Another Hillgrove Milestone

Congratulations to Valine and Francis, our 500th buyers at Hillgrove. The couple from the Philippines have been living in Melbourne for four years. Being unable to travel back to visit their families during COVID, they decided it was probably a good time to put that money towards their first home and they are so happy they did.


5 May 2021


“Buying our first home is totally satisfying” Valine told us, “and an inspiration to work hard”. Not that they need an incentive. When Valine first arrived, she added to her nursing qualifications by studying for a year at Deakin University, despite having eight years’ experience back home. Now it is Francis’s turn. So when he is not working as a Quality Controller in Mill Park, he is studying a Bachelor of Finance at La Trobe University.

The couple have been together for seven years. Since arriving in Melbourne, they have been living in Delahey and loved being near the Western Freeway for easy commuting to work. Valine has already checked the distance from Hillgrove to her job at the Alfred Hospital in Prahran. “It’s just 30 minutes,” she confirmed. “And Francis’s commute is also the same as it is now.”

Having looked at estates in the area for a couple of months and not finding the one, they happened across Hillgrove. “We called Hillgrove late one day, around 4pm and spoke to the sales team. They told us to come straight in,” Valine recalled. “Everyone was so cheerful. Being first home buyers, we had lots of questions and they were happy to answer them. We really felt we were welcomed. Felt we belonged.”

Already they have spoken with their builders and decided on a two-storey home. “We both come from large families,” Valine explained, adding that they are hoping to have three of four children of their own. The large house will also be good for accommodating their overseas guests when travel restrictions eventually lift.

The couple will have their home built by July next year but they are not waiting till then to be part of the community. “There’s a Hillgrove group on Facebook. I have joined it,” said Valine. “So I already have an idea of how friendly this community is.”

At Hillgrove we are all very excited for these future residents and look forward to seeing them enjoying living here.

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