Gore took back visions of False Creek,
Although I never got directly involved with Sanctuary Cove, I received regular updates from Neil, with whom I shared offices at the time. Perhaps I should put it another way. I stored Neil’s files while he worked in
Over the past 20 years, Sanctuary Cove has gone through many changes. Unfortunately, Gore’s heart could not keep up with his fast paced lifestyle, and he died a number of years ago. The resort has had different owners, although Greg Norman missed out on being one of them when his offer fell short by a few million dollars.
Unfortunately, we could only spend one night at Sanctuary Cove, since we wanted to get up to
Walking around the village centre and marina, I could see the False Creek and Granville Island influences in the street layout and waterfront walkway; the shapes of the buildings, the extensive use of corrugated siding, and the yellow painted pipes and railing details. There is a similar mix of restaurants, marine facilities, retail and office uses. While I kept looking for a Public Market to buy fresh prawns and
In addition to the village centre and hotel, there are two Palmer designed golf courses; the Palms and Pines. The Pines is the members’ course, but as a guest of the hotel, we could play there. But when I saw that one of the Par 3’s had a 185 metre carry over water, I decided we should play the Palms. A few thousand residents now live and play at Sanctuary Cove. While some of Hotson’s early townhouses are amongst the most attractive homes, they are by no means the most expensive. Many of the properties now sell in the $2 to $4 million range, and are owned by Australians and people from around the world who can keep their yachts in the nearby marina.
In order to fully appreciate developments such as Sanctuary Cove, it is helpful to look at the context in which they were built. While development of the Gold Coast began in the thirties, many of the buildings were constructed in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. For a while, there was a 24 storey height restriction, but no restriction on architectural styles. As a result, much of the Coast looks like a mixture of
I was very impressed with some newer developments. At 1057 feet, Q1 in Surfer’s
While I should have been trying out the surf at Surfers Paradise, there was a cyclone warning, and we were cautioned about large waves. Instead, I decided to take a look at The Wave, another of
I spent some time at two other developments in Broadbeach. The Oracle is a twin tower 40 and 50 storey development under construction near the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Jupiter Casino. Some of its features include
I was also impressed with Freshwater Point, a recently completed mid-rise development where we stayed. Again, we found it on Wotif, and we felt privileged to be there. The development is very contemporary in its design, with extensive trellises to block the sun, and add architectural interest. Like many of the new developments, it caters to both end users and investors who rent their suites for short or long term stay. However, in this development, the different users are separated into different buildings, each with its own swimming pool and amenities. Consequently, the owner-occupiers did not have to mingle with holiday makers like us. Interestingly, there is a 50% cap on the number of foreigners who can buy into any new multi-family building in
While we were exploring the Gold Coast, Gordon Price was speaking at the Convention Centre at a conference on Transit Oriented Development, and Livable Communities. I thought about sitting in since I would love to have heard Gord’s take on the place, and what he thought can be learned from
So to all my friends and colleagues in the design and development business, I would urge you to visit the Gold Coast. It’s definitely not 15 years behind us anymore!