The Ortegas are among the first residents of Mambourin, Frasers Property Australia’s $455 million master-planned community development 43 kilometres from the CBD in Melbourne’s thriving southwest.
Web developer Manuel, his wife, and two school-aged children moved into their new three-bedroom home in September 2020, six months ahead of schedule, and were thrilled to experience their first Christmas at Mambourin.
“Family, friends, and celebration are really important in Mexico, where my wife and I come from, and this aspect was what most appealed to us about moving to Mambourin,” says Manuel.
The family is excited to watch the new community take shape.
“You get to see how the houses are being built. We now realise how they build a house and it can be really entertaining,” Manuel laughs.
Thanks to friends, the family received visual updates of their home being created.
“We received images of the house being built from the site manager and friends who live in the area, but apart from seeing the frame go up in July 2020, that was the last time we saw the home before moving in,” Manuel says.
For the Ortega family, their overarching impression is one of a quality build — from initial construction to fittings and finishes.
”I think the overall quality really stands up. In its built form, it’s even better than I expected,” he says. “As soon as we saw the house, we were very pleased with the result.”
In particular, Manuel and family are looking forward to the state-of-the-art recreation and leisure centre, Club Mambourin, which is due for completion mid this year. The on-site residents-only community centre will feature a gym, exercise classes, pools, spa, multi-sports court, café, and all-purpose function room.
Destined to become a hub of activity for residents to connect in a social setting, Club Mambourin will emphasise the type of community involvement that the Ortegas were interested in.
The lifestyle choices at Mambourin were also major drawcards for Manuel and family, with the community’s walkability focus meaning easy, peaceful access to open green spaces, wetlands, parks, sports courts and shelters, plus extensive walking and cycling trails.
“The park is within easy walking distance from our house, and that is going to be fantastic for us and the kids as well,” Manuel says.
As the first residents of the new community, they certainly have something to write home about.
“I think we’re going to be really happy here,” Manuel says.