3 June 2024

Key to happiness: Ginninderry's 2000th resident homes in on a dream

| Jacqueline Lyons
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Amanda Dietrichson is thrilled with owning her own house. Photo: Ginninderry.

The 2000th resident of Ginninderry has officially moved into the district thanks to the chance to buy a Flexi-living Home.

Amanda Dietrichson says that without the option of Ginninderry’s Flexi-living Series, designed to fill the gaps between freestanding houses and apartments, she might not have been able to purchase the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home for her and her 11-year-old daughter.

“I am honestly still pinching myself. I look around the house and think, ‘Oh my gosh, this is all mine’,” Amanda says.

Amanda and her daughter Lijane came to Australia when she was just a baby more than a decade ago and have spent the past two years living with a friend in an attempt to save money for their house.

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“It’s a beautiful two-storey house with plenty of room for my daughter and myself,” Amanda says.

”I have loved spending the past few months showing it off to my friends and family knowing that it was all mine.

“Things were a little bit tight when it came to saving up for the deposit and initial payments, but it was honestly just so worth it. We’re just thrilled that we have been able to achieve it.”

House in Ginninderry

Flexi-living Homes are designed to fill the gap between freestanding houses and apartments. Photo: Ginninderry.

The series includes a wide range of architect-designed floor plans that deliver low-maintenance, affordable living, with all the freedom of a separately titled home.

Consisting of interlocking, individually titled homes that share garaging between street and lane frontages, the Flexi-living Series delivers multiple benefits, from lower price points and reduced maintenance and operation costs to thoughtful designs that maximise internal and external space.

The process of securing the house, and the uniquely affordable repayments, were two elements that Amanda says made the choice to opt for her home an easy one.

“Basically, you go into a ballot and wait for the phone to ring. Once you have been selected, you can then choose the house you want and the location,” she says.

Welcome sign in a new house

Amanda says there is ample room in her slightly smaller home for her and her daughter to live comfortably. Photo: Ginninderry.

“We paid a $5000 deposit and then once we were approved we paid 5 per cent on top of that, which made it feel quite affordable in the grand scheme of things.”

Ginninderry’s popular Flexi-living Homes are designed for those looking to enter or re-enter the housing market, with buyers subject to eligibility criteria.

Project director of Ginninderry Stephen Harding says he is thrilled to welcome Amanda and Lijane to the community.

“It is wonderful to see the community grow, with 2000 residents now calling Ginninderry home,” Stephen says.

”Our goal has always been to offer a mix of exciting and innovative house options to facilitate a broad range of lifestyles for individuals and families.”

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Amanda adds: “I think the best thing about the whole process was that we didn’t have to start making repayments until we were living in the house, meaning we didn’t have to pay for rent and a mortgage at the same time, which was a massive relief.”

She says that while there was a two-year delay due to issues surrounding the builders, the wait was worth it.

“We were worried there for a second because we were pretty anxious to just get in, but when moving day finally came around, it just felt like a dream come true,” she says.

“Ginninderry truly is something else. It’s such a beautiful community and it’s a great location, you kind of feel like you’re a million miles away from everywhere so it’s beautiful and quiet but it’s also quite central at the same time.”

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