FO­CUS ON OAK BEACH PROP­ER­TIES

Prime beach­front lo­ca­tion and charm­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s just a lit­tle en­clave but Oak Beach punches way beyond its weight.

It has a lot go­ing for it – prox­im­ity to both Cairns air­port and Port Dou­glas, ex­clu­siv­ity, pri­vacy and won­der­ful beach that sug­gests the epit­ome of the trop­ics.

Over the last few years it has been some­thing of a for­got­ten jewel that is now en­joy­ing a resur­gence in ac­tiv­ity.

The row of 17 beach­front prop­er­ties, where a va­cant block – most are around 600700 sq m ‒ is now worth at least $500,000, has seen a spate of list­ings, prob­a­bly trig­gered by the sale by Ray White of No 3 Oak Street, for $1.9 mil­lion.

The ven­dors and the buy­ers were all from Syd­ney. The new buy­ers had stayed there on hol­i­day and put in an of­fer.

“Any of the prop­er­ties on the beach­side are spe­cial,” says Ray White Port Dou­glas chief Alan Cross­man.

“Un­til re­cently the last prop­erty to sell on this side was back in 2010. They are tightly held but also I think own­ers were wait­ing for the mar­ket to im­prove.”

He said about half of the beach­front prop­er­ties are hol­i­day let.

Ray White are sell­ing a dou­ble block on the hill side of Oak St which has not been of­fered for sale ever since the es­tate was cre­ated in the 1990s.

The team at LJ Hooker has re­cently listed num­ber 6 Oak Street which is on the mar­ket for $745,000+. “The home is that of long­stand­ing lo­cal own­ers who raised their fam­ily there be­fore run­ning it as a suc­cess­ful hol­i­day home,” LJ Hooker’s Matt Scott said.

“Over the last 12-18 months the LJ Hooker team has also sold es­tab­lished prop­er­ties and va­cant land through Reynolds Road and Nancy Close. In­ter­est­ingly, the buy­ers have ei­ther been Dou­glas lo­cals or Cairns res­i­dents who are fa­mil­iar with and ap­pre­ci­ate the unique life­style of­fer­ing that the area pro­vides.”

There nu­mer­ous prop­er­ties for sale on the hill­side, not least a hy­dro­ponic farm.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

High­est avail­able block at Beach

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