Proof we live in Par­adise

Surfers tops the Gold Coast list for most-searched suburbs

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - JES­SICA BROWN

THE Gold Coast’s heart is a par­adise for more than just surfers, with new data re­veal­ing it is the hottest sub­urb in the city for prop­erty.

Lat­est data shows Surfers Par­adise topped the Glit­ter Strip’s list of most searched suburbs on the prop­erty web­site. House hunters searched it 267,709 times in the pe­riod from Jan­uary to Novem­ber last year.

South­port came in sec­ond with 221,455 searches fol­lowed by Burleigh Heads (216,466), Broad­beach (211,355) and Palm Beach (194,176).

Har­courts Coastal Broad­beach agent Ka­t­rina Kee­gan, who sells prop­erty in Surfers Par­adise with col­league Pene­lope Ni­cholls, said lo­ca­tion and af­ford­abil­ity made the sub­urb so pop­u­lar.

“I would say we’re the most af­ford­able beach­side sub­urb not only in Queens­land but Aus­tralia,” Mrs Kee­gan said.

She said some apart­ments were listed for as lit­tle as $300,000 and with cafes, restau­rants and the beach so close, peo­ple could not go past it.

“I’d prob­a­bly say mainly apart­ments (were searched) be­cause most peo­ple would have that post­card pic­ture of Surfers Par­adise in their minds,” she said.

“Tourism here is the strong­est it’s ever been and I can’t see it slow­ing down.”

Ray White Pres­tige Gold Coast agent Sherry Smith be­lieved in­ter­state buy­ers were driv­ing de­mand in Surfers Par­adise be­cause life­style and prices were at­tract­ing them.

She said South­port was pop­u­lar be­cause it was at­tract­ing in­vestors and fam­i­lies want­ing to be close to schools.

Many peo­ple were buy­ing a prop­erty, then rent­ing it out for a few years be­fore mov­ing in, she said.

“A lot of them want to know, what are the re­turns and what are the cost asso­ciations,” she said.

“It’s a num­bers game as well as (for) the heart.”

She said both would al­ways be among house hunters.

Lam­bert Will­cox Es­tate Agents di­rec­tor Mitchell Lam­bert said South­port had many suburbs pop­u­lar dif­fer­ent types of prop­er­ties, from en­try-level cot­tages to pres­tige man­sions.

“That’s what sets us apart mas­sively from the other suburbs,” he said.

He said the sub­urb was not al­ways highly sought-af­ter but the pop­u­lar­ity of ren­o­va­tions had at­tracted peo­ple to older prop­er­ties in need of work.

“There’s been a big resur­gence in the area,” he said.

“We’re still sell­ing houses for record prices and they haven’t stopped go­ing up, and why not? It’s a great area.”

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