ECCO Ripley has opened registrations of interest for Lighthaven, the second major phase of the $500 million masterplanned community developed by Sekisui House, following a strong run of sales this year.
The highly-anticipated new land release offers prospective buyers the opportunity to register their interest on a range of lots sized from 300sqm to 450sqm with the option to build a home design by Sekisui House or a builder of their choice in the flourishing Ripley Valley.
Off the back of the success of the very first neighbourhood, Brooking Rise, Ecco Ripley has now taken registrations of interest within the new release.
Ecco Ripley Sales Manager Scott Blaney said Lighthaven is expected to build on the momentum of the first neighbourhood as demand for Ecco Ripley continues to benefit from its immediate proximity to Ripley Town Centre.
"With the first stage of the Town Centre well under way, Ecco Ripley is becoming increasingly sought-after by homebuyers,” Mr Blaney said.
Lighthaven will be within a short walk to the future $1.5 billion regional Ripley Town Centre, with the $40 million first stage of the Town Centre scheduled to be completed early 2018.
"Lighthaven will offer the closest housing to the Town Centre within the entire Ecco Ripley masterplanned community, or the entire Ripley Valley for that matter, and it offers the last opportunity to purchase land before the Town Centre opens,” Mr Blaney said.
"The value proposition offered by the Town Centre, as well as access to green open space, has been a compelling story for many buyers.
"They are also drawn by diversity in product choice and the sustainability of Ecco Ripley which is the only community in the greater Ipswich area to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Communities rating.”
Ecco Ripley is being developed by Sekisui House, one of the largest residential groups in the world with a proven track record for taking a holistic approach to community design.
More than 750 residents currently live at Ecco Ripley or are in the process of building their home in the emerging community.
The total value of sales in the first quarter at Ecco Ripley yielded more than $12.5 million in sales with nearly 80 per cent owner-occupiers.
Affordable masterplanned living has been a hallmark of the appeal of Ecco Ripley, but for many buyers it is also about the clear long-term vision for the community established by Sekisui House.
Local property professional Brett McGrath and wife Nicole purchased within the community and said the project's location, affordability and planned infrastructure were all major drawcards.
"We had considered all of the other new developments in the area and found that they were heavily investor orientated, but Ecco Ripley seemed to cater more for the owner occupier market, which is what we were chasing,” Mr McGrath said.
"I believe now is the right time to buy within the community - it's affordably priced, has strong growth potential and offers a friendly community atmosphere.
"Residents like us will benefit significantly from services and amenities that the Ripley Town Centre and Ecco Ripley community will deliver.
"At a lifestyle level, we can already see Ecco Ripley is shaping up as a wonderful community to raise a family.”
Lighthaven embodies a new generation in lifestyle, in line with Sekisui House's design philosophy that is focused on creating all-encompassing living environments from the building of individual homes to infrastructure, roads, public spaces and amenities.
A diverse range of housing options are planned for the Lighthaven precinct which have been thoughtfully integrated into the masterplan and natural environment, which will cater to a variety of buyers.
"We're expecting Lighthaven to become a lifestyle address for everyone from first-home buyers, second-plus home buyers and downsizers,” Mr Blaney said.
The first release of Lighthaven will comprise 38 lots priced from $172,000, with land sizes ranging from 300sqm to 450sqm.
In addition to land upon which to build your dream home, Sekisui House offers a diverse range of homes that are currently under construction or ready to move in, including terraces duplexes, and a limited release of park fronting double storey homes now available in the Brooking Rise neighbourhood.
Lighthaven will be surrounded by more than 10ha of open space with homes no more than 200m from extensive parks and open space. Facilities include barbeque areas, walking tracks, children's playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and family activity areas. All lots are NBN ready with reticulated natural gas.
Overall, 20 per cent of the broader Ecco Ripley masterplan is dedicated to open space with the parklands of Ripley Town Centre to be among five regional park destinations in Ipswich.
Ecco Ripley's 5 Star Green Star Communities rating also cements Sekisui House's masterplanned project commitment to residential sustainability in the areas of governance, livability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.
"This stamp of accreditation underscores Ecco Ripley's reputation as a sustainable project that will bring valuable growth to the region,” Mr Blaney said.
As part of that commitment, mature and pre-existing trees on the site have been documented and retained throughout the community while more than 100,000 native trees and 93,000 ground cover species have been planted to greatly enhance the natural appeal of the community.
The Ripley Valley region is forecasted to become home to as many as 120,000 people in the next 20 years.
Upon completion, Ecco Ripley is planned to comprise 4,300 homes, housing approximately 10,000 residents.
Ecco Ripley display homes are open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.
For further information or to register your interest please contact 1800 RIPLEY or visit www.eccoripley.com.au.