The Gold Coast may be famous for attracting millionaire buyers, but it’s also home to a host of affordably-priced properties that make the most of their heavenly surroundings.
Whether you’d like to see and be seen at celebrity-favourite Surfers Paradise or unwind at the peaceful sands of pristine Palm Beach, these apartments offer the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle without the lavish price tag.
Just moments from the sea and sand, these five properties cost under $500,000 — a sensible spend for your first-home buyer, down-sizer or investor.
80 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Spectacular views on a budget: On the balcony of 80 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise.
2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Agent: Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, Jordan Thams 0414 602 022
This spacious apartment in the heart of Surfers Paradise has a glorious outlook over the beachfront and the skyline, viewable from an extended wrap-around balcony.
Featuring both an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, tennis court, entertainment area, spa and steam room, the complex is perfectly positioned to provide a host of lifestyle and leisure options.
Agent Jordan Thams said its location and amenities made the block increasingly popular for owner-occupiers.
“There [are] 164 apartments in the building and there [are] only about 38 properties that are still in a holiday pool, and that number’s been decreasing for the past ten years,” he said.
“It’s extremely close to the Cavill [Avenue] Mall. It’s only probably a three minute walk down the road, so close enough to walk in to all the facilities of Surfers Paradise, but far enough away that you don’t have any noise issues.
“The light rail is directly behind the building as well, so there is a back entrance gate to the building where you can step straight out to Surfers Paradise Boulevard and the light rail stop is right there.”
27/1941 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Views and vibes: 27/1941 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads.
2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Agent: PRD Nationwide Burleigh Heads, Braiden Smith 0413 203 626, Mark Smith 0418 768 053
This bright, cheerful apartment has a secret feature: its own private walkway to the white sands of the beach.
Its two spacious bedrooms offer unfettered views of the ocean and hinterland, while the open plan living space spills out to a sunny north-facing entertaining deck.
For sale fully furnished, it’s the perfect weekend getaway or investment opportunity, just a short walk away from Burleigh’s popular retail and dining precinct at James Street.
Further along the coastline, there’s also easy access to the famous surf break of Burleigh Heads Beach, the striking headland and lush nature reserve.
25/8-12 Marine Parade, Miami QLD 4220
Live at the beach for less: 25/8-12 Marine Parade, Miami.
Price: Interest over $499,000
2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Kingfisher Realty, Juliana Gomes – LREA 0409 205 012
This contemporary north-facing unit is set on the top floor of a boutique complex of just 27 apartments, minutes from Miami’s vibrant cafe culture.
Currently leased for $400 a week, it would make a low-maintenance addition to an investment portfolio.
Agent Juliana Gomes said the home’s strong bones and stellar location made it highly desirable.
“The apartment has high ceilings so it’s very airy and bright, and you do have a glimpse of the ocean from the balcony,” she said.
“It has very spacious bedrooms and it’s an older style apartment, so the construction is very solid.
“The location is fantastic. It’s just across the road from Piccolo [coffee shop] and Miami Surf Lifesaving Club — it’s really an area that’s growing and emerging, and it’s really popular.
“That’s a very desirable position to be in: beachside at Miami.”
1F/973 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD 4221
Unit 1F/973 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, is located in the iconic Royal Palm complex.
Price: Over $450,000
2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Agent: McGrath Palm Beach, Brendan Andrews 0417 788 882, Rebecca Leo 0419 880 822
If you’ve ever dreamt of living in a resort befitting of an island paradise, this may be your lucky find.
This immaculately-kept apartment is part of the luxurious and iconic complex “Royal Palm” which features an enormous pool, spa, tennis courts and mini-golf.
Minutes from the beach, shops, cafes and the picturesque Currumbin Creek, the two-bedroom unit is bright, functional and a perfect blank canvas for your inner interior designer.
It was recently updated with new paintwork and carpets, so would make an easy move for the keen owner-occupier.
8F/50 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Unit 8F, 50 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise.
2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Agent: HC Realty, Jim Mylonas 0459 922 066
It doesn’t really get more beachfront than this.
This apartment complex offers green lawns and lounges just metres from the sand — not to mention a tennis court, pool, sauna, spa and barbecue area.
Set on the eighth floor, this home’s compact floor plan is ideal for those looking to de-clutter or enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.
An added bonus? Investors would barely have to change a thing, as the property is currently tenanted for $500 a week.
Hollywell, the often overlooked Central North Gold Coast suburb: HTW
Hollywell is often overlooked in property searches due to its size and the well known surrounding suburbs, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.
It is a small suburb located just below Paradise Point and just above Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
It features canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access to a number of sites, as well as broadwater views.
“Whilst the suburb does lack quality shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, it is within walking distance to suburbs that offer these,” the valuation firm said.
“Furthermore, public transport is readily accessible and runs straight through the middle of the suburb.”
Price points within the suburb do range as the property mix comprises units, dry block houses and canal front houses.
“Over the past six months we have seen entry level two-bedroom, two-bathroom units being acquired for just under $400,000, dry block houses selling upwards from $525,000 and canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access from $900,000,” the report said.
There was a recent $900,000 sale.
A circa 1980 five bedroom brick house at 361 Bay View Street, Hollywell was sold for $900,000 (pictured above).
The house features updated kitchen with timber floors, solar panels, concrete boat ramp, pontoon jetty and swimming pool.
Other highlights include north-east facing, 18 metre canal frontage with bridge free broadwater access, and 725 square metre land area.
The property is positioned on a local thoroughfare road that runs through Hollywell, which is a detracting factor.
