Residents of Angels Beach North in East Ballina gathered to celebrate recently for their second community get-together.

“There are a few more of us now so we thought it was time to celebrate,” said resident of the Angels Beach North Mews Precinct Jan Stocks.

The residents, some of whom had not previously met, gathered in one of the parks within the estate for the afternoon.

“It was lovely,” said Jan. “The kids all played and we got to know each other a bit better.”

Jan moved into her new home two days before Christmas 2010.

“I downsized,” she said. “This is a lot easier to look after than the 6500 square metres where I lived at Tintenbar.

“Even though my new home has four bedrooms, it’s low-maintenance easy living. And the thing I liked about it most is that I’m on the park. I’m not on the street – I’m on the park.”

Agent for the estate, Narelle Elks, believes the mews precinct offers a residential alternative not previously seen on the North Coast.

“We have interest from young professionals and older people downsizing, who need space for family to visit but also like to lock up and leave,” she said.

“The mews lots are more compact, with rear lane access for garages. The homes all sit on the edge of a park, with no roads in front of them. They are Torrens title, so there is no body corporate and no ongoing costs. They are innovative stand-alone blocks where you can build to boundary on one side.”

Angels Beach North offers 58 master planned lots ranging from 400 to 700 square metres.

With its two parks, children’s play equipment and two-hectare nature reserve, the estate is now 50% sold.

Land is priced from $300,000 up to $525,000 for an elevated site with ocean views. Designer house and land packages, which include not only an architect-designed and energy conscious home with a contemporary fit-out but also landscaping and fences, are priced from $599,000.

“When I bought here one of my friends said it was too big for me but really, I need two guest bedrooms, and the bedroom at the back has its own entrance,” said Jan Stocks. “The mews homes are set higher than street level so we look out over the park and surrounding reserve.”