The Lockyer Valley is undergoing some revitalisation and recovery after a series of setbacks including the floods of 2011 and 2012.
The area has been resuscitated with new road upgrades, infrastructure and growth in the housing market due to the mining boom.
Residential developments such as The Fairways at Hatton Vale have brought new life back into the region as a desirable family friendly region.
“The Lockyer Valley is a progressive area with close proximity to other regional centres and only an hour’s drive from Brisbane,” said the Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones. “Connection to the Warrego Highway is very convenient and the upgraded Ipswich Motorway makes for an easy 50 minute trip to Brisbane CBD by car.”
This quick access has favoured Hatton Vale and the Lockyer Valley as opposed to Toowoomba which is struggling with the issues of the range road and bypass.
“Toowoomba is a competitor for us, but buyers are definitely favouring Lockyer as the upgrade of the Range road is years away,” said QM Properties Sales Manager, Damien Ross. “We also have another road planned for the next stage of The Fairways, Stage T, which will be built as a joint project with Council.”
“It will make access even easier to the highway,” he said.
“Position is everything in real estate, and we are very well placed,” said Damien. “The Fairways is flood free, half way between Toowoomba and Brisbane, as well as a springboard to the Surat Basin.”
“This proximity has caused a mini boom with the fly-in fly-out and drive-in drive-out miners responding to the development,” he said. “The mining community favours residential areas outside Brisbane with the peace and quiet that rural living offers, but the location needs to have easy access to a major highway for commuting.”
“There is a great sense of community spirit right across the Lockyer Valley,” said Cr Steve Jones. “It is a very close knit place to live where everyone supports each other.”
“The quality of the home’s and the fact that the Hatton Vale Golf Course is part of the estate makes it a very attractive place to live,” Damien said. “The level land is also easy to build on, and should attract some of the most prestigious homes in the region.”
The Fairways development is possibly the most affordable golf course residential area enclave in Australia.
Most golf course residential developments have a much higher entry point for land or for house and land packages.
“Our entry point is $119,900 for land and $279,900 for the house and land packages” said Damien. “The high quality homes are breathing new life into businesses in the shire and local tradesmen are reaping the rewards.”
To date the development is appealing to home owner occupiers building their dream 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom 4000 square metre homes.
“We found the buyers are purchasing this land relatively cheaply and spending 10% more on the build,” said Damien. “Our demographic also includes couples 25-45 years of age with young families; many are locals who are upgrading from Ipswich or Springfield.”
The development provides a sense of security, clubhouse amenities and manicured open green spaces.
This golf course estate offers an opportunity to purchase a block of land without paying the high costs associated with waterfront and coastal living.
Buyers are being priced out of coastal areas due to the decreased availability of blocks and are moving inland to areas along the western corridor.
Homebuyers are responding positively to residential developments like The Fairways which offer more than just a block of land.
At The Fairways, the lightly treed, undulating blocks suit acreage and ranch style homes and its location allows buyers to work and spend time in the city but retreat back home to a calming and serene rural environment.
The Fairways is the perfect mix of town and country living in the hub of the local area with the estate situated around the Hatton Vale Golf Club.
‘The future is very bright for The Fairways, and new infrastructure including a new sports centre is planned’