Pi­o­neer­ing water­front liv­ing

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NAMED af­ter the stream that flows down the south­ern slopes of Bud­erim, Moun­tain Creek was de­signed in the late 1970s as the next big thing for the Sun­shine Coast.

A com­mu­nity bounded by moun­tain and wa­ter, it em­bod­ied all that was great in ur­ban plan­ning. Wicky Up was the name of the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment de­signed around a cen­tral lake. Larger sized blocks and wider streets were the main at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies.

With easy ac­cess to ma­jor road links as well as the beaches, Moun­tain Creek is ideally sit­u­ated be­tween Mooloolaba and Bud­erim.

It was planned as the new Mooloolaba, with the Sun­shine Coast TAFE cam­pus and Moun­tain Creek High School on the site of the orig­i­nal Mooloolaba Air­field.

The de­vel­op­ment was the be­gin­ning of a new era and for the first time on the Coast, home­own­ers could have water­front that was on a river or canal.

Res­i­dents hadn’t seen any­thing quite like this new way of liv­ing be­fore – the op­por­tu­nity to live in well-de­signed homes among leafy sur­rounds. The road lay­out and un­der­ground power were other in­no­va­tions.

Bris­bane’s World Expo in 1988 was the turn­ing point. It saw a boom as peo­ple from in­ter­state dis­cov­ered how at­trac­tive Queens­land could be.

A lot of Moun­tain Creek houses had an L-shape de­sign with garages at right an­gles to the street. It was a time when the of­fice be­came the norm in­stead of for­mal din­ing and when out­door liv­ing came into vogue. En­suites were not that large or lav­ish and spa baths were in.

Moun­tain Creek was pro­moted as the best of fam­ily liv­ing. Ex­clu­sive homes with a hint of Cal­i­for­nia about them.

To­day the me­dian price of houses sits at $600,000, climb­ing sharply in the past 12 months along with de­mand. It’s a long way from March 2014 when the me­dian price was $490,000.

Most sales for the past year have been in the $400,000–$800,000 price range, with nine sales above that. The me­dian price for units was $390,000. There have been in­suf­fi­cient land sales since Novem­ber to record a me­dian price af­ter it hit a peak of $420,135 in that month.

Much of this is a re­sult of the Bright­wa­ter Es­tate, which comes un­der the Moun­tain Creek ban­ner yet is be­com­ing a com­mu­nity in its own right, with a shop­ping cen­tre, state pri­mary school, child care cen­tre and tav­ern.

Re­sid­ing in the Moun­tain Creek school zones has long been a draw­card to the area be­cause of their rep­u­ta­tion. For ex­am­ple, the high school runs the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate diploma Pro­gram (IBdP) in the se­nior sec­tion.

Nearby is the Mooloolaba Ten­nis Club and op­po­site is Moun­tain Creek State Pri­mary School. The Head­land Golf Club, on the south-east­ern slopes of Bud­erim Moun­tain, forms the north­ern bound­ary of this pop­u­lar sub­urb.

The area termed Moun­tain Creek to­day en­com­passes Moun­tain Creek Park, Salt­bush’s Moun­tain Creek Es­tate and Hide­away Wa­ters.

The first block was sold in 1982. Orig­i­nally, the de­vel­op­ment com­pany Beaver Dredg­ing pro­posed to build a water­front hol­i­day re­sort.

When de­vel­op­ers Salt­bush Pty Ltd pur­chased the 65.6ha in 1981, they changed the name and in­stead de­vel­oped a res­i­den­tial es­tate with a man-made lake.

The ini­tial Moun­tain Creek shop­ping cen­tre along Karawatha Dr was ahead of its time with more than the ex­pected cor­ner shop and milk bar. In­stead there was a com­plete drive-in cen­tre with all that was needed from a butcher, baker and hair­dresser to a con­ve­nience store, real es­tate and even­tu­ally a bot­tle shop. Just a short drive up the road is the Bud­erim Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

A Moun­tain Creek morn­ing.

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