BUILDING is well under way on two lots of the Bluestone Lake subdivision, with another eight soon on the way.
All but two of the 17 lots have sold, each with a water view with the ability to pursue non-powered water activities and fishing.
The first owners will move in in about two months’ time.
One Agency director Ash Brown said he looked forward to seeing the area transform.
It’s people who want the lifestyle. It will be a beautiful way to live.Ash Brown
“In another 18 months to two years, it will be fairly well up,” he said.
“Orange hasn’t seen anything like this before so it was quite difficult for some people to get their heads around the concept, but it’s gained momentum and people can see the houses popping up.
The lots sold so far have gone to a mixture of families and retirees.
“It’s people who want the lifestyle. It will be a beautiful way to live,” Mr Brown said.
The two unsold lots remain on the market for $350,000 and $315,000 respectively.
Mr Brown said developer Jim Simpson, who will also live in the estate, had been hands-on during the subdivision work.
“He was standing beside the excavator telling them where each of the rocks should go,” Mr Brown said.
“This has been in the making for at least 10 years and a lot of people didn’t think it would happen, but he had the passion and vision to see it through.”
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The quarry previously provided bluestone for houses, buildings and kerbs across Orange, but closed in 1977.
The lake is spring-fed and has not been used as a recreation area since 2004.
Meanwhile, stages two and three of the Shiralee subdivision are undergoing planning modifications through Orange City Council due to demand for larger lots.
Approval had been granted for 400-square-metre lots, but the developer has chosen to raise some of the lot sizes up to 800 square metres – most of the lots in stage one were also 800 square metres.
“Some people still want 400 square metre lots, but certainly the majority want 600 and upwards,” Mr Brown said.
“The developer has listened and we’re about to launch with these larger lots.”
Housing construction is under way in stage one and Mr Brown said some of the vacant lots had already been on-sold at a profit.
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