MICHAEL and Eileen Maskrey are the first buyers in Kingston’s new lifestyle precinct Kings Quarter.
And their excitement for writing their next chapter is infectious.
When the couple first saw the promotion for the development at Kingston Park — at the former high school that was relocated almost a decade ago — they had an inkling that it might be perfect for them.
And when the time came, the couple pounced at the opportunity to secure their preferred block, site No.1.
Michael said they have lived in Taroona for about 50 years and, for a while, had been looking for something new.
As they spend a lot of time in Kingston, he said they would like to be closer to the area’s shops, amenities and the beach.
Michael said the appeal of Kings Quarter was broad.
“One, we like the location where you can walk to everything that Kingston has to offer without needing a car,” he said.
“The quality of the build is appealing. When you look at what is on offer, we thought the value for money was excellent.
“And lastly, we like the idea of a mixed community lifestyle.”
The Maskreys chose a four-bedroom freestanding house with mountain views, a nice change from their Taroona river views.
“The thought of having an ensuite, a walk-in wardrobe, a good size living area, indoor-outdoor entertaining — it is very exciting,” Eileen said.
“We also like the philosophy of how the landscaping will be done and how the irrigation and water usage will be sustainable, which is so important these days.”
Eileen said Taroona had been a fantastic place to live and suited their lifestyle, but she could see a family moving into their home when they sell.
“We have never lived in a brand new house before,” she said.
“Mike has lived in a centuries old stone cottage before and in Taroona our home is from the 1950s era.”
Eileen said once they saw Kings Quarters, and realised it was affordable, it felt like a done deal on the spot.
“Talking to our friends about it, to a person, they all said it was a fantastic idea and that we had done the right thing,” she said.
Knight Frank property representative Mickey White said the precinct had been well received by the market.
“The sales display gives people confidence in the quality of what Kings Quarter offers and we have a ton of information that we provide to buyers including information about buying off the plan,” she said.
“Michael and Eileen were our first buyers and since then a few homes here have been snapped up by investors — it has been a good mix so far.
“Kings Quarter homes are a great investment when buying at today’s prices.”
Traders in Purple Tasmanian development director Jennifer Cooper said Tassie architects LXN had completed the design and a contact with a local builder would be finalised in the future.
She said the aim was for construction to start in early 2021.
Stage One, known as Birch Row, is on the market now with houses and townhomes available and more stages to come in the future. Contact Knight Frank or Harcourts Kingborough for details.
The sales display suite is open twice per week, Thursday and Saturday, or potential buyers can make private appointments.