Diverse community loves serenity
MINYAMA lives up to its name meaning many or plentiful. It’s one of the select addresses on the Sunshine Coast and chosen by a “who’s who” in property development and construction, pilots and those with a high profile.
Yet the variety of housing reflects the diversity of those in the community.
You only have to go for a morning walk to get the paper and milk and you will meet teachers, fishermen, small business owners or corporate leaders, police, nurses or retired farmers.
More often than not, they have moved to Minyama … from across the world or across the street.
This diversity means it is no surprise you can expect to pay anything from the mid to high $300,000s for a villa or townhouse to multi-million-dollar waterfront properties.
In this past year there have been some significant sales as well as rebuilds with people taking advantage of the prime waterfront position.
The blend of waterfront and dry properties saw a median house price at a sustained $898,750 for three months in mid-2017, down from $1,075,000 in late 2016 but up from the $760,000 of early 2013.
Unit prices in September were $355,000, up from $310,000 the previous year.
Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming.
Prior to the 1960s, the entire Kawana area was undeveloped wallum country consisting of tea tree, banksia, swamp grasses and mangroves with tidal sands and mud flats.
The only access to this land was by boat via the Mooloolah River or along the ocean beach after crossing the Mooloolah River or Currimundi Lake.
Minyama was originally part of a development lease in 1960 with the developer granted the right to sub-divide and sell the coastal land from Point Cartwright to Currimundi Creek in exchange for the construction of a road and necessary bridges to connect Caloundra and Mooloolaba.
The Kawana development, as it was called, was the Sunshine Coast’s largest housing project and first canal system with the proposed development of 4500 allotments.
Riverfront blocks were originally marketed for $8500 with house and land packages selling for about $12,500.
That was in the late 1960s and the advertisement of the time boasted “along with every block, your land will have electricity, a sealed bitumen road, concrete kerbing and channelling, septic approval, pipe drainage, cleared and ready for building’’.
Since the 1990s, Minyama and then Mooloolah Islands were developed and waterfront blocks were marketed between $300,000 and $700,000.
Construction on the present-day rock groyne walls at the mouth of the Mooloolah River began in September 1965 and the area became a world-wide destination for the deep-water yachting and boating fraternity.
Kawana Regional Shopping Town was opened in 1979 at an estimated building cost of $10.5 million.
The expanded centre is now known as Kawana ShoppingWorld, and is the hub of a shopping strip along the main thoroughfare, Nicklin Way.
Shoppingworld is undergoing another expansion that includes multi-deck car-parking and the Sunshine Coast’s first gold-class cinema.
The 6000sq m 10-screen complex will sit alongside a range of new dining and entertainment offers.
Kawana Hotel is right on the water overlooking Lawrie’s Marina. Crust Bakery is a popular spot for a coffee and a pastry or a slice.