Overlooking picturesque parkland on the very close perimeter of cosmopolitan Frankston just a short stroll to the Arts Centre, restaurants, cinemas, weekend markets and fabulous foreshore festivities, this incredible site presents a rare co-housing opportunity for the sustainably minded and environmentally savvy buyer.
With eight two-storey homes to be constructed, designed by Andrew Ferris Drafting and Design, the complex will also host a common house and communal gardens. The philosophy of this co-housing complex is to promote a way of living that reduces both consumption and waste and values sustainability.
Secure within the Frankston High School zone and a short stroll to Frankston Hospital, Monash University, Botanic Gardens, the Bowling Club, Bayside Shopping Centre and the Metropolitan Train Station, this incredible offering is one not to be missed!
What is The Digs?
The Digs is a new cohousing development in Frankston. It consists of 8 two storey dwellings along with a shared community house and many other common facilities on a 1600m2 allotment of land in a leafy setting with views across the park and lake opposite.
What is Cohousing?
Cohousing communities bring together the value of private homes and the advantages of shared communal space and amenities. These intentional communities focus on connectivity that facilitates social interaction, sustainable design, and shared resources.
What are the shared facilities?
Every townhouse is fully self-contained, however your purchase also includes the use of several common spaces from the community house that provides space for meals and meetings, a utility room ideal for various activities, a workshop, shared storage areas, garden areas (including vegetable garden) and a children’s play area.
The layout of the site is designed to promote natural interactions between members of the community as they go about their daily lives; whether that’s taking out the bins, picking veggies from the community garden, working on a hobby in a shared space, or kicking back for a chat in the common house on a Friday afternoon. In addition, there will be opportunity for regular community activities for those that wish to participate.
These designer townhouses find an impressive balance between sustainability, quality, durability and beauty. Some of the design aspects include; insulated rammed earth walls, a passive solar design, double glazed windows, solar panels, an avoidance of toxic building materials and reuse of materials like recycled concrete and timber, along with bricks and floorboards from the former building.
Frankston is surprisingly large, but the beauty of it is that it just doesn’t feel it. Yes, it has major amenities like colleges, hospitals and malls, and it’s extremely well serviced for transport in both directions – but its quiet residential feel and epic bay views make it feel more sanctuary than city.
There’s the year-round lure of the beach – it’s Frankston’s heartbeat, with its historic pier, pretty boardwalk and rejuvenated foreshore that hosts everything from summertime carnivals to jaw-dropping Christmas festivals. If you want fresh air instead of traffic fumes, Frankston’s calling your name.
The Digs Project is situated in a fabulous central location opposite the magnificent Beauty Park whilst just a short stroll to the beach, restaurants and cafes, the train station, hospital, George Pentland Botanical gardens, and so much more.
Learn more about Frankston City here:
Frankston Suburb Profile
The vision is to facilitate community life characterised by connectedness, simplicity and transformed ways living in order to live well as households and to model positive alternatives for sustainable urban development in the 21st Century.
We have established four clear values, that will guide and shape this project as it moves forward and as we establish ourselves as a community:
Valuing community means that connecting with each other will be a high priority. We will encourage ongoing connection through shared meals, community activities and as we come and go.
Valuing generosity means that we will simplify our lives in order to live with less. This may include more shared stuff/less private stuff or opening our homes and giving of our time at open days.
Valuing sustainability means that we will be open to transforming the ways we live in order to reduce our impact on the planet. This will be built into the fabric of the building but also in the way we choose to live.
Valuing teachability means that we will readily admit that we don’t have all the answers, and that we are keen to keep on learning and growing as individuals, household and as a community.
Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it’s a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years.
Feel free to explore the further links to learn more about cohousing and the huge increase in popularity around the world.
Amelia Barnes | Apr 24
Introducing co-housing: Australia’s urban housing solution
Trish Becker-Hafnor | Jan 13
The future of community and human connection
Grace Kim | Aug 7
How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer)
Erica Elliot | Oct 16
Cohousing – Community at its best!
Acquest Financial Services
Acquest Financial Sevives | Dec 10
What is co-housing Australia and could it work for you?
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