Is this Australia’s best place to retire?

With picturesque beaches, amazing weather, a friendly atmosphere and plenty of open spaces, it’s easy to see the appeal of retiring on Australia’s east coast.

Based on recent trends, one area seems to appeal to new retirees more than any other: the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast property expert Victoria Dent reports unprecedented activity in the over 50s residential resort market. Victoria says years of sales experience confirms the Sunshine Coast is an over 50s’ favourite.

“My experience at the former Hyatt Resort at Coolum – more recently with Living Gems Sunstone Gardens at Maleny, and now at Crystal by Living Gems in Pacific Paradise – shows the Sunshine Coast is a premier retirement location.

“The excitement about Crystal by Living Gems surpasses all previous sales results and forecasts. The Pacific Paradise resort has captured the attention of buyers from all over Queensland, interstate and a few overseas buyers,” Victoria says.

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Crystal by Living Gems is the latest development from the industry’s leading over 50s’ lifestyle resort specialist. Living Gems has built and managed master planned communities for active over 50s since the early ‘80s. The company now has resorts in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Independent international assessors recently voted Living Gems Active Over 50s’ Lifestyle Resorts the Best in Australasia. Victoria says Crystal by Living Gems will surpass even this high standard.

“This residential resort sets a new benchmark in style, value and quality. It appeals to people who want the best of everything in an idyllic location,” she says.

“Crystal by Living Gems is designed for people who are still in the workforce, running a business, those who are planning retirement and retirees who want to make the most of their leisure time.

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The onsite sales office at 596 David Low Way, Pacific Paradise is now open. Although building has not yet commenced we have already sold 10 homes.

“The location is a drawcard; the resort is a two minute drive or 20 minute stroll from golden beaches, village style shopping precincts, medical facilities and a modern hospital. Noosa and Caloundra are within a 20 minute drive and Brisbane can be reached in little more than an hour”.

Victoria says Living Gems multi-award winning lifestyle resorts are all about people. “Crystal by Living Gems is a prestigious boutique resort of 126 architect designed two and three bedroom homes. Outstanding resort facilities and a community based on friendship and fun is the key.

“This secure, pet friendly gated community will have managers to take care of the facilities, grounds and home owners’ front lawns. Resort facilities will include a country club with dining areas and a bar, a grand ballroom with a theatre stage and a private cinema.

“Residents and their guests have exclusive use of a magnificent swimming pool and spa. The pool pavilion and barbecue area is designed for relaxed entertaining. Lifestyle facilities include a gym, a fully covered and floodlit bowling green and a tennis court.

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“There are no entry fees, exit fees, stamp duties or rates to pay. People can enjoy the lifestyle and if they choose to sell at any time they retain all of their capital gain. Crystal by Living Gems exceeds buyers’ expectations at every level, it’s hardly surprising that sales are at record levels,” Victoria says.

For more information visit or call Victoria on 1800 279 782.

Do you agree? Where is your dream retirement location?

This post is sponsored by Living Gems. It was written as we feel it delivers valuable insights into a subject important to the Starts at 60 community. To learn more about these lively over-50s retirement resorts, please visit the Living Gems website.