William Cook and his fiancée Renee Morrison (both 21) bought their block at Movida in 2016 and moved into the community in December 2017. The couple recently won tickets to Movida Estate's Secret Supper at Entwined in the Valley, through a resident competition.
"Since we bought our block in 2016, we’ve built our 3-bedroom 2-bathroom home. The building process was relatively quick and smooth, and we managed to move in to Movida in December last year.”
“In January we got a new dog too, we named him Lupin because we’re fans of Harry Potter. We love to roam around the estate and people will often stop for a chat with us.”
“We enjoy all the facilities and are often at the park, and find that everyone here is super happy and super helpful. I’m also looking forward to attending the new Wiluna Park opening, because I’ll finally be in Perth for a community event as it’s hard for these events to align with my FIFO work schedule!”
“Entwined in The Valley was great fun, it was great to attend the Movida Estate Secret Supper. We felt a bit like fish out of water, as we’re not used to fancy things! So it was really nice. I went with my fiancée Renee and it was a really nice night out.”
Natasha and Darel
Natasha Coutinho was one of the happy winners of tickets to Movida Estate's Secret Supper at Entwined in the Valley through a resident/purchaser competition. Natasha and her husband Darel are set to move into their newly built home but already feel the strong community spirit at Movida Estate.
“When we were looking at where to build we decided on Movida Estate because it seemed very modern yet still had a nice family feel. From a development and investment point of view, it’s a very convenient place to be, and there is a lot happening in Midland.”
“We paid our deposit in 2017, and when we got the slab down earlier this year we were the first ones in the estate to host a slab party! I got a couple of picnic rugs and camping chairs laid out, ordered some pizza and had a bunch of friends come and chill to celebrate us having our slab down.”
“We also had other people from within the community join us who were either at slab stage or halfway through building. It was a great night.”
“We started building a week or two later and now we’re about a week away from moving in to our new home. The block is 375sqm and we’ve built a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a theatre and scullery on it.”
“The community spirit is really strong at Movida. Everyone’s really active on the community Facebook page – we’re even coordinating trick or treating and a Halloween party at one of the parks. William Cook, another resident, was the one who started the idea but everyone has the same idea and completely jumped on board.”
Martin and Caroline Logan
Martin and Caroline were ready to downsize and chose Movida Estate because of the variety of block sizes on offer. They love having the Swan Valley on their doorstep, as well as plenty of amenities nearby.
"We feel like we are part of a community which we really love. We are very happy."
An exciting new chapter in the lives of Joshua Cooke and partner Tayla Hall is set to start at Movida later this year with the young couple moving from their parents’ houses in Helena Valley and Balga into their first home together.
“Being independent, having my own place, moving forward, and making a good investment in the future,” is what Joshua is most looking forward to. He will be 25 and Tayla will be 21 by the time Easystart Homes hand over the keys to the house.
Being based at Midland in his job as a sheet fabrication worker, and also living nearby with his family, meant Joshua already had his eye on Movida long before signing up to buy a block of the land in the new community.
“There is a lot of development happening in the Midland area and so I believe it is a good place to be in terms of investment,” said Joshua.
“As the city grows, people are having to move further and further out. We wanted to be somewhere which was still close in and near all the major amenities, so the location was also an attraction.”
Joshua said another factor was being close to his local hockey club. He’s been playing the game since he was five and wanted to continue with his same team mates in the sport.
Movida in Midvale is a very long way from the Caribbean islands nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
But for Nadene Lewis it will become home, some five years after a stopover in Perth on the way to New Zealand led to an unplanned change to her life and the pending start of a new chapter, at Movida.
“I loved the weather here and there seemed to be lots of opportunities for young people,” said Nadene.
“I was attracted by the size of the blocks and the price, so I got in quickly to give myself time to save for a deposit on the house,” Nadene said.
Jayde Turner and Ben Ranger
Jayde Turner and partner Ben Ranger had no trouble choosing to build their first home at Movida. Already renting and living nearby in Stratton, they found a deal with Aussie Living Homes and leapt at the chance to move to Movida.
“We were already very familiar with the area as we take our dog for walks through there all the time, it’s really nice,” said Jayde.
Jayde and Ben’s son 12-year-old Kaen attends the nearby Swan View High School and six-year-old Owen is close by at Clayton View Primary school, so their new home will put them even closer to both schools.
Kaen plays basketball with the local PCYC team and his younger brother loves his bike and says he wants to be a motocross rider when he gets older.
“There are good footpaths and cycle ways in the estate and we let our boys ride their bikes through there too.”
Moving to Movida along with the family will be their German Shepherd, ‘Bear’ and their two girls – cats ‘Koko’ and ‘Bella’!
Justin and Amanda McKay
For Justin and Amada McKay their new home at Peet Limited’s Movida Estate represents the first big step into city life.
While the broadacre farmers will keep and continue to run their 2000 acre property at Goomalling, the couple is looking forward to having a new Perth base.
“We really like Movida and the fact that you can get out of the place – away from the city – without getting stuck in or having to deal with heavy traffic. You are not hemmed in.
Mary Ann and Ronel Gannaban
Mary Ann works as a carer in Mundaring and her husband is employed at the abattoir in Wooroloo, so a central location with good access to their respective workplaces was important. They had identified the general area and started house hunting.
“From Movida, it’s about a 15 minutes’ drive to my work and some 25 minutes to Ronel’s work”
“It’s a very good location and this will be our first house, so we will be very excited to move in. We’re especially excited for the parks.”
William Cook and fiancé Renee Morrison
“We currently live in Lesmurdie and wanted to be closer to the city and all the shops and amenities, but we still wanted to be within easy reach of the Hills because my fiancé’s family lives there too,” he said.
“We were looking for an established unit in Midland but when we spoke to a builder and found we could get a new house with exactly what we wanted for only $20,000 more at Movida, it was the perfect solution.”
Being close to Perth Airport was also important in selecting a block, as William works as a blaster in the Pilbara and flies to and from an iron ore mine site every few weeks.
“We really like all the parks and open spaces at Movida. It will be great for us to go for rides together on our bikes, which we really enjoy,” William said.
University student and youth worker Chelsea Bramich signed up for a house and land package at Movida as the Homebuyer Centre’s new two-storey Alto design provided “spacious” rooms in a contemporary architecture style but on a smaller, low maintenance block.
She was attracted to Peet’s Movida estate as it provided the opportunity for stylish affordable living close to her family in Forrestfield.
Chelsea said from Movida she will have easy commutes to her work in the city, or to Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus where she is studying psychology.
She is hoping to move from her current rental property in Morley to her first new-build home at Movida with her chihuahua-Pomeranian cross ‘Prince’, by the end of 2018.
Daniel Koti, his wife Marjorie Kachenjela and children Daniel Junior and Christian.
Nearly four years after arriving in Australia from their Zambian birthplace, Daniel Koti and his wife Marjorie Kachenjela are excited about building their first home at Movida.
“We wanted to find a new location which is close to all the amenities, particularly Midland which is very established and has everything,” Daniel said.
“It’s also about 30 minutes to the City, which is good for us too.”
Amanda and Pete
After shopping around to find the perfect block, Amanda and Pete were worried as they didn’t like the ‘feel’ of any of the estates they had originally looked at.
“We were ready to give it all away. But everything happens for a reason and it was one of those times when everything just came together perfectly, at Movida,” Amanda said.
“We wanted a location between the City and the Hills. It also needed to be centrally located so I could get to places north or south when I move around with my job, which will happen in the next few years.”
“Being located on Roe Highway means we will have a high-speed major traffic link right there and will be able to easily get anywhere we want in Perth,” explained Amanda.