Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Get Good Advice on the Lay of the Land

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Get Good Advice on the Lay of the Land

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BUYING a block of land is one of lifeCOs big decisions. While the location of the estate you buy into is an important consideration, so too is the position of a block within it.

Location to amenities is key Co you donCOt want to be too far from facilities such as shops, parks, schools and public transport Co but when it comes to infrastructure, such as freeways, you also donCOt want to be too close.

Where facilities are not yet in place, this means doing some research to find out where and when they will appear, while being aware not all promises come to fruition.

You should also consider the size and orientation of the block, says Rod Fehring, executive general manager, residential, at developer Australand.

People who want to build a 200Co230sqm house will typically look for a block of about 450Co500sqm, with a minimum frontage of 10.5 metres if they want a two-car garage.

Required boundary setbacks also need to be taken into account, Mr Fehring says.

When it comes to orientation, blocks with a north-south alignment and north-facing backyard are most in demand.

C[pounds sterling]Blocks that are north-south oriented but with the road on the north side need a more specialised design,C[yen] he says.

C[pounds sterling](This is) to push your private open space to the front of the house rather than the back or, alternately, a courtyard configuration.C[yen]

Other advice includes avoiding a position too close to the entrance of the estate.

C[pounds sterling]If youCOre buying on one of those entry points, youCOre going to have more traffic,C[yen] says Mike McCarthy, chief executive of the Barry Plant Group.

He agrees blocks in cul-de-sacs and courts tend to be a popular choice due to the sense of community they engender.

But beware of C[pounds sterling]headlightingC[yen], he says, when car lights sweep across windows, which can be a problem for properties located at the end of a court.

Locations near a park are sought after and blocks abutting them are in even more demand (expect to pay a premium of 20Co25%), as are blocks with a view and, to a lesser degree, those on the high side of a street on a slope (but be aware building on a slope can add significantly to the cost of a house). …

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