Herald Sun Knox Leader - Wantirna Real Estate: Kingloch Parade site to become housing estate

It was once home to a beloved school, now a prime Wantirna site is set to be transformed into a flash new housing estate.

The old Wantirna Heights School is set to be transformed into a new “green” housing estate.

Oz Property Group has a permit to build 51 dwellings at 56 Kingloch Parade Wantirna, with sales to launch in November.

Prices for terraces will start at $699,000, three and four bedroom townhouses at $879,000 and street front homes at $1.099 million.

It’s the latest in a string of new housing estates planned for Knox.

According to the developer, Wantirna has seen a recent boom with median sale prices topping $1 million, with the suburb loved by families seeking access to well regarded schools and also downsizers that have spent most of their lives in the area and are now ready to sell down their large blocks for record prices.

The Kingloch Parade site has been vacant since the school closed in 2013 with the old school buildings becoming a target for vandals before they were finally demolished.

The land was owned by the Department of Education and Training, with the school deemed surplus to needs and the land subsequently rezoned for residential development, and listed for sale.

According to the developer, the new estate is set to “create a benchmark in green living”, with all dwellings to feature 7 Star energy ratings.

The fossil fuel free “modernist development,” will feature mostly two-storey dwellings, with buyers able to choose from more than a dozen unique floorplans.

Oz Property Group assistant development manager Krisi Patras said: “We’re trying to break the norm for suburban developments by making sure that sustainability, placemaking and the needs of the community are considered in the design right at the start.”

Landscape architects REALM Studios have worked to retain as many existing trees as possible on the site and water management was also given a priority.

In addition to generous landscaped backyards, the homes also feature internal courtyards that allow cross flow ventilation and bring more daylight, while being another nod to the modernist architectural style.

Castran Gilbert director Michael Lang said he had never come across a development that had been so considered.

“Everything from the design, sustainability, and number of offerings, it is clear that this development will be one that will never be replicated,” he said.

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