Southerners moving north

first_imgPaul Fotinos, Orchard sales manager and Shawn Boyd, managing director Elements North Queensland, pictured at the Orchard Estate. Picture: Shae Beplate.BUYING activity is on the rise at residential estate The Orchard as out-of-towners make the move north, lured by employment opportunities and a more relaxed lifestyle.People from southern cities in medical fields, the defence force and resources sector are migrating north in increasing numbers.The Orchard has become an attractive option, as the estate provides an easy connection to Townsville Hospital and Lavarack Barracks via the Ring Rd.Orchard sales manager Paul Fotinos said they’d had everyone from nurses to defence force personnel buying land and making the move north to Townsville.“We’ve had three in the last month and we have another three who will probably go under contract this month,” he said.“We were at the Townsville Expo last weekend and we met a lot of people who were from out of town and keen for a change.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’ve actually got one older guy I’m working with who wants to move to Townsville for the fishing.“I’ve noticed in the last fortnight (that) particularly the phones, email and social media channels have been busier with inquiries and a lot of that is from people who don’t currently live in Townsville.”The Orchard is located on Darling Rd in Jensen and was developed by Element NQ as a large-lot, masterplanned community.Stage one is now selling with lots available from 1000 sqm to 2200 sqm.The larger sized lots mean residents have room for boats, sheds, caravans or swimming pools, while the community has a semi-rural feel.Mr Fotinos said he hoped more out-of-town buyers meant Townsville was starting to return to its heyday of 10 years ago when people were moving to the area chasing warm weather and an idyllic lifestyle.“There is a definite change that is coming and inquiry has really picked up,” he said.“Because a lot of these buyers aren’t from Townsville they don’t buy into the negativity.“Ten years ago when I was working with Elements NQ we were regularly seeing people moving up here from down south and it was really common and now we’re just starting to see that trickle of it happening again.”last_img read more

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