Jun 03, 2007 9:51 am
We havn't built with them (havn't started building at all yet) but we had them on our list - until we saw the prices they were charging for upgrades and extras and to get what we wanted would have put us way above our budget so unfortunately they had to go from our list ....
The display homes are well appointed and everything looks quite nice and finished well - the sales teams we spoke to up here in Newcastle and at Hamlyn Terrace were really nice and knowledgeable (but you'd expect that wouldn't you! .....,
We also like the split level designs - Saratoga and the Leura are both really beautiful.... the Saratoga at Hamlyn Terrace display village is amazing
Jun 04, 2007 2:36 pm
We started with Clarendon last year when we first started, we like the Hollywood stairs very much in their Edgewater design. But it didn't work out very well due to their internal process, please have a look at my story here:
http://building-our-first-house.blogspo ... -time.html
Their price is much higher than others, with the same amount of money you can get much better internal fittings from other builders. Heard that Domaine and Clarendon just merged. So hopefully their price are more competitive now.
Got 2 other stories to share:
1. One of our friends built with them, and it has took them more than 12 months, hopefully hand over will occur in next few weeks. They are a bit unlucky, as due to the merge, they were assigned a contractor who always build houses designed by Domaine, and this was the contractor's first build for Clarendon design. The contractor made a lot of mistakes, and my friend wasn't very happy about the process.
2. Another friend of ours in Kellyville also built with Clarendon. They seems quite happy with the process.
Hope this helps.
Jun 04, 2007 2:58 pm
I liked one house which Lily Homes had... but the sales guy (at homeworld, Kelliville) was so horrible when I start talking about modifications!
I only wanted to scale up the right side of the building. He immediately, backed off and said I have to do the customised design and pay for all those extra cost. After paying for the customised design, I still don't own that design!
Sorry to deviate from 'Clarendon' topic
I think owners of Clarendon were on the news recently. I’m not sure if it was a good news or bad news though
Jun 04, 2007 9:11 pm
My best mate's parents did a KDR recently, and built a clarendon.
They were warned by many people about delays that go on & on.
They were told 9 months, and luckily they leased a place close by for 12 months - and made it by 1 week!
They are very pleased with it, and have had no issues at all to be rectified.
Sep 08, 2007 12:39 am
We went to a friend house which build by Clarendon two years ago, they seem quite happy with them. The maintains service is quite good as well.
We consider knock down and rebuild, Clarendon is in top of our short list.
We have looked around, we found Clarendon price is quite good.
I just wonder do I need to ask Clarendon to provide few reference to check before we make a deposit?. There is a promotion this months, for $2999, you can get $17359 includes. Is it a good value?
Does Clarendon alway have promotion?.
Sep 10, 2007 12:04 pm
Normally builders will have promotion when business is not going well as expected...
Things might have changed, personal experience last year is, when compared with other smaller builders like Allworth, Eden Brae, Allcastle, you will find that you can get much lower $ per square meter plus better materials compared to Clarendon...
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