Di­verse com­mu­nity loves seren­ity

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MINYAMA lives up to its name mean­ing many or plen­ti­ful. It’s one of the se­lect ad­dresses on the Sun­shine Coast and cho­sen by a “who’s who” in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion, pi­lots and those with a high pro­file.

Yet the va­ri­ety of hous­ing re­flects the di­ver­sity of those in the com­mu­nity.

You only have to go for a morn­ing walk to get the pa­per and milk and you will meet teach­ers, fish­er­men, small busi­ness own­ers or cor­po­rate lead­ers, po­lice, nurses or re­tired farm­ers.

More of­ten than not, they have moved to Minyama … from across the world or across the street.

This di­ver­sity means it is no sur­prise you can ex­pect to pay any­thing from the mid to high $300,000s for a villa or town­house to multi-mil­lion-dol­lar water­front prop­er­ties.

In this past year there have been some sig­nif­i­cant sales as well as re­builds with peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the prime water­front po­si­tion.

The blend of water­front and dry prop­er­ties saw a me­dian house price at a sus­tained $898,750 for three months in mid-2017, down from $1,075,000 in late 2016 but up from the $760,000 of early 2013.

Unit prices in Septem­ber were $355,000, up from $310,000 the pre­vi­ous year.

Set­tle­ment of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for tim­ber-get­ting and farm­ing.

Prior to the 1960s, the en­tire Kawana area was un­de­vel­oped wal­lum coun­try con­sist­ing of tea tree, banksia, swamp grasses and man­groves with tidal sands and mud flats.

The only ac­cess to this land was by boat via the Mooloolah River or along the ocean beach af­ter cross­ing the Mooloolah River or Cur­rimundi Lake.

Minyama was orig­i­nally part of a de­vel­op­ment lease in 1960 with the de­vel­oper granted the right to sub-di­vide and sell the coastal land from Point Cartwright to Cur­rimundi Creek in ex­change for the con­struc­tion of a road and nec­es­sary bridges to con­nect Caloun­dra and Mooloolaba.

The Kawana de­vel­op­ment, as it was called, was the Sun­shine Coast’s largest hous­ing project and first canal sys­tem with the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of 4500 al­lot­ments.

River­front blocks were orig­i­nally mar­keted for $8500 with house and land pack­ages selling for about $12,500.

That was in the late 1960s and the ad­ver­tise­ment of the time boasted “along with every block, your land will have elec­tric­ity, a sealed bi­tu­men road, con­crete kerb­ing and chan­nelling, sep­tic ap­proval, pipe drainage, cleared and ready for build­ing’’.

Since the 1990s, Minyama and then Mooloolah Is­lands were de­vel­oped and water­front blocks were mar­keted be­tween $300,000 and $700,000.

Con­struc­tion on the present-day rock groyne walls at the mouth of the Mooloolah River be­gan in Septem­ber 1965 and the area be­came a world-wide des­ti­na­tion for the deep-wa­ter yacht­ing and boat­ing fra­ter­nity.

Kawana Re­gional Shop­ping Town was opened in 1979 at an es­ti­mated build­ing cost of $10.5 mil­lion.

The ex­panded cen­tre is now known as Kawana Shop­ping­World, and is the hub of a shop­ping strip along the main thor­ough­fare, Nick­lin Way.

Shop­ping­world is un­der­go­ing an­other ex­pan­sion that in­cludes multi-deck car-park­ing and the Sun­shine Coast’s first gold-class cin­ema.

The 6000sq m 10-screen com­plex will sit along­side a range of new din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment of­fers.

Kawana Ho­tel is right on the wa­ter over­look­ing Lawrie’s Ma­rina. Crust Bak­ery is a pop­u­lar spot for a cof­fee and a pas­try or a slice.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

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