Couple counts lucky blessings after landing quality, affordable home in Cairns suburbia
A CHANGING of the guard is afoot in a quiet suburban Cairns cul-de-sac.
Retirees Don and Di McFall are downsizing, and have sold their much-loved Manoora home to a young family making its first foray into the property market.
Local real estate agent Clare Ferguson and her husband Mike Platz bought the large three-bedroom house at 70-74 Upper Perkins St for just over $400,000.
“I’m from here, but Mike and I met in Brisbane,” she said. “We wanted to buy down there but were priced out of the market.
“We looked up here and realised there was a lot more available in our price range.
“We still had a lot of obstacles to overcome before we could buy and we were very lucky to have the support of my mother and family.”
In a leafy street, the home has an immaculate backyard and ample living space.
Such a classy property would almost certainly carry a far higher price tag in the state’s capital.
“We never thought we’d have a great house like this as our first home – we’re stoked,” Ms Ferguson said.
“It’s been so well looked after. Don is an ex-builder and you can see all the attention to detail he and Di have put into the house.
“We feel quite privileged to be able to own the property.”
The deal was struck with the help of Vanessa Robinson from LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill.
Mr and Mrs McFall bought the property about eight years ago after moving to the tropics from rural NSW.
“We’re close to family here and we love the climate,” Mrs McFall said.
The couple has bought a smaller property in the nearby Village Edge residential estate.
“The stairs were becoming a bit of a hassle for us,” she said. “But we have really loved this place, it is full of happy memories, but it’s now time for someone else to enjoy it.”
The average selling price for houses at Manoora, according to CoreLogic, was $302,500 as of February.