“It is one of the most exciting regions in Australia and I see it very much like Miami was 20 years ago,”

first_imgL Janusz Hooker (LJ) is now deputy chairman of the company.TOURISM will take the back seat for a technology city as regular holiday-makers begin to call the Gold Coast home, according to the LJ Hooker. The grandson of Australia’s iconic real estate brand and Olympic athlete, L. Janusz Hooker said the Gold Coast was showing characteristics of evolving into the next Miami. “It is one of the most exciting regions in Australia and from my time living in the US I see it very much like Miami was 20 years ago. Miami was nothing like it is today. The same thing that is triggering the boom on the Gold Coast triggered in Miami and made it what it is today,” Mr Hooker said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoView of residential apartments and housing on the Gold Coast“A young community started moving into the region in the mid-90s and before you knew it music festivals and fashion rolled in and suddenly it became an international hub. Five star hotels spurred on the back and New Yorkers began choosing to live in Miami rather than just coming on the weekends.” Mr Hooker said the Gold Coast would emerge as a major technology hub and would be an attractive place to live and work for affluent people. “In New York, hedge fund managers and people working in the finance industry are now residing in Miami because they can work from home and they can set up business there,” Mr Hooker said. “It is a case of supply and demand, if there is more affluent people and more demand for real estate then prices will appreciate.” Mr Hooker is on the Gold Coast to help launch LJ Hookers new $5 million super office in Nerang. The agency’s new office at 2-4 New St follows the significant year-on-year growth in the suburb. LJ Hooker Nerang principal Shane Colquhoun said he needed more space for his team of 50.last_img

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