Life looks good at Donnybrae
One in four people looking for land in Melbourne head north of the city, where estates like Donnybrae hold the promise of an idyllic lifestyle.
Modern land estates have come a long way in recent years as urban designers meet the challenge of harnessing the essence of Melbourne and incorporating aspects of the city that everyone loves - leafy streets, cafés and outdoor venues, shared pathways and parklands that draw people out of their homes and into the community.
As more and more people choose to settle in the thriving Northern Growth Corridor, it’s easier to believe planners’ forecasts that Donnybrook-Woodstock will have 17,000 dwellings by 2050 and the region will one day have an eventual population of more than 260,000 people.
To accommodate this population growth, the area is set to undergo a total transformation with construction of new schools and retail precincts, future business centres offering employment opportunities and planned upgrades to transport links to the city and regional Victoria.
The Victorian Government announcement that most new industrial land for the northern metropolitan region will be located within the Northern Growth Corridor which means there are massive employment opportunities for those living in the area.
For example, just a few kilometres away from Donnybrae is the new Merrifield Business Park which will generate employment for around 25,000 people.
Next door, a new shopping centre is likely to add an additional 5,000 jobs to that figure.
As more and more people travel to and from Donnybrook to live and work, an ambitious redevelopment of the station will double the number of available car parking spaces and provide the extension of the city-bound platform to accommodate six-carriage trains.
Donnybrook-Woodstock will also have its own CFA and ambulance station, various future community hubs offering retail outlets and leisure facilities, along with numerous future sports grounds. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced that Donnybrook-Woodstock will ultimately have five local town centres, ten schools and 46 hectares of parkland.
“Donnybrook-Woodstock will be a great place to live and raise a family, with nearby jobs for locals and affordable homes that help young Victorians achieve their dream of homeownership,” said the Minister.
But it’s not just young Victorians moving to the area. Feedback from visitors to Donnybrae’s Land Sales Centre indicates that while some of the land is selling to first homebuyers, it is also families upgrading to their second or third home and people relocating from other states who are choosing to settle there.
These buyers have diverse requirements, so the nature of residences being built has also shifted. Gone are the days when all buyers want is a three-bedroom house with a double garage. Today, many home owners are building four-bedroom homes with two living areas and a great outdoor area for entertaining friends and family. Meanwhile, others are after something a little different.
At Donnybrae, building lots come in all shapes and sizes and new dwellings will be as diverse as two-storey multigenerational homes, low-maintenance homes on compact blocks and even medium density townhouses.