Property reflects changing face of the Coast
IT SEEMS like everywhere you look there is something happening on the Sunshine Coast.
The massive investment in infrastructure is making the region a place to live in comfort. Apart from the natural attractions and enviable climate, people are responding to the knowledge that the health and education facilities are as good as you get anywhere.
The Sunshine Coast is in a sweet spot at the moment in regard to development.
That is on the back of investment in major projects such as the health hub at Birtinya, the education hubs at Sippy Downs and Buderim, the development of the Maroochydore CBD and the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport.
Business confidence and investment is inspired by such projects.
At present, 370,000 people live on the Coast and the area is growing by 9000 a year.
It supported some 3.7 million overnight tourists last year, which is up 5 per cent on the year before. With just 300,000 (or 8 per cent) of these visitors from overseas, there is considerable upside.
And we have seen a marked shift from the relaxed beach house styles of the 1950s and ’60s when the Sunshine Coast came to prominence as a holiday destination.
Through the changing building styles that have evolved over the years we can see the influences that the faster-paced lifestyle is having on property.
Fibro housing gave way to the clay brick homes of the 1970s and ’80s then in the early 1990s we started to see larger, more expensive dwellings of higher quality.
The coastal areas of Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads came to prevalence in the 1950s and 1960s.
Throughout the 2000s, houses have evolved into more contemporary designs with the use of architectural design features and materials such as lightweight cladding.
Over recent years the rise of small-lot housing has grown significantly to help the affordability issues surrounding home ownership.
The unit market has seen a significant evolution as well. Complexes throughout the 1970s were of a low-rise or walk-up nature.
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, low-rise unit complexes transformed into medium and high-rise unit products providing all the services and amenities that you would find in a capital city.
The Sunshine Coast provides a diverse range of property types that cater for everyone.
While styles change, one thing remains constant – the Sunshine Coast is a great place to live.
Sunshine Coast from the air.