Serene retiree haven

Date: 13 September 2013
Ettalong Beach in Focus.

Ettalong Beach is one of those places that is popular with locals living nearby and visitors who come to enjoy the relaxed village atmosphere and serene waterfront location.

The suburb’s pristine foreshore overlooking Brisbane Water and Broken Bay is a standout feature, currently undergoing improvement works by Gosford Council.

There’s also a popular daily ferry service to Palm Beach, making the area accessible for those living on Sydney’s northern beaches.

When GL Jackson First National managing director Tony Lilja began selling real estate here 33 years ago, Sydneysiders were looking for the perfect holiday homes and weekenders.

But while Sydney buyers are still a big part of the property market clientele, property owners are now more likely to be permanent residents wanting to experience all that Ettalong Beach has to offer.

Mr Lilja said retirees were also a large buyer demographic, snapping up the many villas and townhouses that can be found around the suburb.

“The redevelopment of the Mantra has helped the village become an up-market tourist and cafe hotspot,” he said.

“The Palm Beach ferry brings in new visitors who decide to move or invest in the area.” Mr Lilja said investors were attracted to Ettalong Beach thanks to still-affordable property prices, current low interest rates and good rental returns.

An increase in buyer activity has also seen house prices improve by 10.9 per cent in the last 12 months, according to RPData.

First National Real Estate G.L. Jackson

Source: Central Coast Express-Advocate, Gosford, 13 Sep 2013
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