Sunshine Coast property expert, Minka Jenkins, believes that lifestyle is the real prize for the future winner of Endeavour Foundation’s $1.5 million Prize Home at Bokarina.
“Here, your home is so much more than your house,” said Minka, Co-Director of Team Godwin Real Estate.
“In some other places, you go home, and you never leave your home. Here, you come home, and you go for a walk, you walk to the beach, you walk to the park.
“The whole area becomes your home – that’s what’s beautiful.”
While the stunning contemporary property would be a sought-after piece of real estate in any location, it’s the home’s enviable position that’s priceless.
Just a 500-metre stroll from the beach, this modern beach pad is part of the rapidly growing Bokarina Beach community, or ‘Bok Beach’ as the locals call it.
The Bokarina Beach site being developed by Stockland was one of the last untouched pockets of beachfront land on the Sunshine Coast.
“It was a big parcel of land that sat there for a long, long time. The first house only went up about three and a half years ago and it’s just gone boom,” Minka said.
“You’ve got the parks, the walkways and the commercial components coming where you’re going to have dining experiences, homewares shops and delis – it’s going to be very, very exciting.
“It’s going to offer a community vibe with things to do, people to see, places to go.”
Bokarina Beach is the newest addition to ‘The Strip’, the stretch of coastline that extends north from Caloundra’s Currimundi to Point Cartwright at Mooloolaba. This formerly low-key beachfront strip has stayed largely under the radar until the recent property boom, which has seen it burst from the shadow of its more developed neighbours to become one of the hottest spots on the Sunshine Coast.
“No one knew about it,” Minka explained.
“Everybody knew Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Noosa. Now they know, Wurtulla, Bokarina, Warana, Buddina, Minyama. The suburbs between Caloundra and Mooloolaba are now on the map.
“It’s not the Gold Coast, but the landscape is exactly what we have here, and it’s still affordable – people see the value of what you get.
“It used to be very transient because it was all tourism, but now we have so much more to offer, including the billion-dollar health precinct, and we have infrastructure going ballistic. We’ve got cranes in the air. We’ve got so much happening – that’s what’s exciting!”
Despite the development, the ‘The Strip’ is still focussed on retaining its cruisy beach town vibe.
“I truly believe that everyone is working together to try and do this properly to keep it like a coastal town, not a city,” Minka said.
“Part of the council’s urban structure and footprint is to incorporate greenscapes and waterways to ensure we keep the lifestyle we all love.”
The ‘Coastal Pathway’ being developed to link the beaches and communities of the Sunshine Coast is a good example of the council’s focus on liveability and preserving the natural environment.
“You can now walk from Bok Beach to Currimundi Lake on the walkway behind the dunes, impact assessed on the frogs and the butterflies… and in the next twelve months it will connect with the beachfront walkway from Buddina to Point Cartwright,” Minka said.
“You’ll eventually be able to walk from Bokarina to Point Cartwright off the road, along the beach.”
“They’re probably my two proudest sales,” she said.
It’s this experience that has helped Minka understand what makes a great Prize Home and why Bokarina Beach ticks every box.
“It’s about lifestyle – the dream is to have a beach escape, or, later in life, it’s the downsize.
“If people don’t want to go into a high rise, they are getting their plot of land and a new house, within steps to the beach.”
“They can have the swimming pool; they can have a beautiful garden; they can have a veggie garden.
“And they’re an hour to Brisbane or the airport on a good day.”
“If a buyer of a ticket wanted to commute, they have that option.”
For a winner that’s not quite ready for a sea change, the alternatives are just as exciting.
“If somebody won this and they didn’t need the money, I would definitely tell them to hold it, rent it out, and move up here at a later date.”
“The rental market is very strong at the moment. It’s like anything in life – supply and demand.”
Indeed, the demand seen for a recent Kawana Island rental property shows just how competitive the market has become.
“A year ago, it would have been $750 a week and we advertised it for $975 and had forty applications and rented it for $1125,” Minka said.
And for a winner that’s keen to make the most of soaring prices and sell, there’s never been a better time.
“I’ve been here for forty-eight years… and this is the best the real estate has ever been, and I don’t see it slowing because we’ve been found,” Minka laughed.
“We’ve been discovered.”
If you like the idea of living the ‘Bok Beach’ lifestyle, all it takes is one $10 ticket in Lottery #441 and you could be the next Endeavour Lotteries winner of the $1.5 million Prize Home at 5 Tailslide Cres, Bokarina!
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