He’s represented Australia in the Davis Cup, played 44 grand slams, won tennis tournaments alongside the likes of Pat Cash, and now, tennis great Mark Kratzmann is serving up his latest venture off the court, launching a riverfront property development – The Ivy Picnic Point – on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The undertaking is far from the average development, with Mr Kratzmann and business partner Don Moffat taking steps to improve the lives of people living in impoverished areas of India as part of the project.
Mr Kratzmann said The Kratzmann Group was partnering with not-for-profit organisations Habitat for Humanity and B1G1 to build one house in India for every apartment sold at The Ivy Picnic Point.
“Habitat for Humanity supports people who have lost their homes in natural disasters or cannot afford to build their own houses,” he said.
“Having recently travelled to India, I visited the Bawana slum in Delhi and was confronted with images of open sewers, children playing in widespread rubbish, and families with no access to clean drinking water.”
“It’s heartbreaking to see people – children included – living in such extreme poverty and poor sanitation and I’m determined to play a role in transforming