It’s a long way from Mexico to Mambourin, just ask the Ortega family.
Manuel Ortega, his wife and their two children are among the first residents to move into the Mambourin area, which is located on Bulban Road between Werribee and Wyndham Vale.
The $455 million development, a Frasers Property Australia project, will eventually transform 115 hectares of vacant land into a home for 3500 residents.
Mr Ortega and his family recently moved into their new three-bedroom home at Mambourin.
Mr Ortega said Mambourin’s community spirit reminded him of his Mexican origins.
“Family, friends and celebration are really important in Mexico, where my wife and I come from, and this aspect was what most appealed to us about moving to Mambourin,” he said.
He said his family was excited to watch the new community take shape.
“You get to see how the houses are being built,” he said.
“We now realise how they build a house and it can be really entertaining.”
In particular, Mr Ortega and his family said they are looking forward to a recreation and leisure centre, to be named Club Mambourin, which is being built at the estate and is due for completion in the middle of the year.
The residents-only community centre will feature a gym, exercise classes, pools, spa, multi-sports court, café and all-purpose function room.
The lifestyle choices at Mambourin are also major drawcards for the Ortega family, including the walking and cycling trails, open spaces, wetlands, park and sports courts.
“The park is within easy walking distance from our house, and that is going to be fantastic for us and the kids as well,” Mr Ortega said.
“I think we’re going to be really happy here.”