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The Sunshine Coast is back



The Sunshine Coast is back

The Sunshine Coast is back

Sunshine Coast property prices that sat flatlined for years following the global financial crisis have finally lifted. The region has experienced record growth over the past six months, outstripping price rises in Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the past 12 months.

Data from Domain has revealed Sunshine Coast’s jewel in the crown, Noosa Heads, topped the list of best performing suburbs for the area, increasing its median house price by 18.3 per cent in the past six months alone. The median house price in Noosa Heads is now $768,750.

It comes as no surprise to Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson.

“Noosa Heads is top shelf and once momentum gets going with property on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa’s always going to be up there,” he said.

“It’s had very strong growth over the past year, the best it’s had in a while. If you’re a homeowner on the Sunshine Coast, you’d be breathing a sigh of relief.”

The Sunshine Coast is back

Second on the list was Peregian Beach, which has seen an increase of 14.3 per cent. Its median house price is now $677,500.

Mr Wilson said that while the Sunshine Coast had performed better than Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the past year, price growth for all three regions was fairly similar when averaged out over five years.

Median prices for the regions are currently very similar; as of the December quarter, the median price in Brisbane is $511,361, the Sunshine Coast’s median is $530,000 and the Gold Coast just edges ahead with a median of $545,000.

“The Sunshine Coast had some catching up to do, which it has done more recently,” Mr Wilson said.

“Overall though, it’s as you would expect: all three areas have had similar growth over the past five years.”

The Sunshine Coast is back

Jennifer Carr, co-principal and director at Richardson & Wrench Noosa, described the past two years as “a turning point” in property on the Sunshine Coast.

“Certainly in and around Noosa we’ve had a lovely couple of years not just with price growth but with the volume of sales,” Ms Carr said.

“Everything seems to have consolidated so it now feels unassailable.”

Ms Carr described the growth pattern as “sustainable”.

“When we went down after the GFC, it hit Noosa hard. Coming back from that, it was up and then down, you’d be three steps forward one month, two steps back the next.

“But it has steadily climbed the past two years, a nice pattern has emerged and I think what we’ve got now is a very realistic market. Prices are fair.”

Ms Carr recently sold a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a pool and jetty on the absolute front of the Noosa River for $3.790 million.

She said it was listed at $3.95 million and was a perfect representation of the current Noosa property market conditions.

The Sunshine Coast is back

“It’s a fair price and a good price,” she said. “It’s a wonderful time for Noosa property right now.”

Mr Wilson said the Sunshine Coast was very much a lifestyle market.

“Retirees, empty nesters and people buying holiday houses have always targeted the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“More recently I think there’s been a bit of the ‘wealth effect’ going on; the economies in Sydney and Melbourne have been good, people have been making a lot of money from property.

“They’re coming through the Sunshine Coast cashed up and then realising that prices are cheap in relative terms and that’s driving a lot of the buyers at the moment.”


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Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens




THE gateway to Palmview’s $3b master-planned community of Harmony will become a reality on Monday.

AVID Property Group and Sunshine Coast Council’s Cr Rick Baberowski will officially open Peter Crosby Way, the northern access into the 378ha project to the south of Sippy Downs.

During the next 15 to 20 years Harmony will deliver more than 4800 homes for 12,000 future residents, all enhanced by 100ha of open space.

Harmony is also slated for the future delivery of a town centre offering 15,250sq m gross floor area.

AVID Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said the event would be a landmark day for development at Palmview.

“This is an exciting construction milestone as we officially open Peter Crosby Way – the gateway to Harmony,” Mr Harper said.

“The road’s name pays homage to the site’s Crosby family history and will service 12,000 future Harmony residents, as well as those in neighbouring communities.”

Sunshine Coast farmer Peter Crosby has been a land-owner since 1964 and has strong roots in the area.

Crosby Hill Road at Buderim is named after the family.

Mr Crosby has been operating a cattle farm on the land, and a cane farm in previous decades.

The road opening coincides with the start of construction on individual houses at the estate.

Work on display homes in the Harmony Display World is already well advanced with the 43 homes from a team of 25 national and local builder partners expected to open in the second half of this year.


Harmony’s first home buyer Daniel Clark said he was looking forward to construction commencing on his new home.

“It is very exciting to get out on site and see the construction progressing at Harmony,” Mr Clark said.

“Having downsized to a smaller sized block will mean less time spent on maintenance and more time for the important things in life.

