On the eve of his 40th birthday, Keith St John decided to bite the bullet and buy his first home.
He’d met Sonia, the love of his life, and inherited four beautiful children. The prospect of giving up renting for a permanent home of their own was very appealing.
Keith found his ideal location at Thornton, in Wirraway where generous family lots – level and fully serviced – offer a new level of affordability in the region and are available with as little as $1,000 deposit.
‘Finally, it was time,’ Keith said. ‘Property prices keep going up in the Newcastle area and I really needed to start looking to the future.’
‘We probably should have done it years ago but buying a house was a bit daunting.’
The Wirraway community has struck a chord with local homebuyers, many of whom are struggling to keep pace as rocketing prices in Sydney drive buyers north to the relaxed harbourside living of Newcastle. With tens of millions of dollars being spent on new industries and community infrastructure, the Newcastle City Council predicts its population will expand by 33 per cent between now and 2036.
The attractive Wirraway community is in the centre of the Hunter Valley surrounded by quality schools, shops and transport and a leisurely drive from the restaurants, wineries and spectacular scenery that make the region one of Australia’s best-loved tourist areas.
Keith St John said he was well aware of Wirraway before he purchased.
‘Every week I’d drive past Wirraway on my way to footy practice in Maitland. As the roads were built and the houses started going up I loved the way the community was coming together.’
‘Wirraway is so convenient. It’s less than 30 minutes to Newcastle, 10 minutes to Maitland and in 20 minutes you’re on the freeway to Sydney.’
‘We had a fairly tight budget but the sales team was excellent and helped us make it work. It’s hard to believe we picked up a really nice four bedroom home for under $500,000 – we couldn’t have done that in Newcastle.’
‘There are quite a few Defence families in Wirraway and it’s excellent to know that we’ll have great neighbours. It’s one of the things I am looking forward to most.’
‘In the end, we had to wait four or five weeks because we particularly wanted one of the new parkland lots. Looking around the corner, we could see they’d be an asset because of the beautiful open views that will never be built out.’
A handful of premium lots fringe the new community park, which is due to open in September. The landscaped space includes a fitness station, aviation-themed play equipment, half-sized basketball court, shaded seating and a bike ramp.