About the Area
Southport is the home of the Gold Coast’s CBD and as such is the “capital” of the NGC. It is also one of the Gold Coast’s oldest suburbs and boasts a superb range of established gardens and giant leafy trees. Many regard Southport’s residential areas as being the Gold Coast’s Toorak / North Shore as you’ll find many stately homes set on large blocks of land, often with river frontage or fantastic views.
Arundel & Parkwood
There is great diversity within these suburbs from the rolling hills of golf courses, to The Coombabah Lake Conservation Park and the Ivan Gibbs Wetlands Reserve to the busy roads of Smith Street and Olsen Avenue. The suburb is a hub of activity. Firstly, it provides the access point to the Pacific M1 Motorway which is busy with commuters travelling north. Secondly, it is home to Griffith University which is an attractive campus that has recently gone through a major refurbishment and expansion period. Students find Griffith University Gold Coast a particularly appealing campus not only for the great degree choices and sporting facilities but also for its proximity to the beach and Surfers Paradise. The new Gold Coast University Hospital and 2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village are also located here. Parkwood is also the start of the Gold Coast Light Rail system that runs down to Southport and then on to Surfers Paradise before ending its journey at Broadbeach. Both neighbourhoods are very well established and are well serviced by public transport, schools and shopping centres. The area is made up of many first home buyers but also those wishing to purchase exclusive golf frontage real estate.[/column]
Labrador was once a quiet holiday suburb, but now, it harbours the trendies of the Gold Coast and lovers of everything aquatic. Over the last 10 years the area has experienced major growth and progress which has led to the locals to come about in their attitudes towards the suburb.
And why not? The suburb is lined by the Broadwater and close to the CBD but far away enough to be peaceful and relaxed. Labrador is a long established suburb, as of such, there is no vacant land left. Many of the older three storey walk ups and holiday houses that run alongside the Broadwater are being torn down for redevelopment. New and luxurious buildings have risen in the recent years as well as a thriving cafe precinct.
Molendinar is becoming popular with first home buyers and leaving behind its older, shady past.
The young set are finding Molendinar more affordable and yet it is still close to the CBD, major shopping centres, Gold Coast Hospital, Griffith University and many private schools.
It is also home to the second largest daily newspaper in Australia – the Gold Coast Bulletin
In 1969 the Gold Coast City Council began the first stage of commercial development of the Molendinar Industrial Estate. Since then, the suburb has become a centre for industry on the Gold Coast. Employment opportunities in this suburb are flourishing due to its industrial and commercial precinct.[/column]
Ashmore is a popular, older and well established suburb built on rolling hills and surrounded by elderly trees. Due to its elevated location, some Ashmore homes can enjoy views to the beach and ocean and back towards the Hinterland. Ashmore is just that little bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast yet it is so opportunely centred near the beach, shopping centres, CBD, retail precincts and M1 and rail links. The suburb definitely has a strong community feel which is concentrated on family life which is seen in the numerous parks, gardens, schools and sporting facilities. There is also a large amount of older residents in the area, which is helped by the great retirement facilities located in Ashmore.
Biggera Waters offers residents a quiet lifestyle, minutes from the Broadwater but still close enough to major shopping centres, attractions and only 10 minutes from the CBD in peak hour traffic.
Each morning the boardwalk is dotted with walkers, joggers and strollers and on the weekends the waterways become crowded with boats heading out to fish and families enjoying a day on the water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Traditionally the area has been settled by retirees but recently, with the development of Harbour Town Shopping Centre in the suburb has seen an emergence of a younger buyer wanting to get close to the retail and dining destination.[/column]