Residents flock to beachside town of Coolum

"You can get just about everything you need in Coolum now" resident Dave Simons said.

“You can get just about everything you need in Coolum now” resident Dave Simons said.

Nicole Madigan- Domain.com.au

When Dave Simons and his wife Val moved to Coolum almost 20 years ago, they did so for its vast array of easily accessible natural environments.

“There’s the the wide open beach with the Surf Club and the three bays which are varying degrees of intimacy, plus the bushland park walk from the Three Bays area,” says Simons.

“You’ve got this wide variety of totally different environments which are right at your door step.”

Over the two decades since the couple arrived, the town has experienced major development in terms of services and facilities, but managed to maintain its intimate appeal.

“We came here because it was relatively isolated but a beautiful spot,” said Simons.

“It’s still a beautiful spot but there are more services – you can get just about everything you need in Coolum now.”

So it’s little wonder the beachside suburb is experiencing impressive population growth, with a notable increase in residential sales.

With its country town appeal, Coolum lacks the commerciality of its Sunshine Coast neighbours, yet offers stunning beaches, shopping and entertainment precincts, and a range of golf and dining options.
Not to mention the iconic Coolum Boardwalk to Point Perry, built in the year 2000 thanks to a dedicated subcommittee headed by Simons and the support of the strong Coolum community.

“The community spirit in Coolum is really very strong and committed – totally different to Maroochydore and Noosa.

And that community continues to grow as residents flock to the area.

For Sale - 4 Dunnart Place

For Sale – 4 Dunnart Place

“We are experiencing strong demand for houses in the sub-$500 000 price range, particularly close to Coolum Beach town centre and beach,” says Steve Lane, Sales Manager of Coolum Beach Real Estate.

“We have also had good interest levels in the higher end up to $1 million dollars and even higher.

“Demand for units is picking up, however many buyers are looking for properties suitable for permanent living with affordable body corporate fees and experiencing difficulty finding suitable properties.”

Having come out of the shadow of its popular neighbours, Noosa, Peregian Beach and Mooloollaba, Coolum is continuing to grow in popularity as more people discover the relaxed lifestyle, surrounding greenspace and national parks – not to mention the uncrowded beaches.

Land sales at The Coolum Residences have seen an increase of 10 to 15 per cent in just 12 months.

The estate’s Sales Manager John Archer said two recent sales had seen substantial price growth.

“Just last month, a vacant land lot in our Cala Luna stage sold for $500,000 – a $65,000 increase on its previous sale amount of $435,000 in 2014,” he said.

Another land lot in Whitehaven (stage) sold recently for $550,000 – a $50,000 increase on its previous sale amount of $500,000 in 2014.

“Sales at The Coolum Residences so far this year are now close to the $6 million, which highlights the estate’s great performance in the market. Only five vacant lots remain in our Belle Mare and Cala Luna precincts.

“And when it comes to our dune frontage lots, there’s only one left – Lot 306 – it is 601 square metres, priced at $669,000.”

“Coolum is a fantastic area with a variety of dining and activity options including award winning restaurants, the new menu at the recently refurbished surf club, new Coolum Beach Hotel, unique retail options and plenty of choices for golf. Coolum is evolving.”

Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast

Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast