Downsizing for Retirement
Not ready to move into a retirement village but want to downsize? North Harbour has brand-new and affordable homes
Resident Paul Omerod said; “We thought that North Harbour offered great value for the size of the plot. Easy access to motorway making both the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane city within easy reach.
“We looked at already established properties and found that with each house we looked at, there were compromises to be made and nothing really ticked all the boxes of what we were really looking for. We found that with a new build we could have the house design and features that we wanted and was more cost effective than buying a ready established house and then having to make the changes to fit our needs.”
Carol Lister downsized from acreage and said, “My husband and I wanted to downsize, and it is close to everything e.g. work, shops and friends. Aidan (North Harbour’s Sales Manager) is fantastic and is happy to talk to you at any time. He is very patient and remembers who you are even if you haven’t seen him for months.”
Bud and Jillian Pratt wanted to downsize and stay local; “We have lived in Burpengary East (North Harbour’s suburb) for almost 10 years and wanted to stay in this area. We decided to build a new home rather than purchase an established property as we couldn’t find anything suitable and to our liking. We needed to downsize from a large house on a half-acre block to something more manageable.”
The growing North Harbour community is home to many residents who have chosen to move to our award-winning new development and downsize into a brand-new home. These residents chose North Harbour for a wide range of reasons from affordability and value for money, amenities, excellent location and more.
North Harbour has land for sale currently available to suit downsizers which are located close to parks with easy access to walkways and cycle tracks. Our corner blocks have space to keep a caravan/campervan or boat. An obvious advantage of building a new home when you’re looking to downsize is including what you need and ditching what you don’t! Don’t want stairs? Don’t have any! Don’t want to have to mow? Pave it over or get artificial grass!
To view our current house and land packages available for sale, click here.
North Harbour is a unique, masterplanned residential development in Burpengary East, halfway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, located along 9km of direct Caboolture River frontage and 10 minutes from beautiful Moreton Bay.
North Harbour has excellent amenities for downsizing while remaining active in retirement, with high-speed internet connection, reticulated natural gas to every home and plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy in and around our five parks including walking tracks, free yoga classes and outdoor fitness equipment. Please note some amenities are currently closed, click here for more information.
North Harbour is well located approximately 45 minutes from Brisbane and 35 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. The development offers easy access to the Bruce Highway and Morayfield and Burpengary train stations are just 10 minutes away. Burpengary East has its own medium-sized shopping and medical complex, “The HUB”, which is just under 5 minutes’ drive from North Harbour and includes a Bakery, Fish & Chips, Bottle-o, Butcher, Pizza & Pasta takeaway, Childcare Centre, Spice Shop, Hairdresser & Beautician, IGA, Dentist, Chemist, Accountant, Naturopath and Medical Centre. North Lakes Westfield, Burpengary and Morayfield shopping centres, as well as Costco, Bunnings, Spotlight and IKEA, are within a 15-minute drive.
Many of our downsizing residents say a major reason for choosing North Harbour is our proposed 1000 acres of open space and parklands offering plenty of options for keeping active. Due to the current circumstances, play and fitness equipment is out of bounds but our walking and bike trails remain open.
North Harbour’s proposed parks and community facilities cover more than half of the North Harbour site at a total of 1000 acres, an area approximately the size of 600 football fields. Each park in North Harbour has something unique to offer and is designed to connect through bike and walking tracks as part of the North Harbour masterplan. To find out more about our open space and parklands, click here.
Fibre optic broadband capable of speeds matching the fastest broadband in Australia
Reticulated gas to each home
1000 acres of parks and open space
Free weekend fitness activities, parkrun and yoga (parkrun is currently closed, but free yoga classes are available online)
We want to make the business of buying your new home at North Harbour as easy as possible. You can already view sales plans, house and land packages and general information on our website northharbour.com.au, and walkthrough videos of our display village homes are online here.
If you’re keen to find more information about investment properties at North Harbour, particularly with interest rates so low, or information on buying houses and North Harbour, in general, we have plenty to offer on our website and other channels:
The ideal timeline is as follows:
Step 1: Visit the Land for Sale section of our website and review our available land for purchase. You can contact the Sales team by phone, 07 5433 1111, or email . Our office is open until further notice.
