Every day in Lit­tle Moun­tain feels like a hol­i­day

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IT’S the gate­way to Caloun­dra. As soon as you come over the crest of the hill you know you have ar­rived.

In front of you are the blue wa­ters of Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage and More­ton Bay. In the dis­tance is the un­mis­tak­able shape of More­ton Is­land and its sand patch, while the Caloun­dra sky­line is in the fore­ground.

There is an over­whelm­ing sense of every day be­ing a hol­i­day. You feel the sea breeze, sense the laid­back life­style.

Lit­tle Moun­tain is the name given to the low range that rises from the sur­round­ing plains. Around it are the emerg­ing ur­ban ar­eas of Ivadale Lakes, Meri­dan Plains, Park­lakes and Creek­wood.

The me­dian house price has risen steadily over the past five years but spiked in Septem­ber last year. The price sat at $555,000 in April, up from $465,000 in 2014. Unit prices were at $387,500, up from $339,000 12 months ago, while land was at $325,000, up from $308,000 in April.

Meri­dan Plains is Abo­rig­i­nal for “place of kan­ga­roos or din­goes” and was the name of an early prop­erty in the area. Nearby Bells Creek is named af­ter Mary Alice Bell, an early land­holder in the area.

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

Sig­nif­i­cant res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment did not oc­cur un­til the 1970s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s. The pop­u­la­tion in­creased seven-fold be­tween 1991 and 2011.

The orig­i­nal part of Lit­tle Moun­tain is Su­garbag Rd with its wind­ing road, large blocks and parts af­ford­ing great views of the coast and Caloun­dra city. The next sec­tion, orig­i­nally de­vel­oped as The Three Worlds of Lit­tle Moun­tain, is to the south of Caloun­dra Rd off Pearce Ave and con­sists of larger ru­ral res­i­den­tial blocks from 0.2ha to 0.8ha.

The coun­try club-style de­vel­op­ment has big­ger homes in a long-es­tab­lished, spa­cious and well-treed set­ting with thor­ough­fares such as Rain­tree Blvd, Lexington Dr, As­cot Way and Kentucky Ct. Peo­ple could sta­ble a horse and be part of the emerg­ing eques­trian scene in line with the ad­vent of Cor­bould Park Race­course and nearby pony club.

On a good run it’s only seven min­utes into Caloun­dra or to the Bruce High­way.

Ac­cess to Mooloolaba and Kawana has been made eas­ier by the by­pass from Caloun­dra Rd to Kawana Way and the new Sun­shine Coast Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

The race­course has since ex­panded to be a ma­jor cen­tre for Queens­land Rac­ing with first-class sta­bles and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Nearby is the Sun­shine Coast In­dus­trial Park, which is now home to some ma­jor busi­nesses. The lat­est de­vel­op­ments in Lit­tle Moun­tain have been Park­lands, Ivadale Lakes and Creek­wood that of­fer units as well as de­tached homes on smaller blocks in close prox­im­ity to schools and shop­ping cen­tres.

On the east­ern slopes of Lit­tle Moun­tain is Caloun­dra West with hous­ing and bulky goods and ser­vice busi­nesses; ware­houses such as Bun­nings, Repco, Bob Jane and Pet­barn; and oth­ers from ser­vice sta­tions and car re­tail­ers to Caloun­dra Air­port and the air mu­seum.

There are hous­ing styles for all buy­ers at Lit­tle Moun­tain ... from de­mount­able cot­tages and units to small-lot hous­ing, sub­stan­tial ocean view homes and small acreage. It also of­fers di­ver­sity from recre­ational to in­dus­trial, res­i­den­tial to ed­u­ca­tional, and neigh­bour­hood shop­ping as well as easy ac­cess to beaches.

Lit­tle Moun­tain has re­ally be­come a fo­cal point for the owner-oc­cu­pier mar­ket rather than in­vestors as in years past.

Both Caloun­dra West and Lit­tle Moun­tain are seen as cen­tral lo­ca­tions – close to the hos­pi­tal, beaches and to the Bruce High­way and Bris­bane – and gen­er­ally more af­ford­able than the beach­side sub­urbs.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

GRAND EN­TRANCE: Com­ing into Lit­tle Moun­tain.

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