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Our blog features the news and views of a variety of our employees, suppliers and residents. From expert, leading commentary from our Managing Director Mr Danny Murphy through to thoughts on what makes a great community from our local residents, our blog is designed to provide insight into what it takes to make sustainable communities in which people can live, work and play. If you have any ideas for future topics, please email us.

How to create the ideal house and land package

by Heather Awcock - 24 Nov 2015

 House and Land packages can be a great way to save money when building your new home. You also know that a builder has worked hard to ensure your gorgeous new home is a great fit for that block of land.  

In our experience, many buyers find a block of land and then work with a builder to find a design they love, but what are some considerations you should take into account to create that ideal house and land package?    

Think about the community you are going to live in.
Location is important! It is really important to choose a new development or suburb that you know you are going to be happy living in.  

Consider travel time to work, family and friends and the facilities within the estate. Does the new development have shops, schools, restaurants and recreational spaces in place or planned for? 

Likewise, a great location is a great investment. So whilst this might be your dream house for now, you may move one day and you want to make sure your home is an asset that appreciates.    

Consider the homesite (or lot) as well as the house.  
With House and Land Packages, the hard work has been done for you, building plans have been designed to maximise the potential of the lot, plans prepared comply with estate design guidelines and costing the house enables you to fully understand the costs up front.  

However, it is important to make sure you put as much focus on your new homesite as you do the house design.   What are the streetscapes like? Beautiful landscaping in nearby public open spaces and along the streets will lift the value of your home immediately.  

What is the size of the lot in the package? Is a big backyard with room for a shed or swimming pool important to you? Or would you prefer something more low maintenance?  
Consider the lots orientation. Does it lend itself to a solar passive design? If so, this could save you a lot of money in heating and cooling costs once you move it.  

Site works can be costly. So what is the soil type and what allowance is included in your package for site works?    

Package inclusions and picking the right builder  
Visit the land sales offices of the developments you like. Most land sales offices will have copies of plans and house and land packages to suit their available homesites.  

Likewise, a great way to find a reputable builder is to visit a range of display villages in the suburbs or developments you are keen to live in. Generally those builders that have display homes in those areas understand the area and any design guidelines put in place by the land developer. 

Before committing though, make sure you understand what is included in your house and land package. Many provide a complete turnkey solution, including flooring, window coverings, wall painting, landscaping, fencing and air conditioning provisions – which is great news as once complete you can literally move your furniture in with nothing more to do!

However, if the house and land package does not include these things, make sure you allow some money in your budget to finish off you house.    

At LWP,  we partner up with a number of WA’s  - and NSW’s leading home builders to provide people with house and land package options – including complete turnkey solutions. For more information call our Information & Sales Team on (08) 9297 9999 in WA or (02) 4938 3910 in NSW or contact us via email.    

What makes Yanchep a great place to live?

by Heather Awcock - 23 Nov 2015

LWP Property Group, together with PrimeWest have just launched a brand new community in the coastal suburb of Yanchep – Vertex.

 A brand new community, like Vertex, comes with a whole host of benefits.

  • The first homesites at Vertex, Yanchep, are priced at a super affordable level, accounting for the fact that people are buying before civil works have started. This generally means a great opportunity for capital growth.

  • First residents often get the opportunity to shape the community in which they want to live and be part of making it what they want it to be.

However, what will make this new community in Yanchep such a special place to live?

Here are our top 5 reasons:

 1. Our plans for Vertex

Vertex has been designed as a quality residential estate and key features of the development will include a high standard of contemporary landscaping and overall presentation, retained natural bushland, an adventure playground as well as an extensive cycle and footpath network.
Vertex Yanchep - Entry Statement

2. Yanchep National Park

Perhaps one of the most amazing national parks in the greater Perth metro region, this place is offers something for everyone. There are nine walking trails to choose from, from 500m in length to a massive 46.2kms.  There is also a 240m koala boardwalk, caves and picnic spots galore.

Visit http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/yanchep for more information.

 3. Yanchep Lagoon

A perfect place to swim, snorkel and fish. Nearby there are also some great surfing spots too.

Visit  http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/wa0896 for more details.

