Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their sons Hunter, 8, and Archie, 5.
Melbourne Cup fan Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their young sons moved into Mirvac’s Ascot Green development’s first stage, Ascot House, in July.
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Mr Nielsen said initially he wasn’t sure he and the family would be able to embrace the apartment lifestyle.
“Initially, I was 50/50, I had a foot either side,” he said.
Ascot Green is part of the overall $1.2 billion Eagle Farm masterplan.
“We still owned a house, but we bought the unit and I gave my wife the option to move in and she jumped at the opportunity.
“I had reservations when we let our house and I hadn’t agreed to a lease with anyone and when we moved in I really did see the benefits.”
“I only realised then how much your house actually encumbers you.”
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Mr Nielsen said when the family had lived in their five-bedroom house, Hunter, 8, and Archie, 5, shared a bedroom, as they continue to do in the three-bedroom apartment.
“I’ve made them bunk up together … just so they could learn to share,” he said.
“It teaches them important skills.”
The first stage consists of Ascot House, which was completed this year and will also include Tulloch House a second tower adjacent to Ascot House with similar amenities, apartment product and expansive views across the track, with construction yet to begin.
Mr Nielsen said while the racecourse wasn’t running races for this year’s Melbourne Cup event, if it was they would have a great view from their apartment.
“I always attend Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane. I am not an every weekend punter, but I certainly go to all the major events,” he said.
“We were very lucky, we registered interest to buy the unit, when it first went public.
“When we moved into the area nearly 20 years ago, we knew of the development, and I said to my wife that we’d always buy a unit there, regardless.”
Mr Nielsen said at the time he purchased he was able to secure a unit with the view he wanted, which was a winning post view with the main straight.
“We bought it straight away.”
Ascot House has an 800sq m roof terrace and elevated pool deck overlooking the racetrack.
He said since moving in, they had cemented themselves with the local community through the use of local communal spaces.
“The development has a very spacious rooftop terrace with a large pool, and then we have the use of … a large grass area running against the racecourse, and the Brisbane Racing Club has generously let us use the areas around the racecourse.
“There is still some very big parkland areas and I can spend more time there outside kicking a football and there are more areas to do it.
“Whereas in a backyard on a 600sq m block, if you kick the ball hard enough it will be over the neighbour’s fence, but now I can kick and throw as I go and the boys can go chase it.”
Mirvac Queensland residential development general manager Warwick Bible said Ascot Green was geared towards owner-occupiers.
Inside one of the Ascot House apartments.
“They are seeking generous floorplans, extra-large balconies and open outlooks, making Ascot House incredibly attractive,” Mr Bible said.
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“Ascot House residents will … benefit from the amazing lifestyle amenities on their doorstep including the restaurant-lined Racecourse Rd.”