After a few months of inspecting existing homes and blocks of land for sale we’ve placed a holding deposit on a lot located within the Dunes Estate in Torquay. After a bit of snooping around we found the development plan of the estate on the Surf Coast Shire website. This shows the scope of the estate – our block is located on the eastern side (right of map), around the middle.

Our chosen block is close to an existing sports oval and a proposed new primary school with the beach only a leisurely 1km walk away. Not a bad spot to spend the next stage of our life together.

We were originally looking for blocks closer to 600 m2 however these seem to be rarer than hens teeth * so when we spotted a block available in a good location that was a little over 500 m2 we thought we’d go for it. If we find something better or change our mind we can cancel our hold and reclaim the deposit. So, it’s worth exploring and we’ll see what unfolds from here.

Apparently hens teeth are quite rare.

* Apparently hens teeth are quite rare.

Eight blocks went on sale in the Zeally Sands Estate just over the road from our block and people were camping out for up to 2 days! We’re not about to start camping out for land so when the opportunity arose, we grabbed it.

The blocks within the Dunes Estate seem expensive compared to other blocks in the area but demand is strong in Torquay North and I don’t forsee prices dropping any time soon. Either way, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (this post seems to contain a lot of bird related references).

From here we’ll start digging deeper into the specifics of costs associated with building on this block

  • Will the home design we’ve selected meet the estate design guidelines?
  • What other site costs are associated with the block?
    • Developer
    • Council
    • Others

The Dune Estate has a couple of other bonus features:

  • It’s NBN ready meaning we can connect up to super fast Internet.
  • It has access to Class A recycled water meaning you can water gardens all year round, free from water restrictions.