Parklea has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Victorian UDIA Awards for Excellence with the jewel in its development portfolio, Timbertop Estate, nominated for Best Residential Development.
The award vindicates the vision of developer Parklea which set out to create a planned community that was functional and aesthetically pleasing while also being sympathetic to the site’s history and natural landscape.
The evolution of Timbertop started in 2012 and the estate will be completed by 2020 with the last two stages selling now.
Thanks to careful planning and with the liveability of future residents in mind at every step, Timbertop is a prime example of what can be achieved by a developer who is invested in quality and cares about its legacy.
Now, seven years later, the 80-hectare estate is nearly complete with more than 700 homesites and 2,000 people enjoying life at the top. The 2.5-hectare wetlands are one of three significant open spaces within Timbertop, along with the 2 hectare Hicks Reserve and the 1-hectare Timbertop West Reserve.
The estate’s final releases have created enormous interest, with buyers keen to snap up the last blocks in the premium Chateau release and the Timbertop East release situated around the estate’s picturesque wetlands.
Parklea Sales and Marketing Manager Jarod Mills said Timbertop was a prime example of what can be achieved by a developer who is invested in quality and cares about its legacy.
Mr Mills said it was Timbertop’s “serene yet convenient lifestyle“ which set it apart.
Timbertop has completely transformed the once tiny hamlet of Officer. Now residents have at their doorstep an established shopping centre, café, childcare centre and speciality stores.
Mr Mills said Parklea had worked proactively to create a safe, engaged and connected community which was also sustainable.
A residents group was convened early in the life of the estate. The group now operates independently, with a strong, growing membership.
Other initiatives include providing residents with free exercise classes, the establishment of a mixed netball team, welcome nights for new residents and community events.
Environmental sustainability has been one of Timbertop’s guiding principles. Parklea has provided sustainability group SECCCA with dedicated space within the Timbertop Land Sales Office to promote its Home Energy Advisory Service.
“Timbertop is an example of what can be achieved when the best urban design principles are sympathetically incorporated into the existing landscape.
Parklea also partnered with builder SJD Homes to construct one of Victoria’s first zero net carbon homes at Timbertop.
Mr Mills said the entire team at Parklea was honoured by the UDIA’s recognition of what they had achieved at Timbertop.
“Timbertop was designed to be a premium community for first and subsequent home buyers. The Facey family, owners of Parklea, have a long history in the South East and wanted to make this terrific region accessible to other families who also want to put down roots in an estate that they know will only continue to get better as it matures.“