Track life a win for fam­ily

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Mel­bourne Cup fan Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their young sons moved into Mir­vac’s As­cot Green de­vel­op­ment’s first stage, As­cot House, in July.

Mr Nielsen said ini­tially he wasn’t sure he and the fam­ily would be able to em­brace the apart­ment life­style.

“Ini­tially, I was 50/50, I had a foot ei­ther side,” he said.

“We still owned a house, but we bought the unit and I gave my wife the op­tion to move in and she jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

“I had reser­va­tions when we let our house and I hadn’t agreed to a lease with any­one and when we moved in I re­ally did see the ben­e­fits.”

“I only re­alised then how much your house ac­tu­ally en­cum­bers you.”

Mr Nielsen said when the fam­ily had lived in their five-bed­room house, Hunter, 8, and Archie, 5, shared a bed­room, as they con­tinue to do in the three-bed­room apart­ment.

“I’ve made them bunk up to­gether … just so they could learn to share,” he said. “It teaches them im­por­tant skills.”

Mr Nielsen said while the race­course wasn’t run­ning races for this year’s Mel­bourne Cup event, if it was they would have a great view from their apart­ment.

“I al­ways at­tend Mel­bourne Cup events in Bris­bane. I am not an ev­ery week­end punter, but I cer­tainly go to all the ma­jor events,” he said.

“We were very lucky, we reg­is­tered in­ter­est to buy the unit, when it first went pub­lic.

“When we moved into the area nearly 20 years ago, we knew of the de­vel­op­ment, and I said to my wife that we’d al­ways buy a unit there, re­gard­less.”

Mr Nielsen said at the time he pur­chased he was able to se­cure a unit with the view he wanted, which was a win­ning post view with the main straight.

“We bought it straight away.”

He said since mov­ing in, they had ce­mented them­selves with the lo­cal com­mu­nity through the use of lo­cal com­mu­nal spa­ces.

“The de­vel­op­ment has a very spa­cious rooftop ter­race with a large pool, and then we have the use of … a large grass area run­ning against the race­course, and the Bris­bane Rac­ing Club has gen­er­ously let us use the ar­eas around the race­course.

“There is still some very big park­land ar­eas and I can spend more time there out­side kick­ing a foot­ball and there are more ar­eas to do it.

“Whereas in a back­yard on a 600sq m block, if you kick the ball hard enough it will be over the neigh­bour’s fence, but now I can kick and throw as I go and the boys can go chase it.”

Mir­vac Queens­land res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment gen­eral man­ager War­wick Bible said As­cot Green was geared towards owner-oc­cu­piers.

“They are seek­ing gen­er­ous floor­plans, ex­tralarge bal­conies and open out­looks, mak­ing

As­cot House in­cred­i­bly at­trac­tive,” Mr Bible said. “As­cot House res­i­dents will ... ben­e­fit from the amaz­ing life­style ameni­ties on their doorstep in­clud­ing the restau­rant-lined Race­course Rd.”

With the Mel­bourne Cup on Tues­day,

HOME spoke to a long-time As­cot res­i­dent about his de­ci­sion to buy into one of the race­course sub­urb’s new­est apart­ment com­mu­ni­ties

“I only re­alised then how much your house ac­tu­ally en­cum­bers you” - unit owner Damien Nielsen

As­cot Green is part of the over­all $1.2 bil­lion Ea­gle Farm mas­ter­plan. The first stage con­sists of As­cot House, which of­fers res­i­dents an 800sq m roof ter­race and el­e­vated pool deck over­look­ing the race­track. Res­i­dents Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their sons Hunter and Archie (be­low right)

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