Nigel and Maggie Hurlston had always thought about building their own home, but had never taken the plunge - until now.
When they recently decided to downsize from their home in Crestwood, they chose Sovereign Hills for a number of factors.
“It was the location and the lack of houses in Port,” Mr Hurlston said.
“The cost of buying second hand as opposed to building new out here.”
Mrs Hurlston said it’s always nice to build, everything is new and you can choose what you want; it’s more personal.
The Hurlstons are the first buyers to settle on their now registered block of land in Stage 2 of Sovereign Hills’ Stirling Green precinct.
Stirling Green is located in the southern region of the master planned community and has been transformed over the past six months as the Sovereign Hills Display Village and surrounding residential homes have taken shape.
The location particularly appealed to the couple as Mrs Hurlston works at the nearby Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre and the vast majority of Mr Hurlston’s work as a painter exists in Sovereign Hills.
“It’s coming on very quickly out here,” he said.
The Hurlstons, who have three adult children, are looking forward to building and living in a modern NBN-connected community with pathways and cycle tracks.
“We’re pretty excited now that we’ve completed all the planning,” Mrs Hurlston said.
They hope to start their new home construction next month. Demand for new land continues at Sovereign Hills. Stage 2, consisting of 50 affordable lots, is sold out, and just a handful of the 82 lots in Stages 3 and 4 remain for sale after being released to the market in February.
Developer Lewis Land Group is pressing ahead with Stages 5 and 6 to meet buyer interest.
The vision for Sovereign Hills includes a dedicated town centre with shopping, community and medical facilities, and more than 2000 home sites to be rolled out in stages over the next decade.