IT HAS been seven years in the making but Breeze is about to hit the Sunshine Coast.
In doing so, the $44 million beachfront development by ARIA has revealed the pent-up demand for prime residential sites.
Breeze is on one of Mooloolaba Esplanade’s last remaining sites. It incorporates 58 apartments over 10 levels with pool, spa and recreational areas.
Designed by Sydney architect Tony Owen Partners, the development has achieved pre-sales of 91%. Queensland’s Hutchinson Builders moved on to the corner site in August with completion expected late next year.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was on hand last week to turn the first shovel of dirt to start work on the gateway corner site.
ARIA development director Michael Hurley said proximity and views were what made Breeze stand out.
“There are only two remaining sites on the front row of Mooloolaba, and ARIA owns them both,” he said. “The site has a north aspect over the ocean, the hinterland is behind you and the interior is as exquisite as the surroundings.”
Mr Hurley said Breeze would create 210 jobs for the local construction industry.
The interesting thing about the marketing of the project has been the overwhelming response from Sunshine Coast buyers.
Mr Hurley said the people who have bought into Breeze know Mooloolaba.
“They have holidayed here,” he said, “they have been waiting for a number of years for another beachfront project to start.
“It has been a really good mix with the majority being locals, others from south-east Queensland and interstate as well as some international.
“People really know it. They have been wanting to put their name down.
“Some have been waiting three to four years for something on the (ocean) front.”
The other point of interest was the expensive apartments have been the first to sell, starting with the two penthouses.
“It has given us a lot of confidence,” Mr Hurley said.
“Aria recently lodged a DA at its other site No.1 The Esplanade, and being a local Mooloolaba company, ARIA is passionate on changing Mooloolaba and making it a world-class destination, as part of our proposal to increase the parkland by 286% and bringing signature food and retail options back to Mooloolaba,” Mr Hurley said.
Mr Jamieson welcomed the start of work on the site, bounded by Mooloolaba Esplanade, Meta St and First Av.
“It’s good to see ARIA undertake its first project on the Sunshine Coast in a number of years,” he said.