We knew we were on a good thing when we bought. Acacia was selling like hotcakes. It’s got family written all over it Michelle Simmonds Acacia resident

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Michelle and Brett Simmonds

Acacia’s wetlands are going to be the focus for the Simmonds family’s brand new home.

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.

Alisha Harvey and Brendan Andric

“This will be our dream home. I don’t see us moving out of there in the next 10 years at least. We won’t outgrow it any time soon,” Brendan said.

Professional couple, Alisha Harvey and Brendan Andric looked hard to find the right lot.

A personal recommendation led them to Acacia at Botanic Ridge.

 “We needed a certain size lot to build the house we want – 500sqm plus – we’re going big with a 32 square home.”

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”

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Jacob Cudmore

First homebuyer Jacob Cudmore’s long search for the perfect homesite came to an end when friends in Botanic Ridge recommended he look at Acacia.

“I’ve been saving for this since I was 18 and have had to be very good with my money to make this purchase happen,” Jacob explained. “The first home owners grant also made buying at this age a lot easier.”

Jacob is also pleased that he’ll still be close to family, and even closer to some of his friends.

“I grew up in Frankston South and my parents are still there, so it will be good that I’ll still be close to them,” he said. “I’ve been playing football and cricket since I was nine and a few of my closest friends have also bought at Acacia!”

“I like to be active and go for runs so it will be good to have so many parks, and being so close to the Botanic Gardens is a bonus.!”

Michael and Helen Mcneil

Chocolate loving Michael and charity worker Helen moved to Australia from the UK four years ago for the weather and love of adventure. The couple, who met 19 years ago through work, are now planning to build the house of their dreams on 572sqm at Summerhill with Beachwood Constructions.

“When we first moved to Australia, we were homeless, unemployed and living out of Helen’s sister’s caravan. Now we have jobs we both love, a life of adventure and soon we’ll have our very own home,” Michael said.

Chocolate loving Michael found his perfect job as a Territory Manager for food manufacturer Mondelez Australia – promoting their portfolio of popular brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk, Pascall, Oreo and more.

And Helen has recently begun working at the Luke Batty Foundation as a personal assistant to Rosie Batty, working to raise awareness and help women and children affected by the trauma of family violence.

For this couple, the location reminds them of where they lived in the UK which was a semi-rural area with a countryside feel.

“Summerhill’s location is absolutely perfect for us. Being so close to the Royal Botanic Gardens gives it a country feel which we love, but we’re still connected to major transport networks that means we can be wherever we want to be in no time.”

“With the future parks and shopping centre we’ll have everything we need.”

“We’re planning a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a front living room, an activity room and a very neat kitchen,”

“I’m going to look into getting an aquarium because I think it will look great and it’s low maintenance so when we travel it won’t be too difficult to just get up and going,”

“We’re not married, don’t have kids, but love life that way – we have so much fun and get to experience the world. It’s just great,”

“After just coming back from Fiji, I have to say it’s one of the best travel destinations I’ve been to – everything from the food, to shopping and the islands.”

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Enjoying pizza at the display homes



It's official now 😀👫🏡

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SOLD!! Flashback to our land going from Sale to Sold. Titles aren't far away now 🤗 Should be starting the build in a few weeks. Yay!

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Mandatory Sold Sign Pic

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...Cranbourne Gardens specialises in Australian native plants. The total area of this division is 363 hectares which includes heathlands, wetlands and woodlands.

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Ripper day at the hickinbotham brewery 👌🏻

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...from a few weeks ago when I was at a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, in Cranbourne.

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No filter evening beach walks

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With our electrical appointment nearing I'm still unsure if I want to put pendants over the kitchen bench then I saw these today and I ❤️them!!

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Welcome Present has arrived - Not long until it all starts happening now 😃🏡🎉

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Cheers to the weekend.... 🍻

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Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, in Cranbourne...Needless to say these gardens are stunning and well worth the free visit.

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ISLAND LIFE // Whether it's homework time or they like to 'help' with dinner, an island bench is a great place for kids to feel part of the action in the kitchen.



Tropical flowers for the home



Today is a good day!! We finally got to put our sold sticker up for our block & we signed the contracts for our new investment property in the same estate 🏡🎉🍾 @br3nd0g

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