Prop­erty re­flects chang­ing face of the Coast

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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.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

Sun­shine Coast from the air.

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