Gold Coast suburb’s shock top-of-the-poll finish for most listed homes

Ray and Karen Broome with son Chris and his wife Mel, with brother Steve and grandchildren Chelsea, 4, Cleo, 2 and Casey, 1. Pimpama is on the list of top 10 suburbs for sales listings. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Almost four decades ago when Ray Broome and his wife Karen moved into their newly minted home in the semirural suburb of Pimpama there was a servo and not much else – not even a train station.
It was a 30 minute round trip to the supermarket and even further to their dentist and doctor.
Now it’s an emerging location, about 45km southeast of the CBD, and contains the seventh-highest number of house listings across the state with the Brisbane suburbs of Ripley and Pallara sitting first and second.

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Pimpama also has the highest number of houses listed for sale of any Gold Coast suburb with neighbouring Coomera and Helensvale second and third respectively.
Mr Broome, who cares for his wife, says life has changed a lot since the mid-eighties, and for the better.
“It was rural suburbia when we moved in 1984 and there was only a fuel station out on the highway. They eventually put a railway station in here (1996) and that made a difference too,” Mr Broome said.
“Now have everything we need is within a couple of kilometres – dentists, supermarkets, fuel stations – everything.
“It’s quite a convenient suburb now and there are shopping centres all around us.”

Empty nesters Ray and Karne Broome are selling their five bedroom home at 7 Dewrang Dve, Pimpama on September 18. Pimpama ranks seventh in the state for the number of houses listed for sale. Picture: Supplied

The couple will bid farewell to their purpose-built five-bedroom, three-bath, two-car house on a .42ha lot at 7 Dewrang Rd, Pimpama at auction on September 18.
“It’s a little bit too big for us now our four sons have left,” Mr Broome said.
The area where the Broome’s have lived for 37 years was known as the ‘acreage’ area of Pimpama and where houses were tightly held, said Doleman Property Group agent Ashley Rendell.
She said the developing areas of Pimpama, which are driving sales and the reason for such vast listings, was the entry point housing market for young and new homeowners.
“First homeowners are the number one buyers for smaller residential lots and then you have young families looking to get into the market as well,” Ms Rendell said.
“It’s a popular area because it’s seen to be halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and that’s its biggest calling card because it’s a central point and allows partners to work in either area.”
She said Ormeau train station, which is actually situated within Pimpama, was also a major drawcard for the area.
“One-stop north and you can get an express train to Brisbane or just head south to the Gold Coast,” she said.

Suburbs with most house listings:
1: Pimpama 4209
2: Coomera 4209
3: Helensvale 4212
4:; Upper Coomera 4209
5: Hope Island 4212
6: Southport 4215
7: Ormeau 4208
8: Robina 4226
9: Broadbeach Waters 4218
10: Pacific Pines 4211

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