These are ideal for homebuyers or renovators seeking inspiration but with so many homes on show, and often kids in tow, a visit can be daunting.
Stockland's display villages across Sydney include more than 70 of the latest home designs from the state's leading builders, so having a plan before you set out will help make your day more enjoyable for everyone.
Stockland's display villages at Willowdale at DenhamCourt and Elara at MarsdenPark have a café and playground close by.
Stockland's general manager of NSW residential Richard Rhydderch said: "Choosing colours, styles and dimensions is important but it's not always easy to visualise how a home is going to look when it's actually built.
"Also, a visit to a display village gives you the chance to spend time in the community and get a feel for it."
- Research: Know your budget and preferred builders beforehand by asking friends and family and checking out online forums. Consider their time in business, quality, range, customer service, warranties and guarantees.
- Find your needs: Decide what you want in a home, now and later -- bedrooms, living space and outdoor areas. How big will your family grow? Will you have guests regularly? Need lots of storage? A low-maintenance yard?
- Be prepared: Bring a pen, paper and camera/phone to record details of designs and builders you like. Take lots of photos to help you compare features later. Schedule rest breaks and allow time so you're not rushed.
- Pick the best time: Weekends are convenient but weekdays are quieter and staff have more time. Arrange a one-on-one when you're ready.
- Ask questions: Display homes are best examples, often with top-range fittings and extras. Ask what are standard and what are extras and note your budget.
- Imagine living there: Do you like the street? Is the entry right? Trust your instincts and make sure you feel at home.
- Willowdale display village: stockland.com.au/residential/nsw/willowdale/display-village.
- Elara display village: stockland.com.au/residential/nsw/elara/display-village.