Won­der­ful beach life­style

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Seaview Rd, West Beach - TOM DOUGHERTY

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.’’

Pic­ture: SI­MON CROSS

COAST­ING: Steve Tren­gove out the front of his West Beach prop­erty.

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