Zuccoli Plaza wins Northern Territory Architecture Award

Zuccoli Plaza has taken out the top gong for The Peter Dermoudy Award for the Commercial Architecture category in the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Awards. The judges applauded both the developer for encouraging such a fresh approach to a local shopping centre, and the architects for their responsiveness to community context, connections and experience. 

Designed by The Buchan Group Architects, Zuccoli Plaza, comprises 3,400m2 of retail space with additional covered areas incorporating seating for residents and community groups to meet. After opening mid last year, Zuccoli Plaza has quickly become a vibrant community hub of Zuccoli Village. With an IGA, F45 gym, Terry White Chemmart, newsagency, Cellarbrations bottle shop, medical centre and Rainmaker Cafe, Zuccoli Plaza has everything you need right at your doorstep.

With plenty of parking available, Zuccoli Plaza provides the perfect spot to catch up with friends at the café, squeeze in a work out at the gym or pick up any necessities for the day.

Read more on the award here.

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Palmerston Clontarf Academy visits Zuccoli!

The team at Zuccoli recently had some special visitors tour the site and sales office last week. Palmerston Clontarf Academy Year 9 students were welcomed to Zuccoli where they experienced first hand what a career in construction or development could be like for them. The boys had a great day, given plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn more about Zuccoli.

Urbex parent company, BMD Group has been in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation for over three years, working closely to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. The foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of academies, established in partnership with local schools.

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Garrick Street celebrates!

Zuccoli’s Garrick Street was buzzing on Saturday evening, with the neighbourhood coming together to celebrate Roger Garrick, who the street is named after. 2018 marks ten years since Rodger’s passing, and his wife Ann organised a wonderful get-together with her family, friends and the residents of Garrick Street to celebrate Roger.

Roger was a founding member of the Sanderson Conference of the St Vincent De Pauls Society in 1983. He was a man of charity and would offer food, bed and clothes to those in need. Together, under Roger’s presidency, the conference sponsored a number of refugee families and set up homes for their arrival. Through trips to island communities, Roger established with Croker and Bathurst Islands, the delivery of bread for school breakfast programs. Between jobs Roger would collect boxes of bread and deliver to the barge to be shipped fortnightly to the islands.

Roger worked tirelessly giving back to the community, while also raising his own family of five children. The Garrick family are very proud that Roger’s work has been recognised and are pleased to be celebrating with the Zuccoli community.

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Territory’s fastest growing suburb

Palmerston South has retained its title of the Territory’s fastest growing suburb, with parks and conservation spaces in the area continuing to act as a major drawcard for many homebuyers.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Palmerston South – which includes the new suburb of Zuccoli – has had both the largest and fastest suburb growth in the NT in 2016/2017, followed by Lyons and Darwin City.

Urbex’s Zuccoli Development falls within the southern part of Palmerston, and with hundreds of lots in the multi-stage development, is a key driver of growth in the area. Aside from the community spirit, the fact that Zuccoli has dedicated conservation areas and green space continues to attract homebuyers.

Zuccoli sales consultant Nicole Turner said the team received lots of positive feedback on Zuccoli’s parks conservation areas.

“From a sustainable perspective, we are seeing buyers motivated by Zuccoli’s conservation efforts,” she said. “Buyers are keen to purchase properties that back on to green open spaces, allowing their home to integrate nicely into the surrounding environment. We put a lot of time and effort into our landscape maintenance and green areas at Zuccoli, and this really shines through for potential buyers and residents.

“We regularly have people comment on how noticeably green and well-kept our parks, gardens and verges are, and it’s great to see how appreciated and valued this is by the community.”

Among the many Territorians who have moved to Palmerston South are Scott and Jess McLean, and their son Archer. The young family bought a house in Zuccoli around 18 months ago and like many others, were attracted to the area for its wide open green spaces and commitment to sustainability. “It’s great being so close to the parks with our little one – there’s one currently being finished off near our house and another one already completed around 400m down the road,” Mr McLean said. “The area is obviously really popular because every time we go for a drive around Zuccoli, we notice new houses going up.”

For more information, read the NT News article here.

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Zuccoli team attend Clontarf Academy Super Training Day

The BMD Group has been in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation for over three years, working closely to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. The foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of academies, established in partnership with local schools.

Earlier this week, a few of the BMD Darwin team, including Zuccoli’s Tim Bycroft (Project Director) and Demitri Christou (Contract Administration Manager), attended the Clontarf Academy Super Training Day held at the Palmerston College Academy.

The team had plenty of fun, working hard to keep up with the boys over the course of the morning. It was great to see Sheldon Liddy take the field, who was one of the first to graduate year 12 through the Clontarf foundation 10 years ago. Sheldon is now a very valued member of the BMD Darwin team, and is a fine example of what positive impacts the Clontarf Academy has on these young men.  

