The benefits
of buying
off-the-plan

Buying a house and land package has many benefits, particularly if you are a first home buyer. So, we have put together our top five benefits for buying off the plan:

1. Savings – no stamp duty on new builds
2. Convenient – we provide the house and land as a package which streamlines the build process
3. Fixed price – you know what your financial commitment will be
4. Management – leave the building management to us
5. Extra time to save – knowing there are future releases at Oaklands Green gives you extra time to save if you need it

At Oaklands Green we’ll be with you every step of the way.

We’ve also prepared a simple guide to the process of buying your house and land package at Oaklands Green.  You can download it here.





No stamp duty on new builds

The state government recently axed stamp duty on new builds for all South Australian first home buyers.

This means that first-home buyers in South Australia who build or buy a new home will get a $15,000 grant and avoid paying any stamp duty, regardless of the value of the home.The measures will apply to first-home buyers who purchase a new home, an off-the-plan apartment, a house and land package or vacant land to build a new home.

This is great news for anyone interested in making Oaklands Green home!



As always, at Oaklands Green we’re here to guide you through the buying process. Just email our Sales Director, Richard Joy on richard@oaklandsgreen.com.au to find out more.

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Top tips for first home buyers

If you’re about to buy your first home, there are a few things you should do to ensure the journey to home ownership is a smooth one.

To help you embark on this wonderful journey, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for first home buyers.   

 

1. Do your home loan research

 

Taking the time to learn the ins and outs of home loans will make you a smarter borrower and could land you a better mortgage.

 

Understanding home loan jargon and learning about everything from interest rates to the settlement process will give you confidence when applying for loans.

 

When it comes to researching home loans, don’t just go for the first home loan you find without comparing it to others on the market. Review what’s on offer from all banks including those that you don’t usually bank with.

 

But if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, a mortgage broker will be able to help you navigate the process. A mortgage broker can take a lot of pressure off you during the sometimes-stressful home buying experience. In addition to doing a lot of the hard work for you, they’re also on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the loan application process.

 

They also can speak to lenders on your behalf and find home loans that could be a good fit for you. And the best part – most mortgage brokers provide their services for free.

2. Give yourself plenty of time to save up a deposit (or make sure you have a deposit readily available)

 

You may already have access to your deposit but if not, your home loan deposit will likely be the largest expense you pay upfront when buying a house.

 

The amount you’ll ideally need to save for your deposit will be dependent on a variety of factors including the type of home you want to buy, its value and your finances.

 

The bigger your deposit, the smaller home loan you’ll require. The benefit of having a smaller home loan is that it’ll take less time to pay off, meaning you’ll pay less interest over the life of your loan.

 

At Oaklands Green, our Sales Directors can guide you through this part of the process.







3. Get your finances into shape

 

In addition to saving up a home loan deposit, it’s important to make sure your finances are in order. This means not only saving up for a deposit, but the many other home buying costs involved.

 

Lenders prefer to lend to borrowers who are financially stable. This means that they’ll comb through your financial records, including your bank statements and credit score.

 

In the months leading up to applying for a home loan, try to keep your expenses sensible so that the lender has no reason to hesitate in approving you.

 

Don’t forget to look at your credit report. You can check your credit file for free a couple of times per year and it’s a good idea to know what’s in your report before you apply for a loan.

 

Make sure there aren’t any inaccuracies and see whether you should be aiming to boost your credit score before you apply for any loans.

 

4. Get home loan pre-approval so you can buy with confidence

 

Home loan pre-approval is a formal indication from a lender that they are likely to approve you for a specified loan amount.

 

Mortgage pre-approval is conditional, so the lender could still choose to decline your formal loan application.

 

Pre-approval helps you get a realistic idea of your property budget. This way you don’t waste time on homes outside of your price range and can confidently submit offers on a house.

 

Borrowers with pre-approval are often seen more favourably by vendors as it suggests that the settlement process could be faster so this works in your favour when there is more than one party interested in the property.

 

First home buyer advice: If you’re not sure how to get your first home loan, an online borrowing calculator may be a good place to start – most financial institutions have these calculators.

 

Pre-approval is typically free and is limited to a period of between 3 and 6 months in most cases. However, many lenders will approve you for an extension if you request one before the end of this period and your financial circumstances haven’t changed.

 

5. Find out if you’re eligible for government buyer assistance schemes

 

Did you know that there are several government schemes aimed at helping first home buyers own property sooner?
Some of these schemes include:




As always, at Oaklands Green we’re here to guide you through the buying process. Just email our Sales Director, Richard Joy on richard@oaklandsgreen.com.au to find out more.

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Steel Works

As the slabs get poured at Oaklands Green, you’ll be seeing more and more blue steel frames going up. But why metal over the traditional timber?

 

The Perfect Storm

The building industry in South Australia is currently facing a bit of a dilemma. The unprecedented demand for new homes has naturally placed significant challenges on the availability of materials – along with a shortage of supply from overseas. And right in the middle of this high-demand and low-supply problem is timber.

While timber has traditionally been the lower-cost option for building the frames for homes, all that has now changed. Its lack of availability has increased the cost of the limited amount of timber that builders can currently get their hands on.

 

Fortune Through Necessity

The good news is, steel frames are back – actually, they were never really gone. The Australian construction industry has used steel in homes for over 60 years. The material really only went out of favour when cheap, mass-produced overseas timber came onto the market in the 70s.

But with the price of steel now competing with timber, along with greater assurance of supply, it’s the turn of steel. So, for the time being at least, you’ll be seeing more steel frames going up around Oaklands Green.

 




Of course, there are a number of advantages to metal over timber:

Durability and Resilience

  • TERMITE RESISTANCE: Steel is not susceptible to termite damage, a major concern in South Australia. This eliminates the need for ongoing termite treatments and potential repairs.

 

  • BUSHFIRE RESISTANCE: Steel has superior bushfire resistance compared to timber. While Oaklands Green isn’t considered to be in a high bushfire risk area, it’s comforting to know, nonetheless.

 

  • LONGEVITY: Steel frames are generally considered to have a longer lifespan than timber frames, especially when properly maintained.

 

 

Construction Advantages:

  • FASTER CONSTRUCTION: With steel frames more fabrication can be done off-site, leading to a potentially faster construction time compared to traditional timber framing.

 

  • DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Steel is less prone to warping, shrinking, or twisting compared to timber, which can be affected by moisture changes. This can lead to straighter walls and a more consistent finish.

 




However, the primary reason to build steel frames at Oaklands Green is to provide buyers with increased certainty for commencement and completion dates.

As always, our Sales Director, Richard Joy, is on hand to answer any queries you may have about buying at Oaklands Green. Just email him on richard@oaklandsgreen.com.au.

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Do you buy new, or established?

 

It’s all good news when it comes to buying new

When it comes to finding the perfect place to call home, or investing in real estate, the choice between buying new, off-the-plan, and an established property is worth careful consideration.

We’ve put together a list of benefits for first home buyers, investors and those seeking a modern home when considering purchasing a house and land package or apartment, over an established property.

 

Growth Areas

These are typically characterised by increasing demand and development, which often leads to rising property values. By purchasing off-the-plan, you can secure a property at today’s prices and potentially benefit from substantial capital growth by the time the property is completed, and the keys are yours.

 

Depreciation Benefits and Tenant Appeal for Investors

For astute property investors, purchasing off-the-plan offers a multitude of financial advantages. One key benefit is the potential for substantial depreciation benefits. New properties often come with modern fixtures, fittings, and appliances that can be claimed as tax deductions over time. Speak to your accountant about how this depreciation schedule can result in significant savings, potentially reducing overall tax liability.

On the rental market, new homes often hold a distinct appeal for potential tenants. The idea of residing in a brand-new home, equipped with the latest amenities, can be highly appealing, resulting in shorter vacancy periods and potentially commanding higher rental yields. New properties are also likely to attract a broader tenant demographic, from young professionals to busy families seeking
comfort and convenience.

 

Warranty and Low Maintenance Costs

One of the most notable advantages of purchasing a newly-built home is the peace of mind of knowing any building defects which may surface are backed by a warranty, with no additional costs to the owner. Having minimised maintenance costs is an added bonus for owner-occupiers and investors alike.

 

Government Incentives and Stamp Duty Savings

First home buyers can reap significant benefits by choosing to invest in off-the-plan purchases. South Australian Government incentives such as the First Home Owners Grant can provide a considerable financial boost (up to $15,000) to first home buyers.

Another great benefit to purchasing off-the-plan is it can also lead to substantial savings in terms of stamp duty. RevenueSA offers Stamp Duty First Home Buyer Relief – which may reduce your stamp duty to zero if the cost of your new home is below $650,000.

 

 

 

Modern Living and Contemporary Design

Buying new lets you immerse yourself in modern living. Today’s new homes are designed with the latest architectural trends and technologies, accommodating the evolving needs and preferences of homeowners. From open-plan layouts that encourage social interaction – to energy-efficient features that reduce utility costs – new properties incorporate our contemporary lifestyle.

 

Design it Your Way: Customisation and Personalisation

Whether you’re an aspiring Interior Designer or simply want to experience the touch and feel of your very own new home, buying off the plan allows you to add the final touches.

This advantage extends beyond aesthetics. Personalised design allows for practical considerations such as optimising the use of space, and adapting the property to accommodate future needs. The result is a home that not only suits the homeowner’s preferences but also enhances their quality of life in a tailored and meaningful way.

Choosing between buying a new, off-the-plan home, and an established property is a big decision in the home buying journey. From the financial benefits that attract investors and first home buyers, to the interest of modern living and the freedom of customisation, buying new offers a wealth of advantages that make it an appealing choice for those seeking to invest or reside and an option well worth exploring.

 

As always, at Oaklands Green, we’re here to guide you through the buying process. Just email our Sales Directors, Richard Joy and Annie Bauer. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Construction Begins!

