Buying in a Master-planned Estate

by : Amos Grham



Just imagine; you have just bought your dream home online. Now it's not just any house. It has style and panache and is exactly what you have wanted for many years. It is neat, two story, elegant, and very modern. The Japanese garden though relatively small, is beautifully landscaped, and demands to be noticed with discretion and pride. A few months go by and you learn that your neighbour to the left is planning a replica of the Parthenon, complete with concrete front yard, and Aphrodite set in a large fountain with water streaming from an orifice near her navel.

Then a few days later your neighbour to the right is scheduling a large version of an English 'miners-cottage', with neat flowering cottage garden, climbing 'Cecile Brunner's', complete with ubiquitous gnomes. Not that I have anything against the Parthenon; it is a truly beautiful and awe-inspiring building, but best left in Greece. The English miner's-cottage, on the other hand, is going to be very much out of place with its single frontage, built on a much larger scale of course, and with a fussy, high maintenance garden. Perhaps neither of these homes are the type that you are searching online for, so it may be that you need to browse through the thousands of properties at OzFreeOnline.com where you can search real estate property listings. Just by registering free and submitting all the search criteria for the property you want to view, you can search for a home anywhere in Australia.

Thinking on it, perhaps it is your home, which is going to look entirely foreign.

The best way to avoid this sort of architectural surprise is buying a home within a 'master-planned' community. Master-plan communities can be seen on Ozfree Real Estate section who boast at being Victoria's leading home builder. On entering their site you can visit their display homes online. These plans map out the type of development that will occur on a site and where, and can establish design standards, view-sharing principles, landscaping and even lawn maintenance.