sat­ter­ley.

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