Yanchep Lagoon

 4. Future amenity

New shopping centres nearby, medical facilities and more ensure everything you need is on your doorstep. The area is served by bus routes that take local residents to nearby railway stations. Future amenity such as this, on your doorstep at Vertex, helps capital growth for property in the area.

 5. Away from it all, yet not far from Perth

The Joondalup City Centre is just 20 minutes drive away and Perth City Centre is accessible in under an hour.  However, Yanchep still feels like a beachside suburb of years gone by so is the perfect place to call home!

If you want to know more about living at Vertex, Yanchep, call Kathy on 9297 9934. 

FAQs: Lot sizes - From cottage blocks to country homesites and all the sizes in between

by Heather Awcock - 20 Nov 2015

Next up in our new series of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ blog posts is all about the various lot sizes you will commonly see land developers referring to.

We realize that for first home buyers or those new to the land buying business here in Australia, it can be a little confusing, and so we hope the following explanations help.

Since the Menzies era owning your home has been the great Australian dream. Gone are the days, though, when there was a cookie cutter approach to owning your home. Today, there is a range of home sites designed to suit every lifestyle and budget. It is just a matter of finding the right land to suit your needs and lifestyle and then it is time to shop for the right home design.

The Terrace Lots

LWP Terrace Lot

Ideal for people buying their first home, terrace homesites are very compact and usually most of the lot is used to maximise the house design.  Terrace lots are always located close to parklands and amenities, perfect for people who want a low maintenance lifestyle at home, but still have access to open spaces and shops. They really help to make life easy for those just breaking into the housing market too as they are super affordable without compromising on location.  Terrace lots are usually less than 290sqm.


The Cottage Lots

LWP Cottage Lot

Singles, professional couples or retirees have a common desire for a home despite their different stages of life. They all want a simple maintenance, more “me time” lifestyle. A cottage allows a stylish, modern abode without the weekend chores of endless cleaning and gardening. Many cottage lots are a stone’s throw from local parklands and community open spaces so a green vista is close by.  With the range of stunning alfresco areas featured in modern building designs outdoor entertaining is a breeze. Cottage lots range in size from approximately 300sqm to 390sqm.

The Small Traditional Lots

For those wanting a bit more space than the cottage lots yet still yearn for the freedom of low maintenance living then a small traditional lots may do the trick. These offer a bit more living area for the home, and a small garden area, as well as room for outdoor living. Their manageable space means residents won’t spend all the time on home upkeep.  These sites are usually sized about 375sqm to 449sqm.

The Traditional Lots

LWP Traditional Lot

A modern family is most likely to choose a traditional Lots for their new home.  These lots usually range in size from 450sqm – 510sqm and have a standard backyard area with plenty of space for kids to play. The traditional lots can easily accommodate a four to five bedroom home.  They have frontages of 18m to 22m and are the 21st century equivalent of the old Australian quarter-acre lots. They are ideal for families as they move through the different phases of their lives together - from a young couple with small children through to older parents with teenagers.

Country Lots

LWP Country Lots

For residents wanting room to move and their own private oasis within the metropolitan area then country homesites offer the ideal lifestyle.  These lots are generously sized over 600sqm+. Country Lots offer the opportunity of space both inside and outside the living area in a premium location. 

Dress Circle Lots

Gorgeous views are the appealing feature of these upmarket lots. They are usually located overlooking parkland or bushland and are located in an exclusive enclave of our development.  They usually appeal to professionals and offer the opportunity to build a dream home in an outstanding locale.  They are generally over 600sqm in size.

Do you have a property question you want answered by our team? If so, comment below or drop us an email and we would be happy to answer it in an upcoming blog post.






FAQs: The Building Envelope and Setback

by Megan Buckland - 19 Nov 2015

There are some commonly asked questions our sales team here at LWP often get. We understand that buying land in preparation for building a brand-new dream home is an exciting experience.  However, some of the terminology used can sometimes be a little confusing! 

This is where our new series of “Frequently Asked Questions” blog posts comes in.   First cab off the rank is building envelopes and setbacks. What are they exactly and why do we have them?  

Building Envelopes

A Building Envelope, by definition is the area in which the house can be built or a designated area of the site that you are allowed to construct buildings within.  

