Downsizers see life from a new perspective

Downsizers Peter and Judy Klekner

Downsizers Peter and Judy Klekner have taken a bespoke approach to creating their dream home, choosing a sloping homesite which has given them the opportunity to ‘build two homes under one roof’.

The Klekners are residents in Upper Kedron’s leafy Ellendale community, which boasts a number of split and sloping homesites, allowing residents to take advantage of breezes and spectacular sunset views over bushland.

Peter Klekner said the couple’s unique lot inspired the design of their custom home, which had been crafted to match their lifestyle.

“When we decided to downsize, we were originally looking at a flat block with a single level, four bedroom home,” he said.

“We really loved the look and feel of Ellendale, and after doing some research, we realised a split block would better suit our needs.

“All living spaces and our bedroom are at street level, and we have used the down split to create a semi self contained flat with a bedroom, ensuite, rumpus room and laundry – which is perfect for when family and friends visit.

“We worked with builders OJ Pippin to create our home and found the design and construction process, and cost, was relatively similar to what it would have been if we had chosen a traditional home.

“We are really happy with our home and now realise that downsizing is not about losing space, but choosing the right lot and design to suit your changing lifestyle.”

Ellendale is being developed by Cedar Woods Properties, with Senior Development Manager, Peter Starr, saying the natural contour of the homesites is often a design advantage.

“The slope can be used to create a number of variations in the floorplan – for example, a buyer might choose to elevate all of their living spaces to the upper floor and have their backyard and entertaining space on the same level,” he said.

“Or there’s the option to create a guest wing or private entertaining space downstairs, with a family home upstairs.

“Split and sloping lots generally work out to be about the same price, and sometimes even more affordable, than building a dual level home on a traditional, level homesite.”

Split and sloping homesites are available at Ellendale ranging from 390sqm to 832sqm and priced from $355,000.

For more information, please visit the Ellendale Sales Centre and Display Village, by appointment only. Visit or call 1300 720 858.

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