If you’re looking to build a new home in a place that has spectacular beaches, excellent services, fabulous restaurants and nightlife, first-rate schools and family services and just an all-round awesome lifestyle, it’s hard to look past the Gold Coast. It’s bustling, it’s lively but it’s also beautiful and serene. Let’s take a closer look at the Gold Coast and whether or not this could be the perfect place for you to build a new home.
So much more than beautiful beaches
Of course when you think of the Gold Coast, the first thing that comes to mind are the beaches. People flock to this stunning part of Queensland for some of the best swimming and surfing conditions you could hope to find. But the Gold Coast does have so much more to offer locals and visitors alike, including stunning hinterland, mountains and national parks. Its proximity to Brisbane also makes the Gold Coast a very desirable place to call home, even if you’re working in the capital. Stretching from Southport down to Coolangatta on the New South Wales border, access to everything you need is right on your doorstep.
With a population of over half a million, the Gold Coast is the second most populous city in Queensland, which means there are plenty of amenities no matter what stage of life you are at. The Gold Coast is divided into over 80 suburbs and localities and, as the locals will tell you, no two suburbs are alike.
Ashmore is extremely popular with families due to its proximity to a public state school, two private primary schools and one private high school. Gold Coast Institute of TAFE also has a campus in Ashmore. Closer to Coolangatta, Tugan is also a great place to raise a family while remaining popular with retirees due to its access to excellent medical facilities. This is the suburb for you if you want close proximity to the airport. Hope Island is an up and coming area, always on the move with new land releases happening all the time.
Due to the diversity of suburbs, cost of living and median house prices can vary dramatically from suburb to suburb. Not surprisingly, the closer you are to the beach, the more you’ll pay for most things. But if you do your research, you’ll still find areas where you can live close to the beach for less than you might think.
The choice of schools and sporting facilities on the Gold Coast is excellent. For example, in the centrally located suburb of Robina, you’ll find a stack of day care centres, a number of primary and high schools as well as Bond University. Robina also has three soccer clubs within five minutes’ drive as well as rugby; golf and cricket clubs close by.
And talk about being spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment! Also known as the theme park capital of Australia, the Gold Coast is home to Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular, and Sea World. For nature lovers, there is the beautiful and serene Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll also find plenty of world class shopping, restaurants and the general bonhomie that comes from living in such a beautiful part of the world.
So you want to call the Gold Coast home? Should you buy off the plan?
The Gold Coast could well be the buy-off-the-plan capital of the world! Plenty of apartments and houses have been sold this way with many happy customers reaping the lifestyle benefits. But is buying off the plan for you?
If you’re a first homebuyer, the big plus to buying off the plan is the advantage of buying some time to save more money. All you need to come up with is the 10 per cent deposit. You can then spend the time it takes for your project to be built to save more cash to invest into your mortgage. You’ll find stamp duty savings in most instances, as well. You may even be eligible to receive interest on your deposit if you pay cash and if your deposit is invested. If you like the idea of customising your home, buying off the plan may also suit, with the ability to choose your own floor plans, finishes, layouts and views.
Or should you buy a Gold Coast house and land package?
There are also plenty of opportunities to get the whole kit and caboodle, so to speak, on the Gold Coast. As already mentioned, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove and surrounding areas are still very popular for building your dream home on your own choice of block. Choosing a reputable house and land developer is a must. You’ll find the entire process stress-free when you work with a developer who knows the ins and outs of national parkland, tourism related zoning and access to amenities. A house and land developer with a good reputation will work easily with Gold Coast City Council, which has a cohesive development policy. But ultimately, the best part about a house and land package is that it’s all yours – your dream house on your dream parcel of land.
Whether you choose to buy off the plan or opt for a house and land package, the Gold Coast is a desirable location for everything from sun and surf, to shopping and schools. You really can’t go wrong!