Oaklands Green construction has officially commenced!

 

 

L-R: Member for Boothby, Louise Miller-Frost, Human Services Minister, Nat Cook, Member for Gibson, Sarah Andrews, Housing Renewal Australia (Oaklands Park) chair, Trevor Cooke and City of Marion Councillor, Matt Taylor

 

 

Housing Renewal SA chair, Trevor Cooke addresses the media and guests at the official ceremony

 

 

Housing Renewal SA’s Trevor Cooke and Matt Clemow (middle) with SA Housing Authority Acting CEO, Nicholas Symons, reviewing the site plans

 

 

The site works at Oaklands Green were officially marked with a formal announcement on Wednesday, January 17 where project partners and dignitaries came together to turn the soil and celebrate the commencement of site works.

 

It’s a major milestone for Oaklands Green – SA’s largest urban renewal project, with more than 680 new homes planned.

 

Led by South Australian developer Housing Renewal Australia (Oaklands Park), the Oaklands Green project will transform a 16.5-hectare site between Barry Road, Bombay and Doreen Streets adjacent to the electrified Seaford train line.

 

Rivergum Homes has already commenced construction on the first 28 of the one and two storey dwellings, which have been released to the market over the last year.

 

Human Services Minister, Nat Cook, says the Oaklands Park renewal is part of building a strong community while offering choice and diversity in housing.

 

While Minister for Boothby, Louise Miller-Frost, says that Oaklands Green is an innovative development that will provide affordable housing solutions in the area for years to come.

 

Oaklands Green represents an innovative partnership between SA Housing Authority, Junction and Housing Renewal Australia (Oaklands Park).

 

And while the project will unlock critical land and housing supply for South Australians, green space in Rajah Reserve will be doubled and new green spaces added.

 

It’s a project that has the community and the environment in mind.

 

 
To be kept up to date with the Oaklands Green project and be the first to hear of upcoming releases, register your details here.

Top Ten Tips for Buying a Home

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most of us are likely to make. And for some it can feel a little overwhelming.  So to help ease some of the pressure, we’ve put together our top ten tips to help you navigate your way to home purchase happiness!

 

1. Do your home loan research 

When it comes to researching home loans, don’t just go for the first home loan you find without comparing it to others on the market. Take the time to look at loans offered by various lenders – even if it means going with a lender that isn’t your usual bank.  

A mortgage broker also can help alleviate some stress by guiding you and offering mortgage solutions that suit your needs and budget.

Remember – the lowest interest rate isn’t always your best option, and a mortgage broker can help you find the one that is (more on this in a moment).

 

2. Give yourself plenty of time to save for a deposit 

Your home loan deposit will likely be the largest expense you pay upfront when buying a home. The beauty with buying a house and land package off the plan is that often the deposit is smaller and the construction time gives you some breathing space and maybe some time to save a little extra money to go towards your mortgage.

Remember – your home loan only becomes active when your financial institution transfers the remaining funds for you to purchase your home, and this happens at ‘settlement’.

 

3. Make sure you save enough for your deposit 

In most circumstances, a 20% deposit is standard when it comes to buying a property. So, if you want to purchase a $500,000 property, a 20% deposit would be $100,000.

Some lenders will accept a smaller deposit but may charge Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) to account for the risk. Your mortgage broker or bank can talk you through this option.

Remember – depending on the type of property, there a number of additional costs involved in buying a house. Your mortgage broker will be able to explain each of these.

 

4. Get your finances into shape 

In addition to saving up a home loan deposit, it’s important to make sure your finances are in order.

Lenders prefer to lend to borrowers who are financially stable. This means that they’ll comb through your financial records, including your bank statements and credit score. 

In the months leading up to applying for a home loan, try to keep your expenses sensible so that the lender has no reason to hesitate in approving you.  

Remember – if you are a working couple, your home loan lender will likely look at both of your financial records.

 

5. Figure out what you want and need in a property 

When buying a home, whether it’s an investment property or where you intend to live, it’s good to have a clear idea of what you are looking for.

Create a list of features in a home that are essential, as well as ‘nice-to-haves’ and anything else you’d like to avoid.  

Remember – think ahead. If you’re planning a family, do the houses you’re looking at have the room for an extra little person; are they near childcare and school facilities; are they close to playgrounds and parkland?

 

 

 

6. Get home loan pre-approval so you can buy with confidence 

Pre-approval is a formal indication from a lender that they are likely to approve you for a specified loan amount.  Mortgage pre-approval is conditional, so the lender could still choose to decline your formal loan application.  

Pre-approval helps you get a realistic idea of what your property budget actually is. This way you don’t waste time on homes outside of your price range and can confidently submit offers on a house. 

 

How much is home loan pre-approval and how long does it last? 

Pre-approval is typically free and is limited to a period of between 3 and 6 months in most cases. However, many lenders will approve you for an extension if you request one before the end of this period and your financial circumstances haven’t changed. 

Remember – borrowers with pre-approval are often seen more favourably by vendors as it suggests that the settlement process could be faster. 

 

7. Speak to a mortgage broker 

You can get a lot out of speaking to a mortgage broker. In addition to doing a lot of the hard work for you, they’re also on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the loan application process.  

They can speak to lenders on your behalf and find home loans that could be a good fit for you.  To provide potential recommendations, they’ll get to know you and your needs. There are so many home loans out there and not all of them will be suitable for you.  

Remember – in some cases, a mortgage broker can actually barter with lenders on your behalf. It depends on your circumstances and market conditions at the time. But at the end of the day, lenders are in the business of lending, and if you fit their criteria, they will sometime make concessions to sign you up – and it’s you brokers job to barter those concessions.

 

8. Find out if you’re eligible for government buyer assistance schemes 

Did you know that there are a number of government schemes aimed at helping first home buyers own property sooner? 

Some of these schemes include: 

  • First Home Owners Grant
  • First Home Loan Deposit Scheme 
  • Stamp duty concessions and exemptions (state-based) 
  • Shared Equity

Remember – once again, your mortgage broker is one of the best people to talk to about your options for government assistance. Our Oaklands Green Sales Team can also provide general and helpful information.

 
9. A home loan is more than just its interest rate 

It may sound obvious, but it’s important to consider more than just the interest rate when choosing a home loan.  Yes, getting a competitive interest rate is important but what else should you consider? 

  • Fees: some lenders charge administrative fees on their home loans which can increase your home loan repayments 
  • Features: see if it’s worthwhile to you to get a loan feature like an offset account or redraw facility.   
  • Customer service: the level of service provided by the lender is also important to consider, along with how well they keep customers informed of changes. Read lender reviews or ask around for word-of-mouth recommendations. 

Remember – having a long-standing relationship with one financial institution can be beneficial. They might be keener to reward your loyalty with reduced fees or other concessions. Again, this is something for your mortgage broker.

 
10. Buy at Oaklands Green! 

You’ll find that Oaklands Green meets all of the advice mentioned above. Being one of the largest urban renewal developments in the country, the development offers lots of options for all kinds of buyers with different needs. And when complete, will provide a wonderfully green and connected community in one of the best locations in SA.

 

 

 

With its house and land packages proving to be extremely popular, it would be well worth speaking to our Sales Director, Richard Joy on 0439 504 440 to discuss your options. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Four things to keep your home in tip top shape

While some trends come and go, quality never goes out of style. Here are 4 must haves you shouldn’t skimp on in your new home.

 

Home is where you spend most of your time – a place of pride and joy and where you relax at the end of the day. And while there are things in the home that can be fine to pay less for like photo frames, indoor plants or cushions, some things are just too important to take a chance on, like your insurance. So, don’t skimp on the things that help make your home a sanctuary.

 

1. Furniture

You’ll be spending most of your time using your furniture, so look for items that are comfortable, durable, stylish, and long lasting.

Items like a sturdy couch with proper support, your bed, a quality mattress, a well-made dining table, are all worth the investment. Even if it goes on Facebook Marketplace a few years later, you know you’re going to get a better price and more clicks on items of quality.

2. Appliances

Essential appliances like your fridge, washing machine, microwave and stove will be used regularly, so look for quality products that are reliable, energy efficient, and will last in the long run. At Oaklands Green, high quality, energy efficient quality ovens and dishwashers are included in your house and land package price.

 

 

 

3. Home security and safety

Your home is filled with your loved ones and prized possessions, so it’s important to keep it safe and secure. Whether you’re looking to invest in a doorbell with a camera, quality locks, gates and fencing, or even a home security system with cameras and sensors, safety is one cost that is important to consider.

4. Home insurance

Home and contents insurance is a key element to consider when owning a home and it’s important to do your research.

It’s worth choosing an insurer you can trust and one that offers cover that will suit your needs. Make sure you read the fine print too!

 

 

As always, if you have any questions about your new home at Oaklands Green, feel free to speak with our Sales Directors, Richard Joy and Annie Bauer. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Solutions to saving for that elusive deposit

For many first home buyers, the time it takes to save for a deposit is the biggest barrier – but it needn’t be

 

With the rising cost of living having a direct affect on so many aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that housing affordability is as its worst level in decades. Which is why so many new home buyers are looking at the best value options on the market – and that’s where Oaklands Green scores highly.

But there is still that hurdle every buyer faces, no matter the location, and that’s finding the initial deposit.

In times gone by, it would often be parents that helped their children get their feet on the property ladder. But this is becoming less and less of an option due to a whole range of changing demographic dynamics. Today, most new home buyers need to fend for themselves and find their own deposit.

 

So how much are we talking about?

 

Until recently, the rule of thumb for a deposit was 20%. This was seen as an amount that relieved a bit of pressure on the home loan provider, and meant the buyer wasn’t over committed to making loan repayments on the full cost of the home. Of course, a larger deposit means lower monthly repayments and the chance to pay off the loan sooner, and live mortgage free (wouldn’t we all just love that!).

