Sloping blocks of land rise in popularity among buyers


Matt King and Lindsey Kluger pose for a photograph with their Spring Mountain house, which is under construction on a sloping block, Friday, May 10, 2019 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)

BRISBANE’S most hilly suburbs are getting a look-in now more than ever with buyers undeterred by steep sloping blocks of land.

Leading builders say sloping blocks allow for stand-out bespoke designs, capturing breezes and views which homes on flat blocks may not.

In Brisbane’s southwest corridor, Springfield Rise at Spring Mountain has seen an increase in buyers wanting split-level designs on sloping blocks.

Lendlease regional development manager Ian Murray said this was evident at the Master Builders Display Village at Springfield Rise, due to the sloping nature of the land.

Matthew King, 26, and his partner Lindsey, 24, bought a sloping block in 2018.

Mr King, a carpenter, is building a double-storey home and said he liked the location of the block and the aspect to the park.

“I learnt to build on sloping blocks in Paddington and Bardon,” Mr King said yesterday.

“There are many designs and ways you can lay out the house especially with open-plan living and storage areas.”

Hillside Gold at St Lucia, is a three-level home built on a sloping block by Civic Steel Homes. Photo: SUPPLIED

Civic Steel Homes architect and builder Kelly Grimley said sloping blocks were usually associated with higher land that had no flooding potential but may have views.

“Generally the blocks with city views in Brisbane are Coorparoo, Holland Park West, Wavell Heights, Wilston, Hamilton, Newmarket, Alderley and Bardon,” Ms Grimley said.

“Outside of Brisbane, Buderim, Maleny, Noosa hinterland and the Gold Coast Hinterland all have spectacular coastal views.”

Ms Grimley said while the cost to design and build a home on a sloping block does not differ from other home builds, the financial benefit would be seen in the land purchase (generally cheaper).

Pathway Homes and McLachlan Homes, which both have displays on sloping lots in the Ellendale community at Upper Kedron, say some buyers see sloping lots as challenges, but they see them as opportunities.

Pathway Homes builder and director Peter Luckmann said: “A sloping design features a second storey at the front or back of the home – depending on the direction of the grade – meaning you can create more opulence and street appeal”.

“The design should be sympathetic to the individual lot, so you spend your money on clever design that mitigates site works – and as a custom builder, we do this at no extra cost.

“While there is a perception building on a sloping lot is more expensive, the favourable pricing of these blocks, means the end product generally works out similar to any block, yet you can achieve so much more with a design that improves lifestyle and makes an impact when it is time to sell.”

Sloping homesites at Ellendale start from $355,000 for a 390sq m lot.

McLachlan Homes owner Brad McLachlan agreed sloping lots allowed buyers to create an individual design to suit their lifestyle and personality.

“The right design helps maximise the views as you go about your day-to-day living and allows you to be creative with how you use the space,” he said.

“It improves the opportunities for ‘zones’ – a kids’ zone on the lower level, which is removed and private, yet part of the family space.

“All of this means your home design can be more interesting, with a combination of different levels and outlooks over stair ‘voids’ and from balconies that is only limited by your imagination.”



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