THE RELEASE of stage three of HillClose, offering 37 new house and land packages, could go some way in helping ease Gladstone's housing crisis.
Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) Director Residential Development Peter Smith said there had already been a lot of interest from the local community about buying into Stage 3.
"Following strong sales in the first two stages of HillClose, Stage 3 offers people more diverse housing products ranging from two, three and four bedroom homes, priced between $320,000 to $515,000," Mr Smith said.
"Seven of the 37 lots in Stage 3 will be available for purchase to buyers eligible for the ULDA's My Place initiative; however once released, purchases will need to be made within a 28 day period. If the My Place lots are not sold within this time, they will then be available for purchase to the broader market.
"With Stage 1 of HillClose selling out in just eight weeks and 90 per cent of Stage 2 already sold, we're expecting the latest release to be just as popular.
"The popularity of HillClose is no doubt due to a combination of the demand in the Gladstone real estate market, as well as the quality architecturally-designed homes available at an affordable price," Mr Smith said.
A number of architects have been involved in designing the homes in HillClose, including Design Forum Architects, Design Properties and Mondo Architects.
Award-winning Mondo Architects worked on designs for various lots in Stage three.
Mondo Architects Director Ray Sweeney said they had worked closely with the ULDA and the builder partners to design homes that take advantage of the individual lot sizes and orientations available at HillClose.
"Good architecture comes from providing innovative yet functional and cost effective designs," Mr Sweeney said.
"We've designed a range of houses to suit Gladstone's subtropical climate, taking advantage of cross-ventilation and maximising the interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces."
Mr Smith said HillClose is quickly taking shape and becoming a new community within Gladstone with the first residents already moved into their new homes in Stage 1.
"With many other homes near complete, and our display village and sales centre now open, buyers can see firsthand the value they get for their money at HillClose," Mr Smith said.
"We are also investing a significant amount of funds in building parkland and including public art to create an attractive urban environment for people to live in.
"Not only are the house prices affordable, but residents also save money in the longer term through sustainability initiatives incorporated into homes, such as water recycling and energy efficient house designs which are all standard inclusions/design principles for homes built in HillClose," Mr Smith said.
Buyers may be eligible for the $10,000 Queensland Building Boost Grant which has been extended until 30 April, the $7,000 First Home Owner Grant, or the ULDA's My Place program which gives priority to low to moderate income households an opportunity to purchase a home
For further information about the Queensland Building Boost Grant visit www.qld.gov.au/boost, the First Home Owner Grant visit www.osr.qld.gov.au, or for the ULDA's My Place program visit www.myplace.qld.gov.au.
Once completed, HillClose will provide approximately 300 brand new homes nestled around a 5000 square metre park, just six kilometres from Gladstone's CBD at on Harvey Road, Clinton.
For more information about HillClose, visit the sales office onsite at 2 Harvey Road, Clinton, the website www.hillclose.com.au or call 1300 650 614.