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More buyers make the lifestyle switch to Queensland’s luxe apartment market

Enticed by panoramic sea views more mesmerising than a Monet and urban positioning that feels a world away from the concrete jungle, empty-nesters are cashing in their multimillion-dollar estates for luxury apartments along the south-east Queensland coastline and injecting life into a market that’s been idle for years.

From Noosa’s sparkling shores to the cliffs of Brisbane’s elevated inner-city pockets that take in views from the serpentine river to Main Beach and its golden dunes, prices for penthouses and whole-floor apartments have soared by up to 30 per cent in a year, with experts now describing the high-end unit market as a marathon that’s hit its stride.

It’s already seen the luxury unit sector match the record-setting pace of houses, with buyer demand for creative, spacious abodes so significant that many apartment hunters are splashing millions on homes in buildings that are yet to receive development approval, says Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield.

“The [prestige apartment] market is the best we’ve ever seen … days on market have dropped significantly, and prices are rising,” Caulfield says.

“We recently re-sold an apartment at 2 Scott Street, Kangaroo Point [in the Walan building] that bettered the two previous sales there from late last year.

“Both of those apartments had a third car park and were higher up … they sold for $4.4 million and $4.375 million. The one we just sold had two car spaces, and it transacted for $4.5 million.”

And it’s Brisbane-based downsizers and empty nesters that are leading the charge, he says.

“In Brisbane, I think locals still have a lot of control here because there’s a lot of swapping of capital here. They are selling their big houses for a few million and then buying an apartment for the same price,” he says.

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18E/39 Castlebar Street Kangaroo Point QLD 4169 

“The infrastructure has helped the sector a lot as well … everything is driving people to live closer to the city, so this market has legs for a long time. We’re running a marathon, and we’re halfway through.

Caulfield, who is marketing an exquisite five-bedroom penthouse at 18E/39 Castlebar Street, Kangaroo Point, for about $6 million, says properties like these are now fetching as much as high-end estates.

“Castlebar is in a unique proposition, and it’s significant because it’s a full-floor penthouse and it has a 26-metre frontage, which is quite rare. The proportions of the property are as large as you’re ever going to see in an apartment, and you’ve got a 20-metre private mooring as well.”

Down on the Gold Coast’s perennial popular Main Beach, Ray White Prestige agent Robbie Graham says local downsizers have set the luxury apartment market on fire.

“I don’t know an apartment market more aggressive than Main Beach … the prices being achieved are substantial, and that’s driven by the lack of properties available,” Graham says.

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7/35 ‘Jade’ Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 

“There’s a [three-bedroom] property that sold at 6/3531 Main Beach Parade for $5.5 million in October last year, but the new owners weren’t really ready to make the move. I sold it two months later, on Christmas Eve, for $6.3 million.

“Another property that didn’t even make it to the papers just sold on 41 Rankin Parade, Main Beach, and it was the highest price ever paid for a non-beachfront. It went on the market on a Friday and sold on the Monday for $5.3 million … people want convenience and lifestyle.”

While the Main Beach and its surrounds market is yet to soar to Sydney or Noosa heights, Graham says, buyers are paying $20,000 a square metre for luxury apartments – and looking for creative designs.

That creativity abounds in the 7/35  Northcliffe Terrace Surfers  Paradise– a home so gargantuan it has been dubbed the pinnacle of Gold Coast beachfront living.

Further north on the Sunshine Coast, where house-price growth has hit national headlines, the region’s unit market has also climbed to record heights after median prices in Sunshine Beach jumped $212,500 in 12 months, according to a recent Domain report.

Unlike its southern counterparts, the growth here is being fuelled by interstate and Brisbane buyers, says Tom Offermann, of the eponymous property firm.

“There’s been a trend shift from investment buying to lifestyle buying here … a lot of people who are choosing to live here full-time work from home … and now we have around 10 people bidding at every auction, so each sale is generally creating a new price level,” he says.

