In 1994, a year after I was born, my dad, a tradie and my mum, a beauty therapist who worked on the local Clarins counter, bought a house for $270,000 on top of a hill in a sleepy beachside town. You might have heard of it, you may even be there right now, on holiday reading this article on your phone, under your CoolCabana.
Noosa. A much-loved holiday destination and my childhood home.
When I was 17, I left Noosa and moved to the big city, first Brisbane, then Sydney and eventually London where I would meet my partner. Over a decade later, we decided it was time to return to Noosa to buy our own home on the hill and start a family. At least that was the aim. You see my parents sold our family home in 2007 and I would have bought it back in a heartbeat if it didn't sell for over $3 million in 2020, only to be demolished a couple of years later to make way for a $7 million mansion, complete with an underground Jiu Jitsu studio where my dog was once buried.
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This isn't just happening in Noosa, it's everywhere and the fact of the matter is in 2024 it's hard out there if you're not a Jiu-Jitsu-practicing millionaire.