An eco-friendly community that has it all
Big things are being planned for Frenchs Forest. Known as the gateway to the northern beaches, given this stunning stretch of coastline and its many famous beaches are only minutes away, this idyllic pocket is surrounded by national park and bushland reserves.
The opening of the Northern Beaches hospital has brought more people and jobs to the area, which is undergoing an exciting new redevelopment. The NSW Government, working with Northern Beaches Council, are creating a brand-new town centre.
Frenchs Forest Road is set to be transformed into a lively, tree-lined boulevard bursting with cafes, restaurants and shops, while other community facilities and commercial buildings are also proposed. There’ll be new cycling and walking paths, plus improved streets and public transport, to better connect the growing community.
Funds have been allocated to upgrade local parks and create additional open public spaces, so residents of the 2,000 new homes planned for both the town centre and adjacent residential areas will be able to make the most of their new neighbourhood.
The Falls Estate, a boutique bushland retirement community, will be part of this revitalised region. “It’s the perfect time to take advantage of purchasing quality retirement apartments like this, because with such a lot of investment in the area, and with access to the city to improve dramatically once the Northern Beaches tunnel is complete, land values are likely to just keep on rising,” says The Falls Estate Senior Development Manager Dan Maurici.
Currently selling off-the-plan, with construction commencing soon, The Falls Estate will feature 41 two- and three-bedroom eco-friendly luxury apartments. Designed by leading architecture practice Marchese Partners, this low-rise development will include sandstone that has been excavated from the site. 100,000L of rainwater tanks, solar power and a reduced carbon footprint are all part of living harmoniously within the natural environment, given the development is built in and surrounded by 3.4 hectares of private bushland in the Oxford Falls Valley.
“The site has been specifically chosen to take advantage of the beautiful bushland setting,” explains Maurici. “The community hub sits atop the hill, with the residences flowing down through the natural escarpment to capture the magnificent views and northerly light. Intelligent under cover access allows people to move seamlessly from one area to the next throughout the community,” he says.
The community hub will include shared amenities, such as community kitchen, gymnasium, swimming pool, resident lounge and bar. “Stretch out on a yoga mat, do some laps in the pool or a gentle workout in the gym, which is equipped with treadmills, weights, and exercise bikes. Have a game of snooker with a friend, enjoy a BBQ in the gazebo overlooking the on-site waterfall, or sit around the fire pit at sunset with a glass of red. For book lovers, the lounge is your comfy space to while away an afternoon, or a day, if that’s what you feel like,” says Maurici of the many lifestyle options.
“The beauty of moving to a right-sized retirement residence at The Falls Estate is that everything is designed to enhance your life,” he says. “Every low-maintenance apartment means no more worries about looking after a big house and garden. You can leave all that behind, while you focus on the good things in life.”
The Sun Herald – 26 September 2021