When you choose to move homes, there’s a list of things that you’re looking for: will it be good for work and the kids’ schools? Is there enough room for all four bikes in the garage? Can you fit the new bed in that bedroom? When you downsize though, it’s a completely different set of questions you’re asking yourself and the realtor. Downsizing is a big move, as you often get rid of a lot of the ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated over the years, and you want to live somewhere nice, treating yourself to the views, storage and lifestyle you’ve been waiting for.
Queensland has some incredible options for downsizers. This is, in part, due to the fact that people from all around the country like to move here post-retirement in order to enjoy the temperate weather, low-key lifestyle and the exciting city centres. Brisbane is loved due to the eclectic mix of restaurants and the lively lifestyles its residents have. The Gold Coast is well-loved both for its incredible beaches and the exciting events held throughout the year. The Sunshine Coast is loved for its relaxed atmosphere and kilometres of parklands and beaches.
We’ve bought together six of the best options to downsize to in Queensland, so that there’s something to suit every lifestyle choice. Need some more advice? Checkout our Downsizing page.
Overlooking the Brisbane River, 443 Queen Street sits in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, in the centre of all the action. With one, two, three and four-bedroom apartment options available, there’s something to suit every type of downsizer. These apartments might be the right choice for you if you’re downsizing but still planning to work for a few years, enjoy incredible views and amenities, or like to have everything from QPAC to the expansive Queen Street Mall right on your doorstep.
Apartments at 443 Queen Street start from $725,000.
Banyan Tree Residences offers apartments for the downsizer who wants all the added frills they never knew they needed. These one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments won the ‘Best Apartment/Condominium’ in Queensland at the International Property Awards in 2018, so you know that they gorgeously designed. Residents also get access to the full-floor rooftop terrace with resort-style facilities. Of course, if you want actual resort facilities, residents at Banyan Tree also get a week’s free holiday every year for the first five years at any Banyan Tree hotel worldwide.
Apartments at Banyan Tree Residences start from $550,000.
Sitting on the ever-popular Moreton Bay, The Vue brings together luxury with functionality in the Redcliffe Peninsular. The boutique project is designed so that every resident has all the space they could possibly need, and then some, which is something every downsizer will appreciate. The three-bedroom apartments will definitely be sought-after for years to come, especially given the data that suggest that beachfront property at Scarborough is likely to end up like the infamous ‘Millionaire’s Row’ in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast.
Apartments at The Vue start from $1,158,800.
This boutique, eight-storey development is designed for owner-occupiers who enjoy the beach and incredible views of the Sunshine Coast. The two and three-bedroom apartments have views from Mooloolaba in the north to Caloundra in the south or across parklands. Given that Seanna is located in Bokarina Beach — which itself sits inside the new Birtinya development — buyers will have everything they need close by.
Prices for the apartments at Seanna Residences are expected to be released over the coming weeks.
La Riviere offers buyers an easy, breezy coastal lifestyle in luxuriously-designed apartments. The two, three and four-bedroom apartments have unique features like spaces for showcasing artwork (after all, if you’ve collected it, you want to show it off), secure private storage and a private marina berth. Residents also have access to a number of facilities which mean they’ll only be leaving for work or the beach, because they’ve got everything else at home, from a gym to a riverside BBQ.
Apartments at La Riviere are priced from $1.1 million.
The seven apartments at Parque on Oxford are some of the largest in the list. Ranging between 183 and 254 sqm in size, these apartments give downsizers the space they need for themselves and anyone that visits, along with extra space, just in case. The apartments have been designed with minimal maintenance in mind and the integrated pergolas allow residents to control the natural light on their home, making everything just that little bit easier. Parque on Oxford also has a number of townhouses available, which have the option of adding an internal private lift to make sure that stairs are not an issue.
Apartments at Parque on Oxford are priced from $995,000.