"Dangerous, winding road with many fatalities"
Beechmont Road has many fatal accidents because it is steep, narrow and winding. It is also very noisy particularly over weekends where groups of motorbikes ride early in the morning which destroys the peace of the countryside. Fires have recently destroyed homes in the Beechmont area. There are many serious landslips which means the road has constant repairs and delays in traffic. The eleven minutes (according to google maps) it’s supposed to take from lower Beechmont to Nerang seldom is achieved because there are few passing lanes, the ongoing road repairs and the steepness of the road with many accidents delaying traffic. When there are torrential rains, waterfalls cascade along the steep sides causing landslips and heavy branches to fall across the road. There is no road side lighting which makes it dangerous to drive particularly at night. There have been many head on motor vehicle crashes because the road is too narrow. We don’t miss travelling this dangerous, mountain Road!
"Dangerous road with noisy motorbike gangs and small minded community"
Beechmont is a rural area with only one road which accesses the area. Constantly this road has landslips because it is very steep in parts and the rainfall can be torrential at times. Long waiting times for traffic up and down the mountain when it is being constantly repaired. Also noisy motorbike gangs ride in groups early morning over weekends which destroys the peace and quiet of the area.
There are a group of people who report their neighbours constantly to the city council. Unfortunately this has happened to many people so the area is not good for owners, investors or renters. Also value of land and housing doesn’t increase much. Renters don’t stay here for long because of the lack of shops, bus service, tradespeople and no nearby high school. The 3 cafes on the mountain close very early and the road is too difficult to traverse at night so most people stay at home in the evenings.
There is one real estate agency and many renters and sellers complain about their service. Houses are often priced too high and remain on the market for months, even years. Sellers eventually get so desperate that they sell below the rate they bought their property for given the many improvements made. Be warned that there is no town water connected so most people have to spend money to buy extra rain water tanks. Also no sewage connected so costly septic tanks which need to be cleaned out sometimes or replaced which can cost tens of thousands.
Also the army has large tracts of land which you can sometimes hear shots being fired.
The only primary school although good, struggles with its rolls so there is always the threat that it will close down one day. There is no high school on the mountain. A school bus travels to Nerang high school.
Being a small community, people can be very judgemental and small minded. Try to invest in the area and start a successful business. Before long you too may be reported to the local council as some past and present businesses have found.
So while Beechmont appears very beautiful, it has so many challenges that people need to be warned about.
"Beautiful on the outside, ugly underbelly"
On the rental side most tenants only stay for a short time as the only road through is constantly being repaired and is dangerous to drive. Landslips occur often and roadworks go on for a long time. So this is not a good place to buy for investors hoping to rent out their properties.
For sellers, the property market is very slow and takes an average of many months to sell a property. Also property prices are very slow in increasing.
The nearest high school is 30 minutes drive away as are any major shops. There are 2-3 cafes which are mostly closed at night because most locals stay at home due to the nature of negotiating the difficult road. So hard to invest in a business up there as the local population is small and access is difficult.
During the day particularly over weekends noisy motorbikes ride in large groups so some of the country feel is lost.
There are also a few locals who seem to enjoy reporting their neighbours to the local council as some seem to have nothing better to do.
If you are considering renting or buying make sure you have decent size water tanks because there is no town water connected.
Also the local council in certain streets is making owners pay for new septic tanks which can run into the tens of thousands.
There is a shortage of tradespeople and sometimes it can take weeks to get someone up for repairs.
The soil is great for growing but it does mean that everything grows very quickly in the summers so if you enjoy working hard in the garden and lawn mowing, this is your ideal place.
There is large areas of army land and sometimes one can hear shots being fired.
Apparently the local primary school is good but they have difficulty in keeping their rolls up so hopefully it will stay open in the future.
There is no regular bus service in the area apart from the school bus.
Cold in winter and can rain for days at a time.