See FAQs below
Alex from Westwood guidelines and increase in property values
Bracha Kantor - 14:22
Alex Robinson -15:40 Highlights of the financial benefits, commute, eruv, property value growth
Bracha Kantor - 25:20 Stamp duty saving
Yosef Eichenblatt 27:10 How to get a mortgage, how much money you need
Bracha Kantor 50:34 New community to others around the globe and the amazing success achieved
Eli Kantor 57:48 Jewish benefits: shule, buses etc.
Rafael Brown 1:20:44 His experience and amenities
What is Westwood Walk in Fraser Rise?
Westwood Walk in Fraser Rise is a new estate in West Melbourne that is home to a new Orthodox Jewish community. Some of the homes are set to be completed in Q3/Q4 of 2023. It is important that you contact us directly so that we can arrange land prior to public release. There is land available in the area in Westwood Walk, Massal and Aspire. After months of research and relationships with the developers and aware of upcoming more desirable releases not yet on the market, we are best placed to find you the right sized lot in the area that best matches your needs and it is therefore best you get in touch with us.
Renting is also an option in the area and is significantly cheaper than the Caulfield area with homes renting for approximately $400 a week in the area.
Here are links to their website for purchasing land:
Who is moving into Westwood Walk?
More than 20 Orthodox families have already placed significant deposits on house and land packages and are committed to moving into Westwood Walk. There are already many Australians who live in the area with beautiful parks and facilities such as sports ovals, aquatic centres and shopping precincts.
What kind of Orthodox families are included in the community?
The community comprises a cross-section of the Orthodox Melbourne Jewish community, including Mizrachi, Chabad, and mainstream Orthodox families.
What are the advantages of joining this community in its early stages?
Proximity to the shule, choosing larger land sizes, prices will be more affordable and designing your own purpose built home.
What community infrastructure is there?
Deposits have been placed for a Shule and a Mikvah, and there is the intention to make an Eruv.
What transportation options are available for parents and children in the community?
The new Orthodox community is planning on running multiple bus services so that parents and children can commute easily to work and school in the current Orthodox local area. There are plans for school buses to the various schools as well as co-curricular learning programs, general children's programs, and kids programs on Shabbos.
What financial benefits are there to joining the community?
The financial benefits for joining this new community are vast, with the ability to own a house and land and break into the housing market. This owner-occupied investment is also Capital Gains Tax-free.
Jewish Care have advised us that Victorian residents may be eligible for an interest free loan towards the purchase of house and land in Fraser Rise. See more at https://www.jewishcare.org.au/.../empower-interest-free...
What are the benefits of owning a house and land dwelling in the community?
Historically house and land dwellings have increased in value more than apartments. As the prices in this new area are comparatively lower, mortgage stress is reduced. Despite the increase in the relative size and comfort of housing, accommodation costs overall are reduced with the promise of more financial freedom.
What transportation options are available in the area?
This new community is a 30-minute drive to the city, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport, and 40 minutes to Caulfield. There are 2 highways in case of increased traffic, the M1 and M2. In the future, the planned Westgate tunnel will further reduce traffic and travel time.
It is also a low crime area - see statistics at https://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/crime-statistics/latest-crime-data-by-area
How many families have committed to moving to the community?
Over 20 families (120 people) have already committed and have paid deposits and signed building contracts. There are already many Australian families who live in the area.
How much does it cost to build a house in Fraser Rise?
Prices vary on the cost of homes, but you can build a single storey 3 bedroom home for just over $550,000 including the cost of land. Many families are building double storey large homes which may cost more.
Do I have to build a new house?
You do not need to build a new home, already built homes are available for sale in the area and renting is very affordable with rent costing approximately $400 a week.
Will I be eligible for a stamp duty exemption?
First home owners will likely be eligible for stamp duty exemptions and other concessions. For more information see https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/fhbduty
Why is there a need for a new Jewish community?
This move is fuelled by the urgent need of our generation to live an affordable, comfortable lifestyle. Being situated closer to St. Kilda/Caulfield Jewish community than some other attempts to establish a remote community, allows steady progress to be made with income opportunities for those interested with stores and childcare.
Our commitment to the success of this movement has seen the interest of the Jewish community increase beyond a dream and into a reality. Building our community completely from the ground up is an exciting opportunity, homes purpose built for fulfilling the mitzvot of having many children, keeping kosher, Taharas Mishpachah and entertaining guests for Shabbat and Chaggim.
Learning from previous attempts we realize the need to not only build a house but to build a community, supporting one and other in attending minyonim, listening to each others concerns and working together as a village.
We have consulted with the initiators of past attempts and have learned from their experiences, allowing us to plan differently. We are grateful to them for their wealth of knowledge, advice and support that they have so willing shared with us, which, with G-d’s help, has enabled us to reach this stage.
What about school?
We will initially be commuting to and from St Kilda East, we expect to purchase a community bus and employ a Jewish bus driver to transport the children to and from the various Jewish day schools.
What about Creche/Childcare?
A couple of individuals have already mentioned their desire to run childcare in the area. This is something we hope to have off the ground by the time individuals move in.
What about Amenities?
There are 3 Coles within 15 minutes drives, and an IGA close by. A major shopping centre with 50 specialty shops is currently in the council plans with in an 8 minute drive. There are 2 established shopping centres within an 11 minute drive. A train station is 8 minutes away, the airport 21 minutes and 3 parks/playgrounds are on the development with numerous parks and playgrounds in the developments around. A water reserve will also be on the development.
How will people get Kosher food?
At the start, most people will be traveling back and forth to East St Kilda and will do their shopping there. There are opportunities for store ownership in the near future and we will be working with Coles and IGA to bring in a Kosher range.