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