National media personality Tam Wrigley is living proof that when you do what you love, anything is possible.
Fashion Festival founder on why she loves the Sunshine Coast
As the creator and host of iStyle TV and The Wine O’clock Show, Tam is also a mother of two, wife, beauty and fashion columnist and the co-owner of a multimillion-dollar property portfolio.
She shares her property dreams with The Sunday-Mail.
Where do you live and why?
I was living in Indooroopilly when the Global Financial Crisis hit and my bank at the time said they were unable to fund anymore of my property projects unless I had a business with cash flow.
I had gotten out of owning my own real estate business for about two years and all of a sudden, I found myself thrusted back into it.
I purchased a rent roll in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago and relocated there.
What do you love about your home?
I love the openness, it’s bright and airy and I love the view, I will never get tired of looking out across 10ha of parkland and the two lakes that this house backs on to.
I love the location as it is perfectly placed; 10 minutes’ drive from Mooloolaba beaches, five minutes’ drive from the Bruce Highway, 40 minutes’ from Noosa, one hour to Brisbane and about 15 minutes’ drive from the hinterland and my real estate office.
What would you change about your home?
My home is about 15 years old and hasn’t had a facelift since it was built.
Full renovations are needed and that is my plan this year.
I would like to expand the bedrooms, they are a tad on the small side.
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What is the best thing about your suburb?
I live in a growth suburb which for me is great as my home continues to gain capital.
It is a small community that is rapidly growing, you will always know projected growth when a fast food chain drop their restaurants in your area.
It’s central to everything and has some of the best university and schools in the state just down the road.
The best thing is the natural landscape and wildlife we get around here even though it’s turning into a little city, the council are very mindful of the kangaroos and other natives that live here.
If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where?
I often say that in my past life I use to live in castle.
Every time I step inside one, I feel an instant connection of being at home.
If money was no option, I would buy a castle in France or England and spend six months of the year living between the Sunshine Coast and my castle.
You’ll love this house to the moon and back
House with a mini-me cubby house
What was the best piece of property advice you were give?
My best piece of advice and you hear it always — location, location, location.
You make money on the buying of the property and not on the selling of a property.
One of my biggest learnings from my 20 years in property is to buy properties in separate entities to avoid paying land tax, if I had of done this when I first started buying land and properties, I wouldn’t be paying the land tax I am today.