South-western Sydney development crowned “Australian Residential Development of the Year”

South-western Sydney development crowned “Australian Residential Development of the Year”
South-western Sydney development crowned “Australian Residential Development of the Year”

A South West Sydney development has been given the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Australian Residential Development of the Year 2014 award.

The winner, Harrington Grove, is a low-density residential development in Camden Council area that includes lots from 700 square metres to 1,000 square metres in size in a bushland setting.

Amenities were included for residents, such as Harrington Grove Country Club, two swimming pools, four tennis courts, a gym, barbecue areas, playgrounds, an outdoor amphitheatre and a cycleway network. There are also many events created by a Community Liaison Team.

Property Observer notes that this is largely delivered through a fun online noticeboard, called Grove Life, that provides residents information about dog etiquette, gym days and events. In 2013 there was a particularly heartwrenching incidence where a resident’s son started treatment for Neuroblastoma. The community got behind the resident assisting with cutting grass, cleaning and cooking.

South-western Sydney development crowned “Australian Residential Development of the Year”

Managing director for Harrington Estates, Terry Goldacre, said that the residents are at the centre of their developments, and that they were humbled to receive the award.

“With the help and cooperation of Camden Council, NSW government, local MP Chris Patterson and Mayor Lara Symkowiak, we have laid the foundations for an exceptional community and believe that Harrington Grove truly is the best place to call home,” he said.

The judges were said to be impressed by the holistic approach and respect for the natural environment, as well as the attention to detain, restoration of the bushland and creek lines and integration with residential precincts.

The award is now proudly presented as a pop up banner on the front of their stylish black-and-gold coloured website.

The development previously received the state award for the development.

Harrington Park was acquired by Sir Warwick Oswald Fairfax in 1944. He dreamed of turning it into an exclusive, private estate but did not live to see its realisation. His wife, Lady Mary Fairfax, then took over the development of the suburb.

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Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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