Mahala - a diverse, natural community
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A diverse, natural community with a playful side to call your new home. A place where you can watch the world go about its natural rhythms and flourish with a sense of connection to the natural environment. Time doesn’t ‘stand’ still – it nestles gently between the beautiful parks and bushland, quietly wondering what all the fuss of modern life is about.
Our brand-new community, Mahala, is coming to life in Forrestdale.
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Mahala - great connections
Located 23km southeast of the Perth CBD, within the City of Armadale, the 38ha Forrestdale site is surrounded by the newly developed and developing suburbs of Piara Waters and Harrisdale. The site is approximately a 25-minute drive to Perth’s CBD and is close to public transport, schools and shopping centres.
The future community is also adjacent to the Forrestdale Business Park – a major industrial hub that is under development and will generate significant employment opportunities. The new lots will cater for a mix of full market, affordable shared equity sales opportunities and social housing.
The first lots are expected to be available for sale in early 2021.
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Where is the development located ?
It is in the suburb of Forrestdale, bound by three roads - Armadale, Anstey and Keane.
What is the name of the new community?
This new community will be called Mahala. Mahala is a name used in many languages and countries meaning neighbourhood or location. It originated in Arabic from the root meaning ‘to settle’, ‘to occupy’. In ancient cultures hospitality involved welcoming people and offering food, shelter and safety. Mahala is also a Balkan word for ‘neighbour’ and has renders in many other cultures – a “mahala” representing part of a larger village or town. The name Mahala has been chosen as it resonates with the Department of Communities’ “People, Place and Home” objectives of this development, to build a new community.
What is the timing for the community?
Preliminary earthworks are expected to commence in the latter half of 2020, with civil works expected to start in early 2021, subject to all required approvals being obtained. It is anticipated that the development of this new residential community should be completed within approximately eight years, subject to prevailing market conditions.
How many houses/how many people will call Mahala home?
Mahala will see the transformation of 38 hectares of land into a community of approximately 550 dwellings, which will cater for nearly 1,450 residents.
What style of housing will be in Mahala?
Mahala will offer a range of affordable and contemporary homes that incorporate high quality and innovative modern design to ensure more liveable outcomes for home owners, make them more adaptable.
Construction aligned with Livable Housing Design Guidelines to Silver Standard Level will ensure sustainability and accessibility for ageing residents and people with mobility and access needs.
Native flora and fauna elements will be included in parks, front yard landscapes and streetscapes. Diverse housing options will be delivered to cater to the needs of the community through a mixed supply of dwelling types, sizes, tenures and prices suitable for households at every stage in life.
What are the key benefits of Mahala?
The key community benefits include:
- high quality, contemporary development
- mixed household types
- increased opportunities for first home buyers
- a connected and diverse community
- a quality linear park incorporating a living stream to encourage community interaction and recreation
- close proximity to the Forrestdale Business Park, a major employment node for the area
- a new primary school
- easy access to Perth Airport via the Tonkin Highway.
What is the current status of the development's approvals?
The City of Armadale considered and approved the Local Structure Plan in October 2019 after it was advertised for community comment over a period of time.
The WA Planning Commission is currently assessing the plan and formal approval is expected by mid-2020.
What lot sizes will be available?
Mahala will include a diverse range of lot sizes of between 180m2and up to approx. 540m2.
What is the price range for land?
At this point, it is too early to provide details on lot pricing, which will be determined before the lots go on sale. Sales prices will be based on current valuations obtained at the time the lots go to market.
Which school catchment area services Mahala?
Mahala is situated within the Forrestdale Primary School catchment. Land within Mahala is earmarked for a new primary school in the future.