Wonderful beach lifestyle
ONE of the great benefits of buying a home in West Beach is you get a beach view without the hustle and bustle of living in Glenelg, Steve Trengove says.
‘‘I grew up at West Beach when I was a kid and always knew the area, it is a great spot and hasn’t got the hustle and bustle of Glenelg,’’ he says.
‘‘When visitors come they can actually get a carpark, if you lived at Glenelg they have to pay for a carpark if they can find one.’’
Mr Trengove, who is selling his Seaview Rd apartment, says the area has a laid-back lifestyle and he enjoys being able to walk along the beach.
‘‘It is a bit more of a simpler lifestyle and you have the foreshore development with the beach paths along there, so you can go for a walk or ride your bike, the lifestyle is the best part of it,’’ he says.
Mr Trengove, who bought the property as an investment, says he has always been able to find tenants easily.
‘‘I have predominantly had overseas tenants who have been on 12-month or two-year contracts mainly from the UK that had that dream of coming to Australia and living by the beach,’’ he says.
Information from RP Data and the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that West Beach measures 2sq km, with 12 parks covering nearly 17 per cent of its area.
The median sale price for houses in July was $585,000, which is more than the $450,000 for the City of Charles Sturt council area.
The median price for units is $265,000, which is less than the $396,500 for the council area.
Harcourts Glenelg sales consultant Annie Need, who is selling Mr Trengove’s home, says West Beach is popular with a range of different people.
‘‘It is a real community, there are a lot of families coming in, a lot of people looking to retire there and there is a lot of professional people looking for lowmaintenance homes,’’ she says.
‘‘I found that there are a lot of people looking for a relaxed beach-side lifestyle.’’
Median prices in the suburb have increased 19.8 per cent in the last five years, a trend that Ms Need says is likely to continue.
‘‘There are so many houses that are being redeveloped or older homes being renovated, it is just such a great location that I think is now starting to come into its own,’’ she says.
‘‘It is still very affordable for a seaside location.’’
COASTING: Steve Trengove out the front of his West Beach property.