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    New $650 million waterfront community planned for the Gold Coast

    Nicholas Rider

    Queensland’s Hope Island could soon be home to a brand new $650 million master-planned community.

    The bulk of civil works for the 50 hectare-plus Serenity Cove development are already underway or complete and the first release of residential land just went to market.

    BDA Architecture director Peter Davenport and his team have been working on the masterplan and the sub sequential architecture of a number of components of the project, which includes everything from luxury homes, apartments, a marine hub and shops to a dining precinct and waterfront boardwalks.

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    Serenity Cove Lakeside Village. Image: BDA Architecture

    The first release is a mix of 48 waterfront lots along Saltwater Creek and Lake Serenity, some with marina berths and up to 1517sqm. Next will be the commercial village and town homes but Davenport suggests that further development will be driven by market demand.

    “We are proceeding with ongoing works with the marine village now, which is the lakeside village and some other residential components – townhouses and so on, and we’ll see how that unfolds,” he says.

    “There may be other service departments or hotel uses, or high density or medium density uses. We’ll just see. It all depends on where the market goes.”

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    Above: The master-planned community has been described as a "haven for boaties". Below: The project includes everything from luxury homes to a dining precinct. Images: realestate.com.au
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    At the centre of the Serenity Cove master-planned community is the Lakeside mixed-use village which is designed as a centre of activity for the existing waterfront neighbourhood and future residential and hotel precincts.

    The waterfront public space is bounded by three storey buildings with active ground level edges containing retail and restaurant tenancies. Waterfront boardwalks and pathways fan out from the plaza to waterfront residential, future hotels and higher density residential precincts to the west. 

    More than a third of the Serenity Cove site (around 27 hectares) has been preserved as a nature reserve. A further 10 hectares will become parkland, while 19 hectares will be developed. 

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