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The Ultimate Beach House Hits The Market

Metres from Whale Beach comes this expansive 3-storey home.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Apr 8, 2022 2:39pmGrey Clock 2 min

Perched on a dazzling north aspect from an exclusive oceanfront position comes this rare opportunity to own a luxurious and contemporary residence in Whale Beach.

Offering clean lines and elegant interiors that are bathed in sunlight, the three-level 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 4-car garage home frames the panoramic views across Whale Beach and the Pacific Ocean — views that characterise this quintessential beach house.

Within, the home sees a fluid open-plan layout that seamlessly combines indoors and out through the use of vast decking and lush gardens as an extension of the living space.

The space is anchored by an impressive kitchen that features premium appliances and a butler’s pantry. The result is a home that’s functional in its approach while still breaking into distinct living areas.

The home sees gleaming hardwood floors underfoot and bears witness to custom built-in joinery, gas fireplace and banks of sliding stacker doors that open from end-to-end.

Outside, the decking is extensive, running the full length of the home — in order to soak in those coastal views — there are multiple sitting areas and a fire-pit corner.

The upper-level houses four of the bedrooms and sees the expansive master suite on the corner, the latter complete with a large wrap-around balcony, walk-in-robe and ensuite. Each of the bedrooms opens out to the decking.

On the lower level, which offers access to the sub-floor, comes the fifth, guest bedroom, which is complemented by a wet bar and bathroom alongside the ensuite while an adjoining rumpus (which can be turned into a sixth bedroom) is accompanied by yet another bathroom.

The home is 100-metres from the surf, sand and rockpool and is set in the most exclusive cul-de-sac position on Whale Beach.

The property is listed with David Edwards (+61 415 440 044) of LJ Hooker Palm Beach. Price guide; $14,000,000.


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Ray White’s chief economist outlines her predictions for housing market trends in 2024

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, Nov 28, 2023 2 min

Ray White’s chief economist, Nerida Conisbee says property price growth will continue next year and mortgage holders will need to “survive until 2025” amid expectations of higher interest rates for longer.

Ms Conisbee said strong population growth and a housing supply shortage combatted the impact of rising interest rates in 2023, leading to unusually strong price growth during a rate hiking cycle. The latest CoreLogic data shows home values have increased by more than 10 percent in the year to date in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Among the regional markets, price growth has been strongest in regional South Australia with 8.6 percent growth and regional Queensland at 6.9 percent growth.

“As interest rates head close to peak, it is expected that price growth will continue. At this point, housing supply remains extremely low and many people that would be new home buyers are being pushed into the established market,” Ms Conisbee said. “Big jumps in rents are pushing more first home buyers into the market and population growth is continuing to be strong.”

Ms Conisbee said interest rates will be higher for longer due to sticky inflation. “… we are unlikely to see a rate cut until late 2024 or early 2025. This means mortgage holders need to survive until 2025, paying far more on their home loans than they did two years ago.”

Buyers in coastal areas currently have a window of opportunity to take advantage of softer prices, Ms Conisbee said. “Look out for beach house bargains over summer but you need to move quick. In many beachside holiday destinations, we saw a sharp rise in properties for sale and a corresponding fall in prices. This was driven by many pandemic driven holiday home purchases coming back on to the market.”

3 key housing market trends for 2024

Here are three of Ms Conisbee’s predictions for the key housing market trends of 2024.

Luxury apartment market to soar

Ms Conisbee said the types of apartments being built have changed dramatically amid more people choosing to live in apartments longer-term and Australia’s ageing population downsizing. “Demand is increasing for much larger, higher quality, more expensive developments. This has resulted in the most expensive apartments in Australia seeing price increases more than double those of an average priced apartment. This year, fewer apartments being built, growing population and a desire to live in some of Australia’s most sought-after inner urban areas will lead to a boom in luxury apartment demand.”

Homes to become even greener

The rising costs of energy and the health impacts of heat are two new factors driving interest in green homes, Ms Conisbee said. “Having a greener home utilising solar and batteries makes it cheaper to run air conditioning, heaters and pool pumps. We are heading into a particularly hot summer and having homes that are difficult to cool down makes them far more dangerous for the elderly and very young.”

More people living alone

For some time now, long-term social changes such as delayed marriage and an ageing population have led to more people living alone. However, Ms Conisbee points out that the pandemic also showed that many people prefer to live alone for lifestyle reasons. “Shorter term, the pandemic has shown that given the chance, many people prefer to live alone with a record increase in single-person households during the time. This trend may influence housing preferences, with a potential rise in demand for smaller dwellings and properties catering to individuals rather than traditional family units.”


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