Our First Home

  • Luke Bucknell and Anastasia Antonio had been searching for their first home for more than six months. But when the Melbourne couple wandered into Mirvac development, Harcrest, on a whim, it took them mere minutes to lay down a deposit.

    Our First Home 1While the newly engaged pair had never considered buying in a residential community, they were immediately sold on the location, open spaces and facilities of the new estate at the foot of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges.

    “We had been house hunting for more than six months and it was getting exhausting,” says Anastasia, a 25-year-old HR advisor. “Every Saturday we’d be at open inspections and auctions from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Then, one Sunday as we were on our way to sign another contract, we drove into Harcrest on a whim.

    “Straight away Luke looked at me and said ‘this is it.’ We walked in the door of the sales office and sat down straight away with a sales agent. There was only one terrace left from the ones we liked and that very afternoon we put down a holding deposit. The next weekend we put down a full deposit.”

    The couple, who were engaged in March and will be married next July, wanted a home in a location they could raise a family and were attracted by the mostly young demographic at Harcrest and facilities such as parks, walkways, cycleways, BBQ amenities and children’s play areas.

    Our First Home 2“I know it won’t take us too long to start a family,” Anastasia admits. “So we were really looking for somewhere that seemed safe and attractive to raise a family. When we walked into Harcrest that first afternoon we saw young couples pushing prams, people walking their dogs, chatting with each other and it just felt safe and happy.

    “I could see ourselves living there, having BBQ’s with friends, going for walks and runs and playing at the park with our kids.”

    Our First Home 3Anastasia and Luke have replaced their Saturdays at open inspections and auctions with visits to Harcrest to see how their new community is progressing. While their home won’t start being built until January, they have already noticed the fast progress of their area, which has developed from a “dirt hole” to include established streets and a range of new houses.

    There are around 550 residents already living in Harcrest, which will grow to around 2000 on completion. The residential community is located within the established City of Knox in Melbourne’s east. 

    Our First Home 4For Luke and Anastasia, the Harcrest community ticked many important boxes. The price they paid for their three-bedroom terrace was within their budget and it is only 15 minutes from both sets of parents and their work places.

    “It’s so exciting to see how the community is progressing, even from when we bought our home,” says Anastasia. “It will be something to tell the kids, how we saw our home built from a dirt hole. We’re really excited to move in and start to create our happy memories there.”

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