El­e­vated po­si­tion is mov­ing up in the world

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THERE is some­thing for ev­ery­one at Aroona, nes­tled in­land from Mof­fat Beach, Dicky Beach and Cur­rimundi.

The el­e­vated yet af­ford­able area is named af­ter a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing “place of run­ning wa­ter”.

Form­ing a nat­u­ral back­drop is the Sharyn Bon­ney Bush­land Re­serve.

Sit­u­ated be­tween the high­way and the beaches on Caloun­dra’s north­ern edge, the area has gone from one or two houses in each street in the 1970s to a vi­tal cross-sec­tion of hous­ing styles that cover the whole spec­trum.

With the priv­i­lege of be­ing el­e­vated, Aroona of­fers a ridge line of stun­ning coastal views from Mooloolaba to the north and Caloun­dra to the south­east and is home to quiet val­leys that form the base­line of the com­mu­nity.

It has been the choice area to live for es­tab­lished busi­ness­peo­ple as well as first home buy­ers.

The high-end buy­ers are look­ing to en­joy the peace and pri­vacy of the el­e­vated po­si­tions with coastal or range views.

There are mid­dle-range homes dat­ing from the late 1980s through to new re­leases but also en­try-level and renovators for those happy to ex­tend from one bath­room to add an en­suite, ve­randa or pool.

The steadi­ness of the Aroona prop­erty mar­ket is the key. It has clawed its way back from the down­turn caused by the GST and is mov­ing into new ter­ri­tory.

New homes have been spring­ing up in and around the area and there are a lot of in­fill sites but also new bou­tique es­tates to the west, near Meri­dan and Lit­tle Moun­tain.

The sub­urb con­sists mainly of tra­di­tional brick-and-tile homes, along with some newer beach-house style houses.

The me­dian sales price in the area for 2017 was up 5.1 per cent for the year at $525,488 on Septem­ber 30, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic. At the same time in 2013 it was $440,000. Aroona’s Cen­tral Park is a haven for pas­sive re­cre­ation, with a bas­ket­ball half court and park cricket.

The nat­u­ral sur­rounds make it ideal for fam­ily pic­nics and par­ties or sim­ply to sit in the shade and re­flect on life.

You will also find the nat­u­ral bush­land of Ben Ben­nett Park, with its walk­ing and moun­tain bike trails.

The path is eas­ily fol­lowed as it guides visi­tors through the veg­e­ta­tion of me­laleuca and eu­ca­lypt forests.

A child­care cen­tre is near the neigh­bour­hood shop­ping cen­tre while a 24-hour ser­vice sta­tion is at the in­ter­sec­tion of Nick­lin Way and Beer­bur­rum St.

En­com­pass­ing 1.9sq km of the Sun­shine Coast, Aroona is ideally lo­cated where you can have it all, with­out the busy traf­fic and crowds.

With easy ac­cess to the Bruce High­way, this cen­tral lo­ca­tion is one not to miss.

There is a lo­cal neigh­bour­hood shop­ping cen­tre and ma­jor ser­vice sta­tion yet it is also favoured for its close prox­im­ity to Caloun­dra CBD and sports fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing Caloun­dra Golf Club and the Arthur St sports grounds, aquatic cen­tre and YMCA.

Aroona is con­ve­nient to a va­ri­ety of schools in­clud­ing Cur­rimundi Pri­mary School, Talara Pri­mary Col­lege, Pa­cific Lutheran Col­lege and Caloun­dra State High School, while the Cur­rimundi Mar­ket­place and Park­lands Shop­ping Cen­tre are handy.

A ma­jor at­trac­tion is the prox­im­ity to Dicky Beach. As a re­flec­tion of chang­ing at­ti­tudes, life­styles and de­mo­graph­ics, what used to be re­garded as a drive is now a good walk or bike ride.

Then there is Mof­fat Beach or the Wat­son St precinct at Cur­rimundi with their cof­fee spots. In fact, you are within reach of six qual­ity beaches. That’s Aroona, at the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing yet a long way from care.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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