January 31, 2017

Nature calls for botanic focus

A STRONG positive response to the natural surroundings of Funnel Bay has prompted modifications to the development design and greater investment in gardens and landscaping. After listening to feedback from potential buyers, mostly from capital cities, the developers recognised that the natural environment locals took for granted was a much bigger attraction than anticipated. Comments from inspections at Funnel Bay frequently revolved around the national park bordering the site and the feeling of being surrounded by nature. Comments also noted a disparity between the value of the 10 beachfront and the five garden view allotments.
As a result, Stage 1 of Funnel Bay was modified to increase the size of the garden allotments, include large exclusive use areas for two of them, and include a huge central landscaped botanic garden area to be shared by all residents. An $850,000 investment in gardens and landscaping will reinforce a connection with the surrounding national park and enhance the feeling of escape.
In addition to increasing value of all the allotments, new community title guidelines will help protect the investment by ensuring a suitable standard of construction in line with the quality of the estate. The guidelines were developed by North Queensland’s most experienced architect, Gary Hunt, and Chris Beckingham, who designed Qualia and most of the homes on Hamilton Island, has come out of retirement to design the first two homes, which will have construction values above $2 million and $3 million.
The developers believe these changes enhance the long-term value of the estate as well as boosting the standing of mainland Whitsundays as an investment opportunity.
Construction at Airlie’s newest suburb, Funnel Bay, began at the end of last year and is due for completion at the end of March.

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