Building Envelopes are usually created for larger lots where a building pad is made for where the home will be constructed but the remaining area of the site is left undisturbed.  
The Building Envelope is approved by the responsible authority within which all buildings and effluent disposal facilities on the lot must be contained. Your house and structures, such as garages must all fit within the Building Envelope.  

Example of building envelopes

Generally a land owner cannot modify the allocated Building Envelope. In some instances, though, a land owner may lodge an application for the council’s review.  

With all LWP developments, a building envelope (if appropriate) will be clearly marked on our plans.  


On suburban and urban scale lots, the entire site is created equally with all lots having specified building setbacks from the front, rear and side boundaries. Similar to the building envelope, setbacks govern the location of the buildings on each lot by nominating the distance permitted between your house and the adjacent lot boundary.  

Building setbacks have traditionally been included in town planning schemes to provide adequate light and ventilation, separation for noise and visual privacy, and buffer separation for hazardous and dangerous land uses. 

Building setbacks explained

As a general rule, smaller lots such as terrace and cottage lots generally have reduced setbacks, whilst larger more traditional lots tend to have larger front yards, side and rear setbacks.  

Once again, all setbacks are always clearly marked on the plans for each of our homesites at each LWP development. And of course if you have any questions, our friendly sales team are always happy to help.  

Do you have a property question you want answered by our team? If so, comment below or drop us an email and we would be happy to answer it in an upcoming blog post.

Where is the market heading for 2015 and how does it affect you?

by Stuart Duplock - 20 Oct 2015

Stuart Duplock, General Manager; Business Development and Marketing, LWP Property Group
With the new financial year now in full swing and a history making change in Prime Ministership for the fourth time in five years, it’s probably a good time to reflect on the property market and some of the opportunities it currently presents.

Is it a buyer’s market?
Media commentators and industry experts are quick to point out that, unlike our Eastern States counterparts, now is a good time to buy for West Coast property purchasers. Interest rates remain at historic lows, there is a good range of product on the market and builders are offering some great incentives to buy land and build. Buyers now have far more choice than in previous years and therefore considerably more bargaining power when it comes to making potentially the biggest financial investment of their lives.

The Australian (and particularly West Australian) economy is in a transition phase from a resource investment boom to a more normalised economy, with building and construction one of the key industries expected to pick up the slack as many in the mining industry head into the production phase.

So how does this effect someone tossing up whether to buy land and build his or her own dream home or to buy a pre existing dwelling?

The UDIA’s (Urban Development Institute of Australia’s) recent report for the September quarter showed a slight increase in housing approvals and a 7.2% rise in multi unit approvals in the Greater Perth area, with economists attributing this to the introduction of attractive package offerings by many developers despite the current flat market conditions.

Industry commentator, Gavin Hegney, also commented recently that he felt Western Australians were ‘likely to be in a buyer’s market for much of 2015’, with the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) now restricted to new homes only and the continued low interest rates providing a welcome boost to housing construction.

Buying real estate is a long term commitment. When the market changes from a buyers market to a sellers market, it happens quickly. My biggest piece of advice is to not be overly concerned about making sure you buy right at the bottom.

Population Growth
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data to March 2015 showed that WA population growth slowed from a peak of 84,000 in the year to March 2013 to 35,000 to March 2015.

WA continues to be a strong magnet for overseas migration, despite the slow down in the resources sector. So whilst population growth appears to by cyclically low, it is still growing and reinforces that we are in a buyers market right now.

Interestingly, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale (Where The Glades at Byford is located) recorded the highest population growth in Australia of 6.8% according to ABS figures.

Interest Rates
The Reserve Bank of Australia’s recent decision to leave interest rates on hold again, provides further proof for a buyer that now is a good time to buy. Some economists are tipping a rate rise in early 2016 however the general feeling is that we are in for a period of sustained low interest rates for a while to come. Generous FHOG for those choosing to build rather buy an existing dwelling provides a welcome boost for those in the sector backed by the positive effects of lower interest rates. However these benefits are also being felt by investors and those looking to ‘trade up’ to larger, more expensive homes. Many potential buyers who have been observing from the side lines are realising that now is the ideal time to take the plunge and secure the perfect home site for their dream home, backed by the security of more affordable mortgage repayments in the medium term.

