The best Gold Coast off the plan apartments for sale in May 2023

Reputation of both developer and project marketer and developer seems to be key, as is construction timelines and agreements, which tend to be in place if a project has been on the market for a while.
The best Gold Coast off the plan apartments for sale in May 2023
Render of Polycell's Broadbeach development, The Rochester. Image supplied
Alison Warters May 10, 2023

The Gold Coast apartment market looks a little different to this time last year.

There is still strong enquiry from both interstate and local buyers, as developers continue to make waves in the sought-after location.

Reputation of both developer and project marketer and developer seems to be key, as is construction timelines and agreements, which tend to be in place if a project has been on the market for a while.

We've wrapped up the top apartment projects currently selling in May 2023.

Project: AURA on the Beach
Suburb: Surfers Paradise
Developer: ASF Group
Starting price: $4,435,000

Sydney-based, ASX-listed ASF Group are the developers behind Garfield Terrace's latest residential release, AURA on the Beach.

Having previously seen success at the nearby The AU, they've recently offered a limited release of residences at the 31-level tower. There's just 26 full-floor residences and a single multi-level penthouse on offer.

Situated on the prestigious Garfield Terrace, the tower occupies one of the rare corner blocks on the highly sought-after street, boasting direct beach access from the entrance.

A notable advantage of its location is its proximity to the Northcliffe Surf Club, which offers not only convenience but also breathtaking panoramic views stretching from Coolangatta to the south. Buyers can expect the added convenience of one of the town's most popular surf clubs, recently renovated to meet the highest standards. Moreover, these unobstructed views are guaranteed to remain intact, ensuring an everlasting visual delight.

AURA on the Beach has been thoughtfully designed by the esteemed Brisbane-based firm Blight Rayner, led by renowned architect Michael Rayner, who has adeptly incorporated the coastal setting's unique attributes into the development. Each full-floor apartment at AURA will feature four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and over 10 meters of direct ocean frontage, providing an unparalleled living experience.

Residents of AURA will enjoy a range of exclusive amenities on the podium floor, including an ocean-view infinity pool, a cabana, a well-equipped gym, and a tranquil yoga room. Additionally, ASF Group plans to create a rooftop alfresco entertainment area that offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast's city skyline and Hinterland, further enhancing the luxurious lifestyle experience at AURA on the Beach.

To read more about AURA on the Beach, click here.

Project: Belvue
Suburb: Runaway Bay
Developer: Monaco Property Group & Polites Property Group
Starting price: $3,545,000

The highly anticipated Belvue Broadwater, a luxurious $130 million tower in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, is set to move forward at full speed after receiving approval. According to Monaco Property Group Director Jonathan Grasso, construction is scheduled to commence in either the second or third quarter of this year.

Belvue Broadwater will make history as the first residential tower to be built in Runaway Bay in over three decades, offering a rare opportunity for an east-facing, absolute waterfront high-rise in the suburb. Designed by the esteemed firm Plus Architecture, the tower will boast 31 full-floor apartments spread across 31 levels. Additionally, the gated estate will feature three tri-level fully detached houses, complemented by a wide array of resort-style amenities.

The spacious apartments, spanning over 270 sqm, will provide uninterrupted and irreplaceable views of the Broadwater and the ocean. Each unit will consist of three bedrooms and a multi-purpose room, with prices starting from $3,545,000.

Residents of Belvue Broadwater will have access to two swimming pools complete with waterfront daybeds and cabanas, creating an idyllic setting for relaxation. The development will also feature a swim-up bar, a barbecue pavilion, a well-equipped gymnasium, and rejuvenating facilities such as a sauna and a steam room, all surrounded by lush gardens and serene relaxation areas.

NPA Projects Director Andrew Erwin has revealed that the project has already attracted significant interest from individuals relocating from other states as well as locals seeking to downsize from the northern Gold Coast suburbs, including Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove, and Sovereign Islands. 

To read more about Belvue, click here.

Project: Athena Quays
Suburb: Hope Island
Developer: Aniko
Starting price: $1,495,000

The highly anticipated Athena Quays towers have made a strong impression in the market since their launch in 2022. Situated in the sought-after location of Hope Island, these towers comprise 177 luxurious apartments that exemplify Aniko's expertise in design and functionality.

