Another question - the last blocks to sell in each release seem to be corner blocks. Someone in the sales office (it was a few months ago so can't remember who) said the only reason they can think of is because they're typically very large blocks (700m2+) so are more expensive which is why they're sitting around for longer. Does anyone have any other idea why corner blocks are less desirable?
We bought a corner block. Now while I don't regret buying a corner block (you are only gambling on getting two good neighbours instead of three, they are bigger so more backyard etc), there are some drawbacks too. The sewer line is likely to go around the front and side of your property so that could impact on the positioning of your house (it didn't for us luckily enough). You do need to articulate the side of your house. May I add, we did not go overboard with this (you should see some of them down in the Bunya estate). We just put two brick columns and two windows in. Fencing cost is all yours down that side too.
What I would suggest is you look at the house you want to build and the aspect. While, according to my research, houses with a Northern aspect are supposed to be good, the Council has strict requirements about how close you can be to the back boundary. If we had bought a block that did not face North, we would not have had to modify our house. (8m top and bottom CDC and 8m bottom, 12m top for Council minimum requirement from the back boundary).
Just some things to think about. Would I buy the corner lot again - yes. Just with a different aspect.