However, this 20% figure has been relaxed somewhat, and some lenders will accept 15% or even a 10% deposit. But it may mean you will pay a slightly higher interest rate and will almost certainly mean you will have to take out Lender’s Mortgage Insurance, which will add to the cost of your loan.

 

Help is at hand

 

Both the Federal and State Governments are aware of the housing issue, and are continually finding ways to help make the process easier for those seeking to buy their first home.

One of the best places to look for assistance is HomeStart. This is a not-for-profit state-run agency that provides a range of home loans at highly competitive interest rates to suit a variety of buyers’ circumstances – especially around their ability to find the initial deposit.

HomeStart also offers a Shared Equity package, where you share the profits and any potential losses of buying your home with the government – they are effectively your partner in buying your home.

 

So where to from here?

 

At Oaklands Green, we are all about getting you into a home that you own – first and foremost. And thanks to our Sales Agents’ experience in dealing with the various Government assistance schemes, our knowledge is second-to-none.

So, if you have any questions at all about buying at Oaklands Green, our Project Team Leader, Richard Joy, is always on hand to help.

If you’d like to organise a catch-up with Richard, just give him a call on 0439 504 440, or email richard@oaklandsgreen.com.com.au.

 

 

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What’s important to us since the pandemic

How COVID has changed our perspective on what our home means to us

 

Reports suggest, that because of the pandemic, we’ve seen 10 years change in just two years.  Digital technologies have fast-tracked conversations around remote living and working, flexible lifestyles, mental health and our overall wellbeing.

 

In fact, everything is changing, from the way we shop to the way we communicate. And because of this, there are new priorities when it comes to our home – Australians now prioritise wellbeing as one of their top priorities.

 

So, here’s our top six ways of making your home a wellbeing haven:

 

1.Balance work and relaxing space

If you work from home, try to set aside a designated space for work.  You could even use plants or lamps to zone off an area for working.  And if you can’t do that, ensure you switch off at the end of the workday to encourage rest and reduce stress.

 

2. Make the most of natural light

Encourage natural light into the home as much as possible – it helps the body produce Vitamin D.  So, leave the curtains open when you can to get that healthy boost!

 

3. Cut down on chemicals

Try to reduce the use of chemical-heavy detergent and cleaning materials and choose natural alternatives that are kinder to your skin and general health.

 

4. Keep it neat

A neat home works wonders for our mental clarity and overall health.  We know it’s easier said than done sometimes, but investing in some low-cost storage items helps enormously when it comes to hiding things away neatly.

 

5. Buy some indoor plants

It’s scientifically proven apparently – houseplants not only look beautiful, but they can also improve your health and wellbeing too.  And don’t forget a couple of pots outside too – they also are mini stress busters.

 

6. Soak away your worries

Create a mini haven in your bathroom.  Invest in fluffy towels, an extra soft shower mat and some essential oils – maybe even add some relaxing music.  There’s nothing like a warm shower to wash away your worries!

 

So, while our home was always where our heart was, the idea of our home being our sanctuary has only intensified since COVID.  Which means it’s more important than ever before that our home prompts positive emotional benefits.

 

If you are looking for your new sanctuary and a fresh start at Oaklands Green, please contact our Project Team Leader, Richard Joy via mobile 0439 504 440, or email richardj@connektup.com.au.

 

 

 

 

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How to Make Buying a Home a Breeze

 

 

If ever there was a resource that provided all you need to know about buying a home, this is it.

 

Navigating the whole homebuying process can be pretty daunting for some people. However, the State Government has established HomeSeeker SA to help you get into your own home sooner.

 

Along with all the advice you could need, the HomeSeeker website also connects eligible buyers with affordable homes that are available below a set price threshold. These homes will be shown on the HomeSeeker SA website before they go onto the open market, so you will have a chance to buy before interest from the public pushes up the price.

 

Visits to the HomeSeeker SA website (please see the link at the end of this blog) is a very good way to get advance notice of new Oaklands Green homes that are being released onto the market.

 

Some of our homes will sit under the HomeSeeker SA set price threshold. However, if the cost of the home you want is above, there are still solutions to help you buy it. For example, another State Government initiative, HomeStart, offers Shared Equity loans that can reduce the cost of the home and your repayments. For more details, please see the link at the end of this blog.

 

At Oaklands Green, we are all about getting you into a home that you own. And thanks to our Sales Agents at Connekt Urban Projects, our knowledge of the Government’s various home loan assistance schemes is second-to-none.

 

So, if you have any questions at all about buying at Oaklands Green, our Project Team Leader, Richard Joy, is always on hand to help.

 

If you’d like to organise a catch-up with Richard at the new Oaklands Green Sales and Information Centre, just give him a call on 0439 504 440, or email richardj@connektup.com.au.

 

 

 

 

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Loan Assistance

Loan Assistance

 

At Oaklands Green, we understand the dilemma of dreaming of owning your own home, but not quite having the financial means to make it happen.

 

Well, the good news is that there are lots of ways to help you achieve that dream. Our Oaklands Green Project Manager, Richard Joy, can work with you to find a solution that meets your needs and makes owning your own home a reality.

 

Some of the possible ways to help you finance your new home include:

 

 

HomeStart Finance

 

Established in 1989, HomeStart is a State Government organisation that is 100% focused on providing home loans for South Australians.

 

While HomeStart is a profitable financial organisation, it is not a bank. HomeStart has the social responsibility of providing fair and reasonable home buying solutions and has a wide range of ways to do this. These include their ever-popular minimal deposit loans, designed to help South Australians get a foot in the door of their new home.

 

 

Shared Equity

 

‘Shared Equity’ can cover the gap between what you can afford and the cost of a property, so you can boost your borrowing power and buy your own home sooner.

 

For example, with shared equity, you may only need to make repayments on 75% of the loan, with the remainder being held by a lender. A lender could be a bank, financial institution, or the Government’s housing finance organisation, HomeStart Finance (see above).

 

In the HomeStart shared equity option, they help you get into the housing market by contributing up to 25% of the purchase price of your home. Your repayments are then based on borrowings for the remaining 75%. In this scenario, HomeStart acts as your silent partner and will share in the profit or loss when you sell your house.

 

 

If you’d like to know more about buying off the plan at Oaklands Green, please speak with our Project Team Leader Richard Joy on 0439 504 440.

 

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Off Plan, On Budget

Off Plan, On Budget

 

There are many good reasons to buying a home off the plan.  But if the process intimidates you a little, rest assured – it may just be one of the best decisions you make this year!

 

Why do we say that?  Because buying off-the-plan comes with some certainty, and in the current climate a little bit of certainty goes a long way. 

 

Let’s look at what’s good about buying off-the-plan…

 

Stamp duty savings

When you buy off-the-plan you pay stamp duty on land value only. This is likely to save you thousands of dollars.  Giving you more to put into your home furnishings!

Costs less than building

With a development like Oaklands Green, more than one home is being built which means there are economies of scale.  And that means, the cost savings are reflected in the purchase price.

Convenient

A house and land package means the build process is streamlined – and very little is required of you.  While you are welcome to watch the build in progress, you don’t have to manage the building process!  Giving you more time to enjoy your life while your new home is being built.

Fixed price

With a house and land package, you’ll know what your financial commitment will be.  And that makes budgeting a whole lot easier.

Extra time to save

At Oaklands Green we will be regularly releasing more house and land packages over time.  And this means you have a bit of time up your sleeve to help you save for the new home. 

 

If you’d like to know more about buying off the plan at Oaklands Green, please speak with our Project Team Leader Richard Joy on 0439 504 440.

 

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Now is still the time to buy a house

Now is still the time to buy a house

 

It seems like news about rising interest rates are in every headline you read these days.  But if you put this in an historical perspective, home loan rates are still in the lower regions – they’re just not quite as low as they were a couple of years ago. Regardless, buying property is still one of the soundest financial decisions and investments any of us can make.

 

All of which means buying your first home is one of the most exciting, scary and rewarding things you might do in your life.  Here, we guide you through what the First Home Buyer’s market looks like right now, along with some tips on making the process easier for you.

 

Finances

There are two major financial factors usually associated with home ownership:

 

  • Saving up for the lump sum deposit
  • Keeping up with monthly mortgage repayments

 

Knowing that you are able to cover these will help you with budgeting and understanding what you can afford. You will also need to provide this to a financial institution to get pre-approval for a home loan, which is highly advised, so you can look at homes that are within your price range.

 

How long do I have to save for a deposit?

This is probably the most daunting part of buying a house, especially if it’s your first home. Simply because for most of us, it requires some hard saving. But there is some good news in this regard.

 

The time people need to save for a deposit is on the decline across the country*. In other words, people are now able to come up with the deposit much quicker.  This can be attributed to falling house prices, but also higher interest rates accrued on savings.

 

The other good news is that buying a house and land package during the early stages of a development, as you can at Oaklands Green, means time is on your side, as your full mortgage only kicks in on completion of the house build. What’s more, your deposit can be as little as $10,000.

 

*Data based on report from domain.com.au

 

Making compromises

Typically, first home buyers have had to compromise in order to buy their property. It might not be in the location they prefer, or as close to amenities and transport as they’d wish.
 

Those certainly aren’t compromised at Oaklands Green. There’s the recently re-developed train station just around the corner, the largest shopping centre in the state on your doorstep, wetlands and hiking trails within walking distance and some of the best beaches just minutes away.  Partner that with the architecturally designed homes on offer, and there is little need for compromise!

 

Government Schemes

If you want to supercharge your access to the property ladder, then investigate the First Home Buyers grant, which can provide you with a grant of up to $15,000 towards the purchase or construction of a new residential home in South Australia.