The property was on the market for 64 days and original asking price was $1.15 million.
Gold Coast rainforest retreat sells in multimillion-dollar deal
A Gold Coast family will head to the hills after securing the keys to a picturesque property in a multimillion-dollar deal.
A rainforest retreat in Currumbin Valley has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, selling to a large local family seeking a tree change.
The picturesque property sold for $2.4 million to the family from Sovereign Islands last week.
It was aptly named the Palasari Rainforest Estate and had a lush mountain backdrop and tropical rainforest surrounds.
Two residences were on the sprawling 10.52 ha property.
The main house was perched at the highest point and featured four bedrooms, a resort-style pool and an Asian-influenced design.
On the lower side of the block was an updated four-bedroom guesthouse.
Kollosche Broadbeach agent Rob Lamb, who sold the estate alongside Laura Delaney, said a Melbourne buyer also flew up and put in an offer but the local family had an unconditional cash contract.
“They are a large family with lots of kids who wanted to get out of the small confinements of urban living,” Mr Lamb said.
“There’s a bit more maintenance with a rural property but they can ride motorbikes and have a bit more freedom and privacy as the kids are growing up through their teens.”
Mr Lamb said the family plan to live in the guesthouse while renovating the main residence to better suit their needs.
A freestanding cellar door with a 1600-bottle, climate-controlled wine room, butler’s kitchen, powder room and outdoor patio was another impressive feature of the property.
The large block also had a thriving orchard with citrus, stone fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, apples, paw-paw, guava, banana, berries, macadamias, gapes, figs and vegetables.
The property was listed through Kollosche from late March, first with a $2.899 million price tag that was later reduced to $2.6 million, according CoreLogic.
Property records also showed it first hit the market with a different agency in January seeking more than $4 million.
The property last changed hands in 2015 for $2.3 million.
Currumbin Valley’s median house price has grown by 19.5 per cent in the past five years to $920,000. It is the Gold Coast 11th most expensive suburb.
Mr Lamb said he hadn’t seen any shift in the prestige property market in the lead up to the federal election and expected it to keep soldiering on. “For owner occupiers and particularly prestige properties, it shouldn’t affect anything too much,” he said.
“Interest rates look like they are heading down so it should suit the buyers looking to live in those prestige properties.”
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale prices
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale price by the largest percentages have been revealed.
New data analysis by Domain looked at the average rate of vendor discounting on properties in suburbs throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast over the six months to March this year and found some areas were discounting by as much as 12 per cent.
Houses at Carindale, Clontarf, Redcliffe and Rochedale South topped out the list of Greater Brisbane suburbs with the highest percentage of vendors discounting their asking price, while Chermside, New Farm, Redcliffe and South Brisbane had the highest rate of discounting for units.
On the Gold Coast, houses at Broadbeach Waters and Hope Island both recorded double-digit average vendor discounting, while units at Main Beach and Southport had the highest rate of discounting.
Maroochydore and Tewantin headed up the Sunshine Coast houses that were being the discounted by the highest percentage.
Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the rate of discounting was another market indicator that could help assess conditions in certain suburbs.
The data was compiled using a minimum of 30 observations and did not include properties that sold via auction or without a listed price.
“This can be a bit more timely than price data,” he said. “But it is only an average figure and, while the average or median is the simplest way to look at a suburb, it doesn’t tell the full story.”
Will Torres of Torres Property said overall the housing market in Carindale was performing well but that the average discounting rate was likely brought down by a specific price point.
Carindale’s median house price is $879,750, a rise of 1.1 per cent over the year to March.
“I’d say the market that is being affected at the moment is that mid-$1 million price range,” he said.
“Rewind to six months ago I was selling houses in this price range in three weeks — now I’m struggling to get numbers in the door. That’s where the discounting will be, around that $1.5 million range and that’s why the Carindale percentage is that high.
“Anything under that price point is still performing really well and selling well. Days on market have stretched but the buyers and the demand is overall still there.”
Broadbeach Waters recorded the highest rate of vendor discounting, by up to 12 per cent. Jordan Williams of JW Prestige said that figure had likely been increased by houses in the $2 million to $3 million range, which were sometimes overpriced.
“If you’re 10 per cent over the odds you won’t get a result, you won’t get a deal — that’s why you’re seeing that average discount for Broadbeach Waters,” he said.
“So this figure doesn’t mean the market has dropped here, it means some properties were overpriced. I sold a house for $4.5 million where the owners originally were asking $4.7 million. That’s a massive discount.
“But it started out that high because the owners said they wanted to give it a go, test the waters. There’s a million different scenarios for why people discount their properties.”
At Hope Island, where the average vendor discount is 10.3 per cent, agent Warren Hickey is selling a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary home on Virginia Avenue, which is listed for offers over $995,000 and advertised as a huge price reduction.
However, he said the listing was not representative of the local market.
“On average we’d sell a property a week in Hope Island. I would say if you look back at everything we’ve sold in the past few years, we’ve probably only advertised one as having a price reduction and this is it. It’s the exception,” he said.
On the Sunshine Coast, where Maroochydore recorded an average discount on houses of 7.5 per cent, local Century 21 agent Damien Said said a lot of the properties in higher demand were now auctioned.
“That needs to be noted — those properties are automatically excluded from the data,” he said.
“If anyone in Maroochydore is discounting, I’d say it’s more of a reflection of a few properties that came on the market with unrealistic expectations.
“Generally, we’re finding that when properties do come on the market, as long as the price is realistic, our days on market are reducing. The coast market is still quite active.”
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