In the Media

  • Chasing Beachside Dream

    Published in: Advocate (Coffs Harbour)
    Published on: 24 Nov 2012

    COFFS Coast locals, Carly and Jeffery Cuneo, never thought they would be building their dream beachside home so early in life. The young family has recently secured one of the few remaining beachside properties at Moonee Sands just12 minutes north of Coffs Harbour. Carly said the opportunity was too good to true.  “I thought we would have to wait until we were much older to afford this kind of lifestyle but it is possible if you know where to look,” Carly said. “My parents live close by at Sapphire Beach, and that’s how we found about Moonee Sands.“We were lucky to get the exact block of land we wanted and the right builder so now we can look forward to watching our kids grow up by the beach building sand castles and learning how to fish. It’s perfect.” LJ Hooker Land Marketing’s Kevin Doodney said younger couples were seeking out a sea change earlier than previous generations. “Until recently it was mostly retired couples moving to coastal communities but there are a growing number of young families looking for a better work–life balance,” Mr Doodney said. Moonee Sands offers direct access to the beach and is walking distance to Coles shopping centre, daycare and schools while still only 12 minutes’ drive from of town.                                                                                       Mr Doodney said Gen X and Yers were looking for more than the traditional suburban lifestyle. “There is a clear shift with younger people. They want to be able to go for a morning surf before work and bring up their kids in a more natural environment,” he said. “Boutique coastal communities like Moonee Sands offer an affordable sea change while still remaining close to work and all the essential amenities. Being able to secure a beachside property early in life is not only a great way to live now but also a really smart investment for the future.” Carly is looking forward to the new, laid-back lifestyle: “We’ve got the sand, sun and ocean for a front yard and the beautiful Moonee Beach Nature Reserve for a backyard. We couldn’t have picked a better location.”