Good response to Evans Park open day

THE developer of Ararat’s newest housing subdivision Evans Park was pleased with the response to an open day at the estate.

Developer Paul Thomson said around 60 people, from first home owners through to families and retirees, took advantage of the first open day at the estate to view the layout, blocks and open homes.

The $7 million 76 lot subdivision will be developed in stages, with stage one to comprise 34 lots ranging in size from 320 square metres to about 820 square metres, and eventually around three hectares of nature reserves and community open space with walking paths and seating. The second and third stage will be built on demand

Mr Thomson said there was an excellent response to the first ever open day and with four houses already built or under construction on the estate, people were keen to view the layout and block size.

“Everyone was really satisfied and interested in the estate,” he said.

“This is something that has not happened in Ararat for such a long time.

“In relation to the lots, many wanted to know what the prices are, what the sizes are, some have been driving around before and are quite familiar with the estate while others visited for the first time.”

Elders Real Estate held an open house as part of the opening of the estate and said there was outstanding support cross the whole open day.

“Everyone commented on the quality of the build, the house on sale, the size of the blocks,” he said.

“Most people are probably a little apprehensive until they see a few houses go up, and that has now settled the nerves.”

Throughout the day Mr Todd said he received many positive comments.

“Comments included that it was ‘better than first thought’ – people in Ararat are a bit reluctant to buy off the plan, but now they’ve seen the finished product with the good build and good layout.”

Sales manager for Hotondo Homes Joel Spence was also kept busy with many enquiries throughout the day.

“It was good to see the community so interested in Evans Park and certainly to the people we were speaking to they had been keeping an eye on Evans Park, but this was the first opportunity they had to come and talk to people about it on the actual grounds,” he said.

“The response was good, it very encouraging for Evans Park and the local economy.

“We got a lot of positive comments, there was a mixture of people in the area, I spoke to investors, I spoke to first home owners, I spoke to retirees and I spoke to families, so every buyer type was there and the way Evans Park is set up I was able to point them to different blocks.

“They were able to see the way Evans Park has been set out to suit those different types, so there’s something there for everyone.

“Out of all the people I spoke to we have had a few show very strong interest.”

Mr Spence said the amount of people who attended the open day was double what he expected, which showed that people were interested.

He said having a number of houses built or under construction on the estate also enabled people to see the size of the blocks.

“They can still have their shed, they can fit their caravan there, they’ve got enough room in the back yard for kids to play in. It put a lot of people’s minds at ease that that was definitely possible,” he said.

“It’s hard to imagine it seeing vacant land but once you’ve got a few houses popping up, you see where fencing goes, people are a lot more responsive to that.”

Evans Park is located two kilometres from the town centre on the Western Highway towards Stawell, with views to Langi Ghiran and One Tree Hill.

Evans Park has been designed as a Master Plan community development in line with the latest urban design legislation.

Future stages include a detailed landscaped masterplan and nature reserve to the north and to the west of the current stage.

All stage one lots are currently serviced with underground gas, power, water and sewer as well as being cabled for Telstra NBN.

“It’s a couple of minutes out of town but still close enough to run the kids into basketball or tennis or cricket and things like that and to go shopping its only a quick drive to the shops, it’s probably the same from driving from the other end of Picnic Road or Gordon Street,” Mr Spence said.

“All the services are there, and the fact it’s NBN ready is a bonus for lot of people, especially if you’re going to be running a home business.”

Another open day will be held at Evans Park in the near future.

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