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Sometimes the unexpected things in life can be a blessing in disguise, and this was certainly the case for Andrew Massie and his partner Lilly. After purchasing their dream block in the Adelaide Hills, Andrew was pleasantly surprised by the design guidelines at Newenham – initially not what they expected, but has brought them their perfect home and community.

“I’ve never heard of colours being approved, or anything like that,” Andrew says. “I was a bit apprehensive about it all to be honest, but that’s how I felt at the time. We soon realized that it’s there to protect our asset and to ensure that everyone is completing their homes during a certain timeframe and to a certain standard. We love our home now.”

Andrew and Lilly have been in their home since early 2018, and couldn’t be happier. “We moved from St Claire in Woodville,” he says, “but we’re originally from the Hills which is why we headed back that way to get a bit more room and have a relaxed lifestyle.”

The pair were searching for a community feel in the Hills, and stumbled across Newenham after looking into a collection of other estates in the area. “We were just after a place that had sizable blocks, but also with that community feel. We found that a lot of the estates in Mount Barker didn’t have that – they still had that ‘suburbia’ feel about them.”

After talking with Ben in the Sales Centre at Newenham, Andrew and Lilly knew Newenham was the perfect choice for them. “We saw what Newenham’s intent was all about community and that’s why we were really attracted to it.”

Not only was the locale and community the perfect fit for the duo, but they also landed their ultimate block, too. “The block we found was facing onto the creek, which is extremely rare to find on estates these days. Instead of looking onto other houses, we are looking at the creek from our elevated frontage”.

While the couple were initially surprised that the design guidelines were so detailed, they said the design services aided in the overall look and feel of their new home. “Bree, the Design Manager, went through our builder’s facade options and then went through the facades with us – it was hard for us to picture, but when it was all finished you can see why they do it – it definitely makes all the houses aesthetically pleasing.”

Aside from the look of their beautiful new home, Andrew and Lilly are excited about the future plans for the Newenham community, as well as making the most of the great outdoors.

“This is our first spring so we’re really looking forward to it. We’re particularly excited about the linear trail – it’s literally outside our front door. Once the retail village is up and running, that will add more convenience too … and the school as well. Once all of these elements of the vision are implemented, then it will bring the whole estate together – you won’t have to leave.”

For now, they’re too busy soaking up the community spirit. “Everyone is on the same level here – I’ll be out in the garden and everyone beeps their horn and has a wave as they drive by. It is actually a community instead of just another estate. We love it.”


If you’d like to know more about joining this wonderful community or securing your future at Newenham, simply call our Sales Team 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.

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