The scenery is a de­light and so are the peo­ple

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IT’S one of the most live­able places in Aus­tralia.

Ini­tially Bud­erim was the ideal es­cape from the heat of Queens­land’s sum­mers – the 180m high moun­tain pro­vided cool­ing breezes and the shade of mag­nif­i­cent trees.

The rich vol­canic soils have de­lighted early farm­ers as well as modern-day gar­den­ers.

It’s a pleas­ant sur­prise of in­cred­i­ble vari­a­tions. From the tran­quil Bud­erim Wa­ter­fall Park to award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and pic­turesque gar­dens.

Bud­erim has an en­cour­ag­ing cli­mate to art and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, health and well-be­ing as well as fos­ter­ing a sense of com­mu­nity.

Bud­erim was founded as a town­ship more than 150 years ago. Lured by the to­pog­ra­phy and de­mo­graphic, new­com­ers ar­rive from all over the globe to give it a worldly feel­ing.

It is re­flected in the fi­nan­cial as well as com­mu­nity ser­vices, an ed­u­ca­tion hub as well as a cen­tre for health and well-be­ing.

Why so sought-af­ter? A lo­cal con­trib­utes the pop­u­lar­ity to the feel­ing of be­long­ing.

“Lo­cals love the sense of com­mu­nity and the fact that a 40,000 pop­u­la­tion can still feel like a small coun­try town. They love the blend of young and old cre­ated by ex­cel­lent re­tire­ment vil­lages to the num­bers of chil­dren go­ing to school. Bud­erim res­i­dents love the leafy streets, gar­dens, views and fer­tile soil plus the links to the town’s her­itage via Pi­o­neer Cot­tage, the Old Post Of­fice, the com­mu­nity hall, school oval and the de­scen­dants of pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies.”

The new Bud­erim Vil­lage Park off King St adds to the sense of com­mu­nity that has been cre­ated at the memo­rial hall and art cot­tage op­po­site, as well as Bud­erim Moun­tain State School.

Bud­erim is re­garded as a knowl­edge hub, with its col­lec­tion of pri­vate and pub­lic schools as well as the Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast. Im­man­ual Lutheran Col­lege, Matthew Flin­ders Angli­can Col­lege, Sun­shine Coast Gram­mar, Siena Catholic Col­lege and Chan­cel­lor State Col­lege all form part of the Bud­erim com­mu­nity.

Health and well-be­ing has long formed part of the Bud­erim cul­ture, from the Bud­erim Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal to all man­ner of pri­vate prac­tices.

Never is the adage truer – buy land now, they aren’t mak­ing any more. In par­tic­u­lar for those liv­ing “On Top”.

Bou­tique de­vel­op­ments con­tinue to spring up but there has also been a greater in­fill at Bud­erim in re­cent times, with larger res­i­den­tial blocks be­ing sub­di­vided or hold­ings amal­ga­mated to cre­ate apart­ments.

A high-qual­ity, rich, red vol­canic loam it is, ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing al­most any­thing – cof­fee, gin­ger (for which the town be­came fa­mous), fruit and prize-win­ning gar­dens.

This vol­canic plateau of­fers the best of both worlds, en­com­pass­ing a hin­ter­land en­vi­ron­ment within min­utes to world-class beaches. Poin­ciana-lined streets bring peo­ple in and through the vil­lage while cool­ing sum­mer breezes at­tribute to low­er­ing the heat by as much as five de­grees.

Bud­erim com­prises clas­sic Queens­lan­ders through to con­tem­po­rary-de­signed homes.

The real value lies in the land, which is renowned as solid real es­tate un­der­pin­ning value, no mat­ter the eco­nomic state.

An ocean view is prized, with the north­ern vista well-re­garded for show­cas­ing the best of the sea­sons and the south­ern out­look of­ten re­ferred to as the pretty out­look. To the west, the hin­ter­land of­fers an ar­ray of reds and blues while the east looks out over Alexan­dra Head­land to the ocean.

Bud­erim is re­garded as blue-chip real es­tate, not in­clined to take a back­wards step.

The me­dian house price sits at $630,000, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic – up from $605,000 at Jan­uary 2017 and $487,000 in Jan­uary 2013.

The me­dian sale price for units sits at $405,000 at Septem­ber 2017.

PHOTO: PICASA

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