Elkmont is a historic portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park once home to a resort and logging community.Residents of the community have been gone for decades, but the cabins built to house them still remain as visible reminders of a bygone era.The National Park Service allowed the families who owned these cabins to retain them until the early 1990s. Since then, the cabins have sat vacant, slowly deteriorating.Now, big changes are in store for the historic structures as NPS has announced its intention to demolish 29 of the cabins and restore and preserve 19 others.“They are stabilizing those structures, and by the end of this year we hope that they will be open for public access,” said park spokeswoman Dana Soehn.Of the cabins slated for razing, Soehn said, “we hope to have the contractor selected by early March and then start that demolition process.”According to Soehn, park officials are taking special precautions to preserve hardware within the cabins, things like window seals, lighting fixtures and door knobs that are unique to the era in which they were built, before the demolition takes place.Once the project is underway a few popular trails in the areas of Jake’s Creek and Little River will be temporarily shut down.
The Gold Coast property market is tipped to look very different in two decades.HALF of the new homes to be built on the Gold Coast over the next decade will need to be designed for cashed up Baby Boomers, new research suggests.The latest report by property analyst Michael Matusik shows roughly 146,000 people will descend on the city by 2030, with about 40 per cent of those expected to be aged 55 and over.Mr Matusik said this meant half of the anticipated 5650 new dwellings required each year should be built to meet demand of an older population.“This doesn’t mean we need to build more retirement villages because most empty nesters and retirees here on the Gold Coast are actually looking to upgrade their lifestyle when they downsize,” he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“Contrary to popular belief, most downsizers don’t want small apartments, they want a property that is comparable in size to a small home and is well designed to suit their needs.Mr Matusik shared his latest research about trends that would shape the market over the next few decades in a presentation last night.He said while the Coast remained resilient in the latest downturn, it was up to developers to deliver the right type of housing to meet emerging demand.Colliers International Gold Coast director David Higgins said buyers at the top end of the market were looking for a ‘point of difference’.“While a beachside location and views that can’t be built out are certainly a drawcard, buyers are also looking for intangible amenities which indirectly improve lifestyle,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“For example, the new Mahala project in Mermaid Beach has a rooftop solar energy farm, a secure room for online deliveries, a dog wash area and surfboard rack.MORE NEWS: Australia’s happiest property owners revealedMORE NEWS: Christmas comes early for mansion’s buyers and sellersWhat Mahala at Mermaid Beach is expected to look like.“These non-standard amenities help a project stand out from the crowd in what is an increasingly competitive apartment market.”Knight Frank director and Queensland head of project marketing Chris Litfin backed the research but believed they would be looking for smaller apartments.“It’s about how the space is used,” he said.“If it’s smaller and it doesn’t work they won’t buy it, but if it’s smaller and cleverly designed they will buy it.”