IT'S taken 100 years, but a seaside utopia is finally under construction on the Tweed coast.
The $750 million Seaside community has reached a major milestone with the first home now under construction, almost a century after residential development on the site was originally conceived.
The 32 hectare Seaside site has been on the residential development drawing board since the 1920s, when it was subdivided and owned by multiple parties.
Brothers Ian and Don Barclay amalgamated the site and took ownership in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a vision to develop a master planned community for up to 2,000 people.
Louisa Finselbach said her family had lived in nearby Casuarina for almost a decade and jumped at the chance to make a new start at Seaside because of its location, planned amenities and strong environmental ties.
"We think Seaside will become a really unique place as it grows," she said.
"It's one of the last coastal master planned developments on the Tweed coast and it will have its own character in terms of architectural design and community atmosphere."
Work commenced on the Seaside site with clearing and civil works in late 2009, with the first stage of homesites launched to the market in 2010.
The foundations and framework for the first home are underway, with another six properties expected to begin construction in the following weeks, with completion anticipated around mid year.
Ms Finselbach said she has always loved living on the Tweed Coast.
"We didn't want to move far," she said.
"Seaside was an ideal address because we are still close to family and friends, schools, shops and transport, and the beach and beautiful Cudgen Creek are just a short walk from our home."
Seaside has a strong focus on sustainability with Eco-Essence Homes involved to create an architect-designed home that is stylish but still eco-friendly, which not only helps the environment but also reduces running costs.
Director of Eco-Essence Homes, Jeremy Magee said Seaside is currently one of only a handful of communities in New South Wales with an EnviroDevelopment rating, which is awarded by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) to developments that are considered to be leaders in sustainability.
"We have designed this home in line with this ethos, with all of our homes achieving a minimum seven star rating with the use of plenty of recycled material, thermal mass walls, orientation to aid in natural heating and cooling and unique features both internally and externally which bring the home to life," he said.
For more information, please visit www.seasideliving.com.au or contact Tony Holland at Colliers International or Tom Ray at Ray Real Estate.