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Who buys property on the Gold Coast?

By Andrew Bell

Exactly what kind of person decides to buy a house on the Gold Coast and call this paradise home? Well, just about everybody can do so, and many have loved it so far. Why not you as well? It may end up giving you the opportunity to rub shoulders with your favourite movie stars or sports heroes, and the lifestyle is something to truly be envied.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

There have already been some major players on the celebrity scene around the region, and some rentals on the Gold Coast might just be owned by one of them.

Australian rugby league stalwarts Nate Myles and Daly Cherry-Evans both listed their Gold Coast properties for rent ahead of moves away from the city to play for other teams, according to The Courier Mail. Mr Myles owns a beautiful patch of real estate in Palm Beach, and Mr Cherry-Evans is situated in the prestigious suburb of Mermaid Beach.

Residex lists these suburbs as having a median house price of $676,000 and $1,224,000 respectively. With prices such as these, it's quite possible that you could find yourself looking over the fence at your State of Origin superstar neighbours once they return to their homes.

Other sports stars that own Gold Coast properties include AFL genius Gary Ablett in Ashmore, Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson in Pacific Pines, Australian golfing legend Adam Scott on Hope Island, tennis legend Samantha Stosur in Benowa and, of course, 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, who owns a house in Palm Beach – perfect for getting out in the waves. The Gold Coast Bulletin suggests that it was the incredible surf breaks that pushed Slater into buying here, and if you're a surfer yourself, you might find him catching a wave or two right next to you.

The Australian Property Observer also reported that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson purchased a $15million mansion in 2014 while he was filming his blockbuster hit San Andreas. The film industry has been very popular in the region recently, and other major productions are great news for the Gold Coast economy.

"In 2013/14 there have been two international productions, bringing in $52.2million to Queensland, including Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, and Modern Family," said former Queensland arts minister Ian Walker on 22 April 2014.

Live the good life

Among the beaches and shops that so many people flock to the city for lies important cultural buildings, museums, art galleries, cinemas and family parks. The University of Southern Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University are all close by as well, which means that students will find a studious lifestyle can be enjoyed at the beach, not just in the library.

While the students are at university studying, there are also great opportunities for employment – particularly in the healthcare and social assistance arena, which is the most successful Gold Coast industry according to the National Institute of Economy and Industry Research. There are an estimated 30,000 jobs on the Gold Coast in this sector which is great news for anyone looking for a job after moving in. Retail trade comes in a close second, and students after part-time work will look on this favourably.

Employment, shopping, surfing and maybe even finding yourself sitting next to a celebrity out for dinner – these are just some of the benefits that buying a property on the Gold Coast can offer. If you want your family to experience some of the best aspects of Australian living by moving to the Gold Coast, then get in touch with the team at Ray White Surfers Paradise to see what amazing real estate we can secure for you.

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