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November 2021 in Design Inspiration


 After hibernating inside over the colder months, it’s time to embrace outdoor living again and focus on getting your entertainment and living spaces ready for the warmer months.

The key idea behind creating a seamless connection between...

November 2021 in Construction

Your guide to going solar in the home.

More Australians are embracing the benefits of solar energy and battery storage than ever before. With solar panel prices still coming down and a host of government solar and battery rebates to help get you started, it’s worth...

November 2021 in Covid-19

The Peppercorn Hill Land Sales Centre is now open by appointment only.

Please pre book an appointment before you arrive at the Land Sales Centre as we are currently not taking walk ins.We ask that you kindly share your Covid-19 Vaccination status with the sales...

October 2021 in Events & Local Area


Peppercorn Hill is a community that has been designed with families in mind, and once completed will have everything a family will need, with the newly opened Peppercorn Park being just the beginning.

Setting a high standard...

October 2021 in Design Inspiration
As the warmer weather approaches, it’s time to spend more time outside and bring a bit more colour indoors.  One way to do this is by adding hanging plants inside...
October 2021 in Money Matters

Your credit score and why it’s important.

What is your credit score? How can it impact your ability to take out a home loan, buy a house, serving a home loan? 

October 2021 in Events & Local Area

The Inside Running.

Your guide to the Best Home Timber & Hardware, Nursery and Landscape/Garden Supply Shops near Peppercorn Hill.

So you’ve recently moved into your new home at Peppercorn Hill, and now you’re planning to start work on your...

September 2021 in Events & Local Area

Looking for something to entertain the kids these school holidays? Check out our online event series and choose from Dance Jam and Karate!

All classes are recorded from pre events hosted in September, 2021.

Sign up to our...

September 2021 in Meet Your Neighbours


Peppercorn Hill’s community is growing by the day, with over 550 lots now sold!

Almost 180 houses are now in the process of being built across Stages 1 – 6 as the Estate starts to take shape. Even more exciting, over...

September 2021 in Design Inspiration

Right now, the mornings are crisp, and the days are getting longer. With the clouds clearing (most of the time), it's the perfect time to prepare your garden for Spring and decide which plants you want to grow.

To inspire you and get you moving, here’s our comprehensive guide on how to...

August 2021 in Construction


The Peppercorn Hill community continues to grow as land sales and construction works show no sign of slowing! Here's...

July 2021 in Money Matters

Super v Mortgage? Where should you put surplus cash?

The last 18 months have highlighted the importance of future-proofing your financial security. But if you’re lucky enough to have a little cash left in the bank at the end of each month, working out the best place to...

August 2021 in Covid-19

At Dennis Family Corporation, the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, trades and communities is our number one priority, as we monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and act quickly on the advice of health authorities for minimising the spread of this virus.

In response to the...

July 2021 in Meet Your Neighbours

Meet Your Neighbours - Brad and Bec

Winter is well and truly here, and it may be a little chilly, but there is still plenty happening at Peppercorn Hill.

Over 75...

July 2021 in Meet Your Neighbours

Meet Your Neighbours - Nathan and Brodie

Carpenter, Nathan and his partner Brodie, a Court Support Services worker, bought land at Peppercorn Hill in July last year, and have recently moved into their new...

July 2021 in Meet Your Neighbours

Demand for new land and homes in Donnybrook shows no sign of slowing if sales at Peppercorn Hill are anything to go by.


July 2021 in Design Inspiration

With the master bedroom being the most personal space in the house, its design, look, and feel should reflect your personality. Watch the video below and take some inspiration from our interior designer, Gail Connor, and pickup up some quick and easy tips to personalise your master bedroom this...

June 2021 in Covid-19

Great news Melbourne! Our land sales centre will reopen from 10am, Friday 11th June 2021.

However, all visitors to our land sales centre will be required to:

  • Sign in via the Service Victoria QR code, or physically sign in each time they attend our office.
  • Wear a mask...
May 2021 in Covid-19

At Dennis Family Corporation, the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, trades and communities is our number one priority, as we monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and act quickly on the advice of health authorities for minimising the spread of this virus.

In response to the...

April 2021 in Events & Local Area

Everything you need to know about caring for your feathered and furry friends in and around Peppercorn Hill Estate.

If you are a pet owner or contemplating becoming one, your pet’s well-being will be a top priority when you ultimately move into your new home at...

April 2021 in Construction

Peppercorn Park

Construction of Peppercorn Hill's first park, Peppercorn Park, is in full swing with the recent installation of the three main towers and slide that form the main focal point of the park. In addition to this, the park will feature a basketball court,...