What can we expect for the remainder of 2015?

Just a couple of months out from the festive season and I predict that First Home Buyers will continue to drive growth in the new house and land market, backed by record low interest rates, population growth, changes to the FHOG and supported by a stable, growing economy transitioning out of resources investment growth to a more normalised and diversified economy.

My Advice to Buyers
Continue to look for value for money, not just now, but for the longer term. It is still important to look for a new home site or house and land package that is within your economic means and that represents good buying in the current market. When making purchasing decisions, make sure you’re buying into a great community, with good facilities and infrastructure, growth prospects and access to transport but importantly look at whether it will actually be a great place to live for you and your family. Chances are if you can tick these boxes then capital growth will follow when it is time to trade up.

PROJECT IN FOCUS: Harmony at Parkerville

by Phil Cuttone - 7 Oct 2015

HARMONY Tree and Lot18
Interview with LWP General Manager for Project Development, Phil Cuttone

This month we sat down with our Phil Cuttone who project manages our new development in the Perth Hills, Harmony at Parkerville.

Harmony is a boutique development located in Parkerville and our approach to development there has been to make the most of the stunning parcel of land.

Surrounded by a natural, rural location future residents of Harmony at Parkerville are encouraged to build sensitively to the local environment.

Phil, tell us about Harmony at Parkerville. What stage is it at now?
Harmony at Parkerville was launched in August 2014 and first titles have just been released in the last month.

This is an exciting stage as our first buyers will all commence building shortly.

Harmony will eventually consist of just 58 homesites ranging in size from 2000sqm to more than 19,000sqm.

What makes Parkerville such a great location to live?
The Perth Hills is a stunning community and Parkerville is right in the heart of that.

Parkerville is situated in the Shire of Mundaring and is just 28kms from the Perth CBD and 10 minutes from Midland with a wide range of shopping options, dining, a new hospital and a train station.

The attractions of John Forrest National Park, Kalamunda, Sawyers Valley and Gidgegannup are also all on the doorstep. 

Parkerville itself has a beautiful family friendly restaurant, popular tavern, a general store plus a great selection of schools. 

What makes Harmony at Parkerville different to other nearby developments?
For starters, unlike most virgin land in the Hills, Harmony at Parkerville will come ready with water and power.

In developing the land we are also including areas of dedicated public open space and we are creating a 60m-wide foreshore area to maintain the existing Clutterbuck Creek, which meanders through part of the 21.8-hectare site. 

There are not many opportunities to build on a big block in a pristine natural setting around either. As far as possible we are leaving the existing natural environment exactly as it is, making the most of the stunning natural ridge, the many mature trees and the views down through the valley. So I believe there is not much else comparable to Harmony on the market at the moment, particularly for those looking for the relaxed, laid back Hills lifestyle.

Finally, if you were at a BBQ and someone asked you about Harmony how would you describe it in just one sentence?
Harmony at Parkerville is a pristine Perth Hills community providing a rare chance to get away from it all and live an idyllic rural lifestyle, yet still be in close proximity to all the facilities you need.

Project in Focus: The Glades at Byford

by Heather Awcock - 5 Aug 2015

Interview with Project Manager, Kelli Howell
This month we sat down with our Project Manager at The Glades at Byford, Kelli Howell, and asked her what makes The Glades such a special place.

Located at the foot of the Darling Scarp approximately 2kms south-west of the Byford town centre along Abernethy Road, The Glades is a fully integrated master-planned community comprising residential, employment, educational, retail, commercial and community uses. Based on the concept of a ‘modern village’, The Glades will eventually have 3,600 homes in discrete precincts, integrated into the natural environment and all within an easy walk to local shops and schools.

Kelli, tell us about The Glades at Byford. What stage is it at now?
The Glades commenced construction in June 2007, so we are nine years into the project. We have sold 1,280 homesites in total and approximately 2,320 remain.

What do you think makes The Glades at Byford a special place to live?
For me it is the generous open space areas.

The Glades has been designed with 2.5kms of linear parklands providing a diverse range of recreational opportunities in the form of activity nodes, all connected by a series of walk and cycle trails.

