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The Heights honoured as Territory's best affordable living location

13 October 2014    

The Heights residential development at Durack has won a major honour at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s 2014 territory awards for excellence.

The new $450 million development by CIC Australia was officially recognised in the hotly contested “Affordable Living” category at a gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday evening.

In accepting the award, The Heights, Durack, Project Director Geoff Smith said while the development has attracted homebuyers of all levels including purchasers of stunning million dollar residences, it is particularly proud of its innovative “Lifestyle Housing” homes for entry-level buyers.

“One of our key goals at The Heights is to help deliver housing affordability in the NT, so it’s fantastic that our Lifestyle Housing initiative has been formally recognised by the Territory’s development industry,” said Mr Smith, adding that 5% of all new homes in the development will be dedicated to affordable housing.

“Based on quality and price, our Lifestyle Housing homes are quite possibly the best new homes on the Darwin property market for first homebuyers and people on moderate incomes.

“The Territory Government has long been looking at ways to deliver high quality affordable housing, so as part of our extensive housing mix at The Heights we’ve taken up the Government’s challenge and are now the first to deliver a lower cost product that really does represent exceptional buying.”

The Lifestyle Housing homes at The Heights – which is located off Roystonea Avenue adjacent Charles Darwin University at Palmerston – comprise modern house and land packages starting from only $495,000.

Mr Smith paid special tribute to leading Territory builder Vantage Homes for constructing the first Lifestyle Housing homes at The Heights.

“The Heights and Vantage Homes have collaborated to develop superb new homes that are not only responsive to the tropical climate, but utilise high quality yet lightweight construction materials,” he said.

“These homes have excellent street appeal and feature useable external open space, while the eye-catching elevated homes in particular allow for additional rooms to be constructed at ground level in the future when owners’ financial circumstances allow for renovations.

“The homes also feature solar hot water systems, air-conditioning, landscaping, fencing and light fittings, so they represent a complete turn-key delivery approach which buyers have really appreciated.”

The Heights, Durack, will ultimately see 882 new homes built this decade, as well as parks, bike paths, walking tracks and a lakeside community centre to hold local events and exhibitions.

In excess of 300 lots have already been sold ranging in size from 250 sq m up to 875 sq m, which suit a variety of home designs for singles and professional couples through to growing families and retirees.

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