The Rochedale Estates

The excitement of living in a brand new and pacesetting community has heightened at The Rochedale Estates in the southern Brisbane growth corridor, with the opening of the residents’ Lifestyle Centre. The $5 million centre is the social and recreational heart of the masterplanned The Rochedale Estates, where location meets resort-like lifestyle.

The centre, which includes pools, tennis courts and a gymnasium, is proving a splash hit as the number of residents living in the community swells. It is one of the components helping shape The Rochedale Estates as a cutting-edge semi-rural oasis where residents will only have to step out their doors to enjoy vast areas of tranquil parkland and greenery.

At the same time, they will be only 12km from the Brisbane CBD, within minutes by car of major shopping centres, and will eventually have a Rochedale town centre just along the road. The opening of the lifestyle centre is one of four milestones at the $360 million FKP property group venture since April. No. 1 was the first residents, two brothers who work in the Brisbane CBD, moving into their dream home. The following month Display World, Queensland’s largest display-home village, was officially opened.

It has been drawing people in their hundreds every week, with visitors coming from as far south as northern NSW and as far north as central Queensland. Display World’s opening was followed by the first section of a new-look Gardner Road being opened outside the entrance to The Rochedale Estates.

The former country lane is being remodelled into a four-lane thoroughfare, complete with pedestrian and bike tracks. FKP Queensland development director Gary Kordic says the milestones are just the first in what will be an ongoing series of achievements at the rapidly evolving 1000-home community. He says Display World offers buyers of housing lots at The Rochedale Estates an ‘on site’ opportunity to see the latest designs and features on offer.

Display World, at the front door of The Rochedale Estates, will ultimately have approximately 48 homes. Kordic says the Display World homes are at the cutting edge of design, both internally and externally.

“They are very much in keeping with what FKP has aspired to achieve in planning The Rochedale Estates. The meticulously planned project is a fantastic showcase of contemporary design and efficiencies.

“Every aspect of this exciting new community has been created with the modern lifestyle in mind, from extensive on-site facilities and parkland to sustainable practices and the latest technologies, like high-speed broadband.”

Metricon was the first builder to open homes at Display World, and it has been followed by the latest designs by companies such as G.J.Gardner, Plantation, Ausbuild, Orbit, Indigo, Sekisui, Clarendon, Nuvo Homes, BMW Homes, McCarthy Homes, I.D.H, Heisig, Chelbrooke, Radian and Adenbrook. Kordic says it is not surprising that Display World has become a major destination for people from far and wide who aspire to build new homes.

“The array of designs and finishes is amazing and it means that many people have to make multiple visits to absorb what’s on offer.”

He says the Lifestyle Centre at The Rochedale Estates is already a ‘pulsating heart’ at the 120-hectare project.

“It’s a place where residents can relax and unwind, meet their new neighbours or catch up with friends. The Lifestyle Centre means residents will not have to leave the estate if they want to visit a café, work out in a gymnasium, swim in a choice of pools, run around tennis courts, or gather for meetings.”

The Rochedale Estates will include 56 hectares of parkland and preserved conservation area, with more than 300,000 trees, shrubs and ground-cover plants. Residents will also be encouraged to go down the green path by adopting a range of energy and sustainable living initiatives. Residents can tap into three sources of water, ensuring it is captured, used and reused, and design guidelines will help buyers build a new home that best suits the environment.

Residents of The Rochedale Estates will always be well connected. All homes in the community will be ‘smart homes’, with optical-fiber wiring through the estate, allowing residents to link to ultra-fast broadband, multiple fixedline services and digital free-to-air television services without an antenna.

The Rochedale Estates is close to all the services and amenities of the city and is well serviced by public transport. A nearby park ‘n’ ride terminal makes commuting to the CBD straightforward and Brisbane Technology Park is just three kilometres away. An eight-kilometre journey gives shoppers the choice of visiting either the Garden City or Carindale Westfield shopping centres or Griffith University is 11 kilometres away. A short drive accesses a range of schools, shops and services and the planned town centre will deliver a new commercial heart for the wider Rochedale community.

The Rochedale Estates will cater for a variety of lifestyles, with home sites ranging from low-maintenance 300m² blocks to larger 882m² parcels. Available home sites in stage one are priced from $295,500 and a sales and display centre is open from 10am to 5pm daily.