A desire to join a community with everything they need at their fingertips inspired the 1,000th family to plan their dream home at Sovereign Hills.
Port Macquarie’s Suzy Spicer and Remko Verschuur purchased a block of land in The Heritage precinct, signifying a milestone for the $500 million master planned community.
“We love Sovereign Hills. The area has a great feel with fantastic amenities like local shops, playgrounds and schooling. Our block has a bush outlook but is still very close to Port Macquarie,” Ms Spicer said.
The couple is looking forward to building a house to suit their working from home needs as well as Ms Spicer’s two children who are entering their teen years, with a home theatre and large alfresco area planned off a spacious living and kitchen zone.
“We’re excited to build our dream home… We’re looking forward to the new infrastructure of the business centre, the additional retail shops, plus the new sporting fields will be great for the kids who will definitely need some space to kick a footy.”
Lewis Land Group Chief Executive Officer Matthew McCarron welcomed the family to Sovereign Hills at a special morning tea attended by the Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan, the Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams and the many locals who have played a role in the planning and development of the community.
“The Sovereign Hills we’re familiar with today is the result of more than 10 years of hard work and dedication from our Port Macquarie based planning and construction team,” explained Mr McCarron.
“Our vision to create a series of vibrant and thoughtfully considered residential precincts interspersed with open parklands and a thriving town centre at the heart of it all was created with families just like the 1,000th in mind. It’s areal thrill to be able to celebrate with them, and the people who have supported this vision, today.
“We have always been mindful of the important role we play in the community, so we have done everything possible to support local businesses, local retailers, local community groups and of course local families like the Spicers.”
The event was also attended by Sovereign Hills’ very first land purchasers Owen and Janet Trimmer who moved to the community from north west Sydney 10 years ago seeking a quieter lifestyle.
And while the community has grown considerably over the past decade (more than 2,000 residents now call Sovereign Hills home), it still has a way to go, with space for up to 2,400 homes and 7,500 residents, future stages of the $100 million Sovereign Place Town Centre, plus the development of a business and technology park, and world-class football facility.
Despite well documented challenges currently facing the property sector, LLG remains committed to the continued delivery of additional Sovereign Hills residential land to the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. This is positive news for the increasing number of people seeking a lifestyle in a desirable regional area, and the local economy - which has been bolstered by Sovereign Hills’ housing and construction activity.
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the milestone and noted the positive impacts of the Sovereign Hills development.
“In the current climate of housing affordability pressures and the influx of population away from the metropolitan areas into popular regions like the Mid North Coast, it is fantastic to see innovative and well-planned developments like Sovereign Hills continue to expand and welcome more residents. Projects like this are exactly what our region needs. I look forward to seeing the next release,” Mr Conaghan said.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the demand for regional living had increased substantially over the past three years and she acknowledged LLG’s commitment to not only creating future land supply but first-class amenities and a strong community spirit.
“We have all seen how quickly our area has grown and the Lewis Land Group has been at the forefront of that growth delivering for local residents as well as for people who have relocated to our region.
“This growth has also resulted in the creation of hundreds of local jobs and a huge financial injection to the economy of the Hastings,” Mrs Williams said.
Sovereign Hills’ next land release will take place in July, providing more families and aspiring homeowners with an opportunity to grow with their surrounding community.