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New Queensland developments take advantage of grants for first-home buyers in sought-after locations

New Queensland developments take advantage of grants for first-home buyers in sought-after locations (1)

With a number of grants available to the savvy first-home buyer, these new developments are perfectly geared towards comfort, affordability and future-proofing.

Whether urban living, a brand new neighbourhood or the ease of the beach, these projects offer a little something for everyone.

Sandbar Burleigh

New Queensland developments take advantage of grants for first-home buyers in sought-after locations (4)

Set across 26 levels overlooking the breathtaking Burleigh Beach, Sandbar offers two and three-bedroom apartments with a desirable postcode.

Located in North Burleigh on the Gold Coast, the project is one block from the beach and within walking distance to local cafes, retailers, the surf lifesaving club and a nearby shopping village at Miami.

The development overlooks parklands to the north and offers panoramic views of the ocean, hinterland and the Gold Coast skyline.

With two-bedroom apartments starting from $590,000, it’s one of the more affordable offerings in the area.

“There are a number of developments in Burleigh, but Sandbar’s the only one in that mid-market sort of price range,” said director of sales at Morris Property Group Travis Gielen.

“Everyone wants to live in Burleigh, but not everyone has the budget, so we’ve cleverly positioned this in the marketplace – there’s something in there for everyone, essentially.”

Sandbar will feature on-site amenities on an elevated level overlooking the adjacent park, including a pool, gym, yoga lawn, and multiple recreation and entertainment spaces.

There will also be a retail concession included in the development.

Mr Gielen said purchasing a new apartment off-plan offered peace of mind to first-home buyers, along with lower operating costs and appliances under warranty.

“Burleigh is a fantastic location for first-home buyers to buy in; it’s a very strong market,” he said.

“Buying off-plan and in a good location like Burleigh is a great way to build equity, secure the terms of the deposit and save further, and as a new project it qualifies for the grant, so it’s certainly a great offering.”

Construction is set to commence in February 2021 and the project is expected to be completed by early 2023.

Sandbar is located at 1969-1971 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland

New Queensland developments take advantage of grants for first-home buyers in sought-after locations (3)

Located in vibrant South Brisbane, this project offers new one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses in the heart of the inner city.

Surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars and retail, Brisbane 1 is situated in a sought-after locale, within walking distance to the city’s cultural precinct and the CBD.

With first-home buyers eligible for the Queensland First Home Owner’s Grant, the development has already proved popular with the demographic.

“With apartments in numerous sizes and designs, from affordable one-bedroom dwellings to luxury three-bedroom penthouses, Brisbane 1 has attracted a wide variety of buyers, including a significant number of first-home owners,” said R&F Property Australia national sales and marketing director Jon Quayle.

“Brisbane 1’s ultra-convenient location is very appealing to first-home buyers, who can leave cars at home in favour of excellent public transport links or simply walk to an abundance of nearby employment opportunities and services, or even forgo the expense of a car entirely.

“A limited selection of apartments are still available with prices starting at only $390,000, specifically appealing to first-home buyers.”

Designed by Brisbane-based architects Bureau Proberts, Brisbane 1 is the tallest development in the area.

Each apartment within its three towers features a balcony to make the most of panoramic views, stretching from the city skyline and river to regional scenes further afield.

Dual-key homes are also available and may excite the astute investor. These consist of one apartment split into two self-contained residences with a shared foyer.

On-site amenities include a recreation deck, featuring a 25-metre lagoon pool, barbecues and al fresco dining spaces, as well as two spas, three plunge pools, a gym, theatre, children’s playroom and several other entertainment spaces, including a rooftop terrace.

Interiors feature stone benchtops, European appliances, timber cabinetry, built-in wardrobes, recessed lighting and wool-blend carpets.

Buyers can choose from flexible colour schemes, whether light, bright and inspired by Nordic design or darker, featuring more grey and mahogany.

