LAID­BACK LIFE­STYLE KEEPS OWN­ERS IN CARDWELL

Ter­rific fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a coun­try club with a 9-hole golf course, a bowl­ing green, swim­ming pool and fish­ing and boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties sec­ond to none are great rea­sons to put down long-term roots in the town.

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - FRONT PAGE -

POP­U­LAR­ITY as a re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tion and a laid­back, out­door life­style mean Cardwell res­i­dents are more likely stay in their prop­er­ties for longer any­one else in Aus­tralia.

The sea­side town topped the list in a re­cent Core Logic RP Data re­port which showed res­i­dents held on to their prop­er­ties for an aver­age of 20.2 years.

Hinch­in­brook Real Es­tate owner Lind­say Hal­lam has lived in Cardwell for more than three decades and said the find­ings did not sur­prise him.

“I can un­der­stand it be­cause if you look at the de­mo­graph­ics of the town there’s a lot of peo­ple here who are older and for a small town, which is pretty, we’ve got ter­rific fa­cil­i­ties for a town of our size,” he said.

“We’ve got a coun­try club with a nine hole course and a bowl­ing green – it’s a so­cial hub. We are a struc­tured town whereas a lot of towns on the coast are a se­ries of lit­tle vil­lages with no heart.”

Mr Hal­lam said “from a fish­ing and boat­ing per­spec­tive Cardwell sticks out like a bea­con”.

A har­bour cre­ated by Hinch­in­brook of­fers all-weather fish­ing con­di­tions with a va­ri­ety of species be­ing hauled in. An Olympic-size swim­ming pool, re­tire­ment vil­lage and less hu­mid cli­mate than towns fur­ther north are also key draw­cards for the re­gion.

Harry and Stephanie Berger (pic­tured above) in­her­ited their 1030sq m Bowen St prop­erty and have lived there since 1995.

The pair have lived be­tween Cardwell and In­g­ham for most of their lives but added a laun­dry and turned a bed­room into a for­mal din­ing room to their cur­rent home in 2005.

Af­ter Cy­clone Yasi tore through the re­gion the older sec­tion of the house had to be re­built .

“Our house is in a great spot, we’re a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres from the beach­front, we get a nice cool breeze here – that's why we ex­tended it be­cause it makes it more live­able,” Mr Berger said. “When I first came here it was a tim­ber town, we had two sawmills and there were 11 con­trac­tors cut­ting sleep­ers and tele­graph poles. We had a lot of young peo­ple here, we had heaps of kids but then when the Wet Trop­ics Her­itage List­ing came in all that was stopped and now about 50 per cent of peo­ple are over 60.”

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