A world-class destination
DESIGNED as the perfect place to live, work and play, Birtinya is coming into its own with multi-billion-dollar infrastructure and development taking place.
Built around Lake Kawana, this suburb is in high demand. With commercial and residential development around the new $1.8-billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital providing extreme stimulus, this area is quickly becoming a world-class destination for the Sunshine Coast.
Surrounded by waterways and with kilometres of waterfront cycling and walking paths, the community has a wide range of quality home sites that border natural parklands as well as waterfront addresses.
The $5-billion Oceanside development will offer a range of health services, commercial space, aged care facilities, shops and cafes, as well as hotel-style accommodation and residential living.
The $830-million Birtinya town centre masterplan development is under way, with the shopping centre due to open late 2018.
Construction is progressing well on the $87-million Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre, which will be the first development completed in the Birtinya Town Centre.
Stage one of the shopping centre will feature a flagship Coles and Aldi supermarket, two mini-majors, an open-air, late night dining precinct, some 30 specialty retailers and 522 car parking spaces.
The first residents have now moved into the $63-million Birtinya Retirement Village in the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct, with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom low-maintenance apartments available for sale.
Stockland is developing a new civic plaza, walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana and open green space – all integrated with commercial, health-related research facilities and high-density residential living.
Roadworks on Nicklin Way will see Birtinya linked to the new Bokarina Beach community.
This will include a waterway to connect Lake Kawana with a new lake in Bokarina Beach.
With a wide variety of home sites for buyers to choose from, Birtinya is highly sought after.
Housing styles vary from waterfront homes, terrace housing and apartment blocks through to house-and-land packages.
Jutting into Lake Kawana, the gated community of Entrance Island has virtually sold out. It shows the increased demand at the top end of the market.
Who would have thought that in 1967, when house-and-land packages were selling for $9700, we would be where we are today.
From a median house price of $584,775 in September 2013, prices dropped away to $558,000 in late 2014, but have increased since then and now sit at $668,500 for March 2018.
Unit prices were at $599,000 in March, up from $460,000 last year and land prices are at $253,000 after reaching a high of $299,000 in November-December.
Development of the Kawana precinct dates back to the 1970s, yet it really began to take hold in the late 1990s.
When Lensworth were involved in the master-planned development, new residential estates opened up.
People wanted to live near the water, which greatly increased expectations for housing.
The new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital forms the heart of the health hub, revolutionising healthcare on the Coast with a range of free public hospital services.
Supported by highly trained and specialised staff, it is estimated more than 10,000 patients will no longer need to travel to Brisbane for treatment. The hospital can expand to 900 beds if required.
An aerial photo of Bokarina Town Centre.