Demand For Split Level Living On The Rise

The growing demand for split level living has seen sloped homesites rising in popularity in Katandra Rise at Doreen.

Buyers are realising there is much to gain from building their dream home on an elevated site and Australia’s big name builders are responding with creative, split level solutions that mean the sloped site is no longer the headache it was once perceived to be.

High or hidden costs that were once associated with sloped sites are less of a concern as buyers realise the financial and lifestyle advantages of split level living.

There’s good news for buyers with concerns that building on slope can be expensive and difficult. Find the right builder and the right homesite and the process shouldn’t be any different to building on a flat block.

At present, sloped sites without homes can be purchased at a much lower cost per square meter than their flat area counterparts, yet it’s well known that properties with completed homes on higher ground attract a premium price and are highly sought after for their views, light, privacy and unique character.

Cameron Cumming is the owner of C-Built, a highly regarded building company in Melbourne’s burgeoning North East. He says, “Sloped slights are not as difficult as you think! Spending big dollars on excavations to flatten the land are a thing of the past.  An experienced builder should design to the contours of your site – making it work for you with minimal disruption to the land and less spent on drainage.”

Buyers are quickly discovering the many advantages of homes designed for sloping blocks. The bespoke designs add value when compared to the more repetitive, standard house designs that often characterise new estates.  The design of a split level home also brings in abundant natural light, capturing breezes, natural airflow and spectacular views.

Mr Cummings has built several homes at Katandra Rise in Doreen.  He says, “ The elevated homesites in this area offer views you won’t find anywhere else. I visited a client’s site recently and we were overwhelmed by the staggering beauty of the views that they would soon experience from their loungeroom. They hadn’t realised how breathtaking the site actually was until we explored it together.”

“There used to be a perception that building on a sloping block is an enormous, added expense.

Buyers are now discovering the financial advantage of a lower cost land purchase combined with a smart build approach.  It usually means the end product – your home – comes out on par, if not better in the long term,” Mr Cummings says.

To meet the growing demand, high volume builders also offer a range of split level designs created specifically for homesites that slope to the front or rear, left or right of a site. As with flat level builds, customisation of these pre-designed homes can be costly and buyers need to compare build companies to find the right fit.

At one stage scarcity of land meant some buyers had to settle for a sloping block.  More recently, it’s a case of buyers seeking out the sloping blocks for their distinct advantages.

Paul Archibald from Lauders Real Estate has been one of the key figures in Doreen’s property market for over 20 years.  He has witnessed his local area evolve from humble, rural beginnings to the thriving community it is today.

Mr Archibald says buyers today are realising that it’s not only about the cost.  “The great value of buying on a sloping homesite is that elevated areas command much greater values for resale down the track. The unique homes add street value to the neighbourhood and bring investment value for the owner.”

“This is quite evident in any established neighbourhood from Eltham to Ivanhoe where the prime real estate is on a hill. These days, in new estates the most expensive block is also the flattest even though elevated residential lots increase in value at a faster rate than their low-set counterparts. The buyer mindset is slowly changing as people come to this realisation,” he says.

Mr Archibald notes that sloped homesites are rising in popularity, with buyers also keen to scoop up prime land that is still within walking distance of Doreen’s schools, shops and leisure precincts.

“Wilson at Katandra Rise is one of the last available neighbourhoods within walking distance of Laurimar town centre. It’s also the final opportunity to have a home on the hill with sweeping views of the area,” Mr Archibald said.

The elevated homesites at Wilson deliver on all the advantages of split level living. Mr Cummings says, “Often buyers are overwhelmed with the challenge of a sloping homesite and haven’t had time to really take in the majestic views. We go to the site with the buyers and spend time looking at how to best design their new home. When they see panoramas what can become part of their lounge room, the backdrop to their dinner parties or what they can wake up to – it can be quite a surprise to them!”

The Wilson release, comprising some of the few remaining elevated sites at Katandra Rise Doreen, is now selling.  Click Here To Contact Us Today!

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