Strong growth builds a strong base

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BUD­ERIM is one of the most live­able places in Aus­tralia.

Ini­tially it was the ideal es­cape from the Queens­land sum­mer heat – the 180m high moun­tain pro­vided cool­ing breezes and its mag­nif­i­cent trees pro­vided shade.

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

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

Due to its de­sir­abil­ity and large post­code, it is the most ac­tive prop­erty mar­ket on the Sun­shine Coast with 582 house sales for the 12 months to March.

The me­dian house price sat at $665,000 in April 2018, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic – up from $615,000 at the same time last year and $487,000 in 2014.

The me­dian sale price for units sits at $416,000 at April, up from $399,000 a year ago. Land is $300,000, up from $287,500 in May 2017.

When it comes to real es­tate, an on-top lo­ca­tion or north­ern es­carp­ment po­si­tion can equal a higher sale price.

Yet what is on-top or not is more of a sense than a hard and fast rule.

Bud­erim is a pleas­ant sur­prise with in­cred­i­ble vari­a­tions.

From the tran­quil Bud­erim Wa­ter­fall Park to award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and pic­turesque gar­dens, it has a cli­mate en­cour­ag­ing art and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, health and well-be­ing, as well as fos­ter­ing a true 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 on of­fer, in Bud­erim be­ing an ed­u­ca­tion hub as well as cen­tre for health and well-be­ing.

Why so sought af­ter?

A Bud­erim-born lo­cal at­tributes 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 said.

“They love the blend of young and old cre­ated by ex­cel­lent re­tire­ment vil­lages to the num­bers of chil­dren go­ing to school in 4556.”

The new Bud­erim Vil­lage Park off King St fur­ther adds to the sense of com­mu­nity that has been cre­ated at the memo­rial hall and art cot­tage op­po­site, as well as the 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, ei­ther on its slopes or at the base.

Im­manuel 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 been in­te­gral to 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.

It fea­tures a high-qual­ity, rich, red, vol­canic loam, ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing al­most any­thing – cof­fee, gin­ger for which the town­ship be­came fa­mous, fruit and prize-win­ning gar­dens.

Surely there is a rea­son many qual­ity schools are lo­cated on and around Bud­erim.

The moun­tain town­ship is syn­ony­mous with strong fam­ily qual­i­ties and tra­di­tions.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Bud­erim is con­stantly mov­ing for­ward.

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