City Beach’s new gen­er­a­tion of home­own­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Residential -

LISA Buck­ley says while liv­ing lo­cally is not nec­es­sar­ily a big ad­van­tage for agents, most of the best agents do tend to live where they sell.

Hav­ing built a strong ca­reer in Woodlands, In­naloo and Scarborough, she now lives in City Beach and has re­cently joined Abel Mcgrath Clare­mont as its area spe­cial­ist.

“I’ve owned many prop­er­ties in and around 6018 and I never thought I wanted to be closer to the coast, but my dad al­ways said buy close to the water – so here I am in City Beach and I love it,” she said.

“There are beau­ti­ful green park­lands ev­ery­where and our dogs can so­cialise off the leash at many of them, plus the beach is only 900m away.

“The newly opened Em­pire Vil­lage has such a re­laxed fam­ily at­mos­phere and you can­not get a car park from Wed­nes­day through to Sun­day nights with all the fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing their furry friends) din­ing out at the tres­tle ta­bles.”

Ms Buck­ley said City Beach was very much in de­mand, with younger fam­i­lies now mov­ing to the area in droves.

“City Beach is a ma­ture sub­urb and the older fam­i­lies are find­ing it harder to main­tain their big fam­ily homes and are look­ing to down­size, so this gives younger buy­ers an op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“They’re all about ren­o­vat­ing and a lot of them love the ’70s homes on big blocks that abound in City Beach.

“Auc­tions are be­ing well-re­ceived in the area, as well as end-date sales and this keeps the days on mar­ket down com­pared to other sub­urbs.”

In her new role with Abel Mcgrath, Ms Buck­ley is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to help­ing her more ma­ture clients sell and putting them in a po­si­tion to move.

“I want to of­fer a com­plete and per­son­alised ser­vice for my clients who are of­ten sell­ing their big­gest as­set,” she said.

“After liv­ing in a big, fam­ily home for 30-plus years, sell­ing is a huge change and can be daunt­ing, so hav­ing an un­der­stand­ing agent who em­braces change and has done the whole thing many times be­fore can be very help­ful.

“I also have an army of trades on hand to help, from gar­den­ing to pack­ing and sort­ing – we just start one room at a time.” ■

New to Abel Mcgrath is Lisa Buck­ley.

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