Every day in Little Mountain feels like a holiday
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.
GRAND ENTRANCE: Coming into Little Mountain.