Led by Gold Coast property stalwart Brent Dallow, Dallow Residential Projects offers a wealth of experience and local knowledge which you can rely on.
After starting his working career as a chef, and owning his first restaurant at the tender age of 19, Brent switched to the real estate and property game in 1989, and has based himself and his family on the Gold Coast since 1994.
Brent’s first foray into development was a ski lodge in Thredbo Valley, which then led him to joining a father and son property development team developing apartments and selling another ski lodge in Thredbo. Since then, Brent has been involved in many exciting developments; some highlights include selling the entire Monterey Keys estate in the northern Gold Coast, and holding the highest price sale record at Sanctuary Cove for many years.
In Brent’s own words, the Gold Coast offers ‘the perfect lifestyle in the perfect climate, clean air, and world class beaches, education, hospitals, restaurants, entertainment and shopping’.
When he’s not helping investors find the perfect property, Brent’s out and about taking advantage of everything the Gold Coast has to offer, including boating, water skiing, bushwalking and tennis. He always said he would play golf when he grew up too, but that hasn’t happened yet.
A consummate professional, Brent’s local knowledge and expertise is second-to-none, and his passion for the region is truly infectious.
Q&A with Brent Dallow
Q: What got you into real estate/ property development in the first place?
A: My first development was a ski lodge in Thredbo Valley, which lead to joining a father and son property development team developing apartments and selling another ski lodge in Thredbo, followed by an office building in Sydney and a 1,100 lot land sub-division on the Gold Coast.
All very successful and enjoyable projects.
Q: Why the Gold Coast?
A: I have been largely based on the Gold Coast since 1994, and my daughter Maddison was born and grown up here. It is a place that offers the perfect lifestyle in the perfect climate, clean air, as well as world class beaches, education, hospitals, restaurants, entertainment and shopping. It’s a place offering something for all age groups. The young can have a healthy upbringing and have the choice of some of the best public and private schools and universities in the world.
Once working, transport times are short (a significant part of the lifestyle is short travel times to work and basically anywhere), business growth is continual, and purchasing a property is achievable for most. Once retired, it would be hard to beat the retirement lifestyle, the weather, the facilities, or the lower cost of living.
Q: Who do you admire and why?
A: There are a few. The usual characteristics I appreciate the most in people are being self-made, successful, and relatively humble.
In property, I admire Harry Triguboff; self-made, now worth $11.4b, formulated an apartment development recipe that has worked extremely well
In life, I admire Nelson Mandela because he was willing to (and did) give up everything for his beliefs; my parents because they were willing to (and do) give up everything for their children, grandchildren and now 9 great grandchildren; and my daughter because she’s self -driven and proving to be a great role model for her peers.
Q: What is your long-term goal?
A: To promote the Gold Coast and introduce a lot of very happy owners and investors into the Gold Coast market. To enjoy the Gold Coast lifestyle both during the balance of my working days and my retirement one day. And eventually, to move back to a home or apartment on water with bridge free access, then purchase a sailing catamaran to navigate to other exotic destinations.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Boating (it’s hard to find a better place than the Gold Coast for that), water skiing, snow skiing, snorkelling, bushwalking (the Gold Coast has sensational coastal and hinterland walks), motorbikes, and tennis. I’ve always said I would play golf when I grow up… that hasn’t happened yet!
I have also completed 2 Gold Coast marathons, 2 half Ironmen events, and the 96 km Gold Coast Kokoda event… however not sure if you call these fun!
Q: If you were an investor, where would you buy on the Gold Coast?
A: I would recommend a prime location (the old saying location, location, location!)
A prime location could be any (or multiple) of the following:
- Beachfront or near beach
- Close to major shopping
- Close to transport
- Close to education precinct (we have some of the best private and public schools and universities in the country)
- Close to hospital precinct
We have it all on the Gold Coast! With tourism in a strong growth phase, investors who buy in stronger tourism suburbs also have the choice of 2 markets by having their property permanent or holiday let.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for someone looking to invest in the property market?
A: Buy at the lower end of the property cycle (the Gold Coast right now)
Buy in a strong growth area (the Gold Coast)
Buy where rental demand is strong (the Gold Coast)
Buy where rental yields are high (the Gold Coast)
Buy in a good location (the Gold Coast – more specifically as above)
Buy off the plan in a growth market – this achieves growth in value before you even settle