Emerald Lakes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seachange Lifestyle Resort Emerald Lakes?

Seachange Emerald Lakes is Australia’s first Gated Country Club Estate designed for over 50s, owned and operated by one of Queensland’s oldest and most awarded private companies, Pradella Property Ventures. Seachange Emerald Lakes embodies the vision of active mind, body and soul.

Where is Seachange Emerald Lakes?

Seachange is part of the Emerald Lakes precinct. Residents will enjoy 13km of walking paths and direct access by buggy to Emerald Lakes Town Centre, Golf Club, Medical Centres, Cafes & Restaurants. Emerald Lakes is ideally located within a 5 minute drive to the major centres of Broadbeach, The Star Casino, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Robina Town Centre and Nerang Railway Station.

What does Seachange offer?

A unique, secure, low maintenance lifestyle located in the heart of the Gold Coast. A true community of like-minded residents with facilities that are the envy of any five star resort. Seachange Emerald Lakes has been designed to nourish the mind, body and soul.

Does Seachange offer Security?

Yes. Seachange is fitted with intercoms, discreet security cameras and security access to the main and other ancillary gates. Seachange homes are secured with a combination of intercoms, telephones and remote control garages. Also, professional on site managers means your home will be safe whether you’re at home or travelling.

Am I eligible to purchase and live at Seachange Emerald Lakes?

To purchase and live at Seachange, you must be the owner of the home (no rentals) and children are not permitted to live in your home on a permanent basis.

Are there medical facilities nearby?

Yes. Seachange is within a short stroll or buggy ride to the Emerald Lakes Town Centre, where a medical centre and pharmacy is currently located for your convenience.

Are pets welcome at Seachange?

Yes. Seachange recognises that owning a pet is an essential requirement for many homeowners. There is a pet approval process based on the best interests of the community and your needs.

Can family and friends stay with me?

Yes. Family and friends are welcome at Seachange. Visiting children are to be supervised by the Home Owner as you would expect. We ask that your visitors respect the rules as set out in the Site Agreement.

Is there convenient shopping available nearby?

Yes. Seachange is situated within walking distance to the Emerald Lakes Town Centre which currently offers a convenience store, hairdressing salon, pharmacy, Gloria Jeans and travel agency. Woolworths, Aldi and Carrara markets are less than 5kms away.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of gardens and lawns?

Seachange looks after the ground maintenance to the front of the home, all common areas and the Country Club. You are responsible for the site area that your home sits on, including the side and rear areas of your home.

Is there nearby public transport?

Seachange is located in the heart of the Gold Coast which provides extensive transport options for residents wishing to travel by bus to Nerang Train Station, Pacific Fair, The Star Casino or Surfers Paradise. Connection to Nerang Train Station provides further access for residents to Brisbane CBD and Airports.

Can I rent at Seachange?

No. To ensure the integrity of our community, we only allow homes to be owner occupied.

What type of contract do I enter into when I buy a home?

There are three documents that you are required to sign. The first is a Contract for the purchase of a home from a seller. The second is a Site Agreement that provides you with a perpetual right for you to occupy the home on the site you have selected. The third is a Community Inclusion Deed. This document provides you with certain rights and responsibilities within the Emerald Lakes Principal Body Corporate.

What is a Site Agreement?

The Site Agreement provides you with security of tenure under Queensland Government Legislation. A Weekly Site Fee is payable by you to Seachange. This fee covers the maintenance of all common areas, including the lawn and garden to the front streetscape of your home. This fee also covers use and maintenance of the 5-Star Country Club including the indoor and outdoor facilities. The Site Fee also covers the cost of resort management personnel.

Rental Assistance on the Site Fee may be available to eligible retirees.

How secure is my Site Agreement?

Your agreement is supported by specific state government legislation, ensuring your tenure is secure.

What is the community inclusion deed?

Seachange forms part of the greater Emerald Lakes Principal Body Corporate. This provides all home owners with certain benefits. All residents will have access to waterfront piers, parklands and open space contained within the PBC for a weekly fee.

Is it true that I may receive a government rebate on my weekly site fee?

Yes. If you are eligible for a pension or payments through Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs you may be eligible for rental assistance on your Site Fees.

How do I pay my site fees?

Direct Debit for your convenience.

Does the weekly site fee increase?

Yes, the site fees are adjusted annually by CPI and increases in government charges above CPI or by market review. The method of increase is clearly detailed in the Site Agreement.

Do I pay stamp duty when I purchase a home?

No. Stamp Duty does not apply to homes at Seachange.

What about other costs?

You are responsible for the supply and usage charges for all utilities connected to the home now or in the future including electricity, gas, water, telephone, home and contents insurance and pest control.

Who maintains the home?

You are responsible to maintain the internal and external of your home in accordance with the Site Agreement. You will be required to repaint the home every ten years from the original building completion date in accordance with the Site Agreement.

Are the homes protected against termites?

Yes. All homes and sites are protected from termites in accordance with council building regulations and Australian Standards. It’s your responsibility to conduct a pest and building report before you purchase your new home and insure that any termite certificates or warranties are up to date.

Can I sell my home?

Yes. At any time. Seachange has a dedicated resales agent who will be able to assist you in selling your home.

Are there any exit fees when I sell my home?

No. All capital gains are 100% yours to keep. Unlike many other similar resorts, there are no deferred management fees or exit fees.

Can I include my home in my will?

Yes. Your home can be included in your estate and if you choose, the sale of your home can be handled by Seachange.


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