Tristan Allard is the first to buy land at the Pipers Glen residential estate in Hogues Lane, Maclean.
Tristan Allard is the first to buy land at the Pipers Glen residential estate in Hogues Lane, Maclean.

Tristan buys into Pipers Glen

TRISTAN Allard is the first to buy into the Maclean town’s last large subdivision on flat land – Pipers Glen.

Weather permitting, he and his partner should be hanging pictures in their self-designed home by Christmas.

“We originally wanted to buy in Yamba but there’s no land and houses are too expensive,” the landscaper and foreman said yesterday.

The first 23 blocks, with an average size of 600 square metres, went on sale this week and are part of a total subdivision of 154 lots that includes an approved childcare centre site.

Local developer, Ron Kohler of East Coast Pty Ltd, said that blocks of land for sale in Yamba and Maclean today are hard to get.

His past projects have included Yamba’s Oyster Cove as project director, Osprey Park, extending Lake Kolora and Matthew Flinders one and three-estate developments, as well as proposals for development of 15 hectares in West Yamba.

He’s confident that the second stage of the Maclean subdivision will be open by June.

“It’s been our wish since we first bought the land in 2003 to see the best affordable houses in Maclean.

“I hope I never see land here go over $160,000,” Mr Kohler said.

Mr Allard picked up his block for $130,000.

Although he reckons the three-bedroom home he intends to build on it will be quite ‘ritzy’, the potential for buyers is a new home in Maclean, 200 metres from the Clarence River and a walk into town, for just over $300,000.

Mr Kohler said the subdivision, approved in stages by Clarence Valley Council, has been faced with strict environmental controls for acid-sulphate soils, the treatment of stormwater, the Essex drain and stormwater retention.

Dwellings in Pipers Glen are covered by a covenant that includes a liveable floor level that will bring two-storey developments on all blocks.

“We are trying to encourage local builders to come and purchase land under builder’s terms of a 10 per cent deposit until completion, and would like to see designs that are modern and reflective of the North Coast,” Mr Kohler said.



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