City Beach’s new generation of homeowners
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.