 

You may be eligible for the grant if:

 

  • You are purchasing a new home that has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence and includes a substantially renovated home
  • the market value of the property is $575,000 or less
  • at least one applicant is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. New Zealand citizens permanently residing in Australia who hold Special Category Visas may also apply
  • each applicant is 18 years of age or older
  • you or your spouse/domestic partner have not held a relevant interest in an Australian residential property prior to 1 July 2000.
  • you or your spouse/domestic partner have not occupied an Australian residential property in which you had a relevant interest on or after 1 July 2000 for 6 months or longer
  • you and your spouse/domestic partner have not previously received a first home owner grant in any state or territory of Australia. If a grant was received but later paid back together with any penalty you may be entitled to reapply for the grant
  • each applicant must reside in the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months commencing within 12 months of date of settlement for contracts to purchase, or the date construction is completed for owner builders or contracts to build

 

As always, if you have any questions at all regarding buying a house at Oaklands Green for personal use or investment purposes, please contact Richard Joy, our Senior Project Team Leader – richardj@connektup.com.au.

 

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Talking Torrens Title

Talking Torrens Title

 

The house and land packages currently for sale at Oaklands Green are offered as Torrens Title properties.  But what exactly is that and what does it mean for you?

 

The Torrens Title System was first introduced in SA in 1858 and subsequently used in other Australian states and around the world. Torrens Title is named after its inventor, Sir Robert Richard Torrens, who was instrumental in the implementation of this unique and efficient system of dealing with land.

 

The main object of the Torrens Title System is to make the register conclusive. Once your name is registered on the Torrens Title register, you become the owner of the property to the exclusion of all others. You therefore obtain ‘title by registration’, which is a pivotal concept of Torrens Title.

 

Under the system, a Certificate of Title exists for every separate piece of land. The certificate contains a reference that includes a volume and folio number, ownership details, easements and/or rights of way affecting the land and any encumbrances including mortgages, leases and other interests in the land.

 

Torrens Title is useful because it eliminates grounds for most dispute litigation, avoids the consequences of lost certificates and greatly reduces the costs of land sale and transfer. People can change the Torrens Register through lodging and registering a ‘dealing’.

 

There are other benefits to Torrens Title.  These include…

 

Sole ownership

 

Owning a Torrens Title property means you own the building and land. That comes with the benefit of freedom to renovate, rebuild, or add to the existing structure.

 

Repairs

 

If the property needs repairs or maintenance, it is up to you when and how it is done. For example, you may be able to fix something yourself, or wait until you can afford it before acting on it. In a strata property, repairs and maintenance may occur regardless of your financial situation and requires a committee or management team deciding who does it.

 

Pets

 

There are no restrictions on adding a fur baby to your home when you are the sole owner.

 

Privacy

 

Torrens Title properties usually offer greater privacy and space from neighbours than strata title properties.

 

So, there’s much to like about Torrens Title and even more to like about making a fresh start at Oaklands Green!

 

Sources: realestate.com.au and REISA

 

To find out more about what’s on offer at Oaklands Green, please contact our Project Team Leader, Richard Joy – richardj@connektup.com.au.

 

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Where will we be in ’23?

 

Adelaide looks set to continue to buck
the RBA and the trend of most other capitals

Some insightful answers to that question every homebuyer is asking

 

After several months of plummeting prices, surprising new data shows the property market appears to be evening out – and continuing to rise in Adelaide.

 

After a lacklustre start, the traditionally busy spring selling season finally kicked in. As we head into summer, the average for national home prices dropped just -0.06%.

 

In specific capitals, Melbourne’s descent actually turned and rose by a tiny but important +0.02%. Darwin has made the biggest switch, from a decline to the highest growth of all the capitals, up +0.21%. But it’s Adelaide that continues to defy the rest of the country, posting yet another rise for the period, up +0.12% to a fresh peak.

 

Property swings and roundabouts

 

The RBA and banks’ interest rate hikes in recent months have quickly rebalanced the housing market from last year’s extreme growth. Remember those growth figures around the 20% mark? However, the pace of the plummet has slowed from the faster declines seen earlier this year when rates first started rising.

 

So, what does mean for the market? In a word – stability. The results indicate that sellers are adapting to market conditions, and active buyers are taking advantage of the less competitive conditions on offer.

 

Four insights to take into 2023

 

1. The national price decline has slowed dramatically

  • Across the country, house values dropped by only -0.06% for the period
  • This was the smallest fall since prices peaked in March 2022

 

2. Values actually increased in some markets

  • Darwin saw the highest growth of the capital cities, +0.21%
  • Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth also saw an increase in value
  • Home prices in Adelaide are now at a fresh peak
  • Adelaide has been the country’s strongest performing market throughout 2022
  • Affordability is still the key driver for Adelaide’s growth

 

3. Declines have shifted to other capital city markets

  • Hobart saw the largest fall, down -0.46%, followed by Canberra, -0.37%
  • Sydney continued its decline for the period, down -0.21%

 

4. Regional markets remain strong

  • Despite a price decline in a state’s capital, each of the regional markets held their own, up +0.06%

 

For the Oaklands Green Buyer

 

If you have already bought within our new development, the state of the Adelaide market today suggests that you have made an astute and sound decision. The equitable value of your home has changed very little – and has, in fact, marginally increased.

 

As someone thinking about buying, you might want to make your move soon. We’re finding most of the homes we release to market are snapped up in days – not weeks!

 

As always, if you have any questions at all regarding buying a house at Oaklands Green, please contact Richard Joy, our Senior Project Team Leader – richardj@connektup.com.au

Shave and save

 

Increasing your repayment frequency
can result in large savings
over the life of a home loan

One simple strategy could shave years off your home loan, saving you thousands of dollars in interest along the way

 

With interest rates and the cost of living on the rise, homeowners have been looking at all manner of ways to make the household budget stretch a little further .

 

But there’s one easy thing borrowers can do now that will save them a small fortune over the long run. And it’s possible your lender may not have even mentioned it.

 

Increase your repayment frequency

 

Simply by paying your monthly home loan premium in fortnightly instalments could wipe between 4 and 5 years off the term of your loan. It’s simply because, in effect, you get a whole month’s extra payment per year. Instead of 12 monthly payments, you’re making 26 fortnightly payments.

 

Since lenders calculate interest daily, based on the outstanding balance of your loan, over time, the savings really mount up. Let’s crunch some hypothetical numbers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

In these calculations, we’ve assumed a home loan on a variable interest rate of 4.2%, paying principal and interest, with a 30-year loan term.

 

It’s also a bit of a win-win. Chances are, you are paid fortnightly, so paying half the home loan around pay days might make it a little easier to manage the household finances.

 

As always, if you have any questions at all regarding buying a house at Oaklands Green, please contact Richard Joy, our Sales Director – richard@oaklandsgreen.com.au.

 

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Energy Efficiency

Put your energy behind efficiency

 

When it comes to saving money one of the items on the top of the list that we scrutinise is often energy and how efficient we are with its usage at home.  In fact, recent reports show that 56% of people who are purchasing a new home consider energy efficiency as extremely important*.  And at Oaklands Green we agree!

An energy efficient home is one that reduces its demand for non-renewable energy resources, wasted energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions. Features that can make a home energy efficient include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Smart design
  • Insulation
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling
  • Energy efficient hot water systems
  • Window frames, glazing and shading
  • Draught proofing
  • Ventilation
  • Efficient lighting – use of natural light
  • Water recycling systems

 

While Oaklands Green has energy efficiency on the top of its list of deliverables, there also are some measures we can take at home that will help reduce our energy usage.

These include the purchase of energy efficient appliances for example, fridges, televisions, washing machines and dishwashers. And choosing water saving fittings and appliances.

Other simple tips to reduce your power bill are:

 

  1. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  2. Use natural light.
  3. Take shorter showers.
  4. Turn water off when shaving, washing hands and brushing teeth.
  5. Unplug unused electronics.
  6. Swap the desktop computer for a laptop that you only plug in when required.

 

Oaklands Green is an advocate of quality design which in turn contributes to energy efficiency.  That’s because good design improves the way our buildings, streets and places function, making them more sustainable, more accessible, safer and healthier.

*realestate.com.au insights report

 

Interest in Oaklands Green has been unprecedented, so don’t hesitate to contact Richard Joy on richardj@connektup.com.au to talk about making a fresh start at Oaklands Green.

 

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Demolition is No Push-Over

We’re delighted to see works commence,
but it takes more than a bloke and a bulldozer

 

 

 

Some people find it quite surprising, the amount of care and attention required to bring a building down to ground level safely. That’s why the Oaklands Green Management Group has enlisted the most experienced and skilled demolition teams in the state – McMahon Services. 

 

Over the scope of the project a multitude of different materials will need to be removed, which takes meticulous planning and project management. This not only ensures the safety of the onsite staff, but all concerned, including local residents, the general public and any vehicles moving through the area.

 

While human safety and protecting surrounding properties are major considerations, equally important is care for the environment. Many of the current trees within the neighbourhood will be staying (those that aren’t are being replaced, and then some) and so attention needs to be paid to their wellbeing, especially regarding the movement of the heavy equipment.

 

Of course, during the demolition, every endeavour will be made to recycle, reuse and salvage as much of the rubble and materials that are removed as possible – minimising waste going to landfill and helping the environment.

 

As always, if you have any questions at all regarding buying a house at Oaklands Green, please contact Richard Joy, our Senior Project Team Leader –  richardj@connektup.com.au.

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A Growing Obsession

Small on size – big on charm

 

 

Create a welcoming green space no matter the size

A courtyard or balcony should not be overlooked when it comes to making a welcoming and inspiring area with some greenery. In fact, the trend for a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle without compromising on comfort is exactly what you could achieve with your new Oaklands Green garden. We’re sharing a few of our favourite ideas for turning your balcony or courtyard into your outdoor haven.

 

 

 




Go vertical

 

If you have a balcony, consider going vertical with your plants. It’s the best way to garden when you are limited for space.

