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2019-10-09 Community & Lifestyle
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Why green spaces are at the heart of any masterplanned community

An increasing body of research is revealing the importance of exposure to “green spaces” for our health, wellbeing and safety, Satterley ensures each community we design has an abundance of green space for everyone to utilise.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the research into the benefits of green spaces in masterplanned communities - and why they’re at the heart of every Satterley community.


What are masterplanned communities?

Masterplanned communities are thoughtfully designed  residential developments that enable you to purchase land and build your own home in neighbourhoods that are generally located close to employment hubs, public transport routes, amenities, schools and shops.

The communities themselves are focused on creating a neighbourhood atmosphere, with a range of activities and facilities, where no two playgrounds and parks are exactly the same.

When you move into one of Satterley’s masterplanned communities, you aren’t moving into a concrete cut-out - you’re moving into a neighbourhood that’s developed with wellbeing and engagement in mind. We make a concerted effort to ensure our residents are at the focus of everything we do, and we put your happiness and wellbeing as our number one priority. This is why green spaces are such an intrinsic part of the design of each and every one.

Masterplanned communities are residential neighbourhoods that include a range of community activities and facilities, like playgrounds and parks.

The scientifically-proven benefits of green spaces

Green spaces have been scientifically proven to have a range of benefits for people who use and are surrounded by them that encompass both physical health and mental wellbeing.

Improved physical health

Green spaces are even better for us than bigger pay packets. Research published in Scientific Reports that looked at urban spaces in Toronto, Canada, found that an additional 10 trees in a city block is comparable to moving to a suburb with a higher median income of $10,000 or being seven years younger.  

 An additional 10 trees in a city block is comparable to moving to a suburb with a higher median income of $10,000.

Green spaces like parks are of great benefit to our physical health, which is why they are such a focal point of masterplanned communities.

Closer to home, researchers from Edith Cowan University found that the retention of green space and bush areas results in better physical function. They stressed that the green spaces had to be used to be of benefit, but when there are more green areas in the vicinity, this encourages visitation and is more likely to result in higher levels of vitality.

 Green spaces as a way of combating a sedentary lifestyle by promoting physical activity and decreasing stress.

With our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it’s more important than ever that we get outdoors and exercise regularly to avoid the risks associated with inactivity. Approximately 60 per cent of Australian adults do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, according to Parks Victoria. Green spaces combat a sedentary lifestyle by promoting physical activity and decreasing stress.


Better mental wellbeing

Green spaces not only impact our physical health, but also our mental health. Using areas such as parks, bushlands and forests has a positive effect on our mood and happiness.

The Edith Cowan study, which focused on neighbourhoods in Perth, Western Australia, concluded that proximity to green spaces was associated with better mental health.

Parks Victoria’s report ‘Healthy Parks Healthy People’ also reveals some insightful findings in relation to the connection between green spaces and mental health:

  • Living nearby green spaces has a positive impact upon mental wellbeing.
  • Even brief exposure to nature can be of benefit to mental health.
  • Spending time in parks can significantly reduce work-related stress.
  • Teenagers with access parks are better able to cope with life events.
  • Connecting with the outdoors promotes critical thinking and cognitive abilities.

Studies in other countries, including the United States, Sweden and England, have reached similar conclusions, noting correlations between higher levels of urban greenery and lower levels of depression and psychological distress.

Even brief exposure to nature can be of benefit to mental health.

Research in BioScience magazine, for example, supports the idea that green spaces minimise mental health issues. Researchers from the UK, Australia and the US drew the conclusion that vegetation cover and afternoon bird abundances resulted in lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

Research has found that urban greenery and birdlife are associated with lower levels of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and stress.

Green spaces in Satterley’s masterplanned communities

It’s clear from the scientific research that green spaces are of great benefit to our health and wellbeing. Satterley’s communities incorporate green spaces in all kinds of innovative ways:

  • Our Eden Beach community in Jindalee, Western Australia, boasts 10 gorgeous landscaped parks covering 6,700 square metres. Ten per cent of the community is a dedicated conservation area, and includes a limestone walkway along the beach.  
  • The Heron Park community in Harrisdale, Western Australia, has 11 parks within the estate that incorporate cycling and walking trails, landscaped family parks, picnic areas and conservation zones that are home to flocks of migratory birds.
  • Our Dalyellup Beach community, also in Western Australia, has some beautiful walking and cycle tracks, along with parks and gardens through preserved forest.
  • The Honeywood community in Wandi, Western Australia, incorporates nature into the neighbourhood with native bushland surrounding the blocks of land, as well as 10 kilometres of walkways and cycle paths. Honeywood community was also recognised for its environmental excellence by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) in 2017.

The Honeywood community in Wandi, Western Australia contains 10kms of walkways and cycle paths for residents to enjoy

  • Our Arcadia community in Melbourne’s south east contains 25 hectares of dedicated open space, including parks and parklands, along with cycling and walking paths, and a creek that runs through the neighbourhood.
  • The Botanical community in Melbourne’s north features over 30 hectares of planned open space for residents to enjoy. At the heart of Botanical, you’ll find a planned 22-hectare Botanical Park featuring wetlands, a playground and breathtaking botanical-themed gardens, all just waiting to be explored.  


Satterley has land for sale in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland. When you buy land with us, you can transform it into your dream home, and reap the benefits of being exposed to a wider community filled with all the lifestyle amenities you need, and plenty of green space!

Learn more about the benefits of purchasing land in one of our growing communities.

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