The Pines Stage 1 selling fast
ALREADY 41 of the 48 lots in Stage 1 of Yeppoon's newest landmark address, The Pines, have been sold.
The $500 million master-planned community is being developed by Homecorp Property Group on what was a pineapple farm on Yeppoon Rd at Hidden Valley.
Construction of the first homes is expected to start early next year, with the first residents set to move in around May.
The site has been a hive of activity this week as thousands of trees and other plants are being transplanted in what will be Main Park.
It will include a large human-made lake with terraced seating and a jetty, an undercover barbecue area, children's playground equipment for all ages and sporting fields.
Landscape engineer Russell Schirmer said it was the largest scale job he and his team had ever taken on.
"We are planting over 400 trees between 6m and 10m high, plus over 8000 shrubs and around 65,000sq m of turf, so it's a huge project," Mr Schirmer said.
In keeping with its name, The Pines' entrance and main boulevard will feature several giant Hawaiian pines and royal Cuban palms that are valued at between $5000 and $10,000 each.
Homecorp CEO Ron Bakir described The Pines as a landmark development for the Capricorn Coast.
"We want to redefine the word quality and raise the standard to a whole new level," Mr Bakir said.
"We really want to blow people's minds when they come here."
The estate's master plan shows 20ha of lakes and parkland with four major parks linked by biking and fitness trails.
Mr Bakir said The Pines would help create more than 500 jobs over the next 10 years.
When complete, the development would be home to about 3000 people.
WHAT WILL BE THERE
Some of the features:
Parkland 10 times bigger than the MCG
Wetlands, bird sanctuary and lake area
All-weather multi-sports pitch
More than 10km of walking/cycling tracks lined with outdoor fitness stations
Several themed children's playgrounds