Play with heights and experiment with all the ways you can – perhaps use old pallets to create different levels of plant sections. Or try your local op-shop (or even your nan!) for a variety of vintage garden display shelves – the old style is making a comeback. With a lick of paint, they will look fabulous! Think of your balcony as an extension of your indoor space and choose a colour that matches the interior. And if your balcony has a ceiling you could add a few hooks for hanging plants too.

 




Use you gardening equipment as part of the decor

 

For balconies and courtyards, why not use your gardening equipment as part of the decor? Buy nice-looking, colourful watering cans, small hand shovels and water spray bottles and make them part of the display. And if you want that vintage vibe, seek out old metal tubs that can house your herb garden. It will look just perfect with the matching vintage metal watering can! Plus, when you need to do the gardening, your tools are on hand!

 




Keep it contained

 

If growing plants in the ground is not an option, you don’t need to blow the budget when it comes to containing your plants. All sorts of items can make great pots for plants and if you stick to a theme or matching style and colour, it’s sure to be a source of great joy every time you step outside! You can use almost anything that holds soil – from fabric grow bags to metal wash buckets – so long as there is good drainage. Just remember that contained plants dry out quicker than those planted in the ground so water them regularly.

 




Create an edible garden

 

If you want to create a small garden outside why not plant one that feeds you as well? There are now so many fruits and vegetables that suit compact spaces – and some that are made especially for them – such as the variety of dwarf fruit trees. A lot of vegetables are also very attractive plants so be clever about what you choose and create a unique edible garden that also looks good. There are no rules but we suggest you choose plants that you are actually going to eat, that give you a high yield in a small space and that are easy to cultivate. We are big fans of lettuce – it’s the plant that keeps giving – just cut and eat while it keeps growing!

 

The key to the success of your compact garden is a little planning and making the right plant choices for your lifestyle and your style. Small gardens have no limitations so let your imagination run wild and not your garden!

 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Joy for all sales enquiries regarding Oaklands Green – richardj@connektup.com.au. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Rightsizing

 

Choosing the right home
for how you want to live in it.

Rightsizing is about making all the right moves

 

There’s a new way of living called rightsizing.  Not to be confused with downsizing, rightsizing is about choosing a home that has all the right spaces and all the areas you know you’ll use and none of those areas that you only spend time in when you’re cleaning.  It often happens after you have lived in a home that has a lot of unwanted spaces.  But it also is fast becoming the right way to buy a home. Because rightsizing means you’re buying a home that has all the spaces you need, and none of those unwanted spaces that just add to your maintenance schedule! 

 

And one way to rightsize is to move into a townhouse or apartment because these days apartments are much more about clever use of space and providing everything you would need for a life of perfect comfort.

 

Newly developed neighbourhoods such as Oaklands Green are in the right place at the right time for those seeking to rightsize. 

 

Not only do you get the opportunity to buy a brand-new home off the plan and have some control over the interior styling, you’re also buying into an established neighbourhood with all the facilities you need. 

 

What’s great about new developments such as Oaklands Green is their commitment to incorporating more green spaces and planting more trees than what was there previously. And the new homes that are now available come with options such as balconies, study areas, European style laundries and outdoor entertaining spaces.

 

Rightsizing is about choosing to live in a property that suits your needs and often comes with the added bonus of a decluttered life and reduced stress.  Now who wouldn’t agree that this is definitely the right way to go? That’s why, at Oaklands Green, we call it a fresh start!

 

Interest in Oaklands Green has been unprecedented, so don’t hesitate to contact Richard Joy on richardj@connektup.com.au to talk about making a fresh start at Oaklands Green.

 

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Enjoy the Cultural Exchange

 

There’s always a place for you
within our patchwork of cultures

Multi-culture Means Multi-Benefits

 

Here in South Australia, we’re blessed with cultural diversity. We have dozens of different nationalities, religions and creeds coexisting in harmony. And nowhere is this patchwork of cultures more prevalent than in and around Oaklands Green.

 

But what we sometimes forget, are the benefits that come from living within the weave of this diversity. Here are just a few ways that you can enjoy the fabric of life at Oaklands Green.

 

Differences Abound

Just walking to the train station, or taking a stroll with the bub, chances are you’ll bump into someone with a different background to yours. First contact with a neighbour from a different background can be a wonderful experience. Perhaps you share things in common – a style of cuisine, dance or music – even though the source of your cultures might be thousands of kilometres apart. And if you have little in common, it just makes each time you catch up all the more intriguing and your day just a little more interesting.

 

Awareness of Cultural Identity

Ironically, when you live in a diverse society, you actually become more aware of your cultural identity. People living in multicultural communities feel the need to define their identity. They also feel the need to understand the differences and similarities between themselves and others. So, they feel proud of their heritage and feel generous about celebrating their traditions with others.

 

Tolerance and Appreciation

Another benefit of living in a multicultural society is that it encourages tolerance and open-mindedness. With so many immigrant and minority neighbours, and where such a large percentage of the population has mixed heritage, acceptance, tolerance, and open-mindedness are the core values that make the nation thrive. If people feel accepted and valued, they have an intrinsic motivation to contribute to the society that embraces them and affords them the quality of life they seek.

 

Creativity and Innovation

One of the great joys of living within a multicultural society is the sharing of different habits, ideas and lifestyles. This is the perfect breeding ground for creativity and innovation. In a multicultural society, you’re always exposed
to new ways of doing things and fresh ways of looking at things. A mix of perspectives, talents, skills and ideas fosters innovation and makes space for outside-the-box mindsets.

 

Living in a multicultural neighbourhood such as Oaklands Green can be a highly enriching experience. Differences in values, opinions and lifestyles can provide plenty of inspiration for self-growth. In a heterogeneous country like ours, embracing diversity is vital. 

 

Interest in Oaklands Green has been unprecedented, so don’t hesitate to contact Richard Joy richardj@connektup.com.au to talk about making a fresh start at Oaklands Green. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

House & Land Buying Guide

A simple guide to the process of buying your house and land package at Oaklands Green.  

 

 

Determine What You Want

It’s a good idea to have in mind the features you’d like in your new home and set your budget. You may wish to talk to your lender now if you need advice on what you can afford. View the Oaklands Green range at our Now Selling page for options and ideas.

 

Talk With Us

Once you know what type of house you want and the mandatory features, Richard can talk you through the house and land packages available at Oaklands Green that suit your needs and budget. At the end of this step you will have a house and land package in mind and will know the estimated cost. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to start talking to the bank now that you know what you’ll need to borrow.

 

Organise Your Finance

When buying a house and land package, you will need a land loan and a construction loan.  If you are borrowing money from a financial institution, Richard at Oaklands Green can provide you with the paperwork you’ll require to arrange your finance. If you want to secure a specific home on a specific lot, you will need to provide a deposit to Oaklands Green and the builder.

*A deposit may be due here

 

Land Contract Signing

Once you have bank approval you’re ready to sign your contracts! First, you’ll be provided with a contract for the purchase of the land as part of the house and land package. Once this is signed you can finalise payment of your chosen lot. This payment is separate to the mortgage for the house build component of the package and the land payment is due in one lump sum.

*Land payment due

 

Build Contract Signing

Your house contract is separate to your land contract. Along with the land contract, you’ll also be required to sign the build contract. At this point your lender is likely to start your mortgage for this part of the house and land package.

*First mortgage payment may be due here

 

Selections

At Oaklands Green, the house and land packages come with three colourway options for the interiors. Now that you have chosen your new home, talk with Richard at Oaklands Green who can take you through your selections. 

 

Progress Payments

There will be certain milestones in your new home build that require payment. These will be provided to you at the time of contract signing and the bank will draw down from your mortgage and pay these as required.

*Progress payments due

 

Build And Handover

Watch your house take shape over the coming months and get ready to enjoy living at Oaklands Green. On completion, you’ll be handed the keys to your new home at a ‘handover’ date agreed between you and your builder. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

*Final build draw downpayment due on completion

 

 

So, get in touch with Richard Joy – our new Project Team Leader – to get in early and buy off-the-plan at Oaklands Green. For all sales enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Richard via richardj@connektup.com.au. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Posh Shop Effect

 

Bargain buys aren’t limited to the mall – check out Oaklands Green!

Studies prove that people want to live among the trees – and designer labels

 

Who would deny that our world is changing far quicker than most people would ever have predicted? And one of the biggest changes is a swing to our maintaining and improving our quality-of-life.

 

But how do we define ‘quality-of-life’. For today’s urban and residential developments to get off the ground successfully, quality-of-life means green space. Today, recreation areas and shade trees are a must. Can you believe the term ‘pocket park’ is now part of normal everyday language? It is what it suggests – a small park within a residential community.

 

However, there is also a new trend hitting our streets. The proximity of designer clothing and retail stores in relation to where we live. Dubbed, the ‘Posh Shop Effect’, the more up-market the label, the more it can push up the value of a residence. The same can also be said of specialist, premium and artisan food stores.

 

At Oaklands Green, we have both quality-of-life boxes well and truly ticked. For all the acres of green space we offer – we have a wealth of fashion outlets not far from our front door.

 

Westfield Marion is the obvious neighbouring label haven. But there are more and more boutique designer outlets opening all the time – and searching them out is half the fun of the retail game.

 

Just as fashion houses let you know about sales and the best time to buy – we can tell you, now is the time to purchase at Oaklands Green! We have almost sold out the Stage 1 Beersheba Release, and we’re taking lots of enquiries on the next release.

 

So, get in touch with Richard Joy – our new Project Team Leader – to get in early and buy off-the-plan at Oaklands Green. For all sales enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Richard via richardj@connektup.com.au. To keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Strength in numbers

 

You can’t spell community without unity

Community spirit will run throughout Oaklands Green

 

If the events over recent times have taught us anything it’s the power of community.  Lots of us have experienced isolation in one form or another, which has led to extensive studies into the effects of depravation from friends, family and community.

 

Not too surprisingly, our acquired social connections are extremely important for our mental health.  However, what was both surprising and encouraging was the extent to which social interaction benefited our physical health.