I love seeing local residents out enjoying the spaces – whether that be running, walking, on bikes or kids just playing.

Tell us about the location of The Glades
The Glades is located just 5 minutes to the Byford town centre and is well positioned close to the entry point to the Tonkin Highway, providing great access to the broader Perth Metropolitan network, including being just 15 minutes to the Kwinana Freeway.

What styles of housing are at The Glades?
The Glades has considerably more varied sizes of housing and homesites when compared with other typical sub divisions. It was important to us that all ages and stages of life were catered for at The Glades – whether that be first home buyers, large families or downsizers.

What do you think makes The Glades such a great place to live, work and play?
It is a diverse community, made up of first home buyers, young families, second and third homebuyers and retirees.

The Glades is also home to precincts with different themes, all with their own identity, giving people a sense of belonging and pride at a local level.

The Glades has great amenity and facilities with the future Village Centre and lake.

Being a master-planned community provides a great selection of schools, now and into the future and as mentioned previously provides beautiful open spaces over and above many other developments.

The Glades has a big focus on the environment. Tell us about that.
The Glades prides itself on being a leader in sustainable development and design principles having been developed in an environmentally sensitive manner.

The landscaped “multiple-use” corridors foster a unique local character and sense of place that is sensitive to the existing rural heritage of the locality, whilst maintaining their natural function as drainage corridors and habitat for native flora and fauna.

More than 85% of the trees within The Glades site (when LWP purchased it) have been retained, either within road reserves or public open space, while Australian native plants have been used extensively in the landscaping design.

To promote energy efficiency, 85% of homesites at The Glades are located on a north/south alignment, enabling the construction of passive solar houses and reducing the need to rely on air conditioning in summer and heating in winter.

A key feature of The Glades is also the water sensitive urban design principles adopted which take into account the natural hydrology of the site. Waterwise landscaping packages also ensure that each homesite has a waterwise front yard and we also incentivize a 2,500L rainwater tank which is connected to the toilet and laundry.

What has made the community so great at The Glades from the early stages?
Whilst investing upfront in physical infrastructure, we have also invested heavily in creating a viable community in The Glades through partnerships with YMCA and AWESOME Arts, and simple meet and greet occasions tailored to The Glades residents’ requirements.

The people that live at The Glades are great – they are a community that look out for each other and are really positive about ensuring The Glades continues to be a great place to live.

Finally, if you were at a BBQ and someone asked you about The Glades, how would you describe it in just one sentence?
Community focused, with great facilities and fabulous open spaces!

Art comes to life at Trinity at Alkimos

by Heather Awcock - 16 Jun 2015

Public art plays a unique and important role in our community. It becomes part of our collective history and evolves and changes with us. As this happens, it reflects and reveals who we are, tells stories about us and gives great meaning and character to a place.

At each of our LWP developments we have a program in place to ensure public art pieces are there for everyone to enjoy and ensure that the history of each place is recognized and celebrated. You can find our more about why public art is so important to us in our previous blog post: Public Art’s Role in Building Communities

Trinity at Alkimos is a development particularly focused on art.

In fact Atelier, the most recent village to be developed at Trinity, has a strong arts theming and is a place where art and self expression are encouraged even in the house styles, through personalized letterboxes, coloured doors and non uniform lot sizes.

Public art at Trinity plays an essential role in sparking the imaginations of local residents, so much so we have developed an arts walk for people to enjoy.

The walk takes people from the village centre all the way to the sales office at Trinity and features over 13 pieces of art by various well known Western Australian artists. Some of the pieces include: 

  • Patterns in Life, Patterns in Nature by Steve Tepper is an abstract sculpture drawing inspiration from the local Banskia plant.
  • Special Delivery by Andrew Kay initially appears to be two innocent letterboxes, but for those that look closely you will find native animals exploring the letterboxes, serving to remind us of our proximity to the beautiful bushland surrounding Trinity.
  • Cool for Kids by Judith Forest is a favourite amongst the locals. It is a fun artwork positioned close to one of our playgrounds featuring three larger than life icecreams.
  • Unity by Tony Jones is probably one of our most ‘famed’ pieces. Simple, yet striking it is a local landmark on the north west coast and draws inspiration from Trinity’s natural environment.

