Five island lifestyle properties in CQ for under $500k
EVER wanted to own your own slice of island paradise? How about a house that's a stone's throw from shore?
The real estate on Curtis Island is one of the region's best kept secrets with some property going for less than $200,000.
Picture this: beach front homes surrounded by jaw-dropping ocean views and wild brumbies galloping past the front door.
But that's only the beginning according to long-term resident and well-known artist Jean Kane who is selling her two storey house and art gallery after two decades.
Mrs Kane's house at 4 South End Tce is among five island properties on the market.
Down the road at Turtle St a 612sqm block has hit the market for the very first time for less than $155,000.
If you've got cash to splash, a modern home at 48 Turtle Street could be all yours for $535,000.
On the esplanade a large-decked house at 49 Seaview Esplanade comes with magnificent beachfront views.
The three-bedroom house comes with a tidy price-tag of $399,000.
Mrs Kane built her island abode with her husband Garry Kane before he passed away.
The 74-year-old said she was selling because of her health but was finding it difficult to go back to "normal suburbia".
"I've been coming to this island for the past 40 years when my husband and I had a shed here," the artist said.
"We knocked it down and built a house for us and the kids and raised them here.
"I don't think I know how to survive on the mainland in normal suburbia after all this time.
"I honestly think when the house does sell it will come as a real shock to me. I was hoping to stay here until the end."
The former teacher who grew up in Gladstone said her favourite part about living on an island was watching the turtles hatch on the beach.
"I feel so free here," the grandmother-of-four said.
"It's quiet and safe because crime is never an issue on the island and traffic doesn't exist in my world."
Mrs Kane who goes back to the mainland every two to three weeks to sell her paintings said there was nothing between her and the beach with her house facing towards the ocean - with sea views from her kitchen windows.
In her living room the grandmother has a wall with hundreds of washed-up lures she collected from the beach and her beach-buggy is parked in her two carport garage.
"My grandchildren will feel the loss the most," Mrs Kane said.
"I have two grandchildren in Brisbane and two in Gladstone and the four of them always come to my house to spend their holidays playing on the beach, going for adventures and building cubby houses in the bush.
"It's a very special place for them.
"My two children also grew up here so reality will hit hard once the house sells.
"And if it doesn't, well that's fine too."
Above all Mrs Kane said her favourite part was watching the twinkling lights of Gladstone from her home at night.
" I can see straight across to the Gladstone harbour and it's beautiful," she said.