The Sunshine Coast is attracting employees, buyers and investors.

For decades the Sunshine Coast region was heavily reliant upon tourism to drive its economy but the climate has changed. Major infrastructure projects such as the $5.3 billion health precinct at Kawana Waters has created 12,000 jobs during and postconstruction.

It has attracted employees to the area for a business change, not a sea change. The benefits are immense — the Sunshine Coast offers an affordable lifestyle within an environment which is truly world class. Pelican Waters at Caloundra is a prime example. Since its first release in 1989, this 810 hectare masterplanned community has become synonymous with the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. The latest release is Waterside which offers family-friendly home sites from just $225,000.

Nestled in tranquil surrounds along the banks of the beautiful Bells Creek, Waterside is the new residential opportunity which can make the coastal dream a reality according to General Manager of Development for Pelican Waters, Hamish Pressland.

“Featuring a variety of villa, premium villa, courtyard and traditional lots, Waterside opens a range of housing possibilities, all within a stone’s throw of beaches, shops, schools and the Greg Norman-designed championship golf course,” says Pressland.

“Value, variety, location and Pelican Waters’ high design quality and architectural standards are expected to drive strong buyer interest in our first land release for 2015,” he says.

Common to Pelican Waters land releases is the level of extras. Dotted with native vegetation, the expansive one-hectare Scribbly Gum Park lining Bells Creek will feature custom designed furniture, barbecues, shelters, contemporary play equipment and a large sports field.

One of the many advantages of creating a home at Waterside is that it is the first residential opportunity available in the Southern Lakes precinct where the soon to be built Town Centre will form the heart of Pelican Waters.

The town centre will have a commercial and corporate hub with buildings ranging from four to ten storeys high with ground floor retail outlets complemented by apartments above.

With interest rates set to remain stable in 2015, the QBE Australian Housing Outlook Report 2014 to 2017 produced by BIS Shrapnel, predicts median house prices to rise by seven per cent to June and then again in 2016. Property commentator Michael Matusik says the Sunshine Coast is a “potential big winner” in this property cycle. The Sunshine Coast and Pelican Waters is indeed on an upward trajectory.

The major infrastructure projects have created thousands of new jobs creating a whole new economic dynamic on the Sunshine Coast and that dynamic is set to gather momentum.

More than a place to visit, the idyllic lifestyle generally afforded only to the rich and retirees is now on offer at an affordable price to those of us still working for a living. Time to rethink?