Glenside developments first residents settle in as construction continues
GLENSIDE’S first residents are settling into their new homes, as construction continues at full-steam at the much talked about $400 million 1000-home city-fringe development.
The completion of the first homes coincides with the opening of the development’s first community park, which features lawn areas, landscaped gardens, a community barbecue space and a shelter.
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There are currently 61 homes under construction – 34 already complete – and the development’s six-storey, 77-apartment complex Botanica is scheduled for completion mid next year.
Development director Mark Pivovaroff said having residents move into the community, about 12 months after its homes were first offered to the market, was a significant milestone five years in the making.
“To see it finally come to fruition with a community starting to form, that’s what we’ve been working towards for a long time,” Mr Pivovaroff said.
Mr Pivovaroff said the development’s public open space was starting to be embraced by locals.
“People are pretty impressed that they can go somewhere locally here and have a barbecue and have some friends all gather,” he said.
“Even though it is in our development, it was deliberately designed so it is for all the public.
“The public open space always draws people and if you present it well, and you maintain it well, which we will, that makes them feel invited and gives them confidence to consider buying.”
The finished 16ha masterplanned development will feature 1000 new homes set among landscaped public spaces complete with walking and cycling trails, as well as 400 new trees.
Homes in the development range from a one-bedroom apartment for $360,000 to a four bedroom family home for $1.25 million.
Jane Mayer and her family were among the first to move into the development, and Mrs Mayer said, moving from Golden Grove, her family was embracing eastern suburbs life.
“We’d been searching for a townhouse in that area for a long time because we wanted our kids to go to Linden Park Primary, but unfortunately at our budget all the townhouses in that area were really old and didn’t have enough space for us,” Mrs Mayer said.
“Here I am much closer to work, we can walk to the city, and we’re much closer to the Adelaide Zoo, the Botanic Gardens and the beach – so there are a lot of pluses.”
Mrs Mayer said it was exciting to be one of the first to call Glenside home and see the community take shape around her, and said she looked forward to seeing the wider community embrace the development’s open spaces.
“We have access to the park and that’s all open to the public and the kids love it,” she said.
“I think when the warmer weather comes there will be a lot of activity in there.”