Sustainable and community-focused lifestyles are changing development designs.

Market Insights
3 years ago
3 minutes

Communications Collective recently reported on the rise of sustainable, community-focused property developments across Australia. Conversations with key property figures indicated an increase in demand for values-led, people oriented and environmentally conscious developments has resulted in one of the most significant shifts across the nation’s property, architecture and design approaches.

In line with our steady population growth, urban densification and a collective focus on personal wellbeing and the environment, buyer sentiment has reshaped the way developers build master-planned communities. Developments across inner and middle suburbs have been consistently piquing the interest of owner occupiers and investors alike - with medium-density and land developments like Olivine, Smiths Lane and The Fabric garnering excitement from the market.


One defining factor when designing a community-focused master-plan development is the integration of green infrastructure. Mirvac offers several planned outdoor environments across their Olivine development in Donnybrook. Sprawled across 22ha, these include parklands, adventure playgrounds, sporting reserves, wetlands and connection to 120Ha Merri Creek conservation area. The focus on curated green spaces - particularly expansive green spaces - not only offers residents a better connection with nature but also allows families to engage with the native flora and fauna as well as the regeneration and protection of natural landscapes, all within walking distance. The next iteration of Mirvac’s House with No Bills is also proposed for rollout at Olivine.

Townhomes at The Fabric in Altona North are designed and constructed with environmental and social sustainability as their core principles. Setting a benchmark in future ready home designs and a commitment to quality living, every townhome at The Fabric is designed to achieve a 7 star NatHERS energy rating - meaning these homes are planned to offer improved living comfort with a substantially low environmental footprint.

Smiths Lane in Clyde North takes its energy and efficiency initiatives above and beyond with a range of green technologies and sustainable design features planned for communal spaces. Thoughtfully landscaped canopies and urban forest initiatives in partnership with the Nursery Garden Institute of Victoria (NGIV), these projects will significantly reduce the urban heat island effect. Additionally, Mirvac will be in close collaboration with the City of Casey council to ensure services and facilities are planned and delivered early to improve the quality of life for residents. 


One of the many factors that became apparent during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns was the need for social connections and banding together as a community. Going beyond its environmentally conscious designs, Mirvac has also taken opportunities within its developments to actively help those in need. Stuart Penklis, Head of Residential at Mirvac explains, “social connections and celebrating diversity enriches our community. The Fabric will be a wonderful new home for many people and through our partnerships with Homes for Homes, our new community will be supporting those in need beyond its boundaries.”

These shifts in property development guiding principles is a reflection of the market. An increasing number of property purchasers are looking to be part of developments that focus on people and the future of the environment. If you're looking to find out more about living in communities where you’ll know your neighbours and celebrate local living, Mirvac’s Olivine, Smiths Lane and The Fabric developments offer all of the above and more.

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