"2021 saw an insatiable appetite for off the plan projects in premium locations." Five Minutes with Paul Geduon from S&S Projects

It was a stellar 2021 for the Gold Coast apartment developer, S&S Projects

S&S Projects Esprit, Coolangatta apartment development. Image supplied

It was a stellar 2021 for the Gold Coast apartment developer, S&S Projects.

They sold out Awaken, their Rainbow Bay project of just nine apartments, with a top sale of $8.15 million secured for the penthouse, which was bought by a US couple.

Their nearby project, Esprit, is over 80 per cent sold, and there are plans already on the desk of the Gold Coast City Council for their next project, a rare mixed-use apartment and hotel development in Palm Beach.

Urban recently caught up with S&S Projects director Paul Geddoun to discuss the Gold Coast apartment market.

JC: How did you view the performance of the off the plan market in 2021, and what are the strongest positive and negative factors that will influence outcomes in 2022 and 2023?

PG: 2021 saw an insatiable appetite for off the plan projects in premium locations. 

Although the less premium project markets has been strong, the price growth has not been at the same level as premium projects. Sales volumes at record pricing in premium projects is unlike anything we have seen previously. 

We expect the market to remain strong in 2022 and 2023 however the growth will not be at the same level as there was a little bit of catch up along with more limited stock which has driven these markets at these levels where there is no more projects available and increased competition which will slow the growth. 

The negatives are that there has been a shortage in materials and labour due to border restrictions along with globally driven stimulus which has put excess funding into the market with international infrastructure upgrades for job creation to stem any recession fears as a result of Covid which has forced up the cost of construction which may cause some project issues.
 
JC: What trend (short term or long term) has prompted your greatest enthusiasm for the apartment market, and what is the issue of most concern to you and or your clients?

PG: In general, real estate has seen great growth which has provided many with increased equity which has driven decisions for holiday homes and downsizing into apartments. The greatest concern in the near future is interest rates and people being overextended.

JC: Has urbanisation stalled amid the rush to the regions and what will it look like over the decade ahead? 

PG: I think urbanisation is strong with price growth and competition allowing developers to create better built form outcomes and develop sites in areas where the feasibilities once didn’t allow it. 

I think the future looks strong for many new areas that have been the recipients of this higher-grade development creating better urban areas.

JC: How important do you view the push for sustainability practices in the apartment market, and what initiative has seized your interest or focus? 

PG: There is a strong focus on sustainability, and this is being most represented in the fixtures and fittings being installed which are more efficient and it is also common practice to place as much solar on the roof of project to assist in the ongoing sustainability and costs of the operating buildings.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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