Much is said about the ability to lock up and leave your home to go on holiday whenever the mood takes you. But what if every day is already a holiday?
While owning your own home remains as ingrained in the Australian psyche as ever, what that home might look like is changing. Integrated lifestyle communities like Esplanade Norwest which, when finished in 2020, will occupy a prime lakefront position just two minutes’ walk from the new Norwest Sydney Metro station, are turning the dream on its head.
Esplanade is the epitome of resort-style living. Beautiful one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and the ultra-luxurious four-bedroom ‘sky homes’ promise a level of architecture and the kind of finishes more synonymous with a 5-star hotel. But what makes life here feel like a holiday, all day, every day, is what’s going on outside your door.
Think gym, residents' only pool and shared living spaces; including a cinema, putting green and private landscaped sky gardens. Plus, a lakefront restaurant and shopping precinct offering everything from barista-made morning coffee to the kind of fine dining you'll linger over long after the last course.
Social researcher Mark McCrindle says we are increasingly drawn to this kind of resort-style living thanks to a shift in thinking from quantity to quality.
“Where once the Hills District was about large detached homes, separated from neighbours by fences and sprawling yards, now people are actively seeking social interactivity and the sense of community that comes from apartment living. Instead of being seen as a compromise, it’s actually an upgrade to something more liveable.”
From what was once one of Sydney’s most car-dependent areas, Mr McCrindle says the Hills District has also seen a huge shift towards walkability.
“Even beyond the boundaries of the development, everything is within walking distance. The transport links, shops, community meeting spaces and urban greenspace all combine to create a real buzz.”
David Inkster from PRDnationwide Norwest agrees that making the switch to a low maintenance, carefree lifestyle is anything but a compromise.
“Do you need to be clever about storage solutions and think about things you really don’t need to keep? Absolutely. But the rewards of living somewhere like Esplanade far outweigh any short-lived pain of paring back and getting honest about what you really need to hang on to.”
New strata laws mean in many cases you can also still have a pet and apartments with utility rooms or studies mean you can have a sofa bed for visitors. And large balconies mean you can get creative with vertical or herb gardens – an option which is much easier to lock up and leave when you do decide to take that ‘other’ holiday.
“For most people, time is short and the need for convenience is high,” says Mr Inkster.
“What that convenience looks like is different depending on your situation, but new environments like Esplanade Norwest, and its promise of a hotel lifestyle in the Hills, are ticking boxes for a whole range of different people.”

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