FAMILY FRIENDLY: Devine’s $1.4 billion Riverstone Rise community has about 191 ha of open space and playgrounds planned.
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Devine’s $1.4 billion Riverstone Rise community has about 191 ha of open space and playgrounds planned. Contributed

New estates offer facilities attractive to long-term buyers

WHILE industry has brought a substantial amount of fly-in fly-out workers to the region, there are still people who plan on calling Gladstone home for the long-term.

For those people looking to settle in the town there are a number of factors they should be considering before entering the local property market.

LJ Hooker Gladstone director Tony Lloyd-Jones said finding a property with plenty of facilities and amenities nearby was as important as cost and location.

"It's very important, particularly for families to find an estate with nice parks to take the kids," he said.

Mr Lloyd-Jones said areas with good public amenities included Barney Point Beach and new estates along Kirkwood Rd, which has a shopping centre complex close by.

He also said people with school-age children should consider property a short drive from a school.

A new suburb to the Gladstone market with plenty of facilities on offer is Riverstone Rise in Boyne Valley.

Upon completion, Riverstone Rise will have 2900 lots and be home to more than 7500 people.

Riverstone Rise project director Grant Botica said Riverstone Rise was one of the best communities to invest in at the moment.

"Blocks at Riverstone Rise are not only competitively priced from just $174,000, the community itself offers a great location close to shops, schools, community facilities, parks and of course, the picturesque Boyne River," he said.

The Riverstone Rise community will be built on 496.6ha of land and about 191ha of the site will used for reserves, open spaces, parklands and playgrounds.

Pick up the Domain section, in Saturday's Observer, to find out what is hot in property across the region.