There are many different elements to consider when buying off-the-plan including amenities, design, open space, location, affordability and long-term suburb growth. The list goes on and on and can quickly become overwhelming.

But something that often gets overlooked when choosing the right home, is the suburb’s connectivity.

A recent study in Domain revealed that outer suburbs in Sydney that boasted high levels of connectivity were among the city’s most liveable, with results revealing that connectivity was the most desirable attribute for purchasers when deciding where to live.

Similar to our Sydney neighbours, Melburnians also want easy access to those touchpoints that contribute to a holistic lifestyle with streamlined access to the CBD and walkability to local restaurants, cafes, retail precincts and recreational facilities.

Connectivity has many benefits alongside the greater convenience it offers. Strong links with activity centres and larger central business districts help to save money, improve environmental sustainability and have a positive impact on mental health.

Taking heed of this and acknowledging the overwhelming potential of the south-eastern suburb of Cheltenham, the Victorian Government is investing in major infrastructure and amenity upgrades for the area.

Local developer Steller’s newest residential release Maude Street is located just minutes from Cheltenham’s thriving village-style town centre. This curated collection of 34 spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments is nestled within the heart of Cheltenham, walking distance to many of suburb’s major transport, retail and hospitality precincts.

Responding to the contemporary and connected approach of its surrounding locale, modern liveability is at the heart of the Maude Residences. Its residents will benefit significantly from the infrastructure advancements to Cheltenham with the local area primed to become one of the most connected and accessible suburbs in Melbourne.

The recent launch of Southland Railway Station – the suburb’s second rail option alongside Cheltenham Railway Station – has cemented the area as a commuter hub, moving passengers into the city in just 30 minutes on the express services.

This, coupled with current works underway at Cheltenham Railway Station, will see the area benefit from major upgrades in the coming 12 months. The removal of two-level crossings, lowering of the train line and the addition of more road bridges will ensure improved traffic conditions for Maude residents.

Connectivity isn’t just about being close to transport. It’s also about considering the location of your residence in the context of wider retail, hospitality and community amenities of the suburb.

As part of the structure plan for Cheltenham are infrastructure improvements to bus, bicycle and walking networks which will ensure better accessibility to the suburb and the surrounding area. Not only improving connectivity, these changes will also ensure greater recreational and fitness opportunities for Maude residents.

Providing benefits for residents, renters and investors, connectivity should be a focal point for any off-the-plan purchases. Given the same consideration as design, location and future growth, connectivity will ensure long-term returns for any property investment.

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