March 2021 in Design Inspiration

Looking for fun family activities to enjoy at Easter in addition to an egg hunt? Here are our top five activities to do together that are suitable for all ages.

Egg and Spoon Race

Who can resist a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race? You can use the traditional...

March 2021 in Construction

Kade Friedberger, Peppercorn Hill Senior Project Manager, explains what happens once you buy your lot and before your title issues, and also how residential land developments come to life.

Ever wondered about how...

March 2021 in Money Matters

For individual homeowners, a mortgage is often their single largest source of debt and has the greatest effect on their finances, and their ability to stay solvent through wage decreases or wage losses. For lenders, mortgages are typically the most significant asset on their retail banking...

March 2021 in Design Inspiration

So, you’ve built your dream home and now you need to furnish it. Of course, it goes without saying that it’s important your home interiors are designed to suit your lifestyle and your personality. It’s where you spend the majority of your time, after all. However, furnishing and decorating your...

January 2021 in Events & Local Area

Summer’s here! School’s out, the days are long and golden, and the weather is warm. And given all the challenges of the year just gone, this Summer seems especially precious. Which is why it’s time to time to find our joy again and celebrate the most Australian of seasons.

But if you find...

January 2021 in Meet Your Neighbours

Tell us a little bit about you? What do you do, where do you currently live, when did you buy at Peppercorn Hill, is this your first home/ forever home, who will be living there?

My name is Jennifer and I work as a paramedic in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. I currently...

January 2021 in Events & Local Area

With many holidaying at home this Summer, it doesn’t mean the holidays need to be boring, here are some great ideas to get you out and about and safely exploring with the whole family.

Imaginaria at Docklands till 31 Jan

Imaginaria brings you a world of imagination...

Janurary 2020 in Construction

Many lots continue to title across stages 1-6 have now titled in Peppercorn Hill, and we are thrilled to welcome our new residents and reach this important community milestone!  

Settlements continue strongly across all stages meaning Peppercorn Hill will be an exciting hive of...

December 2020 in Money Matters

Great news for those still looking to build with the announcement on 29 November that the HomeBuilder scheme, which provides grants for home builders and renovators has been extended to 31 March 2021. The extension is expected to see a further 15,000 construction projects under the scheme.

November 2020 in Meet Your Neighbours

"My name is Rowena Russell and I currently live in Alice Springs NT. I have just retired and I am currently a volunteer worker.

"In August 2019, I made the big decision to purchase land in Stage 7 at Peppercorn Hill in Donnybrook. 

"I’m a widow (17 years now,) with a...

November 2020 in Meet Your Neighbours

Project Manager, Jim and his wife, Kylie, bought land at Peppercorn Hill in Stage 4 in July this year. Currently renting in Mernda, they are excited about building their first home together.

Now their two sons have left home, the two empty nesters are looking forward sharing their new...

October 2020 in Design Inspiration

Spring has finally sprung, which means it’s a great time to start prepping your outdoor space for the season ahead. And nothing adds cosiness and light to a backyard setting quite like your very own fire pit!

Since time immemorial, communities have gathered around a fire to discuss...

October 2020 in Design Inspiration

Jacinta Evans, Senior Interior Designer, Metricon.

The lounge room is often referred to as the heart of the family home – regularly having a duel life as a living and a work zone.

It can often be a challenge when designing a lounge room to find a cohesive balance ...

October 2020 in Design Inspiration

Who amongst us doesn't hanker for a bit more space? Whether your home is big or small, we’ve got plenty of tips to create space and make your house feel more roomy, comfortable and relaxed.

Mirror Image.

Mirrors are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to...

Feburary 2021 in Covid-19

At Peppercorn Hill we're still open for business. With Victorian restrictions easing from 11.59pm on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, all of our Victorian sites and offices will reopen and continue to operate according to the applicable COVID Safe guidelines from Thursday, 18 February 2021.


September 2020 in Events & Local Area

September 2020 in Money Matters

September 2020 in Construction

September 2020 in Meet Your Neighbours

September 2020 in

Tamara Hosken, Manager of the Spectra Showroom, Carlisle Homes

Gone are the days where the kitchen was just for preparing and cooking, with guests stayed tucked away in the living areas, not setting foot in the ‘work zone’. Today’s kitchen really has...

August 2020 in Events & Local Area

3AW’s Mark ‘Scorcher’ Davidson claims that Marnong Estate has put Mickleham on the map, and he’s not wrong!

Located just a 15-minute drive away from Peppercorn Hill, the historic mid-19th century homestead has been restored to its former glory and now houses a heritage resort, restaurant...

August 2020 in Covid-19

We're Still Open for Business

Over recent months, the Dennis Family Corporation has been effectively implementing an ongoing plan in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The health and wellbeing of our staff, residents, contractors and customers is our...

