With winter just weeks away and the weather turning cooler, it’s no surprise that home buyers from Sydney and Melbourne are looking to escape the cold and damp.
Thousands have already moved north during the pandemic, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing almost 4000 people moved to Brisbane from Melbourne in the first three months of 2021, and around the same number migrated from Sydney.
Many more are looking perhaps not to move there permanently but to have to hand a winter retreat when the mercury drops, affording them summer weather all year long.
And there are some truly amazing properties on offer for those looking for the ultimate cold weather retreat, though you may need a ‘champagne budget’ to get in.
The property is expected to sell in the $3 million-plus range and comes with everything that families trying to escape an icy-cold winter could possibly want.
Pink water fountain in the garden? Tick. Flamingoes to match the pink fountain? Tick. Resort style living and a swimming pool decorated with painted dolphins? Tick and tick!
Champions In Real Estate selling agent David Galloway-Penney said the home had become a landmark and was originally built in the late 1970s by the owner of a local development company, Koppen Construction.
The luxurious home has appeared in Australian films and TV series, and it is currently being used as a counselling retreat, Galloway-Penney said.
Set across 2517 square metres, the property has already gathered a lot of interest from buyers wanting to move somewhere warmer during the cooler months.
“Over 80 per cent of the inquiry we’ve had has been out of NSW and Victoria,” Galloway-Penney said.
He said the season between March and May is always busy, with buyers looking for a property in Queensland. “It happens every year,” he said.
Such homes could be used not only as a family home, but also as a business HQ or an Airbnb when it was not being used, Galloway-Penney added.
In Port Douglas, 5427 Captain Cook Highway has come up for sale for offers over $3.95 million and is currently being used as a wedding venue and retreat.
Agency HQ Queensland partner Ronni Leigh said interstate buyers looking at the five-bedroom home were not looking to relocate, rather they wanted a holiday home when the weather turned cold.
“People purchase homes like these for an investment. They can buy it and use it themselves, and then rent it when they’re not using it,” Leigh said.
With a swimming pool, modern kitchen and stunning ocean views, the home has received interest from people in Melbourne, with many still reluctant to travel overseas due to COVID-19.
In Noosa Heads, a home owned by the same family for 30 years has come up for sale at 32 Sunset Drive, with buyers from colder states showing interest. The home has an asking price from $2.2 million.
“It’s got accommodation for all the toys – so boats, jetskis, everything to play on the water,” Noosa Estate Agents selling agent Sam Plummer said. “The area is predominantly owner-occupier, but it’s very, very tightly held.”
While there are plenty of buyers looking to escape to warmer climes, others are looking to stay cool but have fun doing it.
In Mount Buller, a two-bedroom apartment at 8/22 The Avenue has hit the market, with a price range around $1.3 million.
Selling agent John Castran said he had seen a massive uptick in inquiries in recent weeks from winter buyers, with the “sweet spot” of the market being properties with two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms.
This apartment has both, and amazing views.
Castran said around 90 per cent of buyers are from Melbourne, while 10 per cent came from Adelaide looking to relocate to the area, or have a ski-based home.
It was a similar story in Thredbo, however most buyers were coming from Sydney and stipulations state they can only purchase properties as a holiday home.
Under the rules, owners must lease their property at a reasonable rate for 26 weeks of the year, Forbes Stynes Real Estate Michelle Stynes said.
Properties like the one at 1 Angala Woodridge Thredbo, a two-bedroom apartment advertised with offers over $1.7 million, usually sell within a couple of weeks.
“It’s perfect for families because it’s literally opposite to where all the kids go to ski school,” Stynes said. “There’s already a number of buyers on it, and we expect it should be sold soon.”
Article source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au