Successful home-hunter Sylvia Ellison, 71, is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life, when construction of her new apartment is completed later next year.
She’s bought a top-floor apartment in BGC Development’s Jervis Rise development in Baldivis, which boasts ‘forever views’ out over treetops.
“I lost my husband of 51 years, 22 months ago and I am looking at this as a new start for me,” she says. “Next year, I’ll be sitting out on the balcony, sipping a wine. Everything is right on my doorstep – I can be at my favourite coffee shop within five minutes. I love how close I will be to all the amenities at Baldivis.”
Jervis Rise is an example of an exciting new style of housing becoming available in Perth's outer suburbs, as a result of the State Government's Directions 2031 and Beyond strategy. The strategy has been widely praised for bringing much-needed options to downsizers wanting to remain in their same neighbourhood. First home buyers have also been drawn to apartment developments because of the affordability available – at Jervis Rise, the entry-level price of $293,000 is significantly lower than the median house price in the same suburb.
Sylvia says she did not specifically set out to buy her next home ‘off the plan’.
“The one thing that was a ‘must’ was good security,” she explains. “I first saw Jervis Rise on Facebook and I loved the look of it straight away. I had looked at a few other units, but when I looked at these plans, I just knew it was for me.
“I opted for a two-bedroom two-bathroom floor plan, so I can comfortably have family come to stay.”
The ‘off the plan’ purchase has also given Sylvia plenty of time to sell her current home, before settlement on her new property, which will take place when construction is complete.
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