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Stockland Waterlea - Yoga & Tai Chi Classes

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Free tai chi and yoga then brekky - a smart start to the day
Tai Chi and Yoga FREE
Tai Chi and Yoga FREE


Well, it is not often I am impressed with a new housing development. Normally they bulldoze everything on the site with no regard to historical value. But the new Stockland Development at Waterlea, have been sensitive to the rich history of the area and the original Stamford Park Homestead.

And they are launching the refurbished historic house and their development with community inclusive FREE Tai Chi and Yoga lesson. Surrounded by beautiful green grounds, you can relax, stretch and then enjoy proper barista coffee and mouth-watering breakfast in the beautifully refurbished estate.

Stockland New Rowville Development
Stockland New Rowville Development


According to the Knox Historical Society, "The land on which Stamford Park was built was originally bought by James Quirk in 1856. It afterwards became the country residence of Frederick Row, a partner and co-founder of the firm Goldsborough, Row and Company, Melbourne Wool Brokers. Frederick Row bought the property of 440 acres in 1858 and this was increased to 1,100 acres. Edward, one of the sons, created an English estate by planting English trees and shrubs. The property became a successful horse stud and centre for social occasions."

Stamford Park Historical Site
Stamford Park Historical Site


"In 1858, 424 acres of land on the north-western corner of Stud Road and Wellington Roads, were sold to a Frederick Row for one pound ten shillings an acre. Later 6,000 acres surrounding the property took on the name Rowville. This was suggested by the local blacksmith, Nicholas T Bergin, in 1903 as appropriate to the impact on the area of Frederick and his descendants.

The name Rowville was adopted for the county in 1908 as a compliment to the family because the property was focal to the district. Row built the homestead in 1882 and the building is one of the last remaining substantial 19th century houses in the region."
(source: History of Stamford Park Homestead)

Stunning 19th century homestead
Stunning 19th century homestead


Horses were still agisted on this land even a few years before it started being redeveloped.

Stockland has taken on the site and invested $127 million into the Waterlea community in Rowville and it is coming to life with 39 homes complete so far with the first residents now living in the community. Clever people getting in first. This is going to be hot property very soon.
Elegant dining at restored Stamford Homestead
Elegant dining at restored Stamford Homestead


Not only can you attend free fitness courses, the Homestead, converted to an elegant restaurant, is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and serving dinner on Friday and Saturday night. They have retained most of the original features that make it so gracious and special. What a lovely stroll from home that would be, to enjoy fine dining, and stroll home again. No taxi required. I have a feeling as the development fills in, reservations will be a must. Sunday Brunch would be the best way to relax on the weekend for me.

Nathan Barresi, Development Manager at Stockland, said the new classes are all about being healthy, making friendships and connecting to the new Waterlea community.

"We are delighted to introduce these fun and free adult yoga and tai chi sessions to be run on the lawn this Summer at the beautiful Stamford Park Homestead at Waterlea."

"Waterlea is proud to be a liveable community that supports healthy and active lifestyles with over 40 hectares of parkland, wetland and heritage precincts, including a Central Green with BBQ facilities, Discovery Garden, pocket parks and walking trails".

Brunch on the Verandah surrounded by historical gardens
Brunch on the Verandah surrounded by historical gardens


Located in Melbourne's fast-growing south-east corridor, the new $127 million Waterlea development in Rowville, will feature a mix of standalone semi-detached homes and architecturally designed two, three or four bedroom townhouses.

The 6.3 hectare community is also close to a range of existing transport options, schools, universities and Rowville's Stud Park Shopping Centre."

Nathan Barresi continues, "The Waterlea community has been designed to bring together modern residential homes with extensive surrounding open space parklands to create a new model for city living in middle ring suburbs.


"We are thrilled to see the community coming to life and our first residents enjoying the amenities and open space that has been developed."

"Waterlea is also has a 6 Star Green Star communities rating by Green Building Council of Australia and each home will be designed to achieve a minimum 6 star NatHERS ratings and include an array of sustainable features, such as solar panels, electric vehicle charge points, and rainwater tanks".

Think about it, this is an investment in a wonderful lifestyle with very little ongoing bills. Now, this is innovation. And the resell value would just go up and up. You are literally 5 minutes from Eastlink.

Families can stroll from home to this wonderful facilities
Families can stroll from home to this wonderful facilities


I even saw one of the new families stroll down to take part in the Tia Chi from their home then have breakfast with the kids on the cool verandah. Bliss. The kids ran around the grounds laughing and enjoying the green lush grass. And Stockland plans on many green spaces for all to share.

Leafy grounds of Waterlea
Leafy grounds of Waterlea


According to the marketing, "FREE classes will run each Saturday morning from 8.00am-9.00am and are open to all Waterlea residents, locals of Rowville and their friends and family. Simply jump on Eventbrite to reserve your spot to the class."

Stunning location to meet with friends
Stunning location to meet with friends


When: Saturday's weekly (please see available dates)
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Where: Stamford Park Estate, 8 Emmeline Row, Rowville
What to Bring: A towel, yoga mat (if you have one) and some sunscreen/hat as this activity is outdoors. Water will be provided.

RSVPs essential. Spots are limited so book in quickly

Alfresco dining as well
Alfresco dining as well
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Why? For community health
When: Saturdays
Phone: 0412 938 359
Where: Stamford Historical Hotel Restaurant, 1 Emmeline Row, Rowville VIC 3178
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
That's a bit different. Free calming exercise has to be a good thing.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 324 days ago
What a beautiful setting to find inner calm and relaxation. A great initiative.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1732) 324 days ago
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