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There’s some­thing about walk­ing through your po­ten­tial dream home that makes all the dif­fer­ence to the de­ci­sion process. Started in 1986 by a co-op­er­a­tive of builders, HomeWorld is still the place where would-be home­own­ers go to see a large va­ri­ety home de­signs in one place.

Unique to NSW, it now has three sites and 210 new homes on dis­play from 40 builders.

CEO Phil Jones (pic­tured top) says visi­tors to HomeWorld are look­ing for va­ri­ety and with so many homes by dif­fer­ent builders on dis­play, buy­ers have plenty to choose from.

“There’s a great vari­a­tion of com­peti­tors and we of­fer houses from first home­buyer right through to multi-mil­lion dol­lar lux­ury homes,” he says. “It’s like a shop­ping cen­tre — it’s a very sim­ple for­mula.

“You’re go­ing to a vil­lage where you can walk from com­pany to com­pany, they’re all along­side each other.”

Rate of re­turn

Phil says HomeWorld visi­tors tend to pay re­turn vis­its as they make de­ci­sions about the home and builder they want to se­lect.

“Peo­ple come here for a day out,” he says. “They want to look at the dec­o­rat­ing and the land­scap­ing. Up to 4000 cars a week can go through here.”

Con­sumer change

Phil says the pref­er­ences of home­buy­ers have changed over the years and the builders at HomeWorld con­tinue to re­spond to that.

“The con­sumer th­ese days is not like the Baby Boomer buy­ers who wanted more bed­rooms and more bath­rooms,” he says.

“Baby Boomers went from three to four bed­rooms and dou­ble garages to triple garages and they went from four bed­room to five bed­room and a rum­pus room.”

Phil says the next gen­er­a­tion want to see func­tional liv­ing spa­ces to suit their chang­ing life­styles, in­clud­ing du­plexes and the wider va­ri­ety of hous­ing de­signs.

“HomeWorld now re­ceives a lot of in­quiry for du­plexes and granny flats and stu­dios,” he says. “We are look­ing to cre­ate them, but th­ese things are sub­ject to lo­cal govern­ment ap­proval.”

Build­ing a fu­ture

While there are cur­rently three HomeWorld sites — at Kel­lyville, Cam­den North (Gledswood Hills) and Thorn­ton at Mait­land — they will even­tu­ally be shut down and the houses sold off as de­signs are up­dated and new dis­play vil­lages ap­pear.

New HomeWorld sites are al­ready planned for the fu­ture, in­clud­ing at Box Hill in the north­west, at Cam­den and at Warn­er­vale on the Cen­tral Coast.

“We’re build­ing our next one for Cam­den, which is hope­fully com­menc­ing in the mid­dle of next year,” Phil says.

“That will be 60 houses and it will reg­is­ter this month (in Novem­ber) and then houses will start be­ing built.

“There will also be a new dis­play vil­lage at Box Hill in the north­west.”

Con­struc­tion on the HomeWorld at Warn­er­vale will start in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Phil be­lieves that while many Syd­neysiders live in apart­ments, the over­rid­ing pref­er­ence is still a house with a back­yard.

“There are a lot of units but peo­ple would much pre­fer to have a back­yard rather than a bal­cony,” he says.

HomeWorld North Kel­lyville show­cases dozens of dis­play homes from a wide va­ri­ety of builders.

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