When long-time Hills residents Robert and Karen Lodden were looking for a major change in lifestyle they didn’t have far to look.
When their adult children moved out of the large family home in Bella Vista Waters, with its built-in granny flat for Karen’s parents, the Loddens purchased two apartments off-the-plan in one of the new Watermark apartments in the adjacent The Lakes estate.
Having moved in in September 2016, one year on they couldn’t be happier.
Robert now works from his apartment in Watermark with stunning views across the lake, while Karen’s elderly parents, Alf and Maureen, live in a second apartment on the same floor.
“We wanted a lifestyle change with good access to all the facilities, shops and restaurants of the local area,” said Robert. “What we love about The Lakes estate is its proximity to facilities both inside Norwest and around the broader Hills District where I’m a soccer referee on weekends.
“With the metro line coming and major investment in improved road connections including Northconnex, you’re never far from anything. I drive to Melbourne once a month – two sets of traffic lights and I am on the freeway and the next set of traffic lights I reach is in Melbourne.”
Robert says the ultimate drivers of their purchase in Watermark were the views across the lake, the quality of the design and build, and the quality of the fixtures and fittings throughout.
“We wanted a home with a bit of style to it, that wouldn’t date. For us, the interiors in the apartment had to reflect a certain quality that you could see and appreciate.”
The Loddens also considered long-term capital growth in their decision. “We now have two quality properties that will always be in high demand with their great location and views, so we have plenty of options for the future.”
And what about the in-laws?
“They love living in Watermark,” said Robert. “It is very easy and functional for senior living. There are excellent medical facilities close by and a great range of specialists in the area. The building has excellent security and is well managed and maintained.
“It suits their lifestyle, they don’t have to worry about maintenance, gardens, getting up and down stairs – they meet up for coffee with their friends, they have luncheon clubs, they walk to cafes and restaurants.