Fleurieu ticks the boxes

Part way through an epic jour­ney a Dutch cou­ple found the per­fect place to set­tle, writes Ben Hyde.

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DUTCH cou­ple Hans and Agnes De Jong’s global search for a piece of coastal par­adise came to an end on South Aus­tralia’s Fleurieu Penin­sula.

Fif­teen months into what started out as a four-year car­a­van­ning hol­i­day around Aus­tralia, the re­tired cou­ple pulled into a Fleurieu car­a­van park and never left.

In the back of their minds, the De Jongs were look­ing for a place to set­tle and they found it in SA’s south coast.

‘‘We just looked at each other and we knew we would be staying – some­times you don’t need any words,’’ Mrs De Jong says.

‘‘It is so beau­ti­ful here and it will keep us happy be­cause we are close to the beach, close to a big city where we can still en­joy theatre and museums and the bike paths are per­fect for our love of cy­cling.

‘‘We felt a bit sorry be­cause we had wanted to travel more but luck­ily we had seen most of Aus­tralia on pre­vi­ous trips.

‘‘South Aus­tralia was al­ways our favourite state along­side West­ern Aus­tralia but we didn’t make it to the west this time.’’

The De Jongs chose to set­tle at the eco-friendly Be­yond To­day de­vel­op­ment at Hay­bor­ough, one of the hand­ful of coastal res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments on the Fleurieu Penin­sula.

‘‘It makes so much sense to us to be build­ing in an en­ergy efficient way and my brother, who is an ar­chi­tect, could even help us from Hol­land,’’ Mrs De Jong says.

‘‘We plan to spend six months of the year in our home at Be­yond To­day and the other six months back in Hol­land for the best of both worlds.’’

Be­yond To­day is be­ing de­vel­oped by En­vi­ron­men­tally Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ments on 90ha of old farm land.

En­vi­ron­men­tally Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ments sales and mar­ket­ing part­ner Adam Wright says the de­vel­op­ment of­fers plenty of space with the ben­e­fits of a sea­side lo­ca­tion.

‘‘Our fam­ily has re­gen­er­ated the farm­land and ded­i­cated 75 per cent of the land hold­ing to open space in­clud­ing re­serves and a wet­land we built,’’ he says.

Else­where on the Fleurieu Penin­sula, the Franklin Is­land de­vel­op­ment at Vic­tor Har­bor is start­ing to take shape.

Franklin Is­land prop­erty con­sul­tant Peter Hooper says con­struc­tion is ramp­ing up at the site and Vic­tor Har­bor is ripe for prop­erty in­vest­ment.

‘‘Vic­tor Har­bor ticks all the right boxes when it comes to home own­er­ship and prop­erty in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing a fan­tas­tic coastal lo­ca­tion, es­tab­lished ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture, plus its close prox­im­ity to Ade­laide which is only an hour away,’’ he says. ‘‘Po­si­tioned as the most pres­ti­gious res­i­den­tial precinct in the re­gion, Franklin Is­land rep­re­sents a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for dis­cern­ing buy­ers look­ing to build their dream home in SA’s most pop­u­lar beach­side town.

‘‘The lat­est fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics con­firm that Vic­tor is still one of the state’s fastest grow­ing re­gions, record­ing pop­u­la­tion growth of 2.6 per cent be­tween 2009 and 2010.

‘‘Com­bine all of this with strong rental yields and we’re an­tic­i­pat­ing solid cap­i­tal growth for home­own­ers over the next five years.’’

Next big thing: Con­struc­tion is now well un­der way at the Franklin Is­land de­vel­op­ment at Vic­tor Har­bor.

Search over: Hans and Agnes De Jong em­brace the life­style and ethics of Be­yond To­day, Hay­bor­ough.

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