Main Beach is a boutique suburb which has great appeal for more mature and sophisticated property buyers. The suburb had a population of 4022 with a median age of 57 in the 2021 census. It’s no surprise to discover that Main Beach had lower proportion of children (under 18) and a higher proportion of persons aged 60 or older than the rest of the Gold Coast City. A part of this demographic profile is probably due the housing options available in the suburb.On the beach side of the suburb there is a growing number of holiday and residential high rises. There is also a mix of villas, townhouses, older three storey walk ups and only a few houses. The development of high-rise apartments at Main Beach property only started relatively recently in the Gold Coast’s history but demand for this type of dwelling in the suburb has always been strong.
Broadwater side of the suburb is full of older homes dating back to the 1950s and high-rise development of this section of Main Beach its restricted. The homes are tightly held and many have been maintained in the same family since they were built. Many of these homes have undergone significant renovations and the results are impressive. Because these homes rarely come onto the market, realestate.com.au does not provide a median price for houses in the suburb.
However, the median price for units in the suburb rose from $730,000 in January 2008 to $1,150,00 in January 2023.
There is a strong sense of community in the suburb and the exceptionally popular restaurant and café strip on Tedder Avenue features a friendly and relaxed atmosphere treasured by the locals. There is no doubt that Tedder Avenue is the centre of the residential heart of Main Beach but the suburb also has significant attractions for visitors. Heading past the Southport Yacht Club, visitors discover the delights, both natural and man-made, of The Spit. There is Mariners Cove Marina featuring waterfront restaurants, a tavern, marine & boat sales and a host of activities including helicopter tours, jet ski hire, boat hire, fishing charters, and cruises. Mariners Cove now looks set to be redeveloped into a upscale residential project in coming years. Next door is Marina Mirage, a sophisticated shopping mall that is home to up-market fashion brands and some of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast. Adjoining Marina Mirage is the six-star Palazzo Versace Hotel while on the opposite side of the road and connected to the shopping centre via a pedestrian bridge, is the beautiful Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel and Resort, which proudly sits on the beachfront.
Heading further north along the aptly named World Drive and you will find the world-famous Sea World theme park and the associated Sea World Resort. Driving past Sea World Resort, visitors encounter parklands and at the end of The Spit is Doug Jennings Park. The park is a great place to relax, take a walk, fish or just enjoys the view of The Broadwater, the Seaway and the Pacific Ocean.
Historically, Main Beach was the main surf beach for the town of Southport, and it is still very popular with swimmers. During the early years of Southport, visitors were ferried across the Broadwater to surf at the Main Beach. Later, much of the activity at Main Beach centred around the Southport Yacht Club. Today, the yacht club is still a very popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
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