Natures Edge reinstates true community

The word “community” is thrown around so frequently these days it is in danger of losing its meaning, but the developers of Nature’s Edge at Buderim are proud that a traditional vibrant and supportive community is exactly what they’re creating.


The over-50s lifestyle gated secure community has attracted repeated compliments – from both residents and visitors – about the natural green rainforest surroundings, the quality landscaping and craftsman built rock walls, and the homely relaxed feel of driving up the property’s meandering main boulevard.


But it has also managed to generate a true feeling of friendship, camaraderie and strong sense of belonging among those who have taken up residence in the completed designer homes.


Creating that genuine community is the realisation of a goal by developer Phil Gabel from the first buzz he felt driving onto the forested 48-acre block nearly 10 years ago.


“I can clearly remember the day, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is very special’,” he recalled.

“The trees, the greenery, the undulation, the space – I got the wow factor when I first drove in. I hadn’t seen anything like it.”


Nature’s Edge so far today has 66 architecturally-designed homes completed or under construction, with 55 already occupied. When finished, it’ll have 190 homes.


Every home has 8-star energy efficiency rating, with raked ceilings and large clerestory glass that provide great views of the rainforest canopy. Quality Italian appliances are standard, electricity is supplied at near wholesale prices, solar panels are standard, and non-potable water is available free of charge for garden watering for residents use.


Residents will also soon enjoy the benefits of a luxurious five-star multimillion dollar leisure centre. The state-of-the art split level building which is currently under construction, will include a heated 20-metre heated pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, 30-seat cinema, dance floor, bowling green, arts and crafts studio, workshop and function room, with vast 8 metre wide decks and spectacular glazing that frames the rainforest canopy backdrop and the wow factor will be further enhanced.


The village had 17 new home owners move in during November – a record for one month! The pace has been frantic coping with people wanting to call Natures Edge home.


During his 25 years in the industry Mr Gabel has developed a number of over-50s lifestyle villages in South East Queensland, but Nature’s Edge, with its special vibe, has drawn a deep personal determination to ensure this is the flagship of his previous projects.


“There’s more buzz, there’s a greater sense of community, enthusiasm and goodwill from the residents here than I’ve ever had at any other project,” he explained.

“The rainforest setting, it’s very rare, very unique; I’ve had well travelled colleagues in the lifestyle development industry come here from Melbourne recently and they also experienced their own OMG moment and said there is nothing like this anywhere in Australia!”


However, there can be no better accolade that from a Nature’s Edge resident who spotted Mr Gabel early one evening as he quietly wandered through inspecting progress on the village.


“‘It’s looking pretty good, isn’t it?’” Mr Gabel recalled the homeowner saying. “‘You know, you should be proud of what you’ve achieved… should be, because I’m really proud to live here’.

“The residents are so on-board with what we’re doing; they’re getting a thrill out of it as much as I am; they’re just as passionate.”

And with that, he believed his goal to create a community was being achieved.



For more details about Nature’s Edge at Buderim, phone 1800 218 898 or email


Photo – Civil works supervisor Nick Dutton and Project Manager Phil Gabel at the Nature’s Edge over-50s lifestyle village being developed at Buderim are getting strong positive reviews from residents and visitors. Photo: Richard Bruinsma

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