Buying an established home was only briefly an option for Kristy Lewis and Jay Stacey.
The couple were renting in Chadstone and ready to buy their own house, but it quickly became apparent that building represented better value.
“We had a look at established houses but we didn’t want go through an auction, where you don’t know if you’re going to get it, and also you don’t know what you’re getting, so we decided to build, where it’s pretty much a fixed price,” Kirsty said.
“It’s just more affordable to build. When you buy established you get something smaller for your money and you have the cost of maintenance.”
The pair built a four-bedroom, two-living area home in Berwick Waters, a development by Frasers Property Australia and Mondous Property Australia. They were the first family to move into their street two-and-a-half years ago, but are now surrounded by neighbours, parks and wetlands.
“There’s lots of space and it’s a lovely neighbourhood because everybody here is like-minded,” Kristy said.
“The wetlands were a huge drawcard for us, as well as it being more secluded and private than other estates. Some of the estates we looked at were on a main road.”
Since moving into Berwick Waters the couple have had their first child, Jack, who turned one in July.
The family are regular visitors to Berwick Waters’ expansive wetlands with its walking paths and bridges, and are particular fans of the area’s playgrounds.
“We have a very good park within walking distance with lots of open space,” Kristy said.
“There are built-in trampolines for the little kids, a flying fox, sandpit and the usual swings and slides.”
Kristy works as Registered Nurse in Doveton, less than 20-minutes drive from Berwick Waters, while Jay commutes to Moorabbin for work. The pair are among many residents who live and work in the area, as opposed to commuting to the Melbourne CBD.
The last census (2011) revealed almost 60 per cent of people who worked within the City of Casey also lived there.
The Berwick Waters sales office is at 5 Riverstone Boulevard, Clyde North, with display homes on Flowerbloom Crescent.
|Address||Berwick Waters office, 5 Riverstone Boulevard|
|Contact agent||Berwick Waters, a development by Frasers Property Australia and Mondous Property Australia|