Architected by the renowned firm Archidiom, the facade of Athena Quays strikes a perfect balance between opulence and cutting-edge design. Inside, the apartments exude an elegant yet practical charm. Abundant natural light floods the spacious interiors, complementing the tasteful design details. Residents can indulge in a contemporary and sophisticated living experience, enhanced by state-of-the-art amenities.

Aniko has masterfully crafted a harmonious blend of style and functionality within Athena Quays. The apartments feature large windows, soothing color palettes, and well-designed floor plans. Each apartment boasts a bespoke contemporary kitchen, meticulously tailored to its specific layout, complete with sleek benchtops, modern European electrical appliances, and gas cooktops.

Drawing inspiration from the world's finest resorts, Athena Quays offers an extensive range of convenient and recreational amenities. Aniko understands the importance of nurturing the mind, body, and soul, and has integrated a private recreation club exclusively for residents.

The towers boast a state-of-the-art private gym, along with two swimming pools, an outdoor heated spa, a sauna, a yoga and pilates hall, sun lounges, barbecue facilities, a pet wash bay, a children's indoor playroom, and a resident's lounge. 

To read more about the design of Athena Quays, click here.

To read more about the amenity on offer, click here.

Project: Lagoon, Main Beach
Suburb: Main Beach
Developer: Drew Group
Starting price: $970,000

Drew Group has experienced a tremendous wave of success with their Main Beach development, Lagoon, raking in over $120 million in sales since its market debut.

This ambitious $395 million twin-tower project will occupy a sprawling 4,000 sqm site at 11-23 Cronin Avenue, strategically located in the heart of Main Beach. Upon completion, Lagoon will offer a diverse selection of apartment floorplans, with both the Sunrise and Sunset towers boasting breathtaking panoramic views.

Residents will be treated to sweeping vistas that encompass the expansive Broadwater and Hinterland, as well as captivating glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from Stradbroke Island to Coolangatta.

The Sunrise Tower, spanning an impressive 31 levels, will present a range of two and three-bedroom apartments, alongside Drew Group's exclusive Signature Collection residences. Meanwhile, the Sunset Tower will soar to 24 levels and showcase 116 apartments, available in one, two, and three-bedroom configurations.

Lagoon sets itself apart by offering generously sized apartments and an array of upscale amenities that seamlessly complement the envisioned coastal lifestyle. Positioned just 50 meters from the renowned dining and entertainment hub of Tedder Avenue, the development is also a mere 150 meters away from the pristine beach.

Within the development, residents will discover a secluded lagoon pool oasis, complete with private cabanas, providing an idyllic retreat. Indoor and outdoor lounges, a fitness centre, a yoga deck, a heated spa, surfboard and wet item storage, as well as a business hub, are among the other high-end amenities thoughtfully incorporated into Lagoon.

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Project: The Rochester
Suburb: Broadbeach
Developer: Polycell
Starting price: $1,105,000

The Rochester has been inundated with interested buyers since its launch to market, only back in March this year. 

Polycell Property Group unveiled their collection of 170 two and three-bedroom apartments in the vibrant Broadbeach, known for its enviable lifestyle offerings. The five-star apartment building, valued at $275 million, occupies a prime 1813 sqm corner block, commanding a prominent position on Surf Parade and Britannia Avenue.

Designed by the esteemed architectural firm BDA Architecture, The Rochester Broadbeach exudes a contemporary and sculptural aesthetic that seamlessly complements the natural coastal beauty and dynamic urban atmosphere of Broadbeach, while the interiors reflect an elegant and sophisticated design concept.

The two-bedroom floor plans start at a generous 112 sqm, with prices starting from $962,000. For those seeking more space, the three-bedroom apartments span at least 156 sqm and are priced from $1.57 million. Every apartment at The Rochester Broadbeach will grant residents access to two entire floors of luxurious resort-style amenities, including the highly coveted Executive Club situated on level 26.

The Executive Club offers a whole floor dedicated to entertainment, featuring a sky lounge, private and communal dining areas, a well-equipped commercial kitchen for catering purposes, and a meticulously designed cellar room with individual wine and whiskey lockers, ensuring the secure storage and display of residents' cherished collections.

Above the Executive Club lies the Premier Collection, an exclusive selection of premium apartments. This collection includes two-bedroom apartments priced from $1.359 million, as well as three-bedroom plus MPR (Multipurpose Room) apartments priced from $2.171 million, offering an elevated level of luxury and sophistication.

