After watching the estate evolve from a vast span of land for months, our street is now a street. If you’ve been reading out posts, you’ll have seen the development progress from around November/December last year, to see the road emerge and now with the tarmac down, we have a proper road.

Sure a road doesn’t officially become a street until the street signs go up, but given we can now drive to our block, its a big change.

It looks like the developers are building more than just the lots and associated roads with stage 10, as there’s no plenty of streets that are not even on the map.

Now for the block.

Our block is still yet to be leveled, while most in our stage are flattened and don’t look far off being able to go to titles, ours certainly has some ways to go.

Every couple of days we’re visiting the block (only a few minutes drive from where we rent) hoping to see the earth moving equipment on our block, but there’s still no movement yet. There’s certainly hints, suggestions that its not far away, but right now we still have one big question.

How will they resolve the height difference between our land and our neighbours on the side and rear of our block ? There is an incline on our block and we’re a little concerned we may need retaining walls. If we do, the question will be who’s paying for them.

In some estates nearby, the developers build retaining walls where need, I’m guessing to help the blocks sell, but given ours is already sold, I’m hoping the developers still do the same.

A big part of why we selected the block is that it was part of an estate that offered larger land, and at 801 sq metres, its decent compared to the typical 550-600 often sold today. The other element that drew our attention was the tag line of ‘large flat block’ which remains plastered over the website.

In my mind, ‘large flat blocks’ should never include costs pushed to the buyer for retaining walls. So you can see we’re pretty keen to see how the block is resolved.

The latest estimate of when the subdevelopment will be complete is May. Given we’re mid/late March, that seems plausible with the work outstanding.

We’ve been given a conservative estimate that by the time all the approvals from the half a dozen regulatory bodies (council, water, electricity, NBN, titles) we may be ready to commence the build sometime in September.

We’re hoping its much sooner.

The extra time allows for us to re-visit some decisions and with more time to save, we can afford a better house. Given this is our forever home, we want to make sure the choices we make are right, especially the structural ones.