Brisbane 1 is at 1 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, Queensland

The Carl Residences

New Queensland developments take advantage of grants for first-home buyers in sought-after locations (2)

This sleek new apartment development in inner-city Brisbane offers one, two and three-bedroom residences just three kilometres from the city, with several incentives for first-home buyers.

Situated in Woolloongabba, The Carl Residences is a few minutes’ walk away from central transport hubs, including Buranda busway station and train station, Princess Alexandra Hospital, and dining and retail precincts The Gabba and Buranda Village.

Set across 12 storeys, apartments feature spacious floor plans – many with balconies up to 47 square metres – and some offer views of the city.

The development will include residents’ amenities, including a rooftop pool with a barbecue and entertaining space, and an outdoor gym on the ground level.

Interiors will feature Bosch appliances, airconditioning, timber flooring and floor-to-ceiling tiling in bathrooms.

Broker and owner of RE/MAX Experience David Cotterill said the development was a stand-out in the market due its price and the incentives offered.

“At the moment, up until the end of December, it’s ideal for first-home buyers because you’ve still got the first-home buyer grant; you’ve also got a $25,000 [HomeBuilder] grant from the federal government,” he said.

“There’s another incentive where developer is matching the first-home buyer grant for a very limited time. We’ve almost hit our pre-sale target and once we’ve hit our pre-sale target, that incentive will go, but that’s another $15,000.

“So essentially right now, a first-home buyer can buy a one-bedroom from $385,000 and get $55,000 worth of assistance between the developer and the government to purchase, which is a fantastic offer.”

Mr Cotterill said only a few one-bedroom apartments remained.

Prices start at $385,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, $520,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $650,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.

Construction will commence on September 30 with an expected build time of a year and a half.

The Carl Residences is located at 21-25 Carl Street, Wooloongabba, Queensland




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Green Light for Coolangatta Hill Development

S&S Projects is riding the recent wave of popularity in coastal real estate markets with its next development, a 12-level apartment project in Coolangatta, approved and ready to commence construction.

Momentum on the Gold Coast has accelerated post-Christmas with developers, including S&S Projects, reporting that many recently launched luxury projects are almost sold out despite premium pricing.

The Brisbane-based developer put plans for the site forward in December after purchasing the current property for $8 million earlier in the year.

S&S Projects, led by managing director Paul Gedoun, is currently building a $74-million apartment project on a neighbouring Rainbow Bay site.

The development, known as Flow Residences, sold out late last year, with all 22 premium apartments sold off-the-plan within four months.

Both projects are near the famous surf breaks of Duranbah, Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, Coolangatta and Kirra.

Local residents include surfing stars Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore.


▲ Flow is currently under construction with a 2022 scheduled completion date. 

Gedoun said the success of its Flow Residences development had allowed him to acquire the Coolangatta site with confidence and fast-track development plans.

“Our last development was well oversubscribed with buyers and no doubt a lot of those people who missed out will be looking to secure a place in [our forthcoming project,” Gedoun said.

“We were keen to launch Awaken Residences to the market as soon as possible to tap into the existing momentum from local and interstate owner-occupiers seeking a laid-back and luxurious coastal lifestyle.

“We’re looking to bring some of the same elements that attracted so many buyers to Flow Residences into this new project.”

The approved Cottee Parker-designed development will feature eight full-floor apartments and one double-floor penthouse apartment with prices expected to start from $2.95 million.

The site is currently home to the popular D-Bar cafe—Gedoun said discussions were under way with its operators to continue their tenancy at the location once the project was complete.

At a neighbouring site, Brisbane-based Spyre Group has plans in front of council for a similarly positioned 12-storey Bureau Proberts-designed scheme—to be known as Cala Dei Residences.

According to the latest Apartment Essentials report from planning consultancy Urbis, 375 apartments were sold on the Gold Coast between October and December—the best result since 2016.

