first_imgVet nurse Raelene Massey along with daughter Andie Scott-Massey, are thrilled to have bought a beautiful Queenslander at 35 Upward St, Parramatta Park. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYRAELENE Massey has signed the dotted line and is now ready to start her next chapter in one of Cairns’ most sought-after suburbs.The vet nurse recently bought a historic Queenslander on Upward St, Parramatta Park, after living at Kewarra Beach for the past year.The allure of being close to schools, shops and watching the world go by from a sweeping veranda was hard to ignore for Massey, who moved to the Far North from the Sunshine Coast to be near her family.“The main reason I looked at Parramatta Park was because it’s close to St Monica’s, where my daughter goes to school, and we wanted to be able to enjoy the Esplanade and the inner-city lifestyle,” she said.Data released by shows that Parramatta Park had the highest growth in the number of online visits per house out of all Cairns suburbs during the six months to March 31.The Queenslander-replete inner-city suburb recorded an average of 445 visits per property, a 45 per cent increase from the period between October 2015 and March last year.“I was particularly keen on Parramatta Park, but did have to look at other areas because it was so competitive,” she said.“But I really wanted a stunning Queenslander, which I’ve now found. My daughter and I are going to become very settled here.”Holloways Beach, with an average of 524 visits per house, was second on the list having recorded a growth of 38 per cent.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoWhen it came to units, Holloways Beach topped the charts with a 75 per cent increase in online visits per property.In terms of total number of online visits per house, Kamerunga and Edge Hill led the way, averaging 856 and 638 respectively.The Cairns region averaged 349 online visits per house during the six-month period, an increase of four per cent.Elite Real Estate’s Ken Higgins, who specialises in inner-city properties, said he was not surprised in the amount of interest shown for Parramatta Park homes.“There is plenty of activity around the area, and we have been getting some great number at open homes,” he said.“The nearby schools and shops are really attractive for people.”Higgins said another top-shelf Parramatta Park Queenslander, at 17 Denbeigh St, was quickly snapped up after it attracted more than 50 parties through its first open home.last_img

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