If you know about Victorian’s first 10-star home built within The Cape estate, you’re more than likely familiar with our friends at The Sociable Weaver who created this exceptional home.
The Sociable Weaver is a design and building company founded by Danny Almagor and Dave Martin, who shared the vision of creating a more sustainable construction and housing industry, changing the built environment for the better.
Dave is a leader in the construction industry, having been the recipient of Master Builder of the Year and featuring on Grand Designs Australia. Dave has a passion for high quality, responsible and sustainable design and construction.
Danny, the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with his wife Berry Liberman strives to use business as a means to social and environmental change in our world. Small Giants brings together a family of businesses who all have a positive impact including; Dumbo Feather, Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Commons, Impact Investment Group, and many more.
The Bass Coast region provides an abundance of things to do and see all year round, much of which is right on the doorstep of The Cape. From stunning natural wonders to renowned local produce, below is a short list of things to do and see in the Bass Coast region when you are next in the area.
The Cape team is very excited to invite you to join us from 10 AM until 4 PM on Sunday 11th March 2018 for our Passata Making Day. We will also officially be launching two of Australia’s most innovative and energy efficient new homes, CORE 9 by TS Constructions and Beaumont Concepts, as well as Dune 1 by Adapt Design Group.
If you have a bike and a yearning for beautiful scenery, then the Bass Coast Rail Trail beckons. A short 10 minutes drive from The Cape, this rail trail was once a vital link for transporting black coal from the Wonthaggi coalfields to Melbourne and beyond, powering Victoria’s steam train network. Starting in the heart of Wonthaggi, the rail trail heads in a westerly direction past the historic coal fields, before crossing rural country with a view towards the coast, wind farms, wetlands and dunes. After a few kilometres the trail crosses the picturesque Powlett River before taking in wetlands and other beautiful watercourses.
The Cape community garden has burst into life this Summer, with a wide range of organic produce ripening before our eyes. Currently our residents are producing garlic, spring onions, basil, over 7 different varieties of tomatoes, zucchinis, pumpkins, beans, coriander, spinach, lettuce, corn and much more. The garden has enough space for 30 gardeners, and last year produced over $20,000 of fresh produce for residents and local charities.
The Cape Sustainable Housing Estate is proving it’s worth in being a great place to escape the heat. Saturday 6th January was a super hot day across Victoria, with regions across Victoria including Cape Paterson experienced temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. We were very happy to have our residents reporting their homes sitting comfortably below 25 degrees all day without needing to turn on their energy efficient air conditioners. This points to a great deal of effort by our designers and builders over many years in raising the bar to deliver better performing, passive solar, energy efficient homes, and our residents are set to reap the benefits.
Homes at The Cape housing estate are currently averaging over 8 star energy efficiency, which is a national first for a housing estate in Australia. This is achieved through employing all the elements of good passive solar design – correct orientation, shading, double glazing, insulation, thermal mass and cross flow ventilation, and highly skilled builders who take extra care to ensure the homes are built to a high standard.
With Christmas fast approaching, the community garden is bursting with produce, the walking paths are looking lovely and the beach is beckoning. Summer is a glorious time down at The Cape, and we’re already seeing new interest in the remaining Stage 2 lots ahead of the commencement of construction of the stage early next year.
Stage 2 of The Cape contains some of the best coastal home sites in Victoria, with ocean and wetland views, walking paths, parks and a community garden, and only a short walk or bike ride to safe swimming and surf beaches. Many of these home sites can never be built out and range from townhouse lots starting at $150k, through to larger family lots with sweeping ocean views. All sites have fibre optic NBN connection for the modern connected lifestyle.
Sustainable House Day returned to The Cape for the third year in a row on Sunday 17th September, and what a successful day it was!
2017 marked 16 years of Sustainable House Day, a national event organised by the Alternative Technology Association which allows home owners across Australia to open their doors to the public, and provide an insight into some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes. It offers a chance to learn from your peers, gather ideas and inspiration which can then be utilised in one’s own home. These homes are not only environmentally friendly, but also cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in as oppose to your average Australian family home.
Not just one house, but a whole street of smart and innovative sustainable homes will be open to the public at The Cape for National Sustainable House Day, on Sunday 17th September. To celebrate, The Cape team will be hosting a street party to celebrate, with live music, free barista made coffee and refreshments, Q&A with energy efficiency experts, builders and designers, free rides along the Bunurong Coastal Drive in Tesla long range electric cars, tours of Victoria’s most innovative community garden, and much more.
Come and enjoy the event with us at Periwinkle Place, Cape Paterson, Sunday 17th September, 10am – 4pm, and download a program for the day here. Sustainable House Day is a growing national event, with a record number of over 180 new and existing homes opening up across Australia, as more families get on board improving their homes and opening their doors to share their experiences.
It’s no secret that South Gippsland and the Bass Coast are home to an abundance of exquisite food and wine destinations, from the ones set amongst the rolling lush hills to those overlooking the picturesque coastline. When you’re next in the area, it’s a must that you pay a visit to at least one winery - you will not be disappointed. Whilst we could write for hours about all of the activities on our doorstep, we have taken a handful of our favourites to give you the run down on.