Eco lifestyle at a price for everyone
By JADE BILOWOL
FOR those wanting to go green and buy into the Gold Coast's first ecovillage, the question of "how much?" has been revealed.
With the first of three stages of the 272-acre site at Currumbin Valley about to be unleashed to the market within the next few weeks, a land parcel and dwelling to match can come in at under $300,000.
Marketing director Martin Jackson said there would be a broad cross-section of prices throughout the Ecovillage to attract a spectrum of home-owners while not shunting first homebuyers.
Parcels of land within the first stage, called the Creek Hamlets, start at $175,000, suitable for a one-bedroom dwelling, with the average price hovering at $250,000.
"The parcels for the two-bedroom hamlets start at $195,000 while the unrestricted, that can have up to six bedrooms, start from $245,000.
"We want to attract a diversity of people young and old with affordable one and twobedroom homes ? we are trying to get some affordability in there.
"The body corporate fees will be the same as anywhere else."
The release of Stage 2 of the Valley Terraces will follow in June next year, and feature 40 home parcels with more expensive price tags than the first stage.
Mr Jackson said he could not put any price on the final stage, with acreage lots and sprawling views, at this stage.
Managing director Chris Walton said following the recent approval from Gold Coast City Council, work on the Ecovillage creating ponds, retention basins and landscaping would start immediately.
The Ecovillage will feature autonomy in energy, water and wastewater and will target low or no energy bills and recycled water for carwashing and productive gas use.
Eight per cent of the site is designated as open space and includes orchard greenways and a pine forest, with 50 per cent of the site remaining as an environmental reserve.
For more information visit www.theecovillage.com.au or the Ecovillage office at 639 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley between 8am and 5pm.