Apartment resale results on Doncaster Hill are unlikely to improve with the neighbouring Box Hill Activity High Rise Centre, with its superior infrastructure including Train, Tram and Bus interchange, a world class public Hospital and Tafe College, now under construction.
The lack of infrastructure and the large number now being sold overseas are among the contributing factors undermining the resale prospects of Doncaster Hill apartment owners. You would expect that apartments purchased in 2011-12 on Doncaster Hill would at least fetch the prices they were purchased for but unfortunately this has not been the case. Losses of up to $192,000 and $147,000 were recorded on larger apartments. Smaller units fared better but most were still unable to redeem their original purchase price plus commissions etc. According to researchers asking prices for units have fallen by approximately $50,000 since October 2011 while house prices more than held their own in the same period
The Box Hill Activity Centre population, according to Whitehorse Council is expected to double from 3,825 people in 2001 to around 8,500 people with approximately 2,700 new dwellings needed to accommodate this growth, is similar to what is envisaged on Doncaster Hill (8,300 people and 4.040 dwellings) which has limited infrastructure by comparison.
Another reason for Box Hill being a more preferred option is that it has a better street layout that is flat, making it more suitable for efficient traffic dispersion which also encourages walking and cycling. Its most important attribute is that it is self contained in regard to employment, in contrast to Manningham, which apart from a Car Sales and Service outlets west of the Doncaster Hill Centre in Doncaster Road, has very little employment. Availability of work is the one of the first requirements in meeting the criteria for the selection of a growth area.