"We're not going to Dreamworld".. hmmm.... I can imagine that Stacey and I are going to be saying this fairly often in the early days of living in 4209 Upper Coomera.
I came across the blog of some old friends/colleagues who are building a house together a little while back and thought maybe I should do something similar for our journey. To be honest, I want some more help making some of the decisions! Despite $$$$ being the main decision maker for us, there still seems to be so much to decide on and it's hard trying to imagine it all put together!
So anyway... the story so far is this... we have a block in Upper Coomera,
It's down in the patch of dirt right in centre and down a little
....not far from Dreamworld at all. In fact it's the same exit from the Pacific Motorway, and according to Google Earth the block is exactly 2.6km from the Tower of Terror/Giant Drop.
So, our 605m2 patch of dirt in Wolseley Way (I've since found that a Wolseley was an old British Car - but that's another story), is not yet registered, and Lee from Coral Homes is guestimating that registration may come through some time in January (fingers crossed!).
So the block is in a great location for us. Right near schools for the kids, shops, major shops, the highway is only a couple of kms away, and easy access to Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The block itself is great too. We had a real hard time finding something flat, with level street access. As the name kind of suggests, UPPER Coomera is pretty hilly in parts, particularly where a lot of the new developments are (and there is a lot of them!), so this block was great for us. It's also got a really wide frontage (26m), so we can fit in the 3 car garage we want, so that we both have plenty of wheelchair space around our cars and I have somewhere to set up all my work benches and store chairs and parts etc... (Ride Wheelchairs - shameless plug)
So on to the house.... the block is tied in with Coral Homes, which is also good for us as they were a company we were already looking at and had a plan in mind that we liked. The house we are building is the Stradbroke 251 (pdf), with a few changes, like the 3 car garage, and some extra space in the master suite and at the back of the house to improve access to the bathroom and laundry.
They have a Stradbroke 279 on display at the estate (oh forgot to mention it... Coomera Retreat). It's essentially the same, except a little bigger and with a seperate dining space. Here's a few snaps of it...
Hopefully this is a reasonable summary of what's happening. There's plenty more to tell, but that can all come out in coming posts. I don't want to spill it all out straight away and be left with no material!
Everybody though must cross their fingers for January land registration!