Where’s the best place to live on the Gold Coast?
IT is the simple question every house hunter asks themselves before deciding where to live on the Gold Coast – north or south? And how long will they stay settled?
Rivalry between the two regions isn’t as strong on the Coast as it is in other cities like Brisbane, but as the population and economy grows the division is becoming more prominent.
Property experts say the areas differ in terms of what they have to offer but there are benefits to living in both.
According to latest CoreLogic data, eight of the top 10 longest-held suburbs are in the south with Coolangatta claiming the top spot at 16.5 years.
The Gold Coast’s southern suburbs are known for great surf.
Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said the data was no surprise.
“Up north, it’s got more of a transient tourist feel. There’s a community feel in the southern suburbs,” he said.
“Because it’s got such a good community vibe, people get in their comfort zone, they get a strong emotional attachment to the area.”
He said there was a lot to love about the south, including the surfing beaches, low density living environment, national parks and estuaries.
“Those spots are so popular on the weekend and they are pretty safe environments for families,” he said.
Kyle and Kimberly Bate have listed their Labrador home on the market so they can move further south with their son, Lennox.
Kyle and Kimberley Bate are selling their Labrador house to move further south with their son Lennox. Photo by Richard Gosling
Mr Bate said they liked the northern suburbs because they were closer to Brisbane and the Broadwater but wanted to be closer to the south’s surf.
“The main thing for us is getting closer to the beach,” he said.
REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said lifestyle was one of the biggest factors that determined where people lived, as well as affordability and proximity to amenities like public transport and schools.
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Rivalry aside, he said more people would move to the northern suburbs in the next few years because it had the most room to grow.
“I think because you’ve got limited supply in the south, that will increase prices,” he said
“But I still think that while there are jobs here and people want to move to the Gold Coast, that northern corridor will see the vast amount of expansion.
“The infrastructure seems to follow quite quickly too.”
Development in the northern suburbs, including the new Westfield Coomera, is attracting more residents. Picture Glenn Hampson
LJ Hooker Pacific Pines/Helensvale principal Pascal Pierre said easy access to both the Glitter Strip and Brisbane made the north appealing to buyers.
“We’ve got people who work in Brisbane so being on the northern end of the Coast makes it that much easier,” he said.
“You tend to get newer homes here. There’s more new land development up north as well.”
New infrastructure including the light rail and Westfield Coomera as well as more opportunities to build were also factors Mr Pierre said attracted residents.
Top 10 longest held suburbs (years):
1. Coolangatta – 16.5
2. Tugun – 16.2
3. Gaven – 16.1
4. Bilinga – 15.9
5. Hollywell – 15.2
6. Miami – 14.7
7. Palm Beach 14.5
8. Currumbin Valley – 14.5
9. Mermaid Waters – 14.3
10. Currumbin Waters – 13.8