Last year he detoured into a display unit for an apartment building being built close by unaware it would prompt an exciting change.
So impressed by Haven at Norwest, currently under construction by developers Mulpha Norwest, he took his wife Suzanne back to show her a property that was ideal for both themselves and youngest children Emily, 22 and Grace, 15.
The family will move from Cherrybrook where they have lived for 22 years.
“I had seen the building next door to it come up, but like a lot of these types of things it was a sheer accident,’’ Mr Knights, who works in financial services, said. “The agent pointed out a unit that was particularly attractive to us because it has a 100sq m balcony, so we can still live outdoors. “But this time we have an outdoors without all the work and for us that was a big selling point.’’
With their son Alex, 28, already moved out of the family home, the couple are ready to downsize.
Their youngest daughter Grace is excited about the change as it will lessen her travel time to school. She currently has to catch a bus and train to her school at Epping, which takes an hour. When the Sydney Metro North West opens the same journey should take just under 15 minutes — even though they are moving further away.
“She also likes that everything is walking distance such as shops, cafes and hairdressers — all the things 15 year olds enjoy doing ,’’ Mr Knights said.
Construction on Haven is well under way and it is scheduled to be completed in November. It will comprise 80 apartments offering a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom properties. Facilities include heated swimming pool, a communal function room with kitchen, meeting rooms, a music room and bike sharing facilities. A topping out ceremony was held on the roof of the new lifestyle complex in February. This is a builders’ tradition to mark when the last beam is placed on top of a structure during construction.
It can be traced back to the Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on top of a new building to appease the tree dwelling spirit of their ancestors who had been displaced. Developers Mulpha Norwest will pay for removalists to pack and unpack — up to $10,000 — for buyers who purchase by April 30. The Knights family hope to move straight into their new apartment after negotiating an extended settlement on their Cherrybrook property.
The new owner has also purchased most of their existing furniture, meaning they will just be taking beds and personal effects. The family has taken an upgrade package on their new unit which means all the interior decorating decisions such as paint, tiling and timber flooring are made for them.
“All we have to put in there is considerably less furniture than what we had at Cherrybrook — and it is all brand new,’’ Mr Knights said. “We got off the mark pretty quickly so Domayne and Nick Scali have also benefited from this exercise.”
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Source: Hills Shire Times