Lightsview, Adelaide


Location: Northgate, South Australia

Completed: More than 1,160 of 2,200 allotments have already been sold. Development commenced in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Number and type of affordable and/or social housing dwellings: Currently, Lightsview is exceeding the state government’s 15 per cent affordable housing inclusionary zoning requirement with a range of well-planned and appealing dwelling types available in house-and-land packages priced from around $300,000.  Seniors living and residential care facilities have also been incorporated into the overall development to encourage ‘ageing-in-place’.

Area of housing continuum: Affordable home ownership

Client group served: Low to moderate income earners.  

Housing costs: Lightsview provides a wide range of housing and land options from affordable one-bedroom dwellings on compact allotments of 75 square metres to large family homes on large allotments with 18 metre frontages.

A key innovation at Lightsview has been the state government’s introduction of zoning to allow small lot, higher-density residential development.  Land prices start from $62,000 for a 68 square metre allotment which has a 10.5 metre frontage.

Buyers have the choice of more than 20 allotment configurations (most Torrens Title) from one bedroom to large detached family homes, supported by the development’s innovative zoning that allows small lots:

  • Terrace allotments from 3.8 metres wide with front and rear-loaded options
  • City Terrace allotments accommodating double garages from 8.5 metres to 10 metres wide and 12 metres to 14 metres deep
  • Detached home allotments from 10 metres to18 metres wide.

Project partners: Lightsview is a land development joint venture between the State government’s urban development authority Renewal SA and publically-listed land development company CIC Australia.

How it was delivered: The introduction of zoning to allow small-lot, higher-density residential development.

Funding: Renewal SA investment of $85 million

Other information: Lightsview incorporates sustainability into its MasterPlan. Homes have gas-boosted solar hot water and recycled water. Lightsview is also capturing and treating 75 per cent of its storm water.

Awards: In 2011, Lightsview won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s National Award for Affordable Housing.

Lightsview is also the 2014 winner of UDIA’s Best Master Planned Development in Australia and the highly coveted President’s Award for excellence.


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