A western suburbs development is taking its first steps towards marrying jobs to where people live.
And it’s putting higher density, more affordable homes in the mix too.
The Urban Square precinct in Wyndham Vale’s Jubilee estate will feature a waterfront boardwalk, cafes, bars and eateries inspired by the laneways in Melbourne’s CBD, with retail and office space to follow.
The wider Lotus Living development will feature about 7000 homes, an aquatics centre and water park, schools, sports grounds, parks and a wetland.
Development director Daniel Smith said the new European-style plaza was the “first toe in the water” on the way to a mixed-use development.
In later stages, a 33ha employment precinct will open to the north with the goal of creating hundreds of jobs.
“This is the first part of that five-minute lifestyle,” Mr Smith.
“It’s about starting to marry jobs to people and jobs where people live, and not having to drive into the city.”
For those who do work in town, the precinct is also walking distance to Wyndham Vale train station.
Launched on October 19, the precinct will eventually feature about 1300 apartments, but has initially opened with an array of affordable land and townhouses.
To date, a mix of first-home buyers, couples and downsizers have snapped up twice the number of townhouses as bare blocks.
“Townhouses have grabbed the most attention,” Mr Smith said.
“I think that’s affordability, but also the lifestyle of having no backyard to maintain.”
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouses have a single garage.
Contemporary architecture, stone benchtops in the kitchen, carpeted floors and landscaping for green spaces are among the features.
Three-bedroom townhouses are priced from $399,900 with Shape Homes, or $419,500-$429,900 with Porter Davis.
Land costs $255,000-$285,000 a block.