 

In short, being part of a community gets us out of the house more often. This, in turn, encourages exercise, which helps our cardiovascular circulation – not to mention simply getting some fresh air among friends.

 

Community participation has all kinds of benefits, just as there are all kinds of ways to get involved and join in. And nowhere will you find a stronger sense of community than at Oaklands Green. Here are some of the kinds of bonds that you might identify with while living in the neighbourhood.

 

1.  Shared identity

It’s very common for communities to form among those who share a common sense of identity. For instance, school friends – which leads to school reunions. Likewise, ethnic communities share aspects of their culture and heritage in common.

 

2.  Shared purpose

Those who feel passionately about social causes will often band together as a community. These objectives can be large-scale, such as working together to get a political party member elected – or be on a smaller, more local scale, such as a community that seeks to get a funding for an arts project.

 

3. Common goals

Most of us, individually, have common goals. One goal might be to raise a family, or try to maintain a healthy diet, or just walk a few kilometres each week. When you add other people who share goals, you start to create a community – and these goals normally get easier to reach when you have the support of others around you.

 

Conversely, when a person verbalises their goals to others within a community, there is a social expectation that they will achieve that goal. Thus, that person becomes more likely to succeed.

 

Further, when someone faces hurdles to achieving a goal, others in their community pursuing similar objectives can provide support and empathise with their situations.

 

4.  Shared interests or passions

Many communities form based on common interests or hobbies. Often, these have an additional connection along the lines of religion or age. Examples of interests that may lead to community formation include the arts, sports, cooking, cultures, and games.

 

5.  Freedom of expression

Central to developing a positive community is comfort among its members when it comes to speaking their minds and expressing what is important to them. Individuals who feel encouraged to give input about an issue and who feel heard when they speak their minds are more likely to feel connected to their community.

 

Welcome to the neighbourhood

Building communities is now more important than ever. And that’s why Oaklands Green is all about improving people’s lives.  It’s about providing a choice of affordable, brand new, quality homes to own with all the amenities within easy reach.  And it’s about expanding the existing green reserves creating new ones and establishing people-friendly spaces where communities can thrive. 

 

For all sales enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Tom via: tom@connektup.com.auTo keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Streets ahead

 

Artist’s impression

 

 

Great architecture is not only about designing individual homes, but entire streets

 

 

 

A lesson from the former Mayor of Paris

 

In the late 1880s, the design of the Eiffel Tower was not to everyone’s taste. In fact, many Parisians at the time, the Mayor included, would eat at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, because it was the only restaurant in Paris that you were assured not to get an eye-full of the awful Eiffel.

 

Which is all very interesting and intriguing, but where’s the lesson in this? Well, we feel, as you look out from your beautifully designed Oaklands Green home, you should be able to see other ‘beautifully designed Oaklands Green homes’. When you walk up to your front door, perhaps after work, you should be as pleased with your neighbours’ home fronts as you are your own.

 

Putting all Parisian comparisons and quips aside, this is a serious subject. It’s called Streetscape Design, and this aspect of the architecture of Oaklands Green encompasses a number of important factors. These include:

 

1. Home Frontage Harmony

 

A critical aspect of the architectural design of Oaklands Green is each entire streetscape. This is how the design of an individual home complements the design of its neighbours. This includes the careful consideration of shapes, form and materials. It’s about creating harmony, with aspects of individuality.

 

2. Ease of Accessibility

 

The Oaklands Green masterplan has been designed to allow the ease of navigation and movement for both pedestrians and vehicles. This is encompassing the rear lane vehicles access to majority of the homes – keeping cars out of sight and the reserves in view. 

 

3. Green Boundaries

 

Unlike many other developments around, which use high steel fencing to define home boundaries, we have allowed beautiful landscaping to define the front yards of the homes. This creates a sense of connection without losing independence. The rear of each home is still utilitarian – it’s where you park the car and hide the bins. In short, your Oaklands Green home offers privacy at the back, community at the front.

 

4. The Big Picture

 

It’s worth remembering the larger role that the streetscapes play at Oaklands Green. They are literally, everywhere. In fact, our streetscape designs affect not only the appearance – but more importantly, the functionality of the Oaklands Green environment.

 

Ironically, in many ways, if you don’t notice the streetscaping, we’ve done our job correctly. Getting from your front door to the train station shouldn’t be something you think about.

 

For all these reasons and more, Oaklands Green’s streetscapes have been designed with meticulous planning and the expertise of professionals, with only one person in mind. You.

 

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The integration of irrigation

 

The principles of sustainable
landscaping water management

 

 

 

The Oaklands Green masterplan is being recognised as a blueprint for many future urban developments around the state. Being able to provide such a wide selection of affordable homes that meet so many different buyers’ needs is one the foundations of the project. Another, is the large amount of open space that residents will be able to enjoy.

 

Of course, one of the major responsibilities that come with developing a neighbourhood offering such a high portion of greenery and plant beds is ensuring they are adequately watered.

 

This is why a great deal of attention has been paid to this aspect of Oaklands Green. With a holistic solution for the development based on world-recognised landscape architecture.

 

The principles of sustainable landscaping water management

 

1. Harvesting Natural Water 

With a wetter than normal summer predicted, not to mention the usual summer storm deluges, we need to ensure this rainwater is put good use. Therefore, there will be a large number of strategically placed storm drains installed around the development, fed largely by hidden, subterranean channels. 

 

2. Hydrozones 

Wherever possible, our landscape designers will group grasses and plants according to their water requirements. These areas are called Hydrozones. These are a very effective way of reducing water wastage and improving irrigation efficiency, and at the same time, they’re a good way maintaining the health and improving the longevity of the plants.

 

3. Mulch and Tanbark 

You’ll find these soil coverings are pretty widespread these days, because they offer such effective benefits. Apart from their aesthetic appeal (their variety of shades and colours are loved by landscapers the world over), these natural coverings help restrict the growth of weeds by blocking sunlight – and at the same time, they prevent moisture in the soil from evaporating.

 

4. Drought resistant plants 

This year’s predictions for a wet summer shouldn’t undermine the fact that our rainfall levels are still reducing year on year. That’s why our landscape designers will make extensive use of native plants and other drought-tolerant species that will naturally require less water than their counterparts.

 

5. Shade 

Our Oaklands Green neighbourhood is well known for its shading tree canopy. While the development of the area will see some trees being removed, these will be replaced and added to. In fact, upon completion, the area will have around 40% more trees – providing shade for residents when they’re out and about and helping prevent evaporation of precious water.

 

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A guide to buying off-the-plan

For all kinds of home purchasers, buying off-the-plan can offer a range of benefits

 

Get your pick of the properties

 

When buying a new home, as with many aspects of life, there are definite advantages to getting in first. And that’s the main reason for wanting to buy off-the-plan.

With demand for new homes in Adelaide at unprecedented levels, this is your way to get in ahead of the crowd and secure your preferred location within the Oaklands Green development.

But wait, there’s more! It’s not only about getting in early. Buying off-the-plan has several other advantages that might be right up your street:

 

More choice

 

The Oaklands Green development is being offered to the market in stages, with properties in Stage 1A, Beersheba, now available. Each stage in the development will have in the region of 20 sites available, with a range of building designs to suit each location. In short, buying off-the-plan simply means more options, and a better chance to get exactly the home you’re looking for.

 

More time to save

 

As with buying any property, you are required to pay a deposit. This will secure your chosen home and location via a contract. However, the balance of the cost your new home isn’t required until the building is completed – and as this can take a number of months – that’s time you can use to save for the remainder of your deposit.

 

Save on Stamp Duty

 

In South Australia, if you sign a contract before construction begins, stamp duty only applies to the land value (if you buy a house and land) and not your finished home. Potentially, this
could save you many thousands of dollars – more money to put into your deposit, and reduce your home loan.

 

A guaranteed price

 

Another great incentive to buying off the plan is the contract. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what your new home is going to cost from the outset.
What’s more, by the time you settle, with construction complete, the house you own could be worth more than its value in the original contract – without costing you a cent.

 

Off-the-plan means brand new

 

This method of buying your home guarantees that you are the first owners to step through the front door. This, in itself, is very attractive for lots of new home buyers – especially when you can also pop down for a site visit and watch your new home or apartment take shape.

 

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We picked fruit

We Picked Fruit

 

The area around Oaklands Park was
once known as Adelaide’s ‘market garden’

To choose the names for the home designs at Oaklands Green, we went back to our roots – literally

 

Dig around, and you’ll find the land in and around our suburb certainly has plenty of history.

As well as providing the barracks for two of Australia’s highly distinguished and decorated Light Horse army regiments, the fertility of the surrounding land saw a booming local fruit industry.

Watered by the Sturt River, almond groves, vineyards and apple and stone fruit orchards all thrived in the area. Thanks to the abundance of high-quality produce, throughout the 1920s, Oaklands Park was referred to as Adelaide’s ‘market garden’.

Therefore, in honour of this recognition, the Oaklands Green Management Group and our first appointed builders, Rivergum Homes, have decided to name the brand-new home designs after varieties of fruit that the area was once known for.

Including species of apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots – you can expect to view designs that include the names Sonata, Kordia, Corella and Alvina to name a few.

Whichever home design you select, you can be sure you’re buying from the pick of the crop of Adelaide’s affordable housing market.

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A lesson for home buyers

 

Schools are supercharging

suburb property prices

For many home buyers throughout Australia, including here in Adelaide, getting children into a preferred or even a desirable school means paying a premium for the property.

Domain, one of the country’s leading online real estate sites, has just released its School Zones Report. According to the figures, parents are paying a premium of up to 20 per cent more than the average for homes in the catchments of highly-regarded schools.

Not surprisingly, Sydney and Melbourne topped the class for the greatest school zone house price growth. However, South Australia wasn’t spared the school versus suburb effect.

