A world-class des­ti­na­tion

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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.

PHOTO: PATRICK WOODS

An ae­rial photo of Boka­rina Town Cen­tre.

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