Brochures for the art walk are available from the Information & Sales office on the corner of Marmion Avenue and Santorini Promenade in Alkimos 2pm-5pm on Mondays, 9am – 5pm Tuesday - Friday and 1pm – 5pm on weekends and public holidays. You can also download a copy here

What does community really look like?

by Heather Awcock - 22 Apr 2015

At LWP our aim is to create sustainable communities for people to live, work and play and has been for the last 20 years.

However, the term creating communities has gained popularity in recent years, so potentially has lost the meaning it once had.

So what does community REALLY look like?

For us, it is a place where people know their neighbour’s names, where children play in the street, where the local shop owner knows just how you like your morning coffee.

It isn’t just words on paper or promises of a great community life.

Community is people. People living, working and playing together.

We are fortunate enough to have been developing new communities for over 20 years and recently celebrated a community in action at our flagship community of Ellenbrook, Western Australia.

In the early hours of Thursday 5 March, local residents woke to find a very large box in a park in the village of Malvern Springs.

It came with a set of simple instructions. ‘Return at noon on Saturday 7 March with at least 20 of your neighbours and friends to open the box. Wait for the buzzer to sound and then press all 20 buttons at the same time.’

People were baffled and took to social media to try and guess what was in the box and who was behind the big surprise. All three Perth TV stations also got in on the act, reporting live in the days leading up and asking people to guess ‘what was in the mysterious Ellenbrook box’.

Over 1,000 local residents gathered in the Malvern Springs park at midday on Saturday 7 March and all worked together to open the box and were treated to a fantastic surprise when they did.

The residents worked together to press the buttons simultaneously to reveal a burst of balloons, confetti and coloured smoke with the WA band Boys, Boys, Boys performing. Food and icecream, circus entertainers and facepainters also magically appeared much to the delight of the crowd.

This fun initiative was designed to highlight great community outcomes when people join forces, even in the smallest ways.

Local residents at our communities, such as Ellenbrook, often say the best thing about living where they do is the sense of community, that they know their neighbours and that people look out for each other.

To be able to orchestrate such a massive surprise and to see twenty residents get together to open a mystery box and then join together in what was a great street party was truly something special and exactly what community is all about.

To check it out for yourself, visit our video of the big box reveal in action at

EQUIS LAKE – Escape the ordinary

by Stacy Norton - 14 Apr 2015

A guest post by Stacy Norton, Project Manager at Equis Lake

Remember when you were a child and summer days seemed to stretch for weeks?

Think back to family time by the river or at a local park, hours exploring nature and lazy Sunday picnics shared with friends. Life moved at a slower pace – you had time to smell the roses. To explore. To relax and revitalise the senses.

LWP has been working hard to create this same sense of tranquility at Equis Lake.

Nestled below the Darling Range on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, this private pocket of The Vines has been carefully planned to offer seclusion, without foregoing affordability or convenience.

In its past life, Equis Lake was an equestrian estate used for the training and agistment of horses. The property contained numerous stables, trainers’ quarters and a manor house.

Today, the picturesque Sawpit Gully – with its natural lake – runs through the middle of the development and forms a stunning focal point.

Walking trails, a family park, picnic areas and gazebos have been thoughtfully designed to help residents connect with the beautiful surroundings and soak up the views. They are being constructed in stages along with look-out decks and seating areas.

And, in a nod to the buildings that once stood on the estate, the development will feature contemporary-rural houses with a timeless style. Think wide verandahs, traditionally pitched roofs, gables and a mix of materials.

Underpinning LWP’s commitment to create a private sanctuary at Equis Lake, less than 250 homesites (ranging in size from about 300sqm to 600sqm) will be created.

Around half of the homesites have been sold since the development was launched in 2013 and it has been a pleasure to watch the first houses spring up over the last year.  

While retreating to a private estate is a charming ideal, location and convenience remained front of mind for LWP when we planned this new community.

For those of us needing to return to work or school at the end of a relaxing weekend, this picturesque development is close to the Ellenbrook Town Centre, Midland and only 35kms from the Perth CBD.

If you’ve been yearning for a quiet neighbourhood that still ticks all the boxes for modern living, Equis Lake may just hold the key.

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