QUIET, LEAFY LOCALE
When their kids left home, Carol and Tom Blacklaw knew it was time to downsize.
But the couple did not want to leave behind the lifestyle they loved in Buderim, a leafy and breezy hilltop suburb of the Sunshine Coast.
“We’ve always loved the Buderim area and the lifestyle it offers and we knew a large family home was no longer something we needed or wanted – particularly considering the extra maintenance and upkeep,” Mrs Blacklaw said.
“However, downsizing is easier said than done in Buderim as the properties close to the village are mostly large family homes or smaller townhouses or apartments with high body corporates. To be honest, I don’t think our story is that different from many other couples so it’s unfortunate that Buderim hasn’t had much to offer until Sage Landing was launched earlier this year.”
The couple was among the first to snap up their piece of paradise at the boutique enclave.
Sage Landing developer HMR Projects reports that 100 per cent of its buyers have made the shift from a larger Buderim property, with director Ken Reed saying a recent spike in sales meant eight of the 13 homes had sold.
“Interest has been particularly strong amongst existing Buderim residents who are looking to downsize … we’re thrilled to see the development resonating with long-term locals.”
Ray White Buderim agent Lew Pottinger said the spike in sales was likely due to the increased activity on-site.
“Civil works are well and truly underway … we estimate the first residents could be moving in as early as mid-2018,” he said.
Mr Pottinger said he expected the remaining lots to sell quickly, with the development filling a much-needed niche between small apartments and larger homes.
“As home-owners become empty nesters there is an increasing demand for smaller, high quality homes like Sage Landing,” he said.
Sage Landing is in a secluded cul-de- sac, walking distance to the Buderim high street.
Buderim’s centrally located freehold home and land development is clocking up the milestones, with Sage Landing developers HMR Projects reporting the project is now 60 per cent sold. DOWNSIZING