The fourth level of The Rochester is dedicated to a comprehensive range of residential amenities, focused on promoting health and wellness. This expansive space encompasses a state-of-the-art gym, dry and wet saunas, a cold bath, and a serene yoga lawn. Furthermore, the outdoor podium boasts a lap pool, a leisure pool, a heated spa, sun decks, barbecue areas, and alfresco dining spaces, all with breathtaking panoramic views extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Gold Coast hinterland.

To read more about The Rochester, click below:

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Project: Victoria & Albert
Suburb: Broadbeach
Developer: Iris Capital
Starting price: $1,235,000

Iris Capital's prestigious development in Broadbeach, Victoria & Albert, has been met with a remarkable surge in buyer demand throughout 2023.

Referred to as V&A, the project has attracted a diverse range of buyers, as highlighted by Colliers sales agent Paul Putsay.

"Interestingly, V&A has enticed a delightful mix of fly-in and fly-out clientele in the Albert tower, while the Victoria building has seen a significant uptake from hybrid investors and occupiers," Putsay noted.

"The building is also proving to be extremely popular with buyers from Melbourne and Sydney, in no small part because of the $200 million commercial retail and fresh food precinct underneath."

One notable factor contributing to the development's popularity is the presence of a $200 million commercial retail and fresh food precinct, located underneath the residential towers. This has particularly resonated with buyers from Melbourne and Sydney, who appreciate the convenience and vibrancy offered by this vibrant commercial hub.

With approximately 50 per cent of the development already sold, there is still a range of two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses, available. Each of these residences has been meticulously designed by the renowned architecture firm DBI, drawing inspiration from the stunning coastal environment.

The extensive commercial precinct curated by Iris Capital CEO Sam Arnaout promises a diverse selection of retailers handpicked to enhance the overall experience of residents. However, the amenity extends well beyond the commercial spaces.

The fourth level of the podium is home to a comprehensive range of facilities designed to enhance residents' lifestyles. Among the highlights are a 25-meter lap pool accompanied by an outdoor dining and barbecue area, a rejuvenating spa and steam room, a serene Zen garden, a yoga deck for relaxation and exercise, a boutique resident's lounge for socialising, and a dedicated kid's club area featuring a playground, all embraced by lush sub-tropical gardens.

The project also boasts a residents' sky lounge situated on the top level of the Victoria tower. This exclusive space offers luxurious dining areas, comfortable lounge zones, dedicated wellness facilities, and work zones, all while affording breathtaking views of the ocean and city skyline.

To read more about V&A, click below:

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Project: Cote Palm Beach
Suburb: Palm Beach
Developer: Steer Developments
Starting price: $2,649,000

Steer Developments, the esteemed luxury property group led by Rob Steer, has seized the opportunity presented by the consistent demand for high-end beachfront homes, with their latest venture, Côte, Palm Beach, making a grand entrance into the market.

The $51 million project has been met with eager anticipation, prompting the group to expedite its development, kickstarting the construction phase earlier than anticipated with local builders GCB Constructions.

Situated on an enviable 810 sqm plot at 3 Thirteenth Ave, bordered by Jefferson Lane and a mere 20 meters from the shoreline, Côte will showcase a carefully curated selection of 17 residences spanning nine floors.

The building's sculpted exterior exudes an ageless allure, reflecting coastal refinement through its visually captivating design. Meanwhile, the interiors exhibit graceful undulations, with recesses that form an elegant shell-like pattern.

Through a collaborative effort involving DKO Architecture and Plus Architecture, Côte has been crafted to provide its residents with a life of opulent coastal living and unparalleled convenience, making full use of the site's natural beauty and its prime location in Palm Beach's heart.

Côte's two-per-floor apartments promise an abundance of open-plan living space, adorned with exquisite finishes and luxurious features, including stone benchtops and premium oak flooring.

Each of the 17 apartments will consist of three bedrooms, a multi-purpose room, and three and a half bathrooms. Additionally, a secure underground carpark will accommodate two vehicles for each resident.

Residents will also enjoy premium resort-style facilities including a residents-only pool with a lounge area, communal dining and barbecue facilities, beach showers and a start-of-the-art gym studio overlooking the pool area.

To read more about Côte, click here.

Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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