Move

Looking at moving to the award-winning suburb of North Lakes? Steve McDade, Head of Kindred Property Group’s North Lakes and Surrounds office and long-time local to the area, provides his insider hints and tips to making the move a success.

A LITTLE ABOUT NORTH LAKES

The suburb of North Lakes really has it all. From beautiful parklands and lakes, ample schools and childcares, a shopping precinct with everything you could ever need, all tied perfectly together with an unsurpassed community feel, the suburb is perfect for those of all walks of life.

The suburb is really maturing and getting better and better, with ample facilities in place, as well as more and more added for families and lifestyle every day.

TO RENT, BUY OR BUILD IN NORTH LAKES?

Buying a property is one of life’s biggest and most exciting decisions, so finding an area and house that is right for your needs is paramount. If you’re new to the area or looking to secure the best property available, it’s important to align with a local expert with ample knowledge who can help you work out what is best for you.

Whether you’re renting for a short period of time to get a feel for the region or prefer the flexibility of renting long term, the rental market in North Lakes is sure to have something to meet your needs. Average rent within the suburb of North Lakes is $430 per week, with properties on the market for an average of 14-21 days.

REMEMBER: When renting a house, it is important you align yourself with a letting agent that is going to respect your needs and treat you like the house is your home. Do your research in the area and select a rental property from a trusted leasing agent.

Thinking of building? North Lakes still has parcels of land available. With a myriad of established builders in the region, building a home can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. With so much rental interest in the suburb, the area is also an investors dream.

LIFE IN THE REGION

The suburb of North Lakes has been master planned for easy living. Developed by Stocklands, the suburb offers everything you could need including parks, schools, childcare, transport, entertainment, shopping, and plenty of recreational facilities including a lake, pool, library and ample walking tracks.

Steve’s picks: Amongst my favourite things to do in the area is to take in the sunrises on an early morning walk around Lake Eden or Friendship Park.

A SNAPSHOT:

SHOPPING: North Lakes is home to Queensland’s largest Westfield shopping centre which provides easy access to supermarkets and over 200 speciality stores. There is also an Ikea, Bunnings, a town centre and much more.

EDUCATION: Two primary schools and two secondary schools are within the suburb, along with six childcares providing the best start to life for your family.

HEALTH: Numerous health services are available in North Lakes, ranging from medical centres to allied health providers to a private day hospital.

GETTING AROUND

There are numerous modes and methods of transport available for residents of North Lakes. Accessing anywhere from the local shops right through to the Brisbane CBD, surrounding suburbs, and iconic destinations such as the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast is a breeze.

A handy train service (the Redcliffe Peninsula line) provides easy and efficient access to Brisbane City and surrounding suburbs, with a strong network of bus transport linking you to amenities and surrounding regions.

Kilometres of walking and cycling paths are also integrated within the suburb, making any local journey a pleasant one. Why not jump on your bike or lace up your joggers and make your trip to the shops an outdoor outing.

The Bruce Highway and other major roadways (including the North-South Arterial Road and Plantation Bridge) have been developed with the suburb in mind, making commuting by car an effective method of getting around.

Steve shares: Why not jump on your bike and ride around the golf course with kids, stopping to play on the gym equipment and the numerous playground equipment sets. On Sundays, the family and I love to ride our bikes to a café, enjoy a beautiful breakfast and ride home.

MAKING THE MOVE

Moving house doesn’t need to be a burden if you plan well and get a little help from your friends (or other specialists).

Some of the things to consider when moving include:

UTILITIES: North Lakes is serviced by a huge range of electricity, gas and water providers. Doing a little research first can make a big difference to your rates down the track.

LEGAL NEEDS: Buying a house? There’s a big chance you’re not only going to need conveyancing, but also other services such as changes to your estate. Finding the right provider is going to make the process seamless.

ADDRESS: Start to monitor your mail and keep a list of people you are going to need to contact to update your mailing address. A mail redirection can also be a great option if you don’t have time to change all your contact details prior to moving.

With a variety of features, a beautiful community feel and services and planning second to none, there really is no question. If you’re thinking of moving to North Lakes, now is the time.