Gold Coast buyers favouring homes in urban parkland settings
Gold Coasters looking to ‘right-size’ their homes are increasingly opting to live alongside the city’s major urban parklands, according to a leading property veteran.
Long-time agent and Knight Frank Business Development Manager, Chris Litfin, has been selling properties on the Gold Coast for 30 years and is observing a lifestyle trend toward homes fronting inner city parklands – giving purchasers the best of both worlds.
He says that while living near the beach will always be appealing, the delivery of residential-focused developments near inner city parklands is providing a genuine alternative with a major lifestyle advantages for those moving from a large home to an apartment or terrace home on the Gold Coast
“Buyers are realising if they secure a home next to urban parklands, they can enjoy all the benefits that come with proximity to open space – usually associated with traditional housing – without having to move outside the city centre,” Mr Litfin said.
“With major parklands being developed in inner-city areas, such as the new Robina City Parklands – set to be the Gold Coast’s own Central Park – purchasers can benefit from a peaceful green setting with a range of city-scale amenities right on their doorstep, including major shopping precincts, restaurants, public transport and hospitals.”
Mr Litfin said interest in Robina Group’s $170 million masterplanned Vue Terrace Homes, the only community located at the gateway to Robina City Parklands, has continued to increase following the start of work on the multi-million-dollar upgrade and announcement of the expansion of its size to over 22 hectares. Robina’s founders and creators and developer of Vue Terrace Homes, Robina Group, announced this week that they have gifted over 5 hectares of additional land to Gold Coast City Council to increase the size and scope of the parklands.
Mr Litfin said sales at Vue had been surging on the back of the announcement of the parklands project in mid-2018 and the recent announcement of its expansion in size.
“At the moment, the Robina City Parklands comes up in just about every conversation we have with prospective buyers who are interested in the unique lifestyle at Vue Terrace Homes,” he said.
“Being the only masterplanned community adjoining these parklands is a huge selling point and a real point of difference for Vue – no other community enjoys that claim to fame.
“People really love that they can live in a parkland setting at Vue, while still enjoying city living conveniences such as walking to restaurants, catching public transport to and from work and leaving the car at home. The low-maintenance contemporary living style at Vue also means they have more free time to enjoy the parklands, and resort-style pool and barbeque area.”
“The close proximity to Robina’s health and education precincts also appeals to both younger and older buyers.”
Julie Love recently made the move to a new three-bedroom terrace home at Vue, with sweeping views of Robina City Parklands.
She said the location on the parkland was a major consideration when she decided to relocate from Ballina to retire and be closer to family in Robina.
The $15 million Robina City Parklands will feature a village green with a stage and café capable of holding major events, interactive water play area, dog exercise area, yoga lawns, sports fields, giant adventure playgrounds, waterside walking and cycle paths, expansive open greenspace and a series of interactive nature-inspired activities for children. The new world-class city park will also connect to the wider parkland matrix that stretches across Robina.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the Robina City Parklands start to take shape. Now I am retired, I will be able to walk there from home and enjoy it every day” said Ms Love.
“When the parklands open around mid-next year I’m looking forward to spending lots of quality time there with my daughter and her family – I’m sure my little granddaughter, Billie, will just love it there.
“We will no doubt spend all our spare time having picnics together, taking walks, riding bikes and maybe even doing some kayaking in the waterways – although I’ll need to get myself a double kayak so I’m not the only one rowing.”
“After getting outdoors and enjoying the parklands, coming home for a swim in the pool at Vue will be just magical.”
The final two stages of Vue Terrace Homes are under construction and due for completion in April and June and the community includes direct pedestrian access into Robina City Parklands.