Joel Hewitson at his display home at North Shore. Picture: Evan MorganCUTTING edge “smart homes”, a tapas bar and a CrossFit facility are just some of the things bringing people through the North Shore Display Village.More than 10,000 people have come through the Stocklands display village since it opened to the public on March 17.The North Shore Display Village, which is the largest display village in North Queensland, lets prospective buyers get up close and personal with what the North Shore community has to offer according to North Shore project director Andrew Astorqui. “It is really hands on,” Mr Astorqui said.People can walk through 16 homes designed and built by builders from Townsville.“You can touch them, feel them and you can see yourself living in them,” he said.“Sometimes you cannot get that just from a picture or looking at a plan.”He described the homes as very different and varying in style in order to appeal to lots of different types of families.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“A lot of people come through and they really get very different ideas from different homes,” Mr Astorqui said.Although the majority of visitors were from Townsville, he said that many people had come from Charters Towers, Ingham and Ayr to have a look at the display village.Some of the modern additions include a smart solar-powered battery that anticipates electricity future demand based on the weather forecasts.“It is like an intelligent battery,” he said.Joel Hewitson from Hewitson Homes had more than 2000 people through his display home in the first weekend alone. “I reside in North Shore myself, so I obviously have faith in the community here,” Mr Hewitson said.As well as the display homes, visitors have gotten a closer look at the community infrastructure, which includes cafes, restaurants, a giant air trampoline and activities such as CrossFit classes. The North Shore Display Village is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm at Barramundi Circuit, North Shore.