QUIET, LEAFY LO­CALE

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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

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