The rich past and promising future of the Hills District

01 December 2017

Sydney’s Hills District is well known for its agricultural history but there are some fascinating lesser-known aspects of the northwest region’s past.

Baulkham Hills-based development, The Orchards is a masterplanned community that will comprise one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. The Orchards site is home to one of the first citrus plantations in Australia.

Paul Wainwright, sales and marketing operations manager with Sekisui House says “When we were looking for inspiration, we wanted to pay homage to that history”. “It’s where the name ‘The Orchards’ comes from and you’ll see this history throughout our masterplan. We always design to the natural features of the land and try and make our masterplan sit within nature.”

The first stage of The Orchards is the Imperial, which is expected to be ready by late 2018. It will feature 121 apartments over two buildings and will be followed by six stages of around 1300 apartments. In keeping with the site’s historical significance, the building will feature vertical orchards that immerse residents and visitors in nature.

The Orchards also features a one and a half hectare public park, playgrounds, green spaces, a lagoon pool, fitness and wellness centre, music room and outdoor cinema. 

The Orchards has drawn inspiration from many of the natural elements of the site. The masterplan not only responds to the changing nature of the area but also the future needs of the community. 

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