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Trusted Industry Leader

Villawood Properties is Australia’s most trusted residential land developer and greenfield development specialist. It is an industry leader, with award-winning communities across Australia, including Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Villawood is a private company driven by innovation, creativity, passion and sustainability. It constantly seeks to break new ground for how Australians live. Its communities impact positively on residents and the planet. Social sustainability is valued as much as environmental and economic sustainability.

Our Leadership

Villawood Properties is spearheaded by executive directors Rory Costelloe and Tony Johnson. Both are accomplished and visionary industry experts and both are lifetime achievement award recipients of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Rory is also an engineer and contributes to numerous boards and leadership committees, and industry, academic and government think-tanks. He lectures in RMIT Planning and Property courses, is a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and mentors property sector students and workers.

Tony, a valuer turned developer, has extensive private and public sector experience across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. He has been president and a director of the Victorian UDIA over many hears, responsible for several award-winning Villawood projects and led its acquisitions team and Queensland operations.

Chief Executive Officer Alan Miller, a structural/civil engineer and accountant, has held leadership roles with CIC, Peet, Delfin and Lendlease across South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Alan is expert in masterplanned urban development with a strong record in government joint ventures and product innovation. He is a recognised pioneer of quality communities.

Chief Financial Officer Colin Cass Colin has been involved in many public and private companies in Australia and South East Asia. Previous roles include CFO and CEO of Sanctuary Living and Links Living. His commercial experience and management of complex financial entities equips him ideally for Villawood’s program of national growth.

Our Portfolio

Villawood has accrued an enviable catalogue of innovative, community-focussed and award-winning projects over three decades.
Villawood’s current land bank totals more than 20,000 allotments. It has a portfolio of 64 completed residential projects, 24 currently being created and another 19 in the pipeline.

These are distributed across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. New acquisitions are in constantly being negotiated and Villawood is actively broadening its horizons with innovative projects targeting new and exciting market opportunities.


Central to Villawood’s modus operandi is the principle of partnership.

Numerous stakeholders – be it government, community groups, financial institutions, public agencies or private partners – make up a very real college of like-minded partners with Villawood.

The glue of these partnerships is an unwavering commitment to pursue the best interests of all through benchmark developments characterised by expertise, innovation, community, integrity and delivery.

Villawood’s partnerships are communities built on common ground. Each joint project is a financial entity in its own right and some of Villawood’s most ground-breaking efforts have involved government – viz, Aquarevo and South East Water – as well as banks and other financial bodies.

In Their Words

Villawood is very fortunate, and very proud, to enjoy an extensive array of endorsements across business, community and public sectors. Here is a very small sample:

“Villawood has become a nationwide leader ... ensuring more Victorians have the security and stability of their own home. Building strong and connected communities.”
Daniel Andrews
Victorian Premier
“The work Rory does is inspiring, not just for the Good Friday Appeal but for lots of different organisations.”
Penny Fowler
Chairman, Good Friday Appeal, HWT
"These sorts of developments are incredibly important as they speak to why we want to do planning in a way that is sustainable.”
Richard Wynne
Minister for Planning, on Rathdowne
“That’s the difference that we see with companies like Villawood. We do need to make sure that we design our communities in a way that brings people together.”
Lisa Neville
Minister for Water
“I can’t say thanks enough to Tony and Rory for bringing our family on board.”
Des Koroneos
Landowner, Villawood’s Redstone
“We’re very happy to be dealing with Villawood’s Rory Costelloe. He’s been a friend – not someone trying to skin you.”
John Lamb
Landowner, Villawood’s Wandana
“We’d been impressed with Villawood’s above-and-beyond involvement in the community over the years.”
Keith & Barry Fagg
Joint venture partners at Wandana
“My grandfather, Paddy Buckler, sadly passed away before negotiations were complete. But there was a handshake deal – and Paddy and Tony Johnson both being men of their word – the deal went ahead after Paddy’s passing.”
James Pope
Buckler Property Group Director
“(Tony Johnson) ... one of the most knowledgeable, practical and innovative developers in Victoria. Doing mundane repetitive subdivisions was not his scene. He always wanted to exploit a property to its full potential.”
Bill Bowness
Founder and Former Chief, Wilbow Group

Our Awards

Villawood is frequently recognised for its creativity, innovation and ongoing industry contribution. It has received more than 20 major awards over the past 20 years for its various projects.

These include multiple masterplanned community at State and national levels, design, environmental, community engagement, healthy design, residential, sustainability and professional awards.

Directors Rory Costelloe and Tony Johnson have both been awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Recognition of the Villawood team’s efforts is a source of pride, but the real source of personal pride for staff is seeing plans become a reality and then hearing the comments of residents as their communities flourish and thrive.

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