In March last year, Offermann’s office transacted the Sunshine Coast’s highest-priced apartment sale of all time, collecting $14 million for a 242-square-metre penthouse at 8 Noosa Court, Noosa.

They sold another apartment for $8 million just down the road earlier this year, with a pristine three-bedroom unit at 8/81 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, tipped to sell for a similar price at auction on September 18.

Offermann says 8/81 Hastings Street is particularly special because it “is literally 25 metres across the road from Noosa Main Beach … as well as having wide terraces overlooking the bay with three bedrooms in a prestige building of only nine apartments”.

He says prices in Noosa are expected to climb further in the months ahead.

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8/81 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads QLD 4567 

 

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Competition Heating Up for Rental Properties

Rental Properties

The residential rental market just got tighter with the number of new listings reaching its lowest point since before the pandemic.

The availability of rental properties dropped -3.9 per cent in August, according to the Proptrack rental listing report from REA Group.

Rental volumes dropped the fastest in Melbourne at -16.9 per cent and Canberra at -29.9 per cent as lockdowns hampered the market.

Meanwhile in Sydney, “green shoots” were starting to appear with a 6.7 per cent increase in new rental properties as one-on-one inspections were introduced and activity picked up.

Change in rental listings

Location Monthly new listings Annual Change Total listings Annual change
Sydney 6.7% -23.4% -0.7% -24.8%
Melbourne -16.9% 36.4% -6.7% 14.4%
Brisbane -3.7% -6.4% -0.9% -18.3%
Adelaide 5.4% -3.7% 3.0% -11.2%
Hobart -9.8% 8.7% -3.2% 3.4%
Darwin -1.1% 5.7% 7.9% -20.4%
Canberra -29.9% -21.3% -18.3% -16.7%
Capitals -4.7% -5.0% -3.3% -11.0%
Regional -1.3% -3.5% -2.0% -15.8%
Total -3.9% -4.6% -3.1% -11.9%

Source: REA Group from realestate.com.au August 2021 data

REA Group director of economic research Cameron Kusher said in the report that the fall brought national rental listings to their lowest point since December 2019.

“The rental market has become even more competitive with the availability of rentals close to an all-time low,” Kusher said.

“The crunch in rental supply is being felt regionally, too. Total rental listings were at an historic low at the end of August in regional NSW, regional WA and regional Tasmania.

“Regional Victoria and regional Tasmania were the only regions in which total listings recorded a year-on-year increase.”

Nationally the vacancy rate remained at a multi-year low of 1.6 per cent in August, according to Domain.

This report showed in Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Darwin landlords could use the tight levels to increase rent on new listings.

However in Melbourne, vacancy rates were continuing to rise, hitting 3.8 per cent.

Sydney remained relatively steady, with levels at 2.6 per cent since June.

While the rental market remains competitive, soaring property prices have pushed rental yields to all time lows.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane’s best property buys: Six must-see homes under $780,000

Brisbane’s best property buys

It’s a tough property market out there for buyers, with lots of competition and not much for sale. Here are six homes for under $780,000 – but you’ll need to be quick.

26/128 Merivale Street, South Brisbane 

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26/128 Merivale Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101 

It is unsurprising more than one in two local residents in this neighbourhood had not been born in 1981. This stylish apartment holds big appeal for first-home buyers wanting to live within blocks of local bars, cafes, shops, myriad education campuses and the riverside buzz. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a car space on title. Right in the thick of the inner-south riverside action, 52 per cent of residents are aged between 20 and 39.

$530,000

Private sale

Place, Michael Hatzifotis 0414 048 604

1/118 Railway Parade, Norman Park

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1/118 Railway Parade, Norman Park QLD 4170 

In the inner-east suburb bearing the name of Queensland governor Sir Henry Norman, this three-level townhouse has a fittingly blue-chip, elevated vantage over three levels. A garage, carport and porch form the ground level. Level two is all about socialising, with a breezy front balcony and a private rear courtyard accessed via glass sliders from the open-plan living, dining space and a modern kitchen. Level three holds the sleeping quarters and another balcony. The local primary is about 300 metres north. Two city train stations are within 500 metres.

