REAL ESTATE

Modern Canal Front Living

While canal front living is certainly nothing new, today’s canal front developments are the epitome of modern luxury living.

The Origins of Canal Front Living

The world-famous Grand Canal in Venice boasts a whopping 170 houses along its bank, most of which were built between 1200 to 1700 AD.

Amsterdam has also boasted canal front living since the early 1600s, when canals were created especially to encourage water traffic and allow for goods to be rapidly transported around the city.

With a unique lifestyle, the breathtaking views and the serenity, it’s no wonder canal front living is now extremely popular down-under!

Canal Front Living in Australia

Canal development has become a defining characteristic of the Gold Coast’s urban form, with the city becoming home to more than 890 kilometres of canals since the first were built in the 1950s.

Other developments which have followed suit can be found on the Sunshine Coast, Sylvania Waters in southern Sydney, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Port Macquarie, Tweed Heads, and the prestigious Raby Bay canal estate, south east of Brisbane, to name just a few.

Advantages of Canal Front Living

The View: Canal front living provides waterfront views that are hard to beat, especially with stunning sunsets and sunrises reflected in all their glory. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by beautiful blue water views? There is something so relaxing about it!

The Serenity: There is truly something so magically serene about living by the water – and indeed, research does show that living near bodies of water is associated with lower levels of stress.

Lifestyle: Canal front living offers a unique lifestyle that has residents feeling like they are on a vacay all day, every day. Fishing, boating, kayaking and jet skiing, provide endless enjoyment!

Return on Investment: Property on the water will always be in high demand and is not easy to come by because of the limited supply. Therefore, properties by the water will retain their value and more than likely go up in value! This is also an excellent opportunity for rental income as canal front homes also make desirable  holiday homes.  

The Dream Lifestyle in Raby Bay

Bordered by Cleveland Point to the east and Raby Esplanade Park in Ormiston to the west, Raby Bay was developed in the 1980s, with the final stage released in the late 1990’s.

This luxurious Redlands address has become renowned for its resort style atmosphere! Ideally situated approximately halfway between the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast, Raby Bay combines the convenience of city amenities with a relaxed waterfront lifestyle.

But wait, there’s more!

Among the luxurious waterfront homes, there are 35 hectares of developed parklands, including family-friendly beaches, picnic areas, boardwalks and cycling tracks.

Raby Bay Harbour offers fabulous dining experiences and entertainment options, while the canal front estate is also handy to Cleveland Railway station, shops and the Sunday markets.

The standout attraction of Raby Bay would have to be the easy access to Moreton Bay for boating, jet ski and fishing enthusiasts, with many properties featuring backdoor pontoons and marina berths (allowing owners to anchor their boats). 

While it may not be as famous as the Italian canal city of Venice – with all these features, we think it’s only a matter of time!

Janet Camilleri

When Janet Camilleri was growing up, her mother told her to become a teacher as "you can't make a living from writing". It might have taken a while, but it seems her mother was wrong. Now a fulltime copywriter, Janet is married with two grown children and one very spoilt cat.


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