Location offers city access with country charm
MELBOURNE, 7 SEPTEMBER 2018
Manesh Fernando and his wife Nadeeka Jayawardana picked the dream home they wanted to build before they started to think about where they wanted to live.
The couple were both working in Melbourne’s CBD and renting an apartment in Glen Iris when their thoughts turned to owning their own home.
Visiting display villages in Melbourne’s outer west, a four-bedroom home by builder Homebuyers Centre captured their hearts.
“We just went to have a look and then when we saw the lifestyle we could have and all the extra space, that’s when we decided we wanted to do it,” Manesh says.
“We picked out the home we wanted and started looking at all the location options, everywhere from Tarneit to Werribee, but the block sizes available in other estates were too small for the house we wanted.”
Frustrated by the size of the blocks their money would be buying, the couple went back to the builder to discuss their options.
“The sales person from the builder suggested we have a look at Wallan. I hadn’t been to Wallan before, but he said that for our money we could buy a bigger block that would fit the house.”
Their search brought the couple to Frasers Property Australia’s Wallara Waters. In the eight years since, Manesh and Nadeeka haven’t looked back.
Manesh says the beauty of the drive into Wallan from Kilmore sold the region to the couple.
“From Kilmore we drove through a place called Hidden Valley then into Wallan and it was so green and so beautiful, we fell in love with it,” Manesh says.
“Buying at Wallara Waters meant that our dream could be a reality. We got the first home buyers grant, including extra money because it was a regional area, which was a generous amount at the time, as it is now.”
The couple moved into their new home at Wallara Waters in 2011 and were among the first residents to settle into their new neighbourhood.
“There are so many things to like but I especially like the extra space we have – and the people. We have High St in the town, which is built as a traditional Aussie town, where I know the butcher and the baker and the green grocer. I even go to a chook farm to buy our eggs,” says Manesh.
When they first moved in, Nadeeka commuted by train to Melbourne’s CBD for work. From Wallan, the trip is a 45-minute train ride on V-Line to Southern Cross Station.
Manesh says commuting by train to the city from Wallara Waters is easy. “It’s only a two to three-minute drive to the train station from our house and there are now buses to the station from Wallara Waters.”
“If someone is living within a 25km range of the city, they could still spend up to an hour sitting in traffic commuting each day, but from here you get to relax on the train.”
He says the aspect the couple likes the most about Wallara Waters is the sense of community, with social events regularly organised in the friendly neighbourhood.
“I go for a walk and it takes me an hour-and-a-half before I come back because I have stopped along the way to talk to so many people,” he says.
As one of the first residents to the community, Manesh manages a Facebook page set up for residents to communicate with each other.
“It is great for the community and the Facebook page is a place where people can update each other on what’s going on in the community and share things.”
Manesh says the advantages to the couple’s lifestyle have made the decision to move outside metropolitan Melbourne well worth it.
“If somebody said to me ‘it’s too far away’, I would say: ‘too far from what?’ We have a great community here.”
The Wallara Waters sales office is at 170 Wallan-Whittlesea Rd, Wallan, and is open from Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm. Visit wallarawaters.com.au or call Frasers Property on 13 38 38 for more information.