“Harmony is the perfect location for me – right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast but also a short drive to Brisbane, meaning I can be close to both my daughters and grandchildren at Noosa and Albany Creek.

“I love that my block is so private and there will be lots of green, open spaces in the community.

“I was happy to learn that the development has become the first six leaf EnviroDevelopment masterplanned community in the South East.”

Queensland home builders, Stylemaster Homes, is set to deliver Mr Clark’s new four-bedroom, open plan home.

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Housing shortage: 150 home inspections to jag a rental




JOHN Hunt thought he would be sleeping on the streets this week.

Mr Hunt has spent the past two months searching for a rental property after being told he would not be able to renew the lease at his Currimundi home.

As if finding an affordable rental on the Sunshine Coast is not hard enough, his house hunt was made even more difficult because he needs a residence that is wheelchair accessible and can accommodate his two companion dogs.

On the eve of eviction this week, he got a phone call that changed his Christmas.

“I got a house – that’s Christmas taken care of for me,” he said.

Mr Hunt will move this weekend to a rental at Beerwah which he can make wheelchair-friendly through the use of portable ramps.

He had been forced to look for somewhere else to live because his landlord required his current house for use by a relative.

He said he was fortunate that his letting agent, aware of his predicament, had allowed him enough leeway on vacating the property by the due date of Tuesday.

“I would have been out on the street,” he said.

On a disability pension, Mr Hunt is part of a group of people finding it increasingly difficult to rent on the Coast because their fixed incomes have not risen at the same rate as rents.

Mr Hunt estimated he looked at 150 houses over two months, of which about 20 were suitable.

He was critical of home owners and letting agents who seemed oblivious to the requirements of disabled potential tenants such as himself.

“It’s not the housing crisis, it’s people with no common sense – people sending me out to houses with stairs and houses I can’t fit into in a wheelchair, bathrooms I can’t fit into,” he said.

His house hunting gave him an insight into the shortage of affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s just so scary. Some of the people I talked to were living in their cars. Something needs to be done. People need to know about it, I think,” he said.


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Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record



The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

A SUNSHINE Beach mansion sold for a cool $9.3 million has smashed a Queensland real estate record.

The sale of the Webb Rd beachfront beauty now claims the highest property sale in the state outside of Brisbane.

Noosa real estate agency Tom Offermann oversaw the multi-million dollar exchange and principal Tom Offerman said the 1460m2 property is worth every penny.

“It’s a record price, but I think it’s worth every dollar when you consider it’s a once only payment for enjoyment in perpetuity, and the value will only escalate over time,” Mr Offermann said.

“It really only hits you how wonderful the property is when standing on the lawn overlooking the surf.

“It’s the highest Queensland sale of its type outside Brisbane and sets a new benchmark for lifestyle property.”

The five bedroom, four bathroom property overlooks a panaromic ocean view of Sunshine Beach, with a lush tropical backyard garden fringing a lagoon-style pool and a lawn that seamlessly meets the white sand.

The home boasts “party-sized” balconies and terraces, open spacious interiors, and is a two-minute stroll to a shopping village and 4km to chic Hastings St.

Webb Rd is a short cul-de-sac and contains just four beachfront houses in total

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Mr Offermann said the previous owners lived there since 1984, and have “downsized” from the property to another house in the same area.

Mr Offermann would not comment on the buyer’s identity or intentions for the property, however did make note of the number of celebrities that often make Sunshine Beach their home.

“One of the real joys of our business is the people we have the privilege to meet. It’s amazing who can walk into our offices: rock stars, movies stars, sports stars, corporate captains, celebrities, billionaires, you name it,” he said.

“I remember one day we met the Incredible Hulk, Bill Bixby, in our office, and then bumped into Rod Stewart getting a sandwich next door.

“While Noosa’s drawcard is its natural environment, amenable climate, and lifestyle, I hear a lot of people saying they love it because all the people seem so relaxed and pleasant.”

Tom Offermann handles most of the prestigious sales in Noosa and currently has seven of the eight available beachfront houses listed, starting at $5.95 million.

Mr Offermann said he remembers overseeing the first million dollar sale for a Sunshine Beach property in the late 1980s.

“I recall negotiating the first million dollar sale for a Sunshine Beach house in 1987 when a lot of people considered it a ridiculous price,” Mr Offermann said.

“Demonstrating how the value of prime location, we sold it again a couple of years ago for over $7 million.

“Records will continue to be smashed because they are just not making any more of it and people, who can afford it, will want it.”

Original article published at  by Staff Writer 21/9/16

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