According to Domain’s figures, house prices in 88 per cent of our state’s primary school catchment zones, and 94 per cent of secondary school catchment zones increased during the 12 months to July.

But what does this mean to parents looking to buy. Well, with the pace of house price growth based on school catchments increasing on average by 15 per cent, and the state’s median house price sitting at around $475,500 (metro), it means parents are effectively paying over $70,000 to pick their kids’ school.

Of course, these are not cold hard facts, but it’s certainly food for thought. In which case, have a think about this. Oaklands Park and the suburbs around it have some of the highest regarded education facilities in the state. Kindies, schools and tertiary centres of excellence that are among the pride of the state.

In short, if these schools were in almost any other part of the country, you might pay a hefty premium to buy a house next to them. But not at Oaklands Green.

For our buyers, access to excellent schools is part of the fabric of the development. As is convenient access to transport, to wide open green spaces and, most important of all, an affordable home that people can call their own.

We believe our neighbourhood can teach all urban transformations a lesson or two.

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The steps to house buying

Step 2: Getting Pre-Qualified
Step 3: Ways to Finance your New Home
Step 4: What is a Conveyancer?

We want to make your path to owning a home at Oaklands Green a smooth one

 

With the new Oaklands Green home options about to be released, we thought we’d help you prepare for the buying process ahead.

Oaklands Green’s Project Team Leader, Tom McVann, sat with one of the state’s most experienced home loan specialists, Gary Benzan, to create a series of quick videos that help explain some of the most important points to buying your new home.

You can click links above to view, or visit the Oaklands Green Facebook page.

For all sales enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Tom via: tom@connektup.com.au

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Get Out – Doctor’s Orders!

 

At Oaklands Green, there are plenty
of places to enjoy your medicine

 

At Oaklands Green, we’ve always known that nothing beats a good walk in the park. And now, there is evidence to prove it.

Doctors around the world have been prescribing time immersed in nature as a way to help with depression and anxiety, in particular. And now our own medical professionals are on board.

Green Adelaide is partnering with the Appleton Institute to host a trial of “nature prescriptions”, through sessions encouraging people to spend more time outdoors to improve their wellbeing.

Doctors will provide referrals to the program, which includes face-to-face and Zoom sessions talking participants through their barriers to spending time outdoors. The program will link them with activities and also offer a “forest bathing” session in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Green Adelaide team leader community liaison Dr Robyn Molsher said if the trial was successful, it could lead to nature prescriptions becoming more heavily integrated in our healthcare system.

“There’s evidence of the benefits of nature contact for mental health and that became increasingly evident during the COVID lockdown,” she said.

“Ultimately it’s raising awareness of the benefits of contact with nature not just for the environment but the human health benefits as well

“People who are more connected with nature are more likely to want to conserve it, so there’s an environmental stewardship side of it too.”

Dr Katya Glogovska said she had already prescribed extra time outdoors for several of her patients who reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially amongst children.

“Studies that have shown a reduction the rates of obesity and improved mental health in children have inspired me to do a similar thing in my practice,” she said.

For all enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Tom McVann: tom@connektup.com.auTo keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Heat your home, not the planet

 

There are more ways to heat up than rug up

 

It’s only human to want to stay cosy and comfortable during the winter months. Normally, this means pulling on the Ugg boots, making big pots of soup and turning up the heating. However, that can also turn up the bills.

But the worst part of all of that is you might be paying for heating the outside of your house as much as inside. Buildings leak heat through windows, out of cracks around doors, into the ceiling space, and even through solid walls.

This is not only bad news for you and your energy bill, but also for the environment. High electricity use associated with heating houses in winter contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

However, you’ll be pleased to hear that your Oaklands Green home will be designed to combat the majority of that heat loss. And if you follow a few of these simple tips, you might just be able to kick off those old Ugg boots.

  1. Let the sun in
    The easiest way to remove household chill is to let the sunlight come in. In the Australian winter the sun sits low in the northern sky. Opening blinds and curtains on the north side of your home will provide a natural heating mechanism – and it will brighten your day as well.
  2. Smart heating
    Of course, you can’t rely on the effects of the sun all day. But at least you’ll know that any heat you do require in your Oaklands Green home will be provided without high economic and environmental cost.
  1. Built with efficiency in mind
    Because you’re lucky enough to be moving into a brand new Oaklands Green home, energy efficiency is top of the agenda. Your home will meet and surpass the South Australian Government’s requirements for reduced greenhouse gas emissions through increased efficiency.
  1. Keep the heat in
    You’d be amazed at how much heat can escape from a home, even through the brickwork. Oaklands Green homes, on the other hand, will have quality wall and ceiling insulation installed. You might also want to affix shades or curtains to windows that aren’t capturing sunlight.

With these tips in mind, you won’t have to shiver through the cold months like our pug in a rug.

For all enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Tom McVann: tom@connektup.com.auTo keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Great names remembered

 

Our street memorial to those who served on two, and four legs

 

The location of the new Oaklands Green development has a long and proud military connection. The neighbouring Warradale Barracks were formerly the Oaklands Camp and training grounds for the 3rd and 9th Australian Light Horse Regiments.

Both of our local regiments served with outstanding valour in numerous campaigns during the Boer war and throughout the Middle East during WW1, including the infamous Gallipoli offensive of 1915.

The sacrifices made during this period of history are well-documented – including both the staggering human loss and the tens of thousands of horses lost. In fact, of the 130,000 horses that Australia sent overseas during WW1, just a single horse returned – Sandy, the mount of Major General Sir William Bridges.

By far, the majority of Australia’s war horses were Walers. This incredible breed (named after their New South Wales origins) was sturdy, hardy and able to travel great distances in the heat with very little water.

Sadly, fewer than 12,000 of the Walers survived the war. And of these, none (except for Sandy) were allowed to return home due to quarantine reasons. However, such were the breed’s remarkable qualities, most of the Walers were eagerly bought up by the British Army to serve in India – with many of these horses having belonged to our 3rd and 9th Light Horse Regiments.

In honour of these horses, who saw out their days in India, The City of Marion memorialised an Oaklands Park road intersection with the names Rangoon Street and Rajah Street. Other streets were also so named – Madras, Bombay and Lucknow – along with the Bombay Street Reserve and Rajah Reserve, which now sit within Oaklands Green.  

It almost goes without saying, that the Oaklands Green management group is intensely proud of its neighbourhood’s connection to the light horse regiments that once called the area home. This is why, we have decided to name the Stage Releases of the development after the Walers that served in WW1. These names include, Karingal, Marais, Dardanelle, Talara and Flanders.

Therefore, we are extremely proud to announce that the Stage 1 Release at Oaklands Green will be called ‘Beersheba’.

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Apartments on the rise

 

Six of the best benefits of apartment living

 

Oaklands Green offers a broad selection of home designs and configurations, including a range of apartments. No longer seen as a stop-gap on the way to buying a ‘proper’ house, many apartment residents are finding that the benefits of this lifestyle suits them just as well, if not better, than a house ever did.

And why not? The advantages are many and varied, especially for first homeowners or young couples. Here are a few to get things off the ground.

  1. Lifestyle
    If you’re out and about most of the time, perhaps you don’t need the additional space that a house normally offers over an apartment. In addition, many apartment dwellers are increasingly using public spaces around them as extensions of their home, and even their garden – of which Oaklands Green residents will find an abundance.
  2. Maintenance
    It goes without saying that you can expect less maintenance and up-keep with an apartment over a house. At Oaklands Green, it also means you’re moving into a brand-new facility built to the very latest safety and construction requirements. However, if there are any maintenance issues with the building, they’ll be handled by the body corporate. Of course, without a garden there’ll be no weeding or lawn mowing – and you can enjoy the expansive communal green areas.
  3. The Outlook
    One of the endearing qualities that apartment living offers is the outlook. Owners often talk about how being above street level gives them an additional sense of space and natural light. And when they want to, they can step out onto their balcony to watch the world go by.
  4. Security
    The entire Oaklands Green development will have the very latest security measures installed, including throughout the public spaces. However, there is an additional sense of security that some people find with an apartment. Access is required to enter the building itself. The lift will also have occupier-only access and be monitored, along with hallways – and then there’s the security of your front door itself.
  5. Community
    Studies all over the world have found that there is a unique sense of bonding between apartment living neighbours over ground-level. Faces become more familiar, and people tend to help each other more. This recognition between residents also helps create an additional layer of security – strangers stand out.
  6. Affordability
    Obviously, a smaller residence comes with a smaller price tag, which for many, is a way onto the property ladder – without affecting your access or enjoyment of all of Oaklands Green reserves and parklands. Of course, less space requires less air conditioning and heating. There is also a communal heating and cooling affect throughout the building thanks to shared walls. On top of that, the apartments at Oaklands Green will be built sustainably from the ground up.

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Marion sees green

 

Green by name and green by nature

 

Word is certainly spreading about the transformation happening at Oaklands Green. But we’re delighted to see that it’s our entire suburb that is embracing this age of change. On the back of a commitment that began over 7 years ago, the City of Marion has announced a plan that will see it become carbon neutral by 2030.

There are two ways to achieve carbon neutrality – reduce carbon emissions and increase natural foliage – and the Marion Council is well aware of both. This is fantastic news on so many fronts.

Aside from the complete transformation of our street lighting to energy-efficient LEDs, it means more tree-lined, shady footpaths – and the preservation and expansion of green spaces, parklands and reserves.

It means building smarter, healthier public buildings, like libraries and schools, with improved air flow and the use of natural light – both of which are known to stimulate and improve our wellbeing.

It means our city, our suburb and our neighbourhood will become an even more desirable place to live, to visit and enjoy. Not only for today’s residents, but for the generations to come.

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Multi-culture club

 

Learning a new skill or hobby always brings
people from different backgrounds together

 

All around Oaklands Green you’ll find examples of the richness of diversity that our neighbourhood enjoys. There’s a whole tapestry of cultures and languages, religions and cuisines, that already call our suburb home.

