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A day in the life at The Orchards

by Domain on 10 01 2018 in The Orchards

One way to cope with the stress of a busy life is to live in an environment that promotes peace and relaxation. The Orchards, at Sydney’s Baulkham Hills, does just that.

The Orchards is an 8.8-hectare masterplanned community that showcases innovative design and amenities within multiple green spaces. Taking inspiration from its market garden and citrus-growing heritage, The Orchards features tree-lined paths and cycle ways alongside an established creek, heritage trees and rooftop gardens.

Sekisui House Senior Development Manager George Gesouras says The Orchards offers something for everyone, no matter what his or her stage of life.

“Imagine waking up in your beautiful apartment and walking the short distance to get a takeaway coffee in the local café, or having the whole family gather there for breakfast,” he says. “The café is in close proximity to the lagoon pool so you might want to have a quick swim before your morning drink or do laps in the indoor lap pool.”

Gesouras adds that instead of a swim you might choose to ride your bike around the one and a half hectare park where there is a dedicated bike track, or take the dog out on the walking trail.

“If it’s the weekend or you don’t need to get to work you could make plans to see your neighbours on the rooftop for a lunchtime barbecue,” he says. “The Orchards is also next to the Castle Hill Country Club where you can join friends for a round of golf.”

Paul Wainwright, Sekisui House's Sales and Marketing Operations Manager, agrees the possibilities for a day at The Orchards are endless.

“There’s a fitness and wellness centre where you can work out, or the park is a great place to either kick a ball around with family or spend some quiet time reading a book,” he says. “If you’re planning a meal with friends for later there’s an organic grocer onsite to help with your dinner menu.”

Children aren’t forgotten either. “As well as all the outdoor amenities, there is a dedicated music room that can be booked for lessons,” Wainwright says. “And the function room is available for birthday as well as dinner parties.”

At the end of the day residents can enjoy the beautiful views from the rooftop dining area, which include the neighbouring fairways of the Country Club, before watching a movie at the outdoor cinema.

“We are 500 metres from the future Norwest metro station, which will take commuters into Sydney’s CBD within 40 minutes,” he says.

“There are bike and walking tracks all throughout the Norwest area and we are reproducing this in our own community so people can connect easily wherever they need to go.”

A sense of connectivity was important for the development, Wainwright notes.

“You can easily get to the nearby Norwest Business Park on the cycling and walking tracks, which makes it ideal for people who work there and live at The Orchards,” he says. “Our mission for those living here is to have this amazing connectivity within the estate but also to the broader community as well.”

Buses will also run from the new station to the city and surrounding areas providing an efficient alternative for people who don’t want to drive.

The first stage of The Orchards to be released – Imperial – will consist of 121 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, which will be completed by late 2018. The design includes vertical orchards on the building’s façade as well as rooftop terraces and landscaped gardens.

The apartment interiors offer two colour schemes: Harvest, a contemporary look that buyers can enhance with their own colour accents, and Bloom, which is designed to reflect light and warmth.

Mr Wainwright says there is interest from a broad range of buyers.

“These include downsizers from the local area who want to stay where their friends are and in a place they’re familiar with,” he says. “Investors are also interested, both local and overseas ones and those from other parts of Sydney. They’re very aware that because of the infrastructure currently under construction this will be a popular area for tenants.”