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Choosing your community

Once you know what you can afford, prioritise what you want in your new homesite.  

home and land
Buying a home can be an emotional decision and it’s easy to fall in love with a particular location or house design, without thinking through whether it’s really the right fit for you and your family.  
 
The best place to start when buying a home is to think about what you want in your new community and home to ensure it’s right for you!

Location

What are the ‘must have’ features of your new location? Consider the proximity of your block to the following:
  • public transport
  • schools
  • work
  • family and friends
  • parks and recreational facilities
  • services including shopping centres, medical centres, entertainment
  • major road networks
  • the coast or river

It's also important to make sure the community you are interested in is within your budget.

Lot type

There are many different types of lots and it’s important to consider which is right for you, for example:
  • Interior lot – which fronts only one street and usually lies between homes on the left and right sides  
  • Corner lot – which lies on the corner of two intersecting streets. These blocks usually attract a premium over standard lots, as they offer easy access to the rear of the home and potentially easier subdivision

Lot size and shape 

Consider the size of the block you may need. 
  • Flute or terrace lots – 140sqm to 225sqm, with frontages of less than 8.5 metres  and rear loaded
  • Cottage lots – 225sqm to 450sqm, typically with frontages of 8.5 to 12 metres and rear loaded
  • Traditional lots – over 450sqm, typically with frontages of 13 metres or more and front loaded
  • Homestead lots – 1500sqm or more
The shape of the block you are considering is also important. Elongated or unusually shaped blocks can often limit ‘off the plan’ home designs and may require an architect to maximise usage without wasting space. This can lead to additional cost and time delays.

Other matters to consider

Before you purchase your block of land, it is also important to consider:
  • whether local government has any plans for future subdivisions, land uses in the area, road changes or special building conditions/restrictions on the title or land use
  • the zoning of the land
  • the frontage and depth of your lot – and how this may impact on your future home design
  • if the orientation of the block accommodates an energy efficient design
  • if the land has any encumbrances, easements, proposed resumptions or restrictive covenants
  • the slope of the block, including any levelling and/or retaining walls required
  • the height of the water table
  • the soil type and the extent of site works that will be required to remove rock, clay or other unwanted materials
  • if any existing fences are correctly positioned
  • the availability of gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications and electricity
  • whether the lot is subject to any design guidelines that may impact on your home design
Peet’s experienced sales teams can provide more information and help you to find the right block to suit your needs. You can also ask them about any incentives on offer.

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