Where Nature Blooms in the Heart of a City
Perfect marriage of nature and modern living
Issue: Jan 2010
Being in harmony with nature in the midst of a city
Life at the Botanica is a perfect marriage of all the conveniences of modern living and the relaxed lifestyle that being soaked in nature affords. Amidst its massive 44-hectare grounds are 7 hectares of immaculately maintained parks and gardens, playgrounds, cycleways and waterways, plus a huge Central Park - all just perfect for an early morning jog, an after-dinner walk, or simply taking the kids for some rough and tumble play. At the Botanica, life truly blooms in the heart of nature.
“Botanica’s greenscape with all the parks and trees - 100 year old Norfolk Island pines and landscaping - create a very relaxing home environment, while the overall layout of the estate is also a strong draw card,” says David Wang who bought his first home at Botanica after renting for 15 months.
A Home for Every Need
This Eden in Lidcombe, Sydney’s geographical heartland, is one of the city’s finest residential communities and one of Australia’s best master-planned ones. And residents truly appreciate the camaraderie living in such a community provides.
With the lush greenery and parks at Botanica, lovely picnics outdoors are just steps away from home
“One of the things that really helps create a sense of community is the street party,” says Phung Johnston who has been living at Botanica with her family for three years. “This is an event organised by residents each year, with contributions from the developer, Australand. The party brings everyone together with the opportunity to meet and talk to each other. This is quite unique to Botanica and not like anything we’d experienced at our previous home.”
Lakeside homes in Botanica
Off-the-plan 3 and 4 bedroom family homes and spacious terraces and townhouses within a garden setting all mean that residents benefit from the ready infrastructure and facilities.
Botanica offers a spectrum of different lifestyles all with nature in mind. Whether it is a lakeside home or a home set in the greenery of a park right across from the Carnarvon Golf Course, for an abundance of lush, natural parklands, Botanica has it all.
“From the moment you arrive at Botanica, you feel like you’re entering a different world. As you enter the estate through the sandstone gates with ‘Botanica’ emblazoned across them, and drive along Botanica Drive, seeing all the parks, trees, and gardens, there is a feeling of peace and space,” say resident, Greeta Karla who is building a new home at Botanica with her husband Rajiv, her parents and two sons.
The Karlas snapped up one of a limited number of land lots ranging from 472 to 711 square metres that have been released to allow buyers to build their dream home within the ideal infrastructure of Botanica.
“The opportunity to purchase land in the centre of Sydney at Botanica is an even rarer opportunity. Prior to Botanica, the last major land release in the area was in 1952, and the nearest available land lots that I know of are in Granville, significantly further from the CBD and without the benefits of a master-planned community location,” said Australand’s General Manager NSW Residential, Tony Pizzolato.
Fabulous Features That Keep You In Touch With The Environment
In keeping with its green theme, each home is furnished with water-saving initiatives; energy-saving designs that maximize the use of natural lighting such as high ceilings and wide corridors; and intelligent landscaping with drought tolerant plants and mulching.
The spacious landscape keeps you in tune with nature
Bringing nature indoors, the lower levels offer fully tiled floors and an open-plan lounge plus a separate timber flooring dining area and study. And every luxury has been worked into the design. The master bedrooms are perfect private boudoirs. Most come with walk-in wardrobes and individual balconies, and bathrooms with his and her basins that will spoil you to the hilt.
For the culinary goddess, Botanica’s kitchens are simply divine. Equipped with state-of-the–art European stainless steel appliances and stone bench tops, whipping up that perfect meal will be a synch.
While Botanica offers the quiet of living with nature, it is just 14 km from the CBD with the Lidcombe train station a mere 2km away and a bus stop right outside on Joseph Street.
Retail therapy is but a stone’s throw away with Lidcombe’s multicultural shops, cafes and restaurants only 2 km away. The new Rhodes Shopping Centre with over 100 stores and supermarkets is less than 8km away. And there’s the famous Fresh Produce Market nearby at Flemington.
For young families, Botanica is ideal because it is close to several educational institutions. Regents Park Primary, Southern Sydney TAFE and Sydney University’s Cumberland Campus are all nearby, as are a range of pre-schools and public and private schools.
Kids can play outdoors safely in Botanica with special biking and walking tracks
“It is very easy to get around from Botanica. The city and Parramatta are both very easily accessible, and everything else you need is nearby. But in spite of the central location it’s easy to feel secluded at Botanica, because there is not much through traffic,” says Mark Ingham who lives on Betty Cuthbert Drive with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.
“The parks are a great facility for the kids. There are special bike and walking tracks, and not much traffic, which means we don’t have to worry about any dangers from cars. The peace and quiet combined with the people you get to mix with, is what makes Botanica a great place to live in.”
Botanica is being developed by Australand, a subsidiary of CapitaLand, with 80 years of experience in creating quality homes and is the winner of the 2007 UDIA Best Residential Development Award and the 2007 HIA Best Lifestyle Development Award.
Low maintenance living and lifestyle choice are key benefits that new homes at Botanica provide to its residents’. There are also a range of purchase options in addition to product variety. Purchasers can choose to purchase completed homes or homes off-the-plan.
“Buying off-the-plan allows buyers to take advantage of current favourable market conditions to purchase a high quality home without the pressure to settle immediately. This may give first home buyers additional time to save towards the cost of their brand new home, said Pizzolato.
“The older style homes typical of the suburb are no longer suited to the needs of many homebuyers. Buyers keen to purchase a brand new home within a safe masterplanned community environment are able to do so at the Botanica.”
For more information on Botanica, visit www.australand.com.au/botanica
or call (+61) 13 38 38.