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When people think of Brisbane, they think of it as an inland river city without beaches or sea views. However, Brisbane has a few suburbs that are right on the coast. Wynnum is one of them and for the first time in a while apartments are popping up left, right and centre – many of them with great ocean views.
Highpoint apartments are an upcoming development that is all about the bayside living.
The $5.5 million project is due to start construction in April or May 2016 and is expected to be completed by February or March 2017.
Highpoint apartments are located in Wynnum, 15km from the Brisbane CBD. It’s also 18km away from Brisbane Airport.
The 2011 Australian Census showed that Wynnum residents have an average age of 40 – slightly older than the national average. So Wynnum is a suburb more for established families. The population of Wynnum is 12,229.
One of Brisbane’s oldest water parks is in Wynnum. It was built in the 1930s as part of the Unemployment Relief System during the Depression, but today the Wynnum Water Park still offers children fun in the sun as they splash around. Right next to the water park is the Wynnum Wading Pool, another excellent place to take your kids on a hot summer day. The wading pool is lots of fun, complete with slides, and sits right on the bay so your kids can almost feel like they are swimming in the ocean (but without the dangerous tides and currents). The whole area is nautical-themed and kids can also enjoy riding scooters or bikes along the connecting bikeways and pathways. There are a number of playgrounds and climbing nets along the waterfront, with toilets, barbeques and picnic tables.
Elanora Park is located on Granada Street in Wynnum and recent upgrades to the park have added a multi-use sports field to its facilities. It’s best known for being an off-leash dog park where there are also agility props for your dog to train on. Elanora Park is also the starting point for almost 500 metre Mangrove Boardwalk, that winds through a mangrove forest. The boardwalk is suitable for strollers, prams and wheelchairs.
Manly is Wynnum’s neighbouring sister suburb and together they offer many restaurants, cafes and lovely bayside experiences. Manly hosts a farmer’s market every first and third Saturday of the month that provides locals with fresh produce and food and coffee. Manly Harbour Village also holds free outdoor cinemas every month all year round- check the website for this month’s movie.
The closest shopping centre is Wynnum Plaza which has around 70 stores, restaurants and services including major stores like Kmart, Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Coles.
There are numerous boating ramps in Wynnum that are easily accessible and the Wynnum Jetty (less than a 10 minute walk) is a prime spot for walking along and fishing. The main fish caught at the Jetty are Bream. Wynnum Creek is also a good spot for fishing.
Neighbouring suburbs are Manly, Lytton, Wynnum West and Manly West.
Highpoint is developed and built by Niclin Group. The award-winning company has delivered successful residential projects and considers itself to be “young, vibrant and committed to delivering the project with the highest standards”. Some of the company’s current projects are in the Brisbane CBD and the suburbs of Corinda, Mt Gravatt, Nundah and Manly.
Altogether, there are 16 two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom apartments.
Reverse cycle split system air conditioning will be installed in all bedrooms and living areas. There will also be ceiling fans in all bedrooms, living areas and balconies to provide extra comfort.
Every apartment will have built-in robes in all bedrooms. Some two-bedroom apartments will have a study.
Barbecue gas points will be provided on all balconies, which will also have glazed balustrades and tiled flooring.
There will be a lobby entry to Highpoint, with secure swipe card access and an intercom system.
The two-bedroom apartments will have one parking space and the three-bedroom apartments will have two car spaces.
Prices for Highpoint start at $455,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and go up to $875,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.
Highpoint has only recently been released in December last year and so all apartments are still up for grabs. The overall interest of buyers has been from owner-occupiers.
Expected rental prices for High Point apartments are $520 to $565 per week for two-bedroom apartments and go up to $575 to $650 per week for three-bedroom apartments.
The estimated body corporate fees are between $52.28 per week and $63.87 per week.
There will be no onsite manager appointed to the building.
Even though construction has yet to begin, buyers can see the quality of the finishes by looking at the sample board supplied by Reno Muscat – the agent on the project. There is also a detailed list that describes what the finishes will be.
There will be carpet in the bedrooms and tiles throughout the kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Walls and ceilings will be plasterboard with a painted finish.
There will be recessed down-lights to all areas and feature pendant lights in the kitchen. Television dual points will be supplied in the living room and master bedroom.
Delonghi appliances will be used throughout the kitchen. There will be an oven, cooktop, rangehood and a dishwasher in all apartments. All cupboard doors will have a laminate finish and benchtops will be reconstituted stone.
The closest train station to the Highpoint apartments is Wynnum Central, a seven-minute walk away. Trains run to the city and surrounding suburbs. The 240 express bus to the Brisbane CBD stops at Florence Street at Wynnum Central (stop 97), a five-minute walk from the apartments.
Highpoint apartments are surrounded by schools such as Guardian Angels’ Catholic Primary School (right across the road), Wynnum State High School (four minutes drive), Wynnum State School (five minutes drive), Wondall Heights State School (four minute drive), Brisbane Bayside State College (five minutes drive), Iona Roman Catholic Boy’s Private College (seven minutes drive), Moreton Bay Uniting Church Girls College (six minutes drive) and Moreton Bay Boys College (five minutes drive). There are plenty more options around the area to choose from so you can pick a school that is right for you and your child.
Wynnum Hospital is just a four minute drive from Highpoint. There are many medical centres and pharmacies around Wynnum so easy access to health care is at your disposal.
The Brisbane City Council’s Wynnum Library is on Bay Terrace. In 2014, new plans were unveiled for a new library to be built on the site of the old Wynnum Central State School on Florence Street. The library is being built in the same building as Woolworths and BWS, and is set to be completed in early 2016.
The easiest public transport option to the University of Queensland is catching the train from Wynnum Central station to Central Station and then walking to King George Square and catch bus 412 to the St Lucia campus. The trip will take an hour and 18 minutes by public transport and 33 minutes to drive. To travel to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), you need to catch the train from Wynnum Central to South Bank Station and then walk over the Goodwill Bridge to Gardens Point. The trip will take about an hour.
Even though there is not going to be a display suite set up for Highpoint, Reno Muscat is happy to talk to anyone at the Re/Max offices on Bay Terrace in Wynnum. Reno has got brochures, samples and a detailed list of the finishes available for potential buyers to look at.
Reno has worked in real estate since 1998 and is widely recognised within the business. He has a human resources background and has a passion working with people.
If Reno is not there, you are also able to talk to Tandi Gill. Tandi is now apart of her family business and her personal motto is “love what you do and do what you love, if you are not passionate about what you do and you do not wholly believe in why you are doing it, how can you expect anyone else to?”