Our Land

Our Land | Our Plans | Site Design | Site History

Our Land

Brougham Street Cohousing acknowledges the custodians of the land on which we will be living, working and playing, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.

In April 2021 we secured our beautiful property Brougham St Eltham. Previously a cafe, shop, and landscape design business; it is a stunning 1.6 acre property in the lush green strip of Eltham.

The property currently features 2 large buildings at the front of the site with reclaimed timber accents, as well as a heritage listed mud-brick cottage and shed. Other features on our site include an array of beautiful trees, and a flood plain to the south of the property containing two small lakes.

The beautiful Diamond Creek is 100 metres down hill from our site. The creek was originally known in Woiwurung Language as “Nillumbik” which may have meant “Red Earth”, “Good Earth”, or “Resting Place” and is now the name of the local area of Nillumbik Council.

Our Plans

We are proud to be working with DKO for our architectural design, and Realm Studios for our landscape design. The site designs are still being finalised prior to our planning application, but what we present here are current for the date in the description.

Some of our considerations whilst developing these plans have been: using the “Eltham Style” gable roof line as inspiration, reducing development impact by ensuring that new builds have minimal eye line access from the road, keeping as many trees as we can, preserving as much undeveloped land as we can for community enjoyment and environmental preservation.

With this in mind we are aiming to create:

  1. An intergenerational Cohousing community
  2. Around 20 homes for approximately 40 residents
  3. Well designed high quality homes with high environmental performance. We are aiming at NatHERs 7+ stars with Gold Standard Liveability for those who require it.
  4. A mix of dwelling sizes from 1 beds through to 4 beds
  5. Homes at cost (targeting a saving of circa 15% less than the market value)

You can watch an 18 minute walk through of our site here.
If you have specific questions or concerns about the project please see our FAQ page.

Site design

From our town planning submission – Oct 2022



Note the exact dwelling types and layout design is not finalised.

3d render of the proposed Lofts (left) and the existing Lilies House (right).

Front view Fly-through

This 3D render shows the proposed street view of our property, including perimeter parking, and native landscaping.

In alignment with our environmental stewardship values we want to limit our vehicle pathways to keep as many trees as we can. With this in mind we aim to minimise car ownership (potentially exploring carshare options), and focus our vehicle parking to the perimeters reducing invasive driveways on our communal green spaces. Our use of native grasses and trees will obscure street view access to any parking, retaining the bushy Eltham aesthetic we love.

Common Areas

The mud-brick cottage and surrounding garden will remain the central point of our site and will also be common use space available for use by all residents.

Dwellings will be built along the eastern edge and along the flood plain boundary towards the south east and south west. The vision is to build upon 30% of the site leaving plenty of undeveloped land for the garden, vegetables, and native flora and fauna.


The dwellings are all townhouse typology and range from four bedroom to single bedroom.  Most are three bedroom or two bedroom with a utility room. 

The internal floor plans of these dwellings are still being finalised.

Landscaping and gardens

We plan to have a productive veggie garden as well as landscaped community garden space.

The above images are digital renders by our landscape architects REALM Studios.

Site History

Our land is rich with history and we are constantly researching and learning more about our property and the surrounding areas.

Traditional custodians

Brougham Street is located in Naarm, which is the land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. The local language is Woiwurrung.

“The Wurundjeri People take their name from the Woiwurrung language word ‘ wurun ‘ meaning the Manna Gum ( Eucalyptus viminalis ) which is common along ‘ Birrarung ‘ (Yarra River), and ‘ djeri ‘, the grub which is found in or near the tree.


Brougham Street Cohousing is privileged to be living on Wurundjeri land and is in communication with local elders. We will be consulting with the Wurundjeri People at various points of our journey.


“A Bright Winter’s Morning” – Walter Withers – 1894

Above is a beautiful painting by Walter Withers which depicts the bridge across the creek and the land on which we will be living as it was 125 years ago. Our land is immediately behind the cottage in the painting.

Heritage Listed shed and cottage

Our mud-brick cottage and the adjacent shed (pictured above) were built in 1969 by Peter Garner. Peter was in his mid teenage years at the time and from what we understand he went on to build similar structures at Montsalvat artists community. Both the shed and the cottage are deemed historically significant because they are associated with Arthur Munday, Peter Garner, Lenore Garner and the Montsalvat artists’ community.