He­lensvale prov­ing pop­u­lar

Owner-oc­cu­piers make up more than 90 per cent the sales at The Sur­rounds

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS MICHELLE HELE

ON a reg­u­lar ba­sis, man­age­ment con­sul­tant Di­jana Pejo’s work takes her fre­quently be­tween Bris­bane and the Gold Coast.

So when it came time for Mrs Pejo and her hus­band, Serge, to find their per­fect home in the south­east, He­lensvale proved a win­ner.

The cou­ple bought into Villa­wood Prop­er­ties’ The Sur­rounds, in which 234 lots have now sold.

The fam­ily moved to the Gold Coast from the UK a year ago and had been search­ing for some­where to build their fam­ily home.

Mrs Pejo said she liked that it was a real com­mu­nity area that they bought into but one of the main de­cid­ing fac­tors was the con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Bris­bane and the Gold Coast.

“(My) clients are scat­tered ev­ery­where, quite of­ten I am in Bris­bane and quite of­ten I am in the Gold Coast at Surfers Par­adise,’’ she said.

Not hav­ing to drive was im­por­tant so good ac­cess to the train line to Bris­bane was a big fac­tor in de­cid­ing to buy at The Sur­rounds.

“We re­ally haven’t found any­thing else that had the same con­nec­tion,’’ she said.

“We looked for a few months, found this and ... we just jumped at it.’’

As well as mak­ing her work­ing week eas­ier, Mrs Pejo said be­ing able to get the train from there to the Bris­bane area was a bonus as they of­ten re­ceived over­seas vis­i­tors and it made it eas­ier for them to visit.

“The Sur­rounds is not only ad­ja­cent the M1, we will be able walk down to He­lensvale sta­tion from our new home, catch the train to Bris­bane, or jump on the tram and travel to cen­tral Gold Coast lo­ca­tions.’’

The de­vel­op­ment has plenty of green space and a $4 mil­lion leisure cen­tre with state-ofthe-art fa­cil­i­ties, which is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

Mrs Pejo, said their chil­dren, Adam and Lana, were ex­cited to live so close to the new play­ground and cen­tral park.

The fam­ily will build a two-storey, fivebed­room house with an out­door din­ing area, through builder, Si­monds.

Villa­wood Prop­er­ties state de­vel­op­ment man­ager Michael Wil­liams says more than 90 per cent of the sales made to date had been to owner-oc­cu­piers.

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