June 2020 in Money Matters

Heard about the Australian Government’s new HomeBuilder grant scheme, but not sure if you qualify or fully understand what it means for you?

To help, we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the scheme, so you can work out if you qualify.


June 2020 in Money Matters

Great news for Australians dreaming of buying their own home. The Federal Government’s new HomeBuilder scheme provides eligible owner-occupiers with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home.  This will be a welcome relief to many Australians and the...

June 2020 in Events & Local Area

A message from the team
at Peppercorn Hill

May 2020 in Construction

The upgrade of Donnybrook station is now complete, with local passengers enjoying 150 extra parking spaces and improved safety and accessibility.

According to the Regional Rail Revival website:

•             The...

May 2020 in Design Inspiration

Growing your own edible garden isn't hard – it just requires a little time, patience, good advice and common sense.

Here are our top tips for getting started…

What to plant?

The very first thing is to decide what you want to grow. This can...

May 2020 in Design Inspiration

As the days get shorter and colder and we embrace the idea of being warm and cocooned inside, here are some essential winter decorating and organising tips for your home that might inspire.

Layer it up!

Just like laying up our clothes during winter, we can also do...

May 2020 in Design Inspiration

We all look forward to retreating to our homes from the busyness and chaos of the world. Your home should provide an opportunity to unwind and offer you an environment of calm to enhance your wellbeing and happiness.

It’s important to feel connected and calm within our homes and these...

May 2020 in Design Inspiration

Thanks to social-distancing regulations, we’re all spending way more time at home. So why not take advantage of the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and tackle a few value-adding DIY projects around the house.

Check out our top 10 easy home improvement ideas that you can start right...

May 2020 in Construction

What are design guidelines and why do I need them?

So, you have decided to purchase vacant land and build your new home at Dennis Family Corporations’ Peppercorn Hill residential estate. Before you do, it’s really important to understand exactly what obligations, rules...

April 2020 in Covid-19

We wanted to introduce you to Kade Friedberger, Senior Project Manager at Peppercorn Hill and give you an update of how we're...

April 2020 in Money Matters

So, your home needs a little TLC but you’re not about to splash all your cash on a renovation.

Try these easy & cheap hacks to get your humble abode looking fresh & fabulous.

1. Declutter your Home


April 2020 in Design Inspiration

If you’re spending more time at home, growing your own herb garden is the perfect home project for you. Growing your own herbs is easy and cheap, plus there is nothing quite like the hit of fresh rosemary or basil on your home-roasted meat & vegies or favourite pasta dish.

Here’s what...

March 2020 in Design Inspiration

How to grow lawn that will make your neighbours green with envy

So you’ve finally moved into your new house! But to really complete your dream home, it’s time to tackle the garden! The first step? Creating the perfect lawn. And while you might think it’s as simple as...

March 2020 in Design Inspiration

Setting up a new home is an incredibly exciting time and it’s tempting to race out and buy everything all at once.  

Too often, buying something in a rush can result in a design decision you will regret.  You may end up with a ‘matchy matchy’ interior that lacks personality, or even worse...

March 2020 in Events & Local Area

Easter is a wonderful time to relax, refresh and spend extended time with family and friends… and get creative

For those of us who love nothing more than grabbing a glue stick and some shiny paper, or, better still, heating up a vat of melted chocolate and pouring...

March 2020 in Design Inspiration

A new year brings reflection and a yearning for simplicity, a sense of calm and to put the chaos of the festive season behind us, which denotes many changes and influences across interior design trends for 2020.

Mindfulness purchasing


March 2020 in Construction

Future residents of Peppercorn Hill will have noticed plenty of changes taking place at the Estate recently!

Stages 1 – 3

There’s lots happening in Stages 1 – 3. Construction of the road kerb has recently commenced on Stage 1 sections of...

February 2020 in Design Inspiration

Planning your new kitchen is exciting. From deciding on your colour palette to choosing appliances, it’s easy to spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest earmarking your design inspiration.

However, the myriad of...

January 2020 in Construction

Building your dream home can be an exciting but daunting process, you may start out finding the right location and block of land, or you may select your perfect house first. Buying land and building your home is one of the biggest undertakings you will make and can be quite overwhelming. These...

January 2020 in Construction

Where to next? It’s important to establish your budget. When working out your budget, you’ll need to factor in extra costs such as conveyancing, taxes, duties and fees. 

We recommend that you contact your bank or a mortgage broker to find the right type of loan to suit your needs. Once...

January 2020 in Construction

One of the most frequently asked, and notoriously difficult to answer, questions regarding purchasing property is: ‘should I buy before selling my existing property, or should I sell my existing property first?’.

