Tweed's high class garden
THEY say life is a game of chess and for some Tweed residents that life could start in their own backyard.
Serene Living is creating the southern hemisphere's largest residential rooftop garden, complete with 2000 plants, barbecue areas, expansive lawn, and relaxation areas and of course the giant chess set.
Building is underway on the project, which has even being given the tick of approval by gardening icon Don Burke.
Director of Serene Living Ben Fuller said the garden idea was spurred by the desire to offer more affordable apartments while providing a home with a back yard equivalent.
"We think we have done a great job of delivering the great Australian dream, of having your home with your little bit of land around you," Mr Fuller said.
Dennis Parker was drawn to the development due to the promise of a garden and the convenient location to Tweed Heads.
"It's nice to know there would be a garden we can enjoy without they hard work of having to mow the lawn," Mr Parker said.
"We decided to down-size ahead of retirement and initially considered the coast.
"Our decision was made when we saw the plans for Serene Living which is our ideal building design.
"We've always dreamt of something like this and can't believe it is being built in Tweed.
"This kind of cutting edge design is something you would expect in Sydney and Melbourne."