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3 reasons the Gold Coast is great for families

By Andrew Bell

If you're looking for a new home and are worried about where your family will feel comfortable, then look no further than the Gold Coast.

Suburbs that offer great quality of living will allow your loved ones to access some of the best aspects of life in Australia. Real estate in Surfers Paradise is just one area that should be explored.

From the sun to the shopping, the ability to get a job and the accessibility of real estate, here are just three of the ways that the south-east Queensland tourist hotspot is the right choice for your next family home:

1) Commitment to success on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Economic Development Strategy 2013-23 (EDS) provides a framework for how the region is set to grow over the coming seven years. That outline holds some good news for family members.

An 18 per cent increase in the gross regional product (GRP) is set to improve the standard of living around real estate on the Gold Coast with more funding. What's more, the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) has plotted a steady growth of GRP in the area since 2010. Between 2003 and 2004 there was a 9 per cent increase in GRP which hasn't been seen since – however increases are still encouraging.

The plan for expansion on the Gold Coast should be seen as a promising start to your family's life in the area.

2) Queensland employment being boosted

A major factor in choosing a new home is the ability to find a job in the region. Queensland as a whole is showing improvements in the employment rate, but the Gold Coast more specifically is projecting the job market to grow.

A Queensland government Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review 2015-16 (MYFER) states that there have been 50,800 jobs created around the Sunshine State since January 2015. Great news is also in store for parents hoping to encourage their teenagers into jobs while they're studying. The NIEIR suggests that retail trade is the largest industry on the Gold Coast, creating 35,363 jobs over the 2013-14 financial year.

As an accessible way for students to get a first job, the abundance of retailers employing people could be a great incentive for families looking to move into the area. Main Beach real estate could see people flocking to the area because of promising opportunities in the shopping arenas around the beautiful suburb.

For more consistent opportunities, however, the Gold Coast does offer significant full-time employment as well. Construction is listed by the NIEIR as generating 22,339 jobs alone in 2013-14 with healthcare and social assistance posting 21,746 jobs, and manufacturing hitting 15,979.

Whatever your industry, you will be sure to find something to suit on the Gold Coast.

3) The sunny side of life

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology lists the mean maximum temperature year-round on the Gold Coast as 25.2 degrees Celsius. The mean minimum temperature is not much lower either, at 17.2 degrees Celsius. With heat like that, the beautiful ranging beaches around the area are basically an option for the whole family every single day. Even better, everyone can get outside and be active together!

Healthy Kids NSW suggests than an optimum amount of time for children to be active every day is three hours, and suggests that family activities and transport by walking or cycling are two ways that an active lifestyle can be achieved. Walking to the beach with your kids can help them to be healthy, and avoid them staying in front of their device screens for too long, which can can be detrimental to their posture and eyesight.

Take a look at real estate around the Gold Coast and contact Ray White Surfers Paradise to see what the team can get your family into.

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