Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Life's Better on the Water; Home and Hobbies Revolve around Taking in the Coast's Greatest Assets

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Life's Better on the Water; Home and Hobbies Revolve around Taking in the Coast's Greatest Assets

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MY FAVOURITE view is from my rooftop taking in the eastern side of Buddina Beach, Point Cartwright, an area that is commonly known as the S-Bends surfing spot. On the northern side is the Mooloolah River and yacht club.

I start each morning by walking the five steps up to my rooftop to check out the day.

Depending on the conditions, I decide to start my day with either a surf or a paddle on the river.

In the evening it's completely different. I look to the north over the river to the yacht club and Mooloolaba Esplanade and watch the lights come on and the view changes yet again.

My viewpoint: As per usual, the residential stock in my area is in short supply.

Property prices are increasing steadily and we are experiencing a positive outlook.

Renovations of older homes are the norm as there is virtually no vacant land for new builds.

Just down the road, Kawana Shoppingworld recently finished its $73 million upgrade and created a vibrant centre that has nearly doubled in size, adding 8900sqm.

New retail outlets, cafes and outside dining, as well as additional parking, have given the local community more convenience on their doorstep. This has had a positive flow-on effect in the housing market.

Organisations: Mooloolaba Surf Club, Mooloolaba Paddlers and Ski Club.

My son, daughter and I are members and collectively we like to be involved in the events these clubs put on and take part in giving back to the community.

If I'm not surfing, I enjoy the relaxation and the environment of being out on the ocean paddling and being with friends.

The future: I believe the Sunshine Coast is grossly undervalued in comparison to the whole eastern coast of Australia.

I drive the coastline every year and am always amazed at how expensive it is compared to our beautiful region.

I'd like to see the Coast involved in hosting international sporting events and teams. We have an ideal climate conducive to hosting world-class events.

Our temperate climate means we can provide a destination for sporting teams all year and the weather can usually be relied upon to turn it on, which opens our area to the world. …

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