Michelle and Brett Simmonds
A 576sqm corner lot overlooking the wetlands became available at the 11th hour, and now they’re busy working out the design for their two storey family home. “Quite literally, the balcony will be the main feature of the house,” said Michelle.
“We live nearby and there are lots of new estates around the area but Acacia has a lot of things the others were lacking,” Michelle said.
“We loved the lot, we loved the wetlands and there’s so much going on in the estate."
“There’s the future school, parks, a shopping centre, there’s even a community centre planned,” she said.
“For us with a young family, they’re all massive ticks in the box.” Michelle says the family will grow and nine-month-old Byron will have brothers or sisters to explore the wetlands with and kick a football or throw a frisbee in the park.
Jason and Sarah Purins
Jason and Sarah Purins spend their working lives dedicated to delivering what customers want.
Jason, aged 29, is head kitchenware merchandise buyer for a high profile national retailing group. And Sarah, 25, coordinates the new and refit store program which is upgrading and refurbishing all of the retail chain’s outlets nationwide.
Sarah and Jason purchased their lot at Acacia in May 2017 and hope to start building soon after land titles are issued this May – and have their fingers crossed they can be in the house when their families visit from Queensland for Christmas.
“We like Melbourne, it’s right for us and we expect to stay here in the long term. But it has taken us a few years to really get to know Melbourne and work out where we wanted to live,” he said.
“We have lots of friends living in or near the area and that was a big consideration. We liked Acacia because while it is well located with good access but it was still a little bit off the grid and so not in the really built-up areas.
The couple love going away on weekends to the Yarra Valley in winter and hitting the waves down the peninsular in summer and will be closer to both after their move to Acacia.
“There are lots of positives to where we’ve chosen to live”