About 4000 lucky Gold Coasters had an exclusive first look inside the city’s newest urban hub when Smith Collective hosted festivities at the former Commonwealth Games Athletes Village on Thursday 25 October.

The $550 million residential and retail project opened its doors for free entry events from Thursday 26 to Friday 27 October. The event will be an intimate Friday night session of food, drinks and live music in the Village Heart followed by a Family Fun Day on Saturday boasting favourites such as animal farms, magic shows, jumping castle and children’s obstacle course. The two events will also feature the first-look tours of the Smith Collective’s ready to rent apartments and townhouses that will ultimately house about 2500 residents in what is one of the city’s largest urban renewal projects.

Smith Collective’s Community and Marketing Manager Mel Kite said the opening weekend events were a taste of the fun, social and community atmosphere that would be a central facet of Smith Collective. Capped at 1000 people, the event will take over the stunning Village Heart and prove the perfect Friday night outing for adults and older children, with the next day being a day for all the family.

Smith Collective employs a ‘build-to-rent’ strategy with every one of its 1251 apartments and townhouses offered solely for rent. Popular in the United States and Europe, the approach aims to redefine the traditional rental process by forgoing individual landlords and allowing residents to secure multi-year leases and the promise of many benefits of home ownership such as painting walls and having pets.

Set among seven hectares of parkland, Smith Collective is located within close proximity to Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital and the Southport CBD.

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