Owner-occupiers accounted for 54 per cent of sales in the final quarter of last year, more than double the previous year’s figure of 25.1 per cent.



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Plans Revealed for Burleigh Beachside Tower


The team behind sell-out Gold Coast development Norfolk has joined forces again, this time for a 17-storey apartment tower, also at Burleigh Heads.

The yet-to-be-named tower, at 96 The Esplanade, planned for the 1012sqm site is being put forward by local developer Forme.

The development application as lodged with the Gold Coast City Council on Thursday.

Managing director David Calvisi said the success of Norfolk, currently being built on Goodwin Terrace at Burleigh, had prompted his group to reunite with Koichi Takada Architects and interior designer Mim Design.

All 15 apartments in that development, which were priced from $4 million, sold out before construction began.

The latest proposal is the fifth beach front development on the Gold Coast for the developer.

The 52.95m-high tower will offer 23 half-floor apartments of about 220sq m, three full-floor residences of 440sq m and a two-level penthouse of 790sq m including a gym, library, theatre and private rooftop pool.

Burleigh Beachside Tower

“Norfolk has been a great success and it was important we carried the key elements of its success, mainly via the architecture, through to the design at 96 The Esplanade,” Calvisi said.

“The distinctive design of the building and its sculptural features are intended to position the building as a landmark … and act as a catalyst to encourage higher-quality development in the area.”

The site, which was amalgamated by Forme over six months, is currently home to a low-rise unit block. It is directly across the road from beachfront parklands.

“Open plan living areas have typically been oriented east to face the ocean, with more private spaces at the rear of the building,” he said.

“The building is positioned on the site with consideration to amenity of neighbouring properties and generous setbacks to the existing neighbouring buildings.”

Architect Koichi Takada said the proposed tower’s organic curves were designed to “maximise views to the ocean and light, capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast and the essence of coastal living”.

JLE’s Jamie Lee Edwards is the marketing agent.


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Tower reveal: Burleigh Heads set for new Koichi Takada apartment tower by FORME


The local developer Forme are set for their fifth luxury beachfront Gold Coast project.

They’ve submitted plans to the City of Gold Coast council for a 17 level tower of just 30 apartments, designed by the renowned architect Koichi Takada.

It’s the second time Forme have engaged Takada to design, after huge success with their other nearby Burleigh Heads developments Norfolk.

Burleigh Heads

96 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 

“Since the scaffold dropped at Norfolk, the building has quickly become an icon” Forme managing director David Calvisi says, with the architecture flooding social media. Even the popular beach photographer Aquabumps have prints available of the iconic facade.

“Norfolk has been a great success and it was important we carried the key elements of its success, mainly via the architecture, through the design at 96 The Esplanade”, Calvisi added.

The new development will home 23 half-floor apartments of around 220 sqm, as well as three full-floor residences with around 440 sqm of space.

Crowning the tower will be a special two level penthouse. Across its 790 sqm floor plate will be a gym, library, theatre and private rooftop pool.

The layouts of all of the apartments have been designed to maximise the views and take in natural light. The open plan living areas typically have bene oriented east to face the ocean, with more private spaces located at the rear of the building.

The Melbourne-based MIM Design is handling the interiors.

Burleigh Heads

The Sydney-based Takada, who is rarely seen on boutique projects, said 96 Esplanade has been the work of the same team as Norfolk on an equally amazing waterfront site.

“Nature inspired architecture and organic curves are designed to maximise views to the ocean and light, capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast and the essence of coastal living,” Takada said.

“A simple and elegant design that is all about celebrating and maximising your connection with nature.The magical experience on this site is the direct connection to the water and the sky – like air, the design features are thin and light, almost invisible.

“The balconies float above the beach, reflecting the soft ripples of the waves below. Expansive balconies celebrate an outdoor lifestyle and open style living. Composed of materials that reference nature, the design is inspired by ripples on water that dissipate over time.”


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