THE BEST GUIDE TO BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME
Young first homebuyers, I have two words for you: turn key. Make that six words: turn key house and land package. So what is that? It’s a house and property package where everything is done, literally, and it’s move-in ready. It usually comes with a fixed price, there are no surprises, is a great option for those on a tight budget and it saves time by shortening the building process. As a result it’s a popular choice with first homebuyers.
Turn key means all internal finishes, external fencing, stormwater disposal, pathways, driveway and landscaping is done, and all you need to do is get the keys and move in your furniture. Just like a rental, except you own it.
If that sounds appealing – and you don’t want to have deal with all the decisions that can come with building a home – this could be the answer.
One extremely cool, cute turn key option that may suit is the Piccolo by Rendition Group brand Samata Homes, which starts at $292,695 for the home and land package.
Like the coffee it’s named after, this single storey two-bedroom design will hit the spot if you’re in the market from something that’s in between an apartment and a small home. Low maintenance but with that extra bit of space both inside and outdoors, and enough room for a car in the driveway and a single car garage, it’s an easy step from the rental you may be been living in.
On display at Mt Barker’s Aston Hills development, the Piccolo has been designed to stand out from the crowd and make a bold statement. Finished in Scyon Matrix panels in various green tones, the square-set facade reminds me of a Rubix cube with an upside down L-shape panel of windows.
It’s innovative and unlike other homes, and that’s the point with this as it’s pitched at young singles or couples, says Rendition Group’s marketing manager David Fazzalari.
“I love the front facade, it sets a tone for the whole house before you even walk through the front door. And that’s just the beginning,” he says.
“Our experienced team of designers have created a home that is both affordable and exciting at the same time. Our plan was always to create something highly distinctive and undeniably special because small still deserves to be cool.
“At 125sqm (total size) this is a new generation home for a new generation of homeowners. It bridges the gap between the freestanding home and the apartment – home and land with all the finishes and quality you expect from a new home at the cost of a previously-owned apartment.”
It has been designed at 7.5m wide for good reason, both to keep it affordable and suit the target market, and while it may sound slim, when you walk indoors this is one of those designs that feels bigger than it sounds.
The entry hall is minimal but you immediately notice the high 2.7m ceilings, which make a big impact, and there’s a series of rooms right in front of you. A small study, which faces the street, is big enough to be a solid home office, and has been cleverly designed with high and side windows to maximise the wall space for furniture placement.
A compact bathroom is well-designed with a long shower recess and double basins, so there’s no need to miss out on today’s luxuries either.
Bedroom one is midway along the design and, considering one side wall is set on the boundary, there’s still a considerable amount of light entering through the long rear-facing window, which again has been carefully considered. Its size is reasonable for the size of this home, and it and the second bedroom, which is opposite, both come standard with built-in wardrobes. It, too, has a rear-facing source of light and also sits on the boundary directly behind the single car garage.
From here you pass the separate laundry with a second toilet option, before the Piccolo opens to the living zone, incorporating a streamlined L-shaped kitchen and adjacent dining area.
It’s here we looked towards the front of the home and then out to the rear yard, and both my partner and I commented on its decent size and simple and uncluttered layout.
With windows on two sides, and sliding doors opening up the rear, the living zone has more space than the average apartment. “The home has been maximised to provide a space perfect for living and entertaining,” David says.
“The showpiece of the home is the inside/ outside living, with an open plan kitchen flowing through to the internal living area and into the garden, perfect for barbecues.”
The rear yard (landscaping comes finished in the fixed price) adds that all-important extra space for entertaining or just relaxing in the sunlight, and it’s also great if you have pets.
But going back to the front, if the facade on display isn’t to your liking – I personally like its striking look – there are a multitude of facade options available including brick and render, and other distinctive designs and window configurations, at a variety of price points.
“Internally, to make life easy, we have Modello Studio, our in-house designers, who can create several co-ordinated options for you to select from, including all internal elements you need to consider. I’m sure there is one to suit you, but if not we’ll customise at your request,” David says.
For those wanting something a little bigger on a similar footprint block, you will also find a threebedroom, two-storey alternative next door, the Grande, at the Aston Hills display village.
“Our plan was always to create something highly distinctive and undeniably special because small still deserves to be cool.”