Coastal life appeals
IT’S midweek during the Christmas break and most of us are finally enjoying the opportunity to put the feet up for a short time.
With this paper covering a wide coastal area, chances are that most of its readers are enjoying a sea breeze, or are at least a short drive away from doing so.
This can develop a desire to be doing this more often.
North Queensland is obviously a worthwhile destination for any seachangers — but not just for the relaxed lifestyle.
T h e t h i n g a b o u t a s e a c h a n g e i s t h a t t h e changer is often looking for flexibility in lifestyle and not just a sea view and a good book.
The facts are that employment growth is continuing in North Queensland, and as a result flexibility in the employment market is expanding. The skill levels of the seachangers, particularly those in early retirement, are becoming increasingly attractive.
The property market in North Queensland is still comparatively affordable against most other major centres, even though we have been experiencing consistently good value growth for five years, and some of the southern centres have had a tougher time in the past two years.
It is the mainstream market that stands to enjoy the most benefit seachangers.
When looking at a number of boutique markets along t h e c e n t r a l and north Queensland coastline, so many blocks of land have been purchased by buyers from southern states that the respective enclaves would hardly understand the relevance of a maroon jersey.
The facts are, though, that many of these lots have not been built on.
When the addresses of purchasers of mainstream property in the bigger regional cities like Mackay, Thuringowa and Townsville are researched, the growth in volume of sales to out-of-town purchasers is far higher in the past two years than in any previous period.
Now it is more difficult to determine if these purchasers are generally over 50 and fit the seachanger mould.
Historically, the population growth in the twin cities has tended towards the young families, attracted by employment, affordability of housing and the accessibility of our cities.
However, the greater the profile of the region, and the further reinforcement of employment prospects, the more likely it is that the seachange demographic will understand the attractions our region offer. If you are over 50 and visiting our region for the first time, hang around and smell the frangipanis.
RELAXED LIVING . . . Saunders Beach is an attractive option for seachangers