The Sheikh's Ready Built Home Story

Lisa Sheikh lived in Victoria her whole life before making the move with her husband Jawed to the Sunshine State, where they purchased a Shavida by Sekisui House Australia move-in-ready home at Ecco Ripley. The pair had been actively planning to relocate to Queensland for more than two years in search of nicer weather and lifestyle, before booking a trip to inspect 20-plus homes in 10 days between border closures in late 2020.

The couple were no strangers to the property game, having owned three homes in Melbourne prior to selling to make the move up north. Through previous experiences, Lisa and Jawed knew exactly what they were looking for — a move-in ready home.

“We came across our Ecco Ripley home early on during our 10-day trip and then returned a second time after inspecting homes across other projects. The quality of the fixtures and fittings really stood out when we saw it again — everything was there and ready to go at the right price and that’s exactly what we were looking for,” Lisa said.

“The smallest details were a standout for me. In other communities, we weren’t seeing that same quality and attention to detail.

“It wasn’t just the craftmanship of the Shavida home, but the superior service we received through the Sekisui House Australia team. They were fantastic and dealt with our questions and concerns in a speedy manner — nothing was too big or small.”

Lisa and Jawed’s new home fronts onto bushland and comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large outdoor patio for entertaining. The stone benchtops, window coverings, air conditioning, integrated indoor/outdoor living and ample natural light were key features that stood out for the couple.

Location was also an important contributing factor when Lisa and Jawed were on the lookout for their dream Queensland home.

“We did our research in Melbourne and worked out roughly the general area we wanted to live in; we looked at houses in other areas, but Ripley was perfect,” Lisa said.

“Ecco Ripley itself is new, the parklands are beautiful and we have a Coles nearby at Ripley Town Centre which is handy.

“The whole experience with Shavida has been fantastic. We would 100% recommend this area and Sekisui House Australia to anyone — we are thrilled.”