Once you have chosen your block, we will hold it for 48 hours without deposit. After two days we will call you to confirm that you wish to proceed. If you want to go ahead, we will ask you for some further details (full names of buyers and your solicitor) to enable us to prepare the contract. We can email you the contract for signing or make an in-person appointment to sign, whichever you prefer. After the buyer/s have completed the offer to purchase, it is then signed by the Developer (North Harbour) and sent to our solicitor. At this point the deposit (typically around $5,000) is payable.
Things to note in Step 1: North Harbour as the developer sells the land (block). Once you have chosen your block you then need to choose the style of house you would like to put on there – you can do this by choosing one of our pre-approved house and land packages and building with one of our Display Village builders or you are free to choose a different builder. BUT any home you choose must adhere to the North Harbour design guidelines and must be suitable for your block. Click here to view the Design Guidelines. Double-check what will work for the block you choose. Viewing house and land packages will give you a clear idea of what type of house you can put on your preferred block.
Step 2: The purchaser has 28 days to secure finance. You will need to speak to a mortgage advisor or your chosen bank to secure finance. If finance is declined, the $5,000 deposit is fully refundable. $5,000 is held in Trust with our solicitor until settlement – which will occur 28 days after registration.
Step 3: Registration normally takes place 4 – 6 months after the release of a new stage Registration can be delayed due to inclement weather affecting the civil works and is also subject to council approval timelines. Once through council, it can then go to titles office to register. Once registered, we will call the buyer to inform them of registration and they will also receive notification from their solicitor and a settlement date.
Things to note in step 3: This step is outside the control of the developer as it is subject to council approval timelines. It can be subject to delays – we do our best to mitigate any delays, but it is not always possible.
Step 4: Once settled, your builder can start building your home. Building must commence within 9 months of settlement and be completed within 18 months.
Things to remember: Contact Opticomm opticomm.net.au to get your broadband set up so you can join North Harbour’s fibre optic network and get access to Australia’s Fastest Broadband, your builder will organise for your gas to be connected to our reticulated gas system.
Village Page offers plenty of space to play with play equipment suitable for older and younger children as well as BBQ, picnic shelters and free Wi-Fi.
Reflections Park is located at the western end corner of North Harbour, Reflections Park has play equipment for younger children and flat space.
Riparian Park is suitable for older children with a flying fox, heaps of play equipment, fitness equipment and a half basketball court.
Habitat Park offers two off-leash dog areas with doggy play equipment, BBQ’s, shelters, fitness equipment and children’s play equipment.
Heritage Park is a community attraction listed in the Queensland Heritage Register and has been created in partnership with The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Harvest Park includes BBQ facilities, picnic shelter, playground, walking and bike paths, fitness equipment, table tennis table, sunlounges and our first community garden which includes a range of fruit trees.
Living at North Harbour gives you access to amenities which are truly 21st-century with access to the fastest residential broadband connection in Australia.
Up to 6kms of riverside, off-road tracks to suit beginners and families as well as intermediate level riders. Access is from the end of Moreton Bay Boulevard next to Habitat Park 6am-sunet, every day. There are also bike paths and walking trails around the BBQ and picnics shelters.
Love cooking? You’ll love the amenities and easy lifestyle options of North Harbour. Each home in North Harbour has access to reticulated gas. No more running out of
gas for hot water or that all-important BBQ!
The history of the North Harbour site is interpreted from a dedicated facility, the Compass Centre, which delivers a ‘mind map’ of the site before it is experienced firsthand. The Compass Centre presents historic photographs, sketched and objects on display which allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from early European settlement through to the present day.
Our heritage trails offer educational signage to assist in interpreting the archaeological features that remain.
Edge Early Learning North Harbour Childcare and Kindergarten is a new purpose-built childcare centre which opened on 23rd March 2020. The centre features bright and spacious learning environments with natural outdoor play areas that evoke exploration. Centre Director Jackie and her dedicated team of educators provide quality care and education to children from six weeks to school age.
Sunday Sunrise Yoga in the Park is open to everyone and is held every Sunday at 7.30am (weather permitting) at the Heritage Park.
This class is completely free and is perfect for everybody – all levels welcome including beginners .
North Harbour is a unique residential development in the northern corridor between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, located along 9km of direct river frontage and 10 minutes from beautiful Moreton Bay and surrounding islands.
We’re well located just five minutes off the Bruce Highway at exit 146 Uhlmann Road, Morayfield and Burpengary train stations are just 10 minutes away and nearby North Lakes, Burpengary and Morayfield shopping centres, as well as Costco, Bunnings and IKEA are within easy reach.