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Territorians continue to take advantage of the First Home Owners Grant

Property prices and government grants available to those entering the housing market for the first time, has led to the Northern Territory having the greatest number of first home buyers in the country, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Territorians Myla and Charlie Estella are one of many local families who have taken advantage of the grants while the market is most favourable towards buyers. The first home buyers purchased a block of land in Zuccoli and built their five-bedroom home using the $28,000 government funding available.

“The first home owners grant really helped us as you don’t need to save as much money to purchase your own property,” Mrs Estella said. “I’d definitely encourage anyone looking to buy their own home to apply for the grant.”

Purchasing a house and land package for $605,000, Mrs Estella said they considered building in other areas such as Muirhead and Durack, but were attracted to Zuccoli for its affordability and size.

“Zuccoli was the best place for us as it’s perfectly located and the price of the land here is within our budget,” she said. With three children in their teens, the Mr and Mrs Estella said their 600sqm block provides the family with ample space.

“We all enjoy living at Zuccoli and the kids all have their own rooms and space. Previously they shared a room, so it is definitely an upgrade,” Mrs Estella said.

Zuccoli sales consultant Nicole Turner said she has noticed an increase in interest from first home buyers over the past 12 months.

“The first-home buyers grant provides people with an opportunity to dive into the property market and own a house of their own,” she said.

“Without it, the process of purchasing a house would be a lot more difficult, it is a helping hand for those wanting to set foot in the property market.”

Ms Turner felt now was an ideal time to purchase property in the Top End, particularly for first-home buyers.

“Since the introduction of the grant it’s been great to see an increase in the number of buyers looking to build their first home,” she said.

For more information on the Northern Territory’s FHOG and to check your eligibility visit the NT Government website.

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Read our first edition of the Village Life newsletter!

2018 is proving to be a very exciting year at Zuccoli! The opening of Zuccoli Plaza has provided convenient and highly sought after local amenities for the community, and we look forward to seeing the plaza continue to thrive. Read through our latest edition of Village Life to keep up to date on all things Zuccoli, and the exciting things the rest of 2018 has in store for residents. It’s a big year and we look forward to you being apart of it!

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Happy Easter!

Zuccoli residents had a wonderful time on Sunday 24th March celebrating Easter with a brunch at the William Kirkby-Jones Park. With a water slide, food and a coffee van there was plenty to keep the kids of Zuccoli entertained on what turned out to be a bright and sunny morning.

We would like to wish the Zuccoli community a happy and safe Easter break!

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Vogel Release is now selling!

Zuccoli is continuing to grow with the latest stage of lots released over the weekend.The release is located at the southern end of Zuccoli Village and includes 55 residential lots ranging in size from 450m2 to 855m2 with decent size frontages.

Urbex Sales Consultant, Nicole Turner says the latest land release will appeal to a diverse range of buyer profiles who recognise quality and space.

“Set amongst a scenic natural setting and green open space, Zuccoli provides the balance of living in the great outdoors with unrivalled lifestyle attractions,” Ms Turner said.

“You can choose to stroll through the parks, explore the local village centre or be active on the interwoven bike tracks and walking trails. It is convenience at its best and will cater to any lifestyle,” Ms Turner said.

“Zuccoli has tapped into the market’s demands with the likes of the Zuccoli Plaza. We have created an urban village so residents can mingle at the local café, workout at the newly established F45 gym, shop at the IGA, and pick up a bottle of wine for the bottle shop or any necessities from the chemist,” Ms Turner said.

Set to fill a large gap in the market with its flexible and meticulously designed lots starting from $200,000*.

“We have a range of the Territory’s best builders at Zuccoli, with plenty of house and land package options to choose from to suit various lifestyle needs and budgets,” Ms Turner said.

Mrs Turner said they have already seen enormous interest from owner occupiers, such as first home buyer Nick Kastellorizios who purchased his home at Zuccoli.

“We previously lived at Palmerston, but my family was attracted to Zuccoli because of its premium feel, large spaces and close community,” Mr Kastellorizios said.

“I work out at Zuccoli so the location is perfect. It offers such a great lifestyle and is a great place to bring up my four daughters.

“Having the shops and parks nearby is certainly convenient! There is everything you need for modern living and the sense of community is just something you can’t go past,” Mr Kastellorizios said.
Zuccoli is just 25-minutes from Darwin City Centre and has easy access onto the Stuart Highway to the east and Palmerston the west.

(*average price for the Vogel Release is $222,960)

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Darwin Buffaloes loose NTFL Grand Final by one point

Urbex (Zuccoli developer) has been a proud major partner of the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club since 2013. On Wednesday evening the Southern Districts team won one of the most exciting NTFL grand finals in recent times, edging out the Darwin Buffaloes by just one point.

The Buffs played a thrilling game right until the end, kicking the final two goals of the game and coming within a whisker of snatching the flag.

The Buffaloes compete in the Northern Territory Australian Football League, and offer opportunities for girls, boys, women and men to be involved in community events through AFL. Urbex’s sponsorship has assisted the club in expanding to twelve teams and maintaining an active involvement in the local community, particularly with Indigenous youth.

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