Monday, March 18, 2013

Currumbin Eco-Village

I had heard a lot about Currumbin, the residential development in Queensland designed on eco-village principles so it was exciting to be able to do a drive through on our way back to Sydney. This is certainly an upmarket community and it was refreshing to see so many architect designed houses that were built in tune with the environment but also pleasing to look at.

The village is in an ideal location with close access to the bush, the beach and the city. You have the choice of designing your own home or choosing from a set of architectural drawings. There are stringent conditions to be met when designing your home here but knowing there are also pre-designed homes to choose from makes it easier for the less adventurous.


While this is certainly an upmarket development, creating a sense of community and designing ecologically sound buildings are fundamentally part of this site. There is a weekly calendar of events that you can join in, ranging from singing, yoga and meditation to movies, tai chi and zumba. The community frequently enjoy their Village Hall space for coffee mornings, birthday parties, workshops, meetings, movie nights and many other gatherings. There is a pool, gym and children’s adventure playgrounds for more active times.

The Village Centre is being developed with a cafe / bakery, convenience store and other small-scale commercial buildings. The accessible location of serviced office areas ensures that resident’s needs are met as close to home as possible. It looks idyllic but we are only driving through and must reserve judgement till we are able to speak to people who live here and find out what their own personal experiences are. We have heard that perhaps the development is over regulated and that some residents may find this challenging. On the surface it looks great and given the option I wouldn’t mind moving in here..!

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