July 17, 2014

The old saying, “location, location, location” still stands true when you’re looking for land to build your new family home. Where to build your new home, is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make, as location and the surrounding area will have a dramatic impact on the lifestyle you live.

When deciding where to build people traditionally look at five key components;

  1. Accessibility – what are the roads like here, is their public transport?
  2. Schools – what are the schools like, where is the closest?
  3. Shops – where can I do my weekly groceries, how far to the nearest shopping centre?
  4. Health System – where is the closest GP, medical centre, hospital?
  5. Product – is the land flat, what size is it, what services does the land include, what is the cost?

But too many times people don’t consider the lifestyle aspect. How your decision on where to build will have an affect on your lifestyle or more importantly your children’s lifestyle and childhood.

Are you living on a small block with a big house and a poor excuse for a backyard for the kids to play in, stuck in traffic each day to and from work so you only spend quality time with your children on the weekends when you’re tired from the week you’ve just had?

How often do you spend time as a family outside?

Research shows that there has been a dramatic shift in childhood activity from outdoor play to indoor activity in Australia in the space of one generation*.

  • 73% of parents play outdoors more often than indoors when they were young compared to only 13% of their children.
  • 72% of parents played outside every day as kids compared to only 35% of their children.
  • 10% of children today play outside once a week or less!

The benefits of outdoor play are unrivalled by any other activity – it allows kids to use their imagination, helps develop physical and motor skills, and provides an outlet for reducing everyday stress. Did you know;

  • Just five minutes of “green exercise” can lead to rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem.
  • Kids who spend more hours playing outside stay focused more frequently at school.
  • Unstructured outdoor play boosts focus, problem-solving skills and self-discipline.

So maybe the question isn’t “how will this location affect my lifestyle?” but “does this location provide the lifestyle I want for my family and children?”.

If you’re looking to build your new family home within a community where your kids can grow in the heart of Nature’s Playground, then Live Outside The Box at Watagan Park.

*Research Report: Climbing Trees – Getting Aussie Kids Back Outdoors

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