Detached Houses to the value of $200 000

I am a single 59 year old Male with no family and receiving a 'Disability Support Pension'. My Mother died about 7 months ago and left me around $200 000. I don't want to rent for the rest of my life and would prefer to purchase a detached House somewhere on Russell, Macleay or Lamb Island. I was looking to buy in Toowoomba and Brisbane, however don't have enough capital to make it happen. I've never been to Russell Island and don't know much about the area. Apparently there are many new Homes being built, however I don't know where they are or if I could afford to buy. As Brisbane and other state capitals are being wrecked by excessive developments, I'm wondering if this is the case on Russell, Macleay or Lamb Islands ?. Are there many Apartment blocks being built or is it mainly Houses ?. I may rent my chosen property for a month to see if I like the area before making an offer. What are the Water and General rates like on R.I. ?. Are the other Islands better or cheaper ?. A lot of people complain about the Drug issues on R.I., is this really an issue ?. What are some of the difficulties living on Russell or the other Islands ?. Are there Hardware stores on R.I. ?. Are there Plumbers or Electricians on the Island ?. Please let me know your thoughts re availability of detached Homes to $200 000.
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