Where surf, sand and sim­ple plea­sures reign

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THE beach­side vil­lage of Mar­coola is set to take off in more ways than one.

A multi-faceted jewel of the Sun­shine Coast, where one rel­ishes the lux­ury of time and sim­ple plea­sures, the area lies be­tween the glo­ri­ous stretch of beach and the Sun­shine Coast Air­port.

With the ex­pan­sion of the air­port due to be com­plete in 2020 cre­at­ing an east-west run­way, Mar­coola will be a big ben­e­fi­ciary with the change in flight paths and im­proved ser­vices.

Prop­erty val­ues and num­bers of sales have been in­creas­ing in light of the $347 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the run­way and ter­mi­nal to in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment in Mar­coola is The Shore, a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar beach­front project on 5.5ha that will in­clude 33 di­rect beach ac­cess homes, fol­lowed by a 114-room ho­tel re­sort and re­tail precinct.

The me­dian house price of houses at Mar­coola in Jan­uary 2013 was $515,000. It now sits at $549,000 as of Septem­ber 2017 af­ter hit­ting $590,000 in Jan­uary and $582,500 in July.

The me­dian price of units sits at $375,000. Bor­dered by ocean to the east, Maroochy River to the west and Pa­cific Par­adise and Mud­jimba to the south, Mar­coola edges north into the Mount Coolum Na­tional Park.

It is a town of two parts – the main shop­ping cen­tre and tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion along David Low Way and the qui­eter res­i­den­tial area to the north, cen­tred around Lor­raine Ave.

Here there are beach­front res­tau­rants and cof­fee shops, gen­eral store and the surf club.

It is also the site of Fri­day night food mar­kets that have be­come a fam­ily af­fair.

The res­i­dents pas­sion­ately love where they live. Tucked away, this quiet, re­laxed hub is adored for what it isn’t.

With an easy laid-back at­ti­tude, the res­i­dents en­joy every day in every way.

It’s a haven where the sim­plest of ac­tiv­i­ties are of­ten the best.

The name Mar­coola comes cour­tesy of its po­si­tion, be­tween Maroochydore and Coolum.

Lo­cated within the sub­urb bound­ary of 4564, it is also the first stop for many tourists as they fly in.

For some, their only ex­pe­ri­ence of the Coast will be the tourist strip of high-rises that be­gan with Sur­fair in 1971.

The pa­trolled beach, cli­mate and idyl­lic life­style is hol­i­day enough for those look­ing for an easy, stress-free va­ca­tion.

The beaches are pris­tine, the sand sparkles and the wa­ter is as clear as you will see any­where along our coast­line.

Shorts and san­dals are not only ac­cepted but rec­om­mended if you wish to blend seam­lessly into the sur­rounds.

The surf club is well pa­tro­n­ised. What be­gan as a sin­gle-level fi­bro build­ing in 1970 soon out­grew it­self.

With steady pop­u­la­tion growth of the area and nip­pers mov­ing into the se­nior ranks, the build­ing was re­placed with the dou­ble-storey club­house in 1984.

Some ex­ten­sions have been added since and it con­tin­ues to be a place to meet, en­joy the com­pany of oth­ers with a drink, a meal and even a game of bil­liards.

Of­fer­ing a vil­lage at­mos­phere by the dunes, this beach­side sub­urb in­cludes de­vel­op­ments of Town of Sea­side, with Mount Coolum Shores and The Board­walk fur­ther to the north.

Be as­sured, Mar­coola of­fers solid real es­tate. Sup­ply and de­mand un­der­pins Mar­coola prop­erty val­ues.

Tra­di­tion­ally a com­mu­nity of long-term res­i­dents, it of­fers a mix of prop­erty types for owner-oc­cu­piers, lock-up-and-leave own­ers and tourists who en­joy the quiet life.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

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