Buying a Block: 8 Things To Check On The Nature Strip

by Chris Lang on September 19, 2013

Nature strip

If you are shopping for a block of land, and worried that you aren’t being told everything you need to know, you’re probably right!

Make sure you check the Nature Strip as it can affect what you can do with the block and the general livability of your new home.

Here is what to think about:

  • How big – the bigger it is the more mowing you are going to do
  • Driveway crossover – is it wide enough if you are planning to build? Remember most new houses have double garages. Also it matters which side of the block it is on, as it can then affect the way the the rooms face.
  • Street light – although some people hate having a light pole outside their house, I love it, as I think it provides extra security.
  • Street trees – established street trees can be an advantage or a disadvantage. The advantage is they can be an excellent source of shade, particularly if your house faces West. The major disadvantage are mature trees if you are planning to demolish an existing house, as they will affect the the location of your driveway, and thus the house layout.
  • Nature strip

  • Fire hydrant – as well as being an obstacle to any future driveway the fire hydrant will restrict parking outside your house.
  • Utility inspection covers – If you have to incorporate a utility cover into a driveway it may increase the cost of construction.
  • Utility poles – generally fairly rare on new subdivisions with services typically being underground. For an established block as well as potentially being in the way it may detract from the view.
  • Bus stops – something I would really suggest you avoid with problems of privacy, litter and noise.


Brian Ashworth

Brian is a Civil Engineer with over 40 years experience in the construction industry. He, and his wife, have had three new houses built. The first in England and the other two in Australia. One of the Australian houses was designed by Brian as a Passive Solar House and the other, a project home, orientated and extensively modified to make the best use of the sun. He has been running the Anewhouse blog for two and a half years.

This post is based on Brian’s latest book ‘Guide to Buying a Block’. The guide available as an E-book and can be purchased on his website.

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