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Farmer and gra­zier Rus­sell Reed and his fam­ily have a long his­tory with the Bris­bane Rac­ing Club.

So it was only nat­u­ral that when the As­cot Green de­vel­op­ment was launched, an apart­ment over­look­ing the straight and the win­ning post would be his “down­sizer’s dream” come true.

“The whole fam­ily is into the rac­ing scene,” Mr Reed said.

“We can watch a race from our bal­cony if we want to.”

Mr Reed and his wife Janette ‘Jenny’ Reed bought their three-bed­room apart­ment offthe-plan af­ter de­cid­ing it was time to “scale down” from their larger home. When they were pre­sented with the op­tion to pur­chase the so­lar up­grade, they jumped at the chance.

“We are like the guinea pigs for what might be the fu­ture of apart­ment living,” Mr Reed laughed, liken­ing him­self to a “pioneer”.

“But with the ris­ing cost of elec­tric­ity and gas, we were grate­ful to be of­fered the op­tion as it is lim­ited,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one is look­ing for ways to save money and I just can’t see how prices will drop un­less the gov­ern­ment puts money in to more coal-fired power sta­tions.”

The cou­ple hopes to move in to the apart­ment mid-next year.

Mr Reed said they may be down­siz­ing but he would never hang up his Akubra.

“The farm at Kin­garoy has been in the fam­ily for over 120 years,” he said.

“It is a very dear and nec­es­sary part of our lives.

“We will just have the best of both worlds – ru­ral life and the city, with the kids close by.”

Mir­vac's As­cot Green res­i­den­tial apart­ment project over­looks Ea­gle Farm Race­course. The project will trial so­lar power to some res­i­dents.

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