Thursday, November 16, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Is Airlie The New Noosa?

With multi-million-dollar houses popping up in the Greater Airlie Beach Area and local builders regularly approached to construct architecturally impressive houses, many developers are beginning to compare our local lifestyle to Noosa.

The $60 million development at Airlie Summit is an example of how high-end architecture is changing the landscape of Airlie Beach and a previously modest holiday town now boasts some jaw-droppingly lavish homes for the rich and possibly famous.

According to local builders, this change to residential design has coincided with the growing popularity of the region which has been experiencing exponential growth since the pandemic.

Owner of Morris Constructions QLD Pty Ltd, Abel Morris, said Airlie Beach has become the new go-to spot for individuals seeking a quiet haven and a slower lifestyle.

“People used to head to Noosa but prices there have skyrocketed and it’s much busier than it used to be,” he explained.

“What I can gather from my clients is that Airlie is being noticed not only as a tropical paradise but also as the pinnacle of contemporary relaxed luxury living.”

An example of this is currently under construction at Airlie Summit – the stunning new architecturally designed home known as ‘Ancora’.

Featuring four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, three car spaces and an internal courtyard, Ancora boasts an abundance of natural light, an open floor plan, 270-degree views across the Coral Sea and sits 200 metres above sea level.

It’s also got soaring ceilings with clerestory glazing, concrete floors, and expansive windows showcasing meticulously curated living spaces.  

“I think Airlie Summit is largely responsible for inspiring this architectural and demographic shift we are seeing. With a landscape like this to set the scene, the possibilities truly are endless,” said Morris.

Greg Tupicoff, general manager of Alder Developments, the company behind the Airlie Summit development, says architects are drawing on the aspect of the blocks in their initial Lookout Release to create one-of-a-kind architectural designs.

“The size and shape of each block has been carefully considered to make the most of its natural attributes with each offering expansive island, bay and ocean views,” says Tupicoff.

“The design of houses like Ancora engage with the surrounds and the views out over the Whitsunday Ocean to create a deliberate balance of scale and transparency, with intimate gestures carefully orchestrated throughout.”

Ancora is the first home in the latest stage to receive design approval, Tupicoff says the development team are excited to see this incredible vision brought to life over the coming months.

“It’s one spectacular example of what the aspect here at Airlie Summit is inspiring in architectural design. It is the epitome of aspiration living and we can’t wait to see what else might flow from here.”

The stunning architecturally designed home at Airlie Summit called ‘Ancora’. Image supplied

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