$699,000-plus

Private sale

Place, Chris Frangi 0481 113 362

52 Violet Street, Hemmant 

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52 Violet Street, Hemmant QLD 4174 

A striking renovation of a humble original house set on 405 square metres of land. Today the three-bedroom weatherboard features a sassy stained-timber deck with slat screening and covered area at its rear, ready for all-season entertainment with lofty views. Bulimba Creek, park walking tracks and the city train station are within two blocks. There is a double garage, fences and European kitchen appliances.

$779,000

Private sale

First National, Brad McDonald 0404 418 220

21/2 Little Street, Albion 

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21/12 Little Street, Albion QLD 4010 

A Little apartment with a big personality, thanks to its warm decor and semi-circular front balcony. The floor plan is fluid. The 3.3 metre-by-5.1 metre balcony flows to an open dining-living space and the kitchen with bench and storage, before reaching two bedrooms, including the main with en suite and walk-in wardrobe. Its complex is listed as “pet-friendly”.

$445,000-plus

Private sale

One Percent Property, David Sullivan 0447 070 595

59 Folkstone Avenue, Albany Creek 

Brisbane’s best property buys

Brisbane’s best property buys 

Families scouting houses with room to give each other space will get it at this double-storey residence. Its clever design creates four living zones: two indoors, including a large rumpus downstairs and a more formal lounge upstairs; and two outdoors, including a covered patio and an upstairs timber deck. There are three bedrooms and 610 square metres of land. The bathrooms are modern and the kitchen has timber benches.

$679,000-plus

Private sale

Coronis, Josh Quinn 0429 945 847

185/293 North Quay, Brisbane City 

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185/293 North Quay, Brisbane City QLD 4000 

Anyone who has skydived knows its amazing weightless feeling when nothing separates you from the world around you. This neat sky home gives its occupant a similar sense of boundless space, with uninterrupted views of the inner bends of Brisbane River and cityscape. Think ideal city getaway pad or first home with one bedroom, one bathroom and one car space.

$315,000

Private sale

Ray White, Benjamin Williams 0412 067 016 

 

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Brisbane-based developer Siera lodges Chevron Island apartment development plans

The Brisbane-based development and construction firm, Siera Property Group, are the latest in a wave of developers heading to the Gold Coast for the first time.

Seira, headed by the managing director and founder Brent Thompson, has laid plans on the sought-after Chevron Island for a 17-level project dubbed Tapestry, paying homage to the Island’s new Home of the Arts precinct.

The plans by the local BDA Architecture will see 83 apartments built on a 1,518 sqm site at 39-43 Darrambal Street, toward the southern end of the island.

Thompson, who sits on the board of UDIA QLD and chairs the Brisbane City Council Policy Committee, sees it as a shift in thinking for the company, who made their name in the Queensland capital developing luxury townhouses in Brisbane’s inner ring.

“Due to some council restrictions in Brisbane, we needed to identify a new opportunity where we could put a lot of effort in to what we’re delivering,” Thompson said.

Thompson has spent a lot of time on the Gold Coast over the last 18 months, spending time understand the Gold Coast market, as well as the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, and why each market has been so desirable for different reasons.

“Spending time on the ground allowed us to understand what was coming to the market, what developers were saying, and who was buying sites and where,” Thompson added.

He identified some nice beachside opportunities, but really wanted to create something that was targeted at a wider net, rather than the multi million dollar apartments that are limited to the fortunate few.

“We want the local owner occupier, who could be living in a medium-size house in the area, to be able to downsize or rightsize, or have others who just want to find a new lifestyle, and have the opportunity to do so without being priced out.”

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The proposed plans by BDA Architecture. Image source: BDA Architecture 

The 55 metre building will comprise 28 three-bedroom apartments and 55 two-bedroom apartments, around half of those with multipurpose rooms. There will be six apartments per level until level 14 where there will be five.

