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A de­vel­oper has fast-tracked its lat­est land re­lease to meet de­mand from lo­cals and in­ter­state seachang­ers.

AVID Prop­erty Group gen­eral man­ager Queens­land Bruce Harper said the de­vel­op­ment, Har­mony, was the largest mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity in Palmview, about 85km north of Bris­bane.

He said they had now re­leased their lat­est neigh­bour­hood Unity, which of­fers 34 ad­di­tional blocks of land rang­ing in size from 250sq m to 505sq m.

“Res­i­den­tial prop­erty de­mand is surg­ing in the re­gion and as prices con­tinue to rise, buy­ers are in­creas­ingly look­ing for af­ford­able land op­tions in de­sir­able lo­ca­tions,” Mr Harper said.

“Over the past year, de­mand in the re­gion has grown ex­po­nen­tially as more peo­ple look to build their own homes in well-known prop­erty ‘hot spots’.”

Along with the early land re­lease, AVID Prop­erty Group opened the com­mu­nity space Grand Lin­ear Park had opened three months ahead of sched­ule. Mr Harper said the park was five times the size of other stan­dard parks on the Sun­shine Coast.

“The Grand Lin­ear Park will serve as a cat­a­lyst for well­be­ing and con­nec­tiv­ity for res­i­dents and tourists alike,” he said.

The first $3.1 mil­lion phase con­sists of 2ha of com­mu­nity space and fea­tures three sep­a­rate play ar­eas for lo­cals to ex­plore.

A set of six swings, two ta­ble ten­nis ar­eas and a 30.2m multi-play struc­ture with a slide, spi­der’s web, swing­ing ropes and step­ping stones would be avail­able for chil­dren of all ages and abil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Gov­ern­ment’s Queens­land Re­gional Pro­files — Sun­shine Coast Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, April 2017, the Sun­shine Coast’s pop­u­la­tion is pro­jected to grow from 311,550 to 453,000 by 2036.

Once com­plete, Mr Harper said Har­mony would ac­count for more than 4800 homes for about 12,000 of those fu­ture res­i­dents.

“Our new neigh­bour­hood will en­cour­age res­i­dents to stay ac­tive right on their doorstep with ex­ten­sive walk­ing and bike trails, a 5ha re­cre­ation park and a 1ha lo­cal park,” he said.

Sun­shine Coast res­i­dent Alyssa Jack­son and her part­ner James New­combe, who re­cently moved from Can­berra, have pur­chased a block of land in Har­mony and hope to move into their new home early next year.

“It’s pretty com­pet­i­tive to pur­chase a block of land at Har­mony; there were other buy­ers lin­ing up for al­most two hours be­fore the sales cen­tre even opened,” Ms Jack­son said.

”Har­mony’s lo­ca­tion was what re­ally en­cour­aged us to pur­chase in the area – the prox­im­ity to the high­way, Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast, hospi­tal and the shops in the Ma­roochy­dore CBD make it a very con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion to live.”

Ms Jack­son said they de­cided to build a new home to take ad­van­tage of the first home own­ers’ grant.

“We wanted to get into the prop­erty mar­ket so that we could pay off a mort­gage rather than con­tinue to pay money rent­ing,” she said.

An artist's im­pres­sion of AVID Prop­erty’s Grand Lin­ear Park at Har­mony in Palmview on the Sun­shine Coast.

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