It’s the sense of community that Harvest will offer and the benefits of the new neighbourhood’s location that appealed most of all to Samantha and Cameron Hutchison, who will soon commence building their home in Harvest Gardens.
The couple and their six year old son, Declan are well established in Thornton and love the area. Declan attends Thornton Public School, plays football with the Thornton Beresfield Bears and attends swimming lessons locally.
“We like the fact that not much happens in Thornton! It’s quiet but Maitland is so close and has everything we need,” said Samantha.
“Its location is great for us. It’s easy to get to Newcastle and to Tomago where Cameron works. Plus it’s easy to access the freeway to Sydney. We visit friends and family in Sydney once a month, so access to transport routes is important to us,” she said.
Samantha and Cameron have lived in Somerset for five years and know the locality well. As with many new home buyers, when looking to purchase their home the couple originally planned on buying an existing home. They soon realised that purchasing land and building a brand new home would be a better option.
“We wanted to stay on this side of Thornton and spent almost every weekend looking at existing homes. We found that most of the homes were quite expensive and they still needed renovating,” said Samantha.
“After talking to our conveyancer and Hudson Homes we realised that buying land and building a new home, exactly as we wanted it, would be better value for money.
“Although we didn’t know too much about the building process we’ve found there’s plenty of help available. Deb and Jordyn from Harvest have been great and we’ve found the process to be straight forward so far,” she said.
Samantha and Cameron looked at land at several new residential estates, including nearby Notting Hill and Wirraway, but settled on Harvest soon after their first visit.
“We were looking for a flat lot. Land at Notting Hill was sloping and more expensive than Harvest for the same size lot. Other estates had too many rules on what we could build. At Harvest we have bought a flat, 680m² lot without unreasonable design guidelines,” said Samantha.
“The fact that Harvest will be a small community of only around 400 homes appealed to us as well. As a small development we expect there’ll be a stronger community feel and we like that,” she said.