Beachside town getting set to take off
THE beachside village of Marcoola is set to take off in more ways than one.
A multi-faceted jewel of the Sunshine Coast where one relishes the luxury of time and simple pleasures, the area lies between the glorious stretch of beach and the Sunshine Coast Airport.
With the expansion of the airport due to be complete in 2020 creating an east-west runway, Marcoola will be a big beneficiary with the change in flight paths and improved services.
Property values and numbers of sales have been increasing in light of the $347-million expansion of the runway and terminal to international standard.
The latest development in Marcoola is The Shore, a multi-million dollar beachfront project on 5.5ha that will include 33 direct beach access homes, followed by a 114-room hotel resort and retail precinct.
The median house price of houses at Marcoola in January 2013 was $515,000. It now sits at $595,000 as of February 2018 after hitting $607,000 in December.
The median price of units sits at $365,000. Bordered by ocean to the east, the Maroochy River to the west, and Pacific Paradise and Mudjimba to the south, Marcoola edges north into the Mount Coolum National Park.
It is a town of two parts – the main shopping centre and tourist accommodation along David Low Way and the quieter residential area to the north, centred around Lorraine Ave. Here there are beachfront restaurants and coffee shops, a general store and the surf club.
It is also the site of Friday night food markets that have become a real family affair.
The residents passionately love where they live. Tucked away, this quiet, relaxed hub is adored for what it isn’t. With an easy laidback attitude, the residents enjoy each and every day in every way. It’s a haven where the simplest of activities are often the best.
The name Marcoola comes courtesy of its position, between Maroochydore and Coolum. Located within the suburb boundary of 4564, it is also the first stop for many tourists as they fly in.
For some, their only experience of the Coast will be the tourist strip of high-rises that all began with Surfair in 1971.
The patrolled beach, climate and idyllic lifestyle is holiday enough for those looking for an easy stress-free vacation.
The beaches are pristine, the sand sparkles and the water is as clear as you will see anywhere along our coastline.
Shorts and sandals are not only accepted but recommended if you wish to blend in.
Locals can be seen walking the family dog along the water’s edge and stopping to ask anglers how the fish are biting, while enjoying the fresh air and superb scenery.
The surf club is well patronised. What began as a single level, fibro building was completed in 1970. This first clubhouse soon outgrew itself. With steady population growth of the area and nippers moving into the senior ranks, the building was replaced with the double storey clubhouse in 1984. Some extensions have been added since and it continues to be a place to meet and enjoy the company of others with a drink, a meal and even a game of billiards – all to the stunning seascape of the surf and sand.
Offering a village atmosphere by the dunes, this beachside suburb includes developments of Town of Seaside, with Mount Coolum Shores and The Boardwalk further to the north.
Be assured, Marcoola offers solid real estate following the announcement of the new airport runway, expected to be operational by Christmas 2020. The runway will run northwest to southeast. The length of the current runway will be reduced by half and be virtually decommissioned with little or no use, thereby removing domestic air traffic directly over Marcoola.
The median price of units sits at $365,000.