STREET AP­PEAL

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

Townsville’s most viewed streets on realestate. com. au 1. Yar­ra­wonga Drive, Cas­tle Hill 2. Cook St, North Ward 3. Stag­pole St, West End 4. Forestry Rd, Blue­wa­ter Park 5. Ral­ston St, West End 6. Ire­land St, Oonoonba 7. Bun­dock St, Bel­gian Gar­dens 8. Og­den St, Townsville City 9. Dear­ness St, Gar­butt 10. Sita Re­treat, Bur­dell YAR­RA­WONGA Drive has topped the list of Townsville’s most viewed streets on realestate. com. au.

Fig­ures from realestate. com. au show it’s been clicked on more than any other street in the Townsville lo­cal govern­ment area.

Yar­ra­wonga Drive on Cas­tle Hill is one of Townsville’s most pres­ti­gious streets with homes reg­u­larly sell­ing for more than $ 1 mil­lion.

Smith and El­liott prin­ci­pal Sally El­liott has sold mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties on the street and said it had a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of views and pre­mium prop­er­ties.

“Firstly it’s got an amaz­ing out­look and ev­ery part of Yar­ra­wonga Drive has a slightly dif­fer­ent out­look,” she said.

“The other thing about Yarra- wonga Drive is its ac­ces­si­bil­ity and it’s not just walk­ing dis­tance to Townsville Gram­mar, it’s also close to Cen­tral State School and Bel­gian Gar­dens State School.

“Most of the peo­ple that live there are owner oc­cu­piers so it has a good sense of com­mu­nity.

“The value of any prop­erty up there in the land con­tent and a lot of the homes up here were built post Cy­clone Althea so they are built to with­stand cy­clones.

“As the older gen­er­a­tion are mov­ing on and down­siz­ing there is a new gen­er­a­tion mov­ing in with young chil­dren and teenagers.”

Ms El­liott re­cently sold 29 Yar­ra­wonga Drive for $ 1.1 mil­lion.

The five- bed­room home was un­der con­tract be­fore it of­fi­cially hit the mar­ket with the buyer wowed by the views.

Cook St in North Ward was Townsville’s sec­ond most viewed street on realestate. com. au with Stag­pole St in West End round­ing out the top three.

Bun­dock St in Bel­gian Gar­dens and Og­den St in the city also made the top 10.

Lyn Watts has lived at 37 Yar­ra­wonga Drive for the past 11 years and said it was a fan­tas­tic place to live.

She has re­luc­tantly listed her house of sale with plans to down­size but says she will miss the views, breezes and prox­im­ity to ev­ery­thing Townsville has to of­fer.

“I think the view and the breezes are the best thing be­cause of a night time you can sit out on the deck with- out need­ing the air­con­di­tioner on,” she said.

“The close­ness to ev­ery­thing has also been great and we love just be­ing able to walk down to The Strand.

“We had our daugh­ter and grand­kids liv­ing here with us. They went to Townsville Gram­mar which is just down the road.”

Like many Yar­ra­wonga Drive homes Ms Watts’ house has sweep­ing views of the ocean and city.

It’s be­ing sold by Ms El­liott and is on the mar­ket for $ 1.75 mil­lion.

TRO­PHY HOME

Smith and El­liott prin­ci­pal Sally El­liott on Yar­ra­wonga Drive. Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

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