Home of­fice drives growth

Achieving a bal­ance be­tween work and lifestyle is a key fac­tor for in­ter­state buy­ers

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Find­ing the per­fect work-life bal­ance is top of most buy­ers’ wish lists.

And with more and more em­ploy­ees and bosses able to work re­motely due to ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, the home is fast be­com­ing an ex­ten­sion of the of­fice.

Nutrend Homes busi­ness man­ager Peter Nas­trom said the in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance of “ag­ile work­ing” was a key driver be­hind in­ter­state growth, and was chang­ing the way peo­ple de­signed their homes.

“While re­cently there has been a lot of hype around the Com­mon­wealth Games driv­ing growth on the Gold Coast, we have wit­nessed a sig­nif­i­cant growth in the num­ber of in­ter­state buy­ers over the past two years, with now a third of our clients com­ing from in­ter­state,” Mr Nas­trom said. “This growth is en­abled by ag­ile work­ing which has made it pos­si­ble for young pro­fes­sion­als and busi­ness own­ers to lit­er­ally pick up their busi­nesses and move them here, al­low­ing them to take ad­van­tage of the Gold Coast lifestyle, with­out dis­rupt­ing their ca­reers.”

Mr Nas­trom said they had also seen a spike in re­quests for an at­tached granny flat – a space now more of­ten used as a home of­fice.

Prox­im­ity to air­ports and high­ways were also key sell­ing points, with Gold Coast de­vel­op­ers iden­ti­fy­ing “cor­po­rate FIFOs” among their buy­ers.

Zinc Kirra and South­break North Kirra are among nu­mer­ous apart­ment projects on the Gold Coast high­light­ing their dis­tance from the air­port and ma­jor ar­te­ri­als – a must for work­ing buy­ers.

QM Prop­er­ties gen­eral sales man­ager Damien Ross said in­ter­state buy­ers were sim­ply seek­ing a bet­ter lifestyle.

“De­mand for large lot re­leases has been ex­ceed­ingly strong with buy­ers tak­ing ad­van­tage of the large, free­hold wa­ter­front home­sites at Coomera Quays, while those seek­ing a tree change are snap­ping up the hin­ter­land acreage at

Tuxedo Junc­tion,” Mr Ross said.

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