Thursday, May 18, 2023


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Meet The Man Behind Mandara

One of the Whitsunday’s most exciting property developments, Mandara Rise, boasts 40 residential land lots spread out over 80 beautiful acres of prime local real estate in Cannonvale.

With construction of the first stage finishing in June , and only the last few lots remaining for sale, the vision of developer Luke Harris has certainly become a reality with people quick to snap a lucrative land package.

Originally from Perth, Luke has been a property investor and developer since his early twenties, but his entrepreneurial spirit has always run deep.

Starting his own business when he was just 18, Luke saved every cent he could and was able to purchase his own property when he was 20.

It wasn’t long before Luke’s passion for property led him to Sydney where he saved enough money to buy his next property back in Western Australia.

He then purchased a third investment property in Melbourne.

Learning quickly how to turn a run-down house into a profitable investment was becoming a skill for Luke, but he soon realised he needed a strategy to ensure success.

“I realised I was aiming for things that were completely unrealistic – the superficial wants of a naïve 20-something-year-old with no life experience,” he explains.

“I was making big decisions without looking at the long-term and figuring out the big plan and the right strategy – the right property fit.”

Luke created a clear strategy for his vision and, with this in place, he managed to capitalise like never before.

Through his success he realised that he wanted to help people and wrote two successful property books entitled ‘Let’s Get Real’ and 'Property Fit’ – he also became a sought-after coach and educator in the field.

A chance holiday to the Whitsundays saw Luke stay at a local Airbnb and he realised then that he wanted to bring a new class of high-end yet affordable homes to the area, making it more accessible for those seeking to call Airlie Beach home.

Luke loves the community aspects of Airlie Beach and has tried to replicate that in his development of Mandara Rise.

Luke Harris, property developer from Mandara Rise. Photo supplied

The Mandara Rise development boasts 40 residential land lots. Photo supplied

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