Category Archives: Display Homes

The search for the perfect block

On a whim, we decided to go to the Ambrosia sales office this morning, since we liked the location and wanted to find out more about nearby facilities, schools, etc.

Popped into the Henley display next door to have a quick look at some paint colour ideas while we waited for the sales office to open. Not sure we got a lot out of it but it was fun, anyway, and I snapped a shot of our vanity and tapware (Phoenix Radii)

Vanity and Radii tap

Back to the land sales office, we found out the nearby Cranbourne West primary school site is being handed over this year and is scheduled to open in 2016 which works well for us. On the land side of things, there were a couple of 14x32m blocks we’d seen online which would suit us, but unfortunately both were already sold.

Extra metres at the back are important for us, so the search has been on for the elusive 33m+ depth block.¬†On the board out the front, a couple of blocks caught our eye that are pretty much exactly what we’ve been looking for. Size, orientation and location are all good – the compromise is a T intersection, but that’s minor compared to the advantage of having extra depth and back yard space.

Only problem is they’re not on the market yet, but probably only a week or two away, Now we play the waiting game…

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Monaco Nouveau Q1 at Selandra Rise

Drove down to Selandra Rise on Saturday, where the Henley display includes the Monaco Nouveau Q1, which we were keen to look at. I think we both were a little shocked as to how much we loved the feel of it. It’s almost as if the Q1 was a draft and the Nouveau Q1 is the finished product – little changes here and there make such a difference.

Henley Monaco Q1 floor plan

Monaco Q1

Henley Monaco Nouveau Q1 floor plan

Monaco Nouveau Q1

When we got home, the usual hours of browsing the net kept us busy for the rest of the evening, back and forth between us about what we think would work and what we might do differently. In the end, there’s only a few minor things we would want to change about the Nouveau floor plan. This bodes well, since every change will cost extra, but it is also a good indicator that the standard floor plan is well thought out.

The standard inclusions from Henley are also much more generous than Porter Davis, and the quality of the workmanship looks very good (though not perfect – we did see a number of minor flaws that we wouldn’t let fly, just little things like skirting boards not lining up properly and paint cutting in missed.)

Monaco Nouveau Q1 at Selandra Rise - Galleria Facade

Monaco Nouveau Q1 at Selandra Rise – Galleria Facade

Fast forward a few days, and after endless discussion, we’re pretty sure we’ve made our first actual decision: we’re building the Henley Monaco Nouveau Q1!

Porter Davis Drysdale and Henley Monaco

We went to see some displays in Point Cook today. We really wanted to see the Porter Davis Drysdale (our current favourite), and also dropped by the Henley display to check out the Monaco. I’d looked at the floor plan and some photos on the web and figured it was worth a look since we’d be in the area.

Porter Davis Drysdale 26 floor plan

Porter Davis Drysdale 26 floor plan

The Drysdale was good, but we’d already figured out a number of things we would change. By contrast, we were blown away by the floor plan and the finish of the Monaco. Everything just felt like it flowed really well, and we loved the “resort” feel of it (some of which does come down to furnishings, but we can definitely see how this layout will work for us.)

Vic was pretty set on the Drysdale being the #1 contender, but even she was swayed by the Monaco. There was just something about it which clicked with us.

An upgraded version, the Monaco Nouveau Q1, is on display in Clyde. It has a walk in pantry, larger ensuite and makes better use of the kids space. We feel strongly enough about this floor plan that we’ll go down there soon and check it out.