Deborah and Geoffrey Slade are looking forward to enjoying the best of both worlds at Harvest, a relaxed, rural lifestyle and the convenience of close proximity to Maitland and Newcastle.
The couple lived in Metford before moving to Raymond Terrace, where they have resided for approximately twenty years. When the time came to downsize, they returned to the lower Hunter to find the perfect land on which to build their new home.
“I remember when the Harvest site was owned by Farragher Removals. I used to drive past regularly and always thought it was lovely land. It has such a nice outlook, overlooking cows grazing in the paddocks,” said Deborah.
“When you’re on site, you don’t feel that you are close to the city at all but it really is so convenient. Everything we need will be close by,” she said.
Deborah and Geoffrey were among the first purchasers of land at Harvest but they nearly purchased land elsewhere, unaware that land at Harvest had come on the market.
“We had paid a deposit on land elsewhere but I wasn’t 100 per cent sold on the location. We were sitting in a display home one day when we met Deborah, Harvest’s Sales Consultant. She explained the plans for Harvest and it was exactly what we had been looking for. We selected our lot there and then, off the plan, site unseen!” said Deborah.
Upon completion Harvest will be home to approximately 400 families, a factor that appealed to the couple.
“We didn’t want to live in one of the large, new estates,” said Deborah.
“I don’t think it’s possible to have the same sense of community in a large community as a small one. I think that due to its size, Harvest will be a very friendly neighbourhood and that’s what we’re looking for,” said Deborah.
Deborah and Geoffrey have chosen to build McDonald Jones’ Manhattan design.
“It’s a single level, four bedroom home with a few amendments. We’re changing one of the bedrooms into a study and increasing the size of the alfresco and garage, it will be perfect for us,” said Deborah.
Geoffrey enjoys monitoring progress on site as he drives past on his way to and from work.
“I get a detailed update every day. Last night we even went to have a look because guttering and kerbing has been completed, and turf has been laid near the wetlands,” said Deborah.
“We’re really looking forward to living at Harvest. It will be lovely, especially because we won’t be surrounded by a sea of roofs,” she said.