THEY'RE CALLING IT THE NEW WATEGOS
By MARY MANN
THEY??VE started calling it The New Wategos. Suvla Street in Ballina has become Millionaires Row, with more than $4 million worth of properties sold on the quiet hill in the past six months. The most recent sale was of 21 Suvla Street, which sold this week to a local couple for a record $2 million. The timber cottage had only been on the market for one day. It comes after other big buys on the hill, such as number 23, which went for $1.425 million, and a home on Azure Street, backing on to Suvla Street, that went for $730,000. Number 20 Suvla Street is on the market for $1.9 million. Brett Jones, licensee at PRD Nationwide Lennox Head, said home buyers were finally recognising Ballina for what it was worth. Keith Jones, licensee at PRD Nationwide Ballina, agreed and said Ballina had a lot to offer. ??With all the new shops coming in, developments like the Ramada and the airport, Ballina is fast becoming the new Wategos,?? he said. ??The town is growing up and is becoming more and more appealing, with an increasing number of facilities available.?? Standing on the verandah of the $2 million home, you can see why the buyers were willing to pay so much. It offers almost 180-degree views over Shelly Beach and mountain views beyond Lennox Head. The street is tipped to usurp ?oByron Bay??s image as ??the place to be??. PRD Nationwide franchise research manager Jonathan Rivera said Byron Bay was becoming too expensive and people were looking for alternatives. At number 26 Suvla Street, Coralie and Alan Sampson cannot help but grin when they get up in the morning. They have no doubt they live on ??the best street in Ballina??, and could not imagine life any other way. They made Suvla Street their home about 12 years ago, and built their new house and a unit about two-and-a-half years ago. ??We have an amazing view of Shelly Beach, we??re close to town, it??s quiet ... what more could we ask for??? Coralie said. ??Two million? Good grief!?? Alan said after hearing the news of the sale across the road.