Why Master Planned Communities are Great Places to Live

We currently have land for sale in our new Geraldton Heights Estate. Geraldton Heights Estate is a master planned community, which we plan on growing to as many as 2,500 houses in the future, through our house and land packages. The Estate will provide a rural lifestyle but within close proximity to Geraldton’s city amenities.

Though Geraldton Heights Estate is only 10 short minutes away from the Indian Ocean and from Geraldton’s CBD, we plan on having our own shops, schools and medical offices within a few years. We see the Estate – and the Geraldton area in general – as becoming a hub area for both the mining industry and for the “sea change” lifestyle.

Planned Community

Master planned communities are a growing trend in Australia, and they are great places to live. We are often asked what the advantages are of living in planned communities over simply buying an established home. First, we need to give you a broad definition of a master planned community.

A master planned community can be broadly defined as a self-sufficient residential community that has every amenity a homeowner would require. Planned communities include schools, parks, medical facilities, theatres, sports complexes, shopping malls and other various facilities.

The first advantage of a planned community is that everything you need will eventually be contained within the community. For homebodies, this is a great benefit. Everything you need is within a very short distance and within your own community.

Another benefit is that there is more open space in a planned community. Unplanned communities usually end up looking thrown together, and eventually, space becomes scarce as land is all bought up and people try to maximise their lots by building large houses.

In a planned community, lots have a certain size and houses have a maximum size. In addition, park and play space is planned into the community and is non-negotiable. In other words, you won’t see a park being torn down to make space for an apartment building.

Planned communities are good quality neighbourhoods. The community defines the immediate neighbourhood, and communities are usually built far away from “bad” neighbourhoods. So internally and externally, most planned communities are in good neighbourhoods. This creates more safety and more serenity, and those who move into planned communities usually find plenty of neighbours with whom they have a lot in common. That togetherness, or sense of community, is another benefit. As part of the same community, you and your neighbours will get to know each other. In addition, most communities have plenty of parties and community events in which people get to know each other and experience people from various backgrounds.

Another benefit to a planned community is that they always show long-term increases in value, leading to a great return on investment (ROI) for those who plan to eventually sell or those who want to purchase rental property. Houses in planned communities appreciate more quickly than standard houses due to the amenities built around them. Also, people take more pride in a planned community and the neighbourhood never gets “run down” or depreciates in value.

Planned communities are great for children, too. Schools, parks and recreation facilities are always nearby. In a tight community, residents watch out for each other and their children, and it is therefore safer for children to be out in a planned community than in many standard neighbourhoods. Most of all, the children enjoy playing together and forming close-knit friendships.

Business opportunities tend to be abundant in planned communities, too. Usually, a prospective business owner can find office space close to home at a reasonable price, with a “captive audience” of fellow community-dwellers and neighbours. The population of most planned communities tend to have higher incomes, and more time to spend their money. Many small businesses have prospered in a planned community.

Possibly, the best benefit is that planned communities are extremely well-governed. The rules and responsibilities are laid out well in advance – and everyone knows them.

While we don’t endorse busybody neighbours, they do come in handy if someone is endangering the neighbourhood, or letting their property slide in a way that devalues the community. This kind of peer pressure encourages responsibility and good citizenship, and keeps the community at a high level.

When looking for a home, most prospective buyers ask variations of five questions for five common concerns: location, school district, quality of neighbourhood, access to parks and amenities, and what the community will look like in 10 or 15 years.

In a planned community, the answers to these questions are always positive. Call (08) 9301 4445 in the Perth area, or (08) 9965 7600 in Geraldton to find out more.