Residents will also be able to pick fruit from trees around this estate in Sydney northwest.
Residents moving in and around a $1 billion masterplanned community at Norwest will not only have a train on their doorstop but also access to a car.
Developers Sekisui House have just announced a deal to have share vehicles based at their project called The Orchards. The program was launched with the delivery of an SUV and van to their display unit off Fairway Drive.
The Orchards development at Norwest is scheduled to be completed by 2025
Neighbours and those planning on moving into the estate are currently eligible for free one year membership to use the cars provided by GoGet.
The scheme aims to remove more private vehicles off the road.
“Thirty-four members share one car which saves emissions, traffic congestion and parking spaces,’’ Paul Wainwright, sales and marketing operations manager for Sekisui House Australia, said.
“It costs around $650 a month to own and run a private car, as compared to less than $200 a month for a shared GoGet car, so it also makes economic sense,”
The estate will comprise 1,300 apartments, 2ha of protected green space and a network of cycle and walkways.
The Orchards is on schedule to be completed by 2025. In the recently created suburb of Norwest, it is being built on land that was once part of Australia’s first orchard.
Its history is reflected in the name of the estate as well as precincts such as Imperial, Ruby and Valencia. Residents will also be able to pick their own fruit from a vertical orchard which will be planted on the site.
Mature citrus trees were craned onto the site last month
The estate, 500m from the Norwest train station, will comprise 1300 apartments, 2ha of protected green space, a network of cycle and walkways, a natural water treatment system flowing into a restored water course and parklands with established trees. There will be an open air cinema, beach pool, rooftop cabanas, function rooms, gym, cafes and retail.
Construction is nearing completion on the first building — a 121 apartment complex — and residents are expected to move in next year. These are currently selling with one-bedroom units starting from $645,000; two- bedroom units from $740,000 and three bedroom units from $1.4 million.
Sekisui already has shared cars at Central Park at Chippendale.
Christopher Vanneste, head of Locations and Partnerships for GoGet, said opening up car share to neighbours living near a development transforms the entire community as it reduces congestion, increases local commerce and improves health.
The development is just 500m to the new train station
“Sekisui House also recognises that the imminent arrival of the metro line means that community members will soon be able to reduce their reliance on the burden of vehicle ownership as long as they have access to a car share car when needed,” he said.
Six share vehicles are planned to be based at The Orchards once the development is completed.