On behalf of The Cape team, happy new year. Here is a quick summary of progress and milestones at The Cape at Cape Paterson over the past few months.
Final stage construction is well underway. Following on from the rapid sell-out of the previous stage, where 65 lots sold in a few months, we have our civil contractor working away on completing the last 42 lots at The Cape, including a variety of homesites with views over waterways and new wetlands, as well as the long awaited home sites on Weathertop Crest. We call these final lots our “unicorn homesites” because they are so exceedingly rare on the Victorian coast, and they are a bit magical, with uninterrupted expansive views across Bass Strait. From Weathertop Crest you can see Cape Woolamai to the West and Wilson’s Promontory to the East.
Our team are in the process of constructing new areas of wetlands and waterways in the Final Stage, as well as new sections of walking and cycling paths and new parks. We expect civil works to be complete in the first half of 2022, followed by grass establishment, planting of waterways and completion of general landscape. Stay tuned for the release of our Final Stage lots in the first half of 2022 once the civil and landscape elements are complete.
The Final Stage includes homesites with uninterrupted views of Bass Strait – very rare in the Victorian coastal market
Our Final Stage includes the creation of a number of new wetlands and restored creekline, walking and cycling paths and pocket parks
The Cape in the media – saving money, energy and carbon emissions
The Cape was featured recently in the Australian Financial Review who shone a light on the significant annual cost savings being achieved at The Cape where homes are averaging 8 star energy efficiency (a national first), have efficient all-electric fit-out, solar power and provision for electric vehicle charging. This combination allows our residents to eliminate gas and petrol bills, and slash electricity bills which can help them save over $5000 per annum. The Cape currently has around 10% electric vehicle uptake, which is quite high compared to the rest of Australia where uptake of electric vehicles is currently closer to 1%.
Modelling performed by energy efficiency expert Richard Keech indicates that if all homes added an EV to their efficient gas free solar powered homes, savings across the community could exceed $1 million per annum compared to a conventional community with 6 star gas electric homes and petrol cars, as well as around 3400 tonnes of CO2 per annum. $1 million per annum savings across 230 homes is highly significant and is a good news story showing Australian households and communities can move to a net zero future quickly and save a lot of money in the process.
The Cape is achieving an average of 8 star energy efficiency across all homes, a national first
Cape homes stay warm in winter and cool in summer - effortless comfortable living
We are proud that The Cape won two significant state awards in November 2021, including the Premier’s Sustainability Award for Climate Action - Industry Leadership, and our landscape was judged Best Sustainable Landscape at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria’s Master Landscapers Awards, which is great recognition for our landscape team from The Sustainable Landscape Company/Australian Ecosystems.
The Premier’s Sustainability Award marks a collective effort by a broad team over more than a decade, including the hardworking teams at TS Constructions, The Sociable Weaver, Beaumont Building Design, Adapt Design Group, Harris Build, SJD Homes, North South Homes, The Sustainable Landscape Company, Adam Dettrick Architects as well as a number of great initiatives by our residents.
More information on these awards can be found here. A comprehensive list of awards won by The Cape and our partner companies can be found here – it is becoming quite a list!!
Our sales center is currently closed over the Christmas and New Year period and will reopen on Saturday 8th January. We hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year, stay safe over the break and see you at The Cape in 2022.
The Cape public landscape was judged Victoria's best sustainable landscape at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria awards
Final Stage will see areas that were previously paddocks transformed into restored wetlands and new habitat areas
The past two years have seen a shift in the way we work and live, with the realisation that it is possible to work from home for much of the time and eliminate the time-wasting daily commute to a centralized office space. This opens up the possibility of living in beautiful places further afield than Melbourne, where people can enjoy a connected home office and flexible working conditions; and a more relaxed, healthy and lower stress lifestyle.
The Cape offers the ultimate connected seachange lifestyle
The Cape is perfectly set up to support an e-change lifestyle, with high-speed internet and optic fibre to every home. Homes at The Cape average 8 stars energy efficiency, with passive solar homes that are effortlessly comfortable year round - cool in summer and warm in winter with low energy bills. This sets up comfortable working conditions for a home office.
In addition, when it is time to take a break from work, there is the option of a walk around our walking path network taking in wetlands, parks, restored creeklines and ocean views, a short bike ride to the beach or a visit to our community garden or children's playground.
All homes at The Cape are close to our extensive walking and cycling network
All homes are solar powered, have efficient all electric fitout, are gas free and have the provision for electric vehicle charging. Cape homes eliminate gas bills altogether, reduce electricity bills and open up the option for residents of eliminating petrol bills through the use of electric vehicles, reducing the costs of those trips to the city to very little. The public fast charger in our carpark also allows for a fast top up of an electric vehicle if required. The combination of the above allows for annual savings of over $5000 per annum compared to a conventional 6 star gas/electric home with petrol car which is a very significant saving for a household budget. Many of the homes at the Cape feature food growing, saving on their food bills with some productive backyard water efficient gardens being designed and constructed by The Sustainable Landscape Company. We created this video to give you a feel for life in the homes at the Cape.
If you are looking to escape to the ultimate e-change/seachange lifestyle, the award winning Cape estate has it all.
The Cape will release the 42 lots in the final stage in the first half 2022. Our sales center is closed over the Christmas/New Years break as we take a break, and reopens on Saturday 8th January at 12 noon – 4 PM. Feel free to visit our sales center between 12 noon – 4 PM Thursday to Sunday, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment
Take a break during your working day to enjoy The Cape's stunning coastal environment
There is no better way to relax than a walk on the beach :)
The Cape community farm, currently under construction, allows for significant local food production
It was nice to see The Cape community achieving recognition by winning the Climate Action - Industry Leadership category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards this week, as well as Best Sustainable Landscape at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria’s Master Landscapers Awards.
These awards are recognition of the collective effort at The Cape including carbon neutral housing, restored waterways and habitats, electric vehicle infrastructure and our community farm under construction. Other finalists in these categories included Cardinia Shire Council, Rail Projects Victoria, Austeng, Beyond Zero Emissions and Ironbark Sustainability for a variety of leading projects and programs.
These awards mark a collective effort by a broad team over more than a decade, and many more who have given support and encouragement over the past 15 years journey😊😊 These include the hardworking teams at TS Constructions, The Sociable Weaver, Beaumont Building Design, Adapt Design Group, Harris Build, North South Homes, The Sustainable Landscape Company, Adam Dettrick Architects as well as a number of great initiatives by our residents.
More information on these awards can be found here.
Nature friendly landscapes are a feature across The Cape
Congratulations to Australian Ecosystems/The Sustainable Landscape Company, for their recognition at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers awards for their work at The Cape, winning the Sustainable Landscape Category for their work in the design and construction of the Cape public landscape, as well as some of the residential landscapes at The Cape. More information on these awards can be found here.
A comprehensive list of awards won by the Cape and our partner companies can be found here.
Restored habitats and and nature friendly landscapes at The Cape were a hit with the judges
Many of the homes at The Cape feature urban farming and food production
Energy efficient passive solar homes are the norm across The Cape community