Outdoor lifestyle and liveability accelerates demand

by Sekisui House on 14 07 2020 in The Hermitage

Recently endorsed as a case study by The Heart Foundation in their ‘Healthy Active By Design’ program, The Hermitage masterplanned community at Gledswood Hills has witnessed a significant uplift in interest from prospective purchasers over recent times, seeking a more balanced lifestyle and a broader, more convenient connection with the outdoors.
Developed by Sekisui House, The Hermitage has gained a privileged reputation as being a liveable and connected community, underpinned by a design philosophy promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Residents are encouraged to enjoy and explore the vast hectares of rolling hills and green open spaces that makes The Hermitage a special place to call home.
Craig Barnes, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sekisui House, comments “Our enquiry levels accelerated in May following the easing of restrictions in NSW, as did buyer confidence. Transactions post lockdown are currently exceeding pre COVID sale rates for both homes and land.  The last 2 months has seen a sales uplift of 55% when compared to the figures delivered through March and April, and 147% on the same 2-month period last year. Recent buyer activity and habits are leaning towards adaptable floorplans that are capable of accommodating a practical “work from home” environment. It appears that this trend is set to continue well into the future as many businesses are re-evaluating returning staff back to the office on a full-time basis”.
He added, “There has been strong levels of interest across all product offerings at The Hermitage, including golf side vacant land lots, parkside terraces and executive SHAWOOD homes. One of the fundamental aspects underpinning our masterplan is convenient accessibility to open spaces. People have become more aware of the importance of spending time outside, capitalising on the associated benefits. Boasting over 150 hectares of dedicated parklands, green open spaces and a 120-hectare golfing precinct, including the future Greg Norman signature course, The Hermitage offers a wide range of community and lifestyle options.
Local Campbelltown exercise physiologists, Danielle Wallace (31) and James Wallace (31) owners of Active Solutions Health (NSW), who were both born and raised in the local area and studied at Western Sydney University, chose to live in The Hermitage because of its green spaces and footpaths.
Danielle comments, “We knew we could easily go for a short or long walk and vary the route to make it interesting. When we initially came through the suburb, we saw other residents being active and loved that the area makes this easy and enjoyable to do so.
“There’s a great friendly community feel and everyone says hello when you’re at the basketball courts, outdoor exercise equipment and parks. Every morning we walk one lap around the estate, starting with the park where we show our son the trees and look at the local wildlife. He really likes birds at the moment and feeling the different bark on the trees. At The Hermitage, we all feel close to nature. William is just starting to enjoy rolling down the green hills too, whilst watching the older children play at the park.”
“These spaces are important to us because we feel being active and exercising should be a normal part of daily life, not just for ‘fit people’ or those training for an event. As exercise physiologists, we are passionate about the importance of being active and witness first-hand the numerous benefits that are gained from exercise including physical, mental and social health,” she added.