The two-bedroom apartments start from 84 sqm, while the three-bedroom units have internal living areas between 113 sqm and 141 sqm. Every apartment has a balcony of at least 10 sqm, as well as their own parking space.

There are 94 parking spaces across the two levels of basement parking, and 29 on the street level.

The street level will feature extensive raised planters and a water feature on entry to the lobby, where there will be a number of garden rooms and resident office space with a kitchen.

Crowning Tapestry will be a resident rooftop, complete with a resort-style swimming pool with day beds, a spa, and a pool deck. A barbecue and alfresco area, will sit in landscaping, as will dining surrounded by an edible garden. There’s set to be a private dining space with a terrace and fire pit, a gym with sauna and steam room, and a lounging area with a lawn.

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The proposed plans by BDA Architecture. Image source: BDA Architecture 

It was important for Thompson to go local with all of the intricacies that come with developing a project. He’s used local architecture firm BDA, and is engaging local Gold Coast builders to deliver the project, despite Siera’s previous experience in building their developments.

He’s even gone a step further and, given the Gold Coast City Council’s efforts to make Surfers Paradise an arts and cultural hub, has engaged local artist Tanya Blanchard to create a piece of artwork that will hang in the lobby when completed.

“There’s a great local community on Chevron Island. It’s a tight-knit community, while being ideally located just five minute walk from the international tourist hub of Surfers Paradise,” Thompson says.

BDA says the architecture of the proposed development is sculptural and smooth-lined.

“A mixture of vertical blade walls and horizontal slab edges responding to available views and natural light. Cantilevered balcony’s protrude from the building body with curved edges softening the feathered edges,” the submission to the Gold Coast City Council read.

“Colours and materials have been selected to create a lightly textured and timeless material palette. White render, concrete, glass and timber screening create a rich and layered coastal effect.

About the developer

Siera Group, a property development and construction company, was established in 2014 by Brent Thompson.

Their primary focus has been apartments and terraces in Brisbane. In the last seven years, they’ve developed more than 70 residential dwellings in key growth markets in South-East Queensland, with a total end value of $50 million.

One of the main focuses is to acquire premium sites within established community settings, with strong connectivity to lifestyle amenity, where they feel our investment in design can make a positive contribution.

Fast Facts from BDA Architecture

Introduction

This project offers an exciting opportunity to introduce a high quality apartment building into the heart of the emerging cultural precinct of Chevron Island. The project’s design makes strong architectural gestures that acknowledge it’s connection to the HOTA Precinct, Surfers Paradise beach-front and the Nerang River.

The Site

The 1,518sqm site is in a prime location, fronting Darrambul Street, in the heart of Chevron Island. Just steps away from the theatre of the Surfers Paradise hospitality scene, it’s beaches, and Evandale’s Arts Precinct, this area is fast transforming into the Gold Coasts cultural hub.

The site boasts 360 degree access to some the Gold Coasts best views, capturing the surfers skyline and beaches, wide spans of the Nerang River to the Broadwater and uninterrupted views to HOTA and the Gold Coast hinterland beyond.

Overview

The project’s unique location, in an emerging retail, restaurant, and cultural hub weaves together diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures and tastes. This forms the ‘Tapestry’ that is modern apartment living with high quality communal facilities designed to create connections, community and sense of place.

The project comprises a total of 83 apartments (194 bedrooms) in a building that is 17 storeys. The apartments sit over a well-considered, split level podium, which seeks to conceal services from the pedestrian interface by housing on a mezzanine level, residing over the sloping driveway. This approach allows an almost double-height lobby space activating Darrambul Street and providing a high level of amenity for building users.

Apartments are a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom options that cater for a number of price points and encourage genuine diversity of ownership/occupation. The building also presents a well-defined pedestrian and vehicular entry, with resident parking located to the rear of the site and in 2 levels of basement.

Conclusion

‘Tapestry’ offers a high quality contemporary design, which looks to confidently engage and enhance Darrambul Street, positively contributing to the core Chevron Island precinct and it’s transformation into the Gold Coast’s cultural hub.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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