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Tips for buying property to suit your hobby

By Andrew Bell

There are so many things to think about when buying Surfers Paradise property. For one, the diverse landscape and exciting pace of life creates a number of possibilities – from beachside to inner city living, the hunt for property can seem never-ending. However, when thinking about where to buy a home, it's worth having a think about your hobbies. After all, buying a home isn't just about the property itself – it's about how you will use it. 

This is especially the case if you're an outdoors person. Surfers Paradise and the surrounding area can be great location for any number of adventurous activities, but you should select a property to fit these ventures. Here are some things to think about when searching for a home that suits your hobbies.

The fisherman

If you're keen on fishing in any one of Surfers Paradise's fantastic waterholes, then there are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a home. For one, have a think about the location. This will depend on whether you are interested in lake or ocean fishing, and even if you're an angler or an enthusiastic boater. Selecting a property close by a waterway can allow you easy access whenever you want to cast a line – in fact, purchasing on the riverfront could let you drop bait right from your property!

If you have decided that purchasing real estate in Surfers Paradise is your kettle of fish, have a think about property with a private jetty or mooring for your vessel. This can reduce the amount of time you spend launching from a public boat ramp and get you out of the water much faster. Keep in mind that the property you choose likely needs to have adequate storage to keep your equipment safe and accessible – investigate options that have external sheds or garages that let you tinker with your rods with adequate space. 

Of course, you need to balance cost with your hobby. It's important to have a chat with your real estate agent to determine what properties are available to suit your budget and lifestyle preferences – and this can give you a good guide to location.

The surfer

As its name would suggest, Surfers Paradise is a haven for surfers, but if you want to make the most of the rolling waves, your property hunt should include a couple of considerations. You're likely to want a home close to the beach, but purchasing in these areas can come with a couple of strings attached. 

Surfers Paradise and its beautiful beaches can be incredibly busy during high summer so this might be something to think about if you're purchasing the home as a surf retreat. For instance, if you purchase near a tourist resort, privacy could be an issue – or you might find that the waves are a little crowded! 

You'll also need to consider the extra costs of purchasing near the ocean. There are added expenses related to insurance and taxes, so if the home is only going to be used occasionally, weigh up what you can afford over the long term. This could impact your enjoyment so make sure you consult with your real estate agent before signing on the dotted line. Apartments in Surfers Paradise could also be a good option if you're in the market for a vacation property, but keep in mind that they are often in busier areas. 

The property itself might need to have a few features to facilitate your wave-riding. A garage is one of the best places to store your surfboard as it keeps it out of the way of damage – you can also easily install a rack to the wall without sacrificing the appearance of the interior. Some properties even come with cool and shaded areas where you can stow wetsuits and boards to stop them deteriorating. 

If you're close by the ocean, an outdoor shower can be a great feature. Many properties come complete with exterior showers where you can wash the sand and salt from yourself and your board before entering the house.

Whatever your hobby preference, finding the right property is essential. Before you start the journey, get in touch with the real estate professionals at Ray White Surfers Paradise. 

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