15th April 2024

Couple set to live the Australian dream by building new at Burleigh

Building a new home in the tightly held suburb of Burleigh Heads has become a pipe dream for many buyers, with land becoming increasingly scarce on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Dylan Bond and Maddie-Louise Smith, both 31, are one couple living their dream of building a new home in Burleigh after they purchased a 400sqm flat block in the now sold out Suncove edition at The Arbour.

Mr Bond, a local marriage celebrant and owner of an events company says he and Ms Smith, a school teacher from North Brisbane decided to move to the Gold Coast where they could create a family home and a place to raise their family in the future.

“Maddie had built her own home in Brisbane seven years ago and she put her own stamp on everything making it not just a house but a home,” says Mr Bond.

“We really want to build new so we can tell the story of the lifecycle of our home’s creation from beginning to end.”

The couple soon realised there were few opportunities to build new on the Gold Coast, especially the Southern end where the couple decided they would prefer to live.

Research from Oliver Hume shows that excluding The Arbour, there are just two vacant land parcels currently available in the Southern beachside suburbs.

“When we discovered The Arbour I heard ‘Burleigh land’ and thought there was no way we could afford it,” says Mr Bond.

“I think a lot of people think it is out of reach because it’s Burleigh and it’s unheard of to be able to secure prime parcels of developable land in the suburb, especially land that is flat.

“We decided to go and have a look at The Arbour out of sheer curiosity and while we initially passed on an available block, we had immediate regret. We ended up snapping up a perfect corner block in Suncove Edition after someone else’s contract fell through and we cannot wait to start building.”

Mr Bond and Ms Smith’s block is fully retained, completely flat, and ready to build the couple’s double-storey, five-bedroom home complete with an alfresco area and huge Hampton-style windows.


Located on a 20.75-hectare site, The Arbour represents one of the last developable parcels of land in Burleigh Heads, with just two blocks left on offer ranging from 630sqm up to   13640sqm in the nearly sold out development.

Mr Bond says The Arbour provides the perfect location with easy accessibility and facilities close by including Wonga Park which is set to receive an upgrade, along with the dog park, BMX track, and a new bakery at Old Burleigh Town.

“When we go into the development it already feels like home,” says Mr Bond.

“We love the trees and the playground, and every time we look at it, we can imagine pushing our children on the swings. It’s a beautiful place to raise kids.”

As the Burleigh development nears completion Villawood Properties Queensland General Manager, Michael Williams The Arbour is shaping up to become a thriving, vibrant community.

“This development has been popular for good reason, there is nothing quite like it on offer in Burleigh Heads and now that the final lots have sold out, there most likely never will be again.”

Residents at The Arbour enjoy five hectares of open space, along with a new playground and public art. The development has close proximity to Tallebudgera Creek, world-class beaches, and national parks.