Lennox Head grows up
By BREE PRICE
WHEN Sandy Gordon first moved to Lennox Head, houses outnumbered shops on the main street of the small coastal village.
Now, 17 years later, the town has become a bustling tourist destination, thriving with the buzz of people.
And with plans to add to the shopping district, milliondollar property sales and more land becoming available, Lennox Head is far from finished.
For three-and-a-half years, Mrs Gordon owned and ran the Lennox Head Deli that was located where Lush Floral Art Space is now, next to Cafe De Mer.
It was one of only a handful of shops in the town, but now the main street is dominated by retail space, with even more planned.
A $2.5 million shopping and residential unit complex has been proposed at 90 to 92 Ballina Street, next to the Holy Family Catholic Church.
If the development application lodged by Paul Gray Architects is approved, the two existing buildings on the site will be demolished and re- placed with a centre comprising eight shops and four apartments on the second floor.
The complex, similar to the existing shopping complexes, will also feature an underground car park and an arcade allowing access from Park Lane.
About four years ago, Mrs Gordon and her husband Rob sold their unit above the shop where the deli was, and moved to Lennox Meadows, a new estate behind the town.
She said she moved because her two teenage chil- dren needed more space and
the main street had become more busy at night.
Although Mrs Gordon got out of central Lennox Head, many people are wanting to get in, and are paying big bucks to do it.
Beachfront properties in the town have become million-dollar assests, with two properties selling for more than $1 million last week.
A two-bedroom beach shack at 3 Rayner Lane sold for $2.3 million and Elders Real Estate Lennox Head also sold a three-bedroom property at 10 Allens Parade for $1.375 million.
Developers are also benefitting from the desire to live in Lennox Head.
Chris Condon has plans to build 10 units over the bottle shop end of the pub.
Mr Condon said work on the $2 million extension would begin in the next couple of months and be completed by the end of the year.
He is also behind the new apartments being built on the northern side of the pub on Pacific Parade.
The $8 million Lennox Point Holiday Apartments will consist of 14 units and underground parking.
Construction began in Jan- uary this year and Mr Condon said he expected the complex to be finished by October 1.
Margaret Condon, who is unrelated to Mr Condon, is also planning to develop land in the town, proposing to build 148 seniors' living residential units on Condon's Hill.
As much as Lennox Head grows, Mrs Gordon will always love the town that captivated her heart 17 years ago.
"I'll certainly never leave," she said.
"There's great beaches, great surf and it's just a friendly place."