You don’t need to give up smashed avocado and coffee if you want to buy your first home, but you do need to be realistic.

With house prices continuing to rise in Brisbane, it makes sense to look to the country for more affordable options.

The good news is that living in the country doesn’t have to be inconvenient, and at Pine Tree Hill, a unique residential estate in the heart of Kilcoy, you don’t have to settle for a home that you’ll soon outgrow.

The ‘Grow With You’ home design series, from the Pendo Homes Collection by Virtus Homes, enables your home to grow and expand as your family does.

You can start off with the two-bedroom or three-bedroom ‘starter modules’. Then, you can tailor your home to your needs, adding ‘master suite’, ‘bedroom and lounge’ or ‘extended family’ modules as your finances and circumstances change.

The ‘extended family’ module is available in two styles, ‘Country’ or ‘Modern’,

“My style is simple, with clean lines and understated sophistication,” says design director Steve Drake.

“I’ll make sure your home suits your lifestyle, and help you make good choices around colours, features and fittings. I’m committed to giving you the best.”

The spacious one-acre lots offer all the tranquillity of the country, with clean air and sweeping mountain views in a serene rural setting. There’s even a good chance you’ll spot a wallaby or kangaroo from your window!

You can mountain bike the Conondale Range, bushwalk through local state forests, camp on Lake Wivenhoe’s picturesque shores and waterski on Lake Somerset, with boat ramps, fish cleaning facilities and picnic areas making lake visits easy.

But it’s not all about the great outdoors. After all, moving to the country doesn’t have to mean switching off and dropping out of civilisation.

Pine Tree Hill is just a five minute drive from Kilcoy’s main street, and as your family grows, you’ll find everything you need close by, from banking and shopping to schools and medical centres — even wineries!

Kilcoy also has its own hospital, restaurants and cafes, as well as an art gallery, golf course and sports centre.

It’s an easy drive from Kilcoy to Caboolture’s busy business centre (and the Sunshine Coast’s sandy beaches).

There’s even a university campus, QUT Caboolture, about 45 minutes away from Pine Tree Hill.

Kilcoy boasts a friendly, welcoming community, so you’ll be catching up with friends at the Exchange before long. You can meet more locals at Esk, Lowood, and other nearby towns in the Brisbane Valley, and get amongst Fernvale’s bustling markets every Sunday.

The internationally acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival and Caboolture’s Urban Country Music Festival are must-dos, and Kilcoy even hosts its own annual Wood, Wine and Art Festival.

The Queensland Government is doing its part to help you buy your first home sooner, with the $20,000 Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant. With the grant, Pine Tree Hill acreage house and land packages are available from $289,000.

However, the $20,000 grant is only available until 30 June 2017, so now’s the time to take action.

To find out more about Pendo Homes’ ‘Grow With You’ concept at Pine Tree Hill, and to register your interest, visit

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