Sloping beach blocks selling like hotcakes

19/Nov/2013

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Jason, Erin and Lola Vines at their block. Jason, Erin and Lola Vines at their block.

BUILDERS are dusting off old-style home designs to meet challenges of sloping blocks in Alkimos.

Jason and Erin Vines bought a sloping lot in Alkimos Beach recentlybecause they they wanted to be close to the beach and park and have a north-facing house.

“Because of the slope the lot was $13,000 cheaper than similar lots and offered the ideal location for where we want to live,” Mr Vines said.

“Our house is designed as a split level to accommodate the slope and will have 36 course ceilings in the front half of the home and 31 course ceilings in the back half.”

The Vines’ house, designed by Dale Alcock, keeps the front elevation of the house from the street, steps down and then retains some of the garden area with walls and garden bed.

Using retaining walls to make land flat has been common practice in WA developments for 20 years, but estate partners Lend Lease and LandCorp offered buyers six sloping lots when they released 13 blocks recently.

According to the developers, the release was almost sold out in two days, with the lots priced from $189,000.

Alkimos Beach project director Martin Gaedke said a sloping lot could be a positive when designing a house.

“Aside from the fact that sloping lots are often cheaper, when done properly, the end result of houses on a sloping block can be fantastic,” he said.

“We are excited by the innovative solutions that builders are offering buyers like undercroft garages with upstairs living areas and older-style split level housing.”

Developers expect to open a 22-home display village early next year, with many of the houses built on sloping lots.


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