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  • It’s not often you get the chance to live in a new community that looks and acts like an old one. Jose Gutierrez was one of the first new residents at Mirvac’s Tullamore development to recognise the site’s potential. Husband and father-of-three Jose says the decision to be a part of the community was a win-win for him and his family.

    “We moved to Doncaster three years ago and we have no regrets. It’s close to everything – shopping centres, amenities, schools. We have found Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to be the best location for raising a family,” says Gutierrez.

    “Space was a great consideration – many homes feature established trees, which has great appeal to us. There’s room to run, move and develop, and my children can play any sport they would like to play in the local area,” he explains.

    Gutierrez says he has bought properties in new communities before, but Tullamore – created by the team at Mirvac Design – has been a special experience.

    “This is the best new development I’ve ever seen. Some developers just offer houses, making it difficult to envisage how your family could adapt to life there. But Mirvac helps to create a community. When we discovered Tullamore, we started building as soon as we could,” he adds.

    Perfect for families

    Tullamore really is the perfect place to bring up a family. There are fantastic public and private schools nearby, from kindergartens through to universities.

    Keen shoppers are also well catered for with Westfield Doncaster only a short walk away. There are also plentiful yoga studios and medical facilities in the area, including the Box Hill hospital re-development.

    The great health and medical facilities in the local area are fitting, given Tullamore is on the site of Sir Thomas Naughton Fitzgerald’s country estate. The 19th century surgeon was born at Tullamore in Ireland and lent the name of his former family homestead to his new residence in Australia.

    More recently, Tullamore’s grounds were used for the former Eastern Golf Course, which relocated to the Yarra Valley before development began.

    The new development retains much of the old site’s former charm, including the clubhouse and stables, as well as fairways and parklands for residents to enjoy.

    Artist impression only

    Artist impression only

    As with many Mirvac developments, close attention has been paid to Tullamore’s green credentials.

    It has been awarded a six-leaf sustainability rating from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), a nationally-recognised enviro-development sustainability rating. It is one of the first developments to achieve this rating through the considered approach to material, energy, water and waste reduction initiatives on the site.

    For instance, close attention has been paid during development to minimise earthworks and there is a system on-site for capturing, treating and reusing waste water.

    As the first residents excitedly prepare to move into Tullamore, it’s only a matter of time before the community is filled with the sounds of residents enjoying their new location.

    Were Sir Thomas Naughton Fitzgerald alive today he would no doubt be amazed at how his former country residence has been transformed to be enjoyed by so many.