Quite simply, every situation is different, and we recommend you consult an...

January 2020 in Construction

Another option chosen by some purchasers is to keep their current home as an investment and upsize to something larger. This can provide financial benefits, however, we recommend you speak to your financial advisor about your options before making any decisions.

January 2020 in Construction

Here’s where our team are key! The Peppercorn Hill sales team are property experts, with years of experience and a unique understanding of how daunting the process can be. They’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure your dream of buying land and building the right home for right now...

January 2020 in Construction

At your appointment you will be required to sign an unconditional contract of sale and all parties whose name/s appear on your contract will need to attend, along with photo identification such as a Passport or Drivers Licence. 

Prior to signing your contract, we do recommend that you...

January 2020 in Construction

We aim to complete civil construction in a timely manner and will advise you of anticipated milestones and updates on construction progress. Before any machinery comes onsite, plans must be approved by the relevant authorities. Once these are approved the construction phases includes, removing...

January 2020 in Construction

With your land now selected, it’s time to choose a home design and builder. Before you start visiting builders and display villages you need to think about the right home that’s right for you now and into the immediate future. First and most importantly, work out a budget, from here you can...

January 2020 in Construction

Through the civil construction phase, you will be issued with letters from our conveyancing team providing updates on construction and when settlement is anticipated. Of course, the Peppercorn Hill sales team always there to assist, answer any questions and provide guidance.

Prior to...

January 2020 in Events & Local Area

Summer for many means, swimming, bbqs, beach cricket and fun outside. But there are days when going outside isn’t much fun and staying cool inside is the best option.  Here’s our top tips on staying cool and beating the heat.

1. Close your blinds, especially for north and west facing...

Jan in Events & Local Area

With the warmer months quickly approaching and spring in the air, snakes do become more active.  Anyone who encounters a snake is advised to:

  • Be aware, alert and do not approach a snake.
  • Safely remove any people or pets from the area where the snake was sighted.
  • Do...
January 2020 in Events & Local Area

As the weather warms up, it’s important that we all prepare our homes for the unfortunate event of a bushfire. Simple things you can do around your home include, tidy up the garden, keep your lawns low, remove any excess rubbish, clear out gutters and have a hose that can reach all around the...

January 2020 in Events & Local Area

Whilst the warmer weather is great for being outdoors, our gardens can suffer from the heat.  Here’s our top tips for keeping your garden thriving –

1. Water your gardens early in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in.

2. Fertilizing plants will give them the nutrients...

January 2020 in Events & Local Area

Summer is the perfect time to splash, swim and play around water, but it’s also a time to be vigilant especially since drownings can happen quickly and quietly. Drowning is the top cause of death for kids under 5! Here’s our top tips on water safety.

1. Always supervise kids around water...

January 2020 in Events & Local Area

We need to stay cool in summer and so too do our pets.  Here’s our top tips for furry, feathery friends. 

1. Keep cool, make sure they have a cool and shaded place to rest.  In extreme heat bring them indoors.

2, Water, provide plenty of fresh water in large containers, sometimes...

January 2020 in Events & Local Area

Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?  We all need to be sun smart this summer and we’re not just talking slip, slop, slap!  It’s now

Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Slop on a...

December 2019 in Money Matters

What is the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme?


Set to commence on 1 January 2020, the Australian Government’s new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) initiative is fantastic news for up to 10,000 Australians on low and middle-incomes, as it’s been introduced...

November 2019 in Construction

Earthworks are progressing well in Stages 1 - 3, with drainage, sewer and water construction works beginning recently and titles on track to issue

in September 2020. The new Stonewall Drive intersection in Stage 1 adjacent to the Peppercorn Hill Sales Office is also taking shape.


November 2019 in Construction

Those driving along Donnybrook Road, will have noticed plenty of activity taking place at the Estate lately!

Most importantly, we’re excited to announce that civil construction of the Peppercorn Hill community now finally underway. Earthworks are about to commence in Stages 1 – 3, with...

May 2018 in Construction

Dennis Family Corporation is delighted to have launched its latest residential community, with the release of the first stages of land for sale at its Peppercorn Hill estate. This exciting new development is located within Melbourne’s evolving northern corridor at Donnybrook.


December 2018 in Construction

If you’re considering building a new home for the first time, the whole process may seem a little daunting. Because you’re dealing with something that is still conceptual, it can seem like there are a lot more unknowns—however, that shouldn’t deter you.  To dispel some of the myths associated...

December 2018 in Meet Your Neighbours

We’ve all heard it before—location, location, location. For many people, it’s considered to be the most important aspect of any property purchase. But how do you know what to look for when choosing the ideal location to build your new home? 

Every suburb and region will offer residents a...