The first houses are being built in the Beaudesert’s $1 billion Oakland Estate masterplanned community.
The masterplanned community, located 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and 40 minutes from Brisbane, will eventually become a “satellite suburb” according to the developer.
Stage one of Oakland Estate comprises 58 home sites, which are elevated and surrounded by hectares of parklands, with lot sizes ranging from 600 square metres to more than 1,000 square metres.
Oakland Estate is being developed by Robinson Projects, headed by James Robinson.
Robinson said the first residents are expected to move in to the community within a few months, in time to enjoy the opening of the first stage of the new Oakland Shopping Precinct, which will feature a 1,200 square metre Greener Grocer supermarket, and 500 square metres of specialty stores.
Future stages will include a fast food restaurant and plans for a family-friendly tavern, bringing the total retail floorspace to more than 4,400 sq m.
“Oakland Estate is already home to McAuley College, a Catholic high school which opened in January this year, and a convenience retail precinct complete with a fuel station and a Brodie’s Chicken restaurant, with provision for additional retailers,” Robinson said.
“The construction activity taking place on site is mirrored in the broader Beaudesert region, as work ramps up on the Bromelton State Development Area, which is just six kilometres from Beaudesert and has the potential to create up to 18,000 jobs.
“While a number of recent purchasers have been local, we are still receiving strong enquiry from Brisbane and the Gold Coast as people see the opportunity to live in a brand new community, with schools, shops, parks and jobs at their doorstep, for a fraction of city prices.”
Robinson said first home buyers have been particularly active, especially on the back of the extension of the State Government’s $20,000 First Home Owner Grant.
A property billed as “Brisbane’s biggest penthouse listing of 2018” has hit the market, as demand for ultra-luxurious sky homes in Queensland’s capital shows no sign of slowing.
One of Brisbane’s very first sky homes, at 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead, has been transformed from an empty shell into a penthouse, which marketing agent Tom Lyne, of Ray White New Farm, described as “next level”.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything remotely comparable to this, and I’ve inspected a lot of penthouses,” Mr Lyne said.
Mr Lyne said listings of this quality and style were rare in Queensland.
“This is a property you’d see in Los Angeles or Sydney,” he said. “It’s pushing the boundaries in terms of what has been on the market in Brisbane before.”
The three-level apartment not only offers five bedrooms and bathrooms over a staggering 962 square metres, but also an extraordinary roof-top terrace complete with outdoor dining, an open fire pit and manicured gardens all serviced by a large wet bar.
As well as a heated infinity edge swimming pool and spa on the middle level, the roof-top views across Brisbane have to be seen to be believed.
Owner Jordana Stott spent eight months designing every aspect of the property’s interior and roof-top, and admits the views will be sorely missed when she moves on to her next project.
“Just being able to crack a bottle of wine and sit in your private garden and look at that view is pretty spectacular. That’s something that we will miss. We love that part of the property,” she said.
The couple chose a penthouse over a house because of the plethora of lifestyle amenities right on their door step, she said.
At the time, she said, they wanted to be able to walk to restaurants and enjoy everything that Newstead had to offer.
“Being in Newstead, it’s such a new little hub that’s really booming at the moment. You’re so close to everything, but you also then get the luxury of having the privacy of your own lawn in a sky home – that’s very special,” she said.
“It’s really cool for Brisbane. It’s one of the first that’s coming through.
“Brisbane is really coming into its own. I think we’ll start seeing more sky homes, especially with the new casino being built.”
The first of two penthouses in the luxurious development 443 Queen Street recently sold off the plan for more than $6 million, making it one of the most expensive apartments ever sold in Brisbane. Agents have reported a shortage of stock in the luxury apartment market.
Mr Lyne said one of the Newstead penthouse’s many features was that the seventh level was completely self-contained.
“It’s extremely unique to Brisbane, probably Queensland for that matter,” he said.
“We’re getting a good cross-section of people who are specifically looking for a penthouse, but also buyers who may have been considering quite a high-end house locally, or on the river, who are now considering this because it’s over three levels.”
The property is scheduled to go to auction on Tuesday, November 13, at Ray White New Farm’s Auction Under the Stars event starting at 6pm at X Cargo.
Unrivalled city views, private infinity edge swimming pool, rooftop terrace and garden;
First level leads to four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, media room and kitchen;
Versace and gold cork wallpaper and bespoke Timothy Oulton chandeliers;
Double showers in every bathroom;
Two kitchens each with a butler’s pantry and double oven;
Multiple formal and informal entertaining and al fresco areas;
Gas fireplace in living area and outdoor fireplace on rooftop;
Two fully equipped wet bars;
Three large car parks and storage;
Built-in garden maintenance room;
Lift servicing each level;
Metres from top lifestyle precincts popular for great restaurants, shops and boutiques.
PHOTO: Brisbane City Council wants to stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes.(ABC RN: David Lewis)
A Brisbane City Council plan to stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes is “going backwards” in terms of urban planning, experts say. University of Queensland Urban Planning expert Dr Dorina Pojani said the Lord Mayor’s attempt to “save the Brisbane backyard” could drive up property prices.
“If you have more apartment buildings in neighbourhoods it means that you have higher densities in those neighbourhoods,” Dr Pojani said.
“With higher densities you can support much better public transport, if you have very low densities … then public transport will never become viable.
Council’s opposition planning spokesman, Jared Cassidy, described it as “a multi-million-dollar mea culpa”.
“The same Lord Mayor who has waved through the worst developments in Brisbane’s history is now claiming he’s saving the backyard,” he said.
Dr Pojani said restricting the type of housing in certain neighbourhoods would just drive prices “through the roof”, and it had already produced “disastrous results” in the United States.
“We’re already in the middle of a housing crisis in Australia so it’s the opposite of what we need at the moment.”
“It’s caused urban sprawl, it’s caused problems with access to housing because housing prices end up being very expensive if you can’t have the higher densities that apartments provide,” Dr Pojani said.
“It makes neighbourhoods more homogeneous because there’s only certain people that can afford family homes.
“Now that we’ve seen all that of that experience from overseas we go and do the same thing in Australia, that’s very disappointing. It’s almost like going backwards.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the plan was about creating a city of neighbourhoods “to protect the Brisbane backyard”, with more than 100,000 people responding to the Plan Your Brisbane campaign.
“It’s about stopping the cookie-cutter style of townhouses in some cases that we have seen in our city,” Cr Quirk said.
PHOTO: Experts say the plan will drive up property prices. (Giulio Saggin: ABC News)
He said 40 action plans had been developed, which would not contribute further to urban sprawl.
“People said they wanted the growth to occur around the inner-city areas, along transport corridors, and around the regional business centres and nothing has changed in that regard,” Cr Quirk said.
“What they do want though is greater protections in those single-dwelling areas of the city, that’s come through loud and clear and that will be provided.”
He said the council would also develop a new forum for residents to help guide the preservation of tradition designs, like the Queenslander.
Mr Cassidy hit out at the Lord Mayor’s close relationship with developers at the expense of residents.
“Brisbane’s had a gutful of the orgy of over-development,” he said.
“The same Lord Mayor who cut the number of car parks that unit developers have to provide is now trying to pretend someone else did it.
“The same Lord Mayor who has waved through the worst developments in Brisbane’s history is now claiming he’s saving the backyard.”