On the hunt for their forever home Rohit, Parveen and their daughter Khashish discovered Newenham on a trip to the Adelaide Hills, and were hooked on the big block size, idyllic design and proximity to Adelaide. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them home here at Newenham.
Originally from New Delhi, India, both Rohit and Parveen have been living in South Australia for the past decade in their rental home in Goodwood. While they love the area, they have long desired some space to breath, physically and mentally, and a home to call their own.
“We’ve been renting for quite some time. Obviously it’s the dream we’ve always had – to own our own home. So we decided (last year) ‘yes, this is the right time. Let’s look for a house so that we can call that home for the rest of our lives,’” Rohit says.
It wasn’t until friends moved to Mount Barker that the family even considered the Hill’s township.
“We were very happy about it – it’s a 30-minute drive from Adelaide but because it’s on the highway it’s much more approachable than any other suburb,” he says.
“I’ve always liked the Adelaide Hills. Driving around, I really like the environment and the landscapes. We go to Lobethal and Hahndorf all the time, so it was always our dream to have a house somewhere in the Adelaide Hills.”
A trip to Mount Barker was all the family needed to realise this was where they needed to be.
“We were roaming around the nice parks and markets and then we saw a sign as we were driving down Flaxley Road. We were just wandering about because we liked the country culture and the country-style homes around,” he says.
Curious about the sign, the family ventured further, and went in to explore what Newenham had to offer.
Drawn in by the big block sizes displayed, Rohit and Parveen returned a couple of times to Mount Barker, the third time speaking with Olivia Burke on site.
“Olivia showed us the master plan. What we hate is when you have a big block, but then right in front of you are small blocks – that doesn’t gel with us. So we were impressed with the design of the plan at Newenham. They don’t mix small versus big blocks – they’re all big blocks, so there’s little variation. It’s nothing like other estates in Mount Barker.”
From a practical point of view, Newenham blocks also ticked the box for the family as they are mostly flat, which makes for a simpler build, and they’re surrounded by beautiful views and lots of amazing trees.
“All the stages that have been released so far are not very steep – they’re almost flat blocks, which is really good.”
While enquiring at very preliminary stages of development with Newenham, Rohit and Parveen were impressed with the engagement and commitment Olivia showed to the project already, ensuring the pair understood the future vision for the village.
“I like how Olivia actually explained what is in the plan in terms of a future with Newenham.”
They were also impressed by the commitment to creating a community here at Newenham.
“A few months ago there was a meet-up where you have the opportunity to meet your neighbours – I really like that approach. I don’t think any other estate does that.”
But it’s not just the people, it’s the community environment which drew the couple to the site, especially the plans for the community gardens.
“Behind Goodwood Primary School [nearby to the couple’s home currently] there’s a shared veggie patch. My wife loves gardening, especially if it’s a community garden – she loves to speak to others, get their ideas, get involved, make new friendships. I think that’s a good idea. I don’t think any other estate has that kind of environment.”
Before making their final decision, the pair shopped around to make sure they were making the right choice for their family.
“We did see other blocks, but those three main points stood out to us about Newenham [large block size, flat blocks and a strong community] – that helped us to make a decision. My wife is also a potter – she does ceramic pottery – and she really likes a country-style kind of environment. So although we were shopping around, she was very adamant; ‘no, I really want a block at Newenham!’”
Finalising their selections and working their way through the approval process, the pair hope to lay their slab in January.
“We want to move in as soon as possible,” Rohit says.
Working from home for Apple, he’s particularly looking forward to a new home office environment.
“I spend most of my time at home, and this is our first home, so I can’t wait to move in.”
For Parveen, the potential to explore new opportunities with her pottery business, Lush for Life, is an exciting addition to the move.
“We had a discussion with the marketing manager of Newenham and she suggested we have a stall at the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market in Mount Barker. We’re definitely looking forward to having a presence at the local market in Mount Barker in the future,” Rohit says.
It’ll be a tree-change for the whole family, including 15 year old daughter Khashish. With just two more years of school, she will stay at Glenunga High School following the move meaning a change in commute. With more and more families escaping the city and surrounding suburbia for a life in the Hills, it’s not an uncommon commute, and a short one at that.
“I know she has to travel everyday, but she is happy because one or two of her friends come from Mount Barker as well, so they can join their daily commute.”
There’s also set to be a shared bike and walk path at Newenham to connect residents to the town centre and bus interchange, which Khashish can enjoy as part of her daily commute. The path follows Western Flat creek as it meanders through picturesque Keith Stephenson park.
Aside from the idyllic commute, it’s the peace and tranquility of their new home environment that they’re most looking forward to.
“I love the Mount Barker environment and I especially love right now that we can see the horses on the other property running around, and you see the landscape that attracts me to Newenham. We like serene and quiet environments. That is what we’re excited about.”
If you’d like to know more about joining our community or securing your future at Newenham, simply call our Sales Consultant, Ben Walker on 0429 107 497 or visit the Sales & Information Centre, open 7 days from 12 – 5pm at 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker.
We look forward to welcoming you to Newenham soon.