It’s a diversity that’s also celebrated in landmarks. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, close to the Warriparinga Wetlands, is dedicated to the original owners of the land and water. The Shri Ganesh Hindu Temple, with its magnificent deities, belongs as much in South India as South Australia. While the newly built Islamic Mosque in Park Holme inspires all, with its majestic chandelier centrepiece.

There is also a number of Neighbourhood Centres around Oaklands Green that offer English language classes, new arrival programs and adult community education courses specifically created for migrants.

The City of Marion has always been a melting pot of nationalities and diversity, and Oaklands Green will provide new and affordable ways for people from all cultures to make a fresh start!

For all enquiries regarding Oaklands Green, contact Tom McVann: tom@connektup.com.auTo keep up to date with the Oaklands Green news, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Take to the track!

 

The train station has won design awards, 
and lots of fans!

 

The recently redeveloped Oaklands Park railway station and exchange sits on the Seaford line and gives Oaklands Green residents 20min access to the CBD.

Featuring excellent pedestrian access and extensive lighting – along with a bicycle parking station, public toilet and a new kiss ‘n’ drop’ spot on Murray Terrace – the new station has really taken onboard the needs of commuters.

But easy riders and day-trippers will all love the convenience too. Sitting almost directly at the halfway spot on the line, it’s as easy to pack up the kids and beach towels and head south to the sands, as it is to take a trip to town.

And it’s such an easy way to get straight into the heart of the festival and events action – no parking, no traffic and, of course, your train comes with a designated driver.

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Oaklands Green welcomes Connekt

 

Introducing Tom McVann,
Project Consultant

 

With our recent re-zoning approval granted by the state’s Planning Minister, Oaklands Green has taken another step forward by appointing Connekt Urban Projects as the development’s sales agents.

Specialising in residential and urban renewal projects, the team at Connekt share over 150 years’ experience in the industry. Having worked across many of the state’s largest and most successful development projects, including Playford Alive and Blackwoodpark, Connekt has all the right skills and proven experience to help our Oaklands Green home buyers.

Leading the Oaklands Green Sales Team is Project Consultant, Tom McVann. With his comprehensive knowledge of the entire buying process, Tom will be there to ensure your needs are met and the path into your new home is a smooth one. 

Tom is available to answer all enquiries regarding Oaklands Green. You can contact him via his email: tom@connektup.com.au

To learn more about Connekt and the projects that the team has been involved in visit connektup.com.au.

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A major milestone met

 

The public announcement of
Oakland’s Green’s re-zoning approval

 

We’re delighted to announce that the State Government has approved Oaklands Green’s re-zoning application. This landmark go-ahead means work can now move from on paper to on the ground, with site works expected to begin in April this year.

The $135 million Oaklands Green housing initiative is the largest of its kind in South Australia, and is about to set the new standard for what a master planned community can deliver for a community and its residents.

What’s more, the development will provide over 1,200 new jobs and aligns directly with the State Government’s new Our Housing Future 2020-30 strategy to increase the supply of affordable housing and improved social housing dwellings for tenants.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said, “This multi-million-dollar redevelopment will renew, rejuvenate and revitalise the suburb and its surrounds.”

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Waterrific Fun!

Time to get the
toddlers into their togs

Nothing mixes like kids and water – and with the re-opening of the Marion Outdoor Pool centre and water park, just splash down for a wet and wild time.

The $4.5 million revamp features two slides starting from a 10m-high platform – one that’s 70m long, allowing young aquanauts to drop the full 10m and reach speeds over 30km/h!

The new water play park, with its 9.2m high and 20m wide centrepiece, has four slides, a 600-litre tipping bucket and water cannons.

Parents are also welcome to get their toes wet, but if you prefer dry land, the new facilities include new shade areas with BBQs and a new kiosk – there’s also a Balinese hut for hire for parties.

Remember, while your kids are having a splashing time, keep them sun-safe, with rash-tops and waterproof sunscreen.

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A well-considered plan

A masterplan
unfolds

In creating a blueprint as a sustainable neighbourhood, Oaklands Green has two simple and important objectives: reduce the development’s energy usage overall, and reduce the cost of energy for each household. There are a number of ways that these objectives have been included in the Oaklands Park homes’ architecture.

‘Passive Design’ takes advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature range in the home. It reduces the need for heating or cooling, which can account for about 40% of energy use in the average Australian home.

‘Building Materials’ come with an environmental cost of some sort. However, careful analysis and selection of materials and the way they are combined will yield significant improvements in the comfort and cost effectiveness Oaklands Green homes.

‘Energy Consumption’ reduction has been factored into each home design. Heating and cooling use the most energy in a home (40%), followed by water heating (20%), appliances (34%), then lighting (6%). With smart design and modern materials, consumption will be kept to a minimum.

‘Water Consumption’ reduction is also a major part of each Oaklands Green home design, which will include water efficient showerheads, toilets, appliances and taps. Around the neighbourhood, indigenous plants have been chosen that are adapted for local growing conditions, along with mulching and water-efficient irrigation systems.

It is the aim of the Oaklands Green development to not only provide an affordable home to buy – but one that is affordable to live in today, and long into the future. Because ‘a fresh start’ is just the beginning of a life to come.

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‘Tis the season

A time for 
enjoying family

Well, the month has just tipped over to December, which is often the time many of us start to get serious about Christmas shopping. And as usual, there are two sides to this big buying time – gifts, and preparing the house for parties, lunches and guests. And as difficult as the year leading up to Christmas 2020 has been, all the predictions are this year will be a celebration like no other.

The great thing about the traditional ‘silly season’ is it really brings people together. Which means great times can be had by all, without digging too deep into the pocket. For most of us, this year will be about buying smartly, not extravagantly.

Even those who might have been planning a trip at this time and are now putting that spend towards a Christmas staycation – enjoying family and friends instead of flights – are looking at ways to help the dollars make more sense.

To be able to make these calls, you need options and there are those aplenty around Oaklands Green. The obvious place to head first is Westfield Marion. One of the largest shopping malls in the state, what the complex offers under one roof are answers to your Christmas gift ideas and your party needs along with plenty of coffee bars and lunch spots between stores to sit and rest your feet for a minute.  With 342 stores you’ll be sure to find gifts for almost everyone!

If you have the kids in tow, they can help find Santa’s missing reindeers in Westfield in the Reindeer Rescue augmented reality adventure.  Find out more about it here.

There is a Charlesworth Nuts store in Westfield, but their factory is also nearby, with a huge selection of pre-packaged festive season gifts to suit absolutely every budget.

Putting on a Christmas lunch? Well, it’s easier to produce your best, with the best produce. It’s only a short drive to the Wayville Showgrounds and the Adelaide Farmers’ Market.  Talk to the stall owners who’ll happily tell you the backstory to your spuds, and the deets about your beets.

Closer to home, there’s the Carousel Fruit Barn – a favourite for fresh flavours for home cooks and local chefs alike.  And don’t forget, Harbour Town Premium Outlets is just over 7kms down the street from Oaklands Green.  You’ll be able to buy twice as much with your presents budget here!

If there’s a message to consider as we head off to enjoy this year’s Christmas cheer, it’s probably – keep it simple and stay safe. Wishing you all the best to you and your family for the season.

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From Kindy to Uni

Kinds in classroom
Kindy kid and uni graduate

From kindy
to uni…

Well, for those who’ve done their homework, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of school options, at all levels, around the neighbourhood.

The local catchment zone offers excellent pre-school, primary and secondary and even after-school education facilities. Of course, Flinders University’s main campus is nearby, at Bedford Park, along with their business studies hub at Tonsley.

And let’s not forget those of us who are past school age. If you’re looking to learn a new skill or trade, there’s a whole range of courses at the TAFESA campus, also at Tonsley.

As more and more people are learning, Oaklands Green is great for schools.

Be sure to keep right up to date with things by following Oaklands Green on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out the school zones around Oaklands Green here.   

The Croak Chorus

Brown grass frog
Mum and son at Oaklands Wetlands

The Oaklands
Wetlands

Spring is the perfect time to take a walk, jog, or a ride around the wetlands. The weather (ought to be) about perfect, and you’ll be surrounded by the sounds of our amphibian friends ribbiting on and on to each other.

These sounds are one of the sure signs that the wetlands are alive and well. And that’s a good way to think of them – as a living entity. During the cold winter months, the wetlands are more dormant. In summer, you might worry when they dry out. But our wetlands are ‘ephemeral’, which means they can dry out, but come back to life when there’s rainwater. The frogs are perfectly adapted to that way of living, laying deep in the cool moist mud until the wetlands fill up again.

Our wetlands, like many around the world, are likened to nature’s ‘kidneys’, as they remove a lot of unwanted waste. Because the wetlands contain still water, sediment can settle to the bottom to feed the roots of plants – along with microbes, which are eaten by insects, which are eaten by frogs, which are eaten by birds…

Just something to think about, next time you peer over the edge of the boardwalk.

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Get more information on the Wetlands Reserve and visitor centre here.

 

A Fresh Start

For life-loving
individuals…

While the vision for Oaklands Green will help transform the neighbourhood – it will also help transform the lives of those who live here.

By offering a smart selection of affordable designs, Oaklands Green will meet the needs of all kinds of owners and residents.

There will be homes for growing families; for aspiring young couples; for those eager to downsize; and life-loving individuals. But what they all share, is the desire to make ‘A Fresh Start’.

And the thing is – at Oaklands Green you get far more than just a quality home from one of Adelaide’s most respected builders.

You get access to almost 3.5-hectares of parks and reserves. You get to enjoy dedicated walking trails and bike paths. And, of course, you get to stroll through the adjacent wetlands.

In fact, it’s because there are so many natural spaces within and around the neighbourhood, that the development is called – Oaklands ‘Green’.

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