There will be four stages, with 26 homes in total. Stage 1 will be complete by late September 2019 Stages 3 and 4 will probably be combined into a single stage.
Depending on customer interest, at least one stage per year. Stage 1 will be completed by late September 2019.
Under the contract of sale, a deposit will be paid upon signing the contract (which will be 10% of the purchase price). The balance is to be paid at settlement when the house is completed and the plan of subdivision for the development has been registered. There are no stage payments and the deposit will be retained in a trust account and refunded if the purchaser has a right to terminate the contract (for example, if the plan of subdivision is not registered within the agreed time).
The rates and the insurance for the common property, such as the community centre, will be included in the annual body corporate fee. Although we don’t have a precise amount for the annual Owners Corporation fee at this stage however we estimate it will be around $1,000 per household. The rates and insurance for your private freehold are your responsibility and additional to those for the common property.
Yes, each private house will have its own water rates, as well as council rates.
Houses have freehold titles. There is no penalty to sell at any time.
No, homes do not need to be owner-occupied. Homes have freehold titles. Therefore people can do what they want with their own property as long as they follow the Owners Corporation rules.
At this stage we are only considering double storey homes.
Yes. At this stage, we are proposing that pets be will allowed as long as they are kept on people’s private land and not allowed to roam on the shared spaces, unless on a lead. Also, cats will need to be kept inside or in an enclosure.
There have been no difficulties. The Council has been very supportive. The planning application was reviewed and approved by Mount Alexander Shire in November 2017. The notification of the planning approval was received in January 2018.
No, we will not have a central car park at The Paddock. That’s because car parking will be located around the perimeter of the development in order to make cars less dominant. The centre of the development will be completely car-free and dedicated to food growing, gardens and recreation spaces.
You have the right to one covered carpark/carport per dwelling
We are planning to instal one electric charging station for cars. Depending at what time vehicles are charged, they will use either solar or grid power. If residents express interest in more charging points for cars, these could be added.
Seventy percent of all the properties will be suitable for wheelchair access on either the road side or the garden side. Approximately three houses could have wheelchair access from both the the garden and the access road. In addition, all the 2 storey dwellings could be adapted so that the main living quarters, bedrooms, bathroom and toilet are downstairs.
We are proposing a structure where decisions are made by majority vote at the general assembly. The general assembly is made of all property owners. Decisions are then implemented by a body corporate agent with the involvement of a committee. The committee is a group of volunteer owners who want a deeper involvement with the body corporate agent.
Yes, you can have a washing machine and/or dryer in your home.
Houses will be thermally and acoustically insulated well above regulation expectations.
It is an average since all houses have different orientations and will each differ slightly.
The kitchen design will be discussed and adapted to each household's personal requirements. Regarding appliances, we propose a cooktop, rangehood and oven (all-electric). Appliances can be upgraded if necessary, at additional cost.
Yes, we have considered solar hot water but have decided that heat pumps are a preferable solution for The Paddock because:
Yes, you can have a private clothes line in your garden if you wish. We are also currently exploring options for a shared drying space as part of the shared laundry.
This will be decided during the design development stage of the project.
All private gardens can have their own worm farms with each household being responsible for its own organic waste. Larger scale green waste composting for the agricultural zone will also be provided.