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sandhurst_staff1-webStory by Kim Ward, Director of Sandhurst Residential.

The Sandhurst Club development has an interesting history and while quite a number of current residents can remember the early days of Sandhurst Club, not everyone is aware of how this exciting project came to where it is today.

Sandhurst came about as a result of a re-zoning of “green wedge” land in Skye in 1999. The farmland that is now this unique development had been the subject of a development proposal for several years and in the last months of the Kennett State Liberal Government, approval was granted for a golf and residential development incorporating two championship golf courses, lakes, parks and around 1,800 residential allotments.

The sale of the first land at Sandhurst in 2001 turned out to be a real event. Kim Ward takes up the story:

“There was so much demand for land that we decided to introduce a priority numbering system so that each person who wanted to buy land could register and we would give them a number. Pretty soon we had over 100 registrations on our list and still lots of demand.”

“By the date of the Release of Stage 1, we had around 140 people registered to purchase. On that evening, in three hours, we sold out the first 120 allotments. It was a fantastic start for the project and we could see just how popular Sandhurst was going to become”

Construction of both the stage 1 roads and the North course commenced soon after and subsequent stages were steadily released. Houses started popping up and Sandhurst began to develop the special style that is so evident today.

The construction of the Clubhouse was a major event. Kim Ward again: “The Sandhurst Clubhouse has to be one of the most spectacular in Victoria. The feature wall with actual stone from Hillview Quarries at Dromana took about 6 months to construct. The wall stretches up around 8 metres and is about 40 metres long. And, the views from the Club, out across the North Course are fantastic”

At a later stage, the construction of the Health Club with its spectacular glass walled swimming pool, and gym added another dimension to the Sandhurst Club.

There were also the unseen features of Sandhurst. It was one of the first developments to incorporate a fibre optic network providing ultra high speed internet and telecommunications; recycled water to every property; a house design code to set high standards for Sandhurst homes; twenty-four hour on site security, and kilometers of walking and jogging trails.

Kim concludes: “What we see on the ground today at Sandhurst is the result of a great deal of innovative planning and much hard work by everyone involved with the Sandhurst project since 2000. And, buyers today have the benefits of all that work”

Sandhurst Club is located on Thompsons Road, Skye, just off the Eastlink Freeway and about 30 minutes drive to the Melbourne CBD. If you would like more information, call Kim Ward on 03 8787 9000 or mobile 0405 332 691

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