Arlene Hopkin didn’t want to lose touch with nature when she decided to swap her half-acre Mundijong block for one that would require less maintenance.

“My house was beautiful and I was surrounded by nature,” said Arlene of her previous home, “but it was too large to manage, and I wanted more time for me.

“I was fortunate to find The Chimes, which is surrounded by trees and birds. In my first morning walk around the estate I could hear the magpies and a butcher bird singing.
“The nearby parks planned for the estate and large amount of retained trees were an important feature for me too.”

The 47-year-old office administrator initially struggled to find a homesite in her price range that would allow her to build the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home she would share with her youngest son Corey (18).

“I looked at other estates in the area, but the blocks were too small and meant I only had room for three-bedrooms,” said Arlene, who built a Home Buyers Centre home on her 458sqm traditional lot.

“I was so happy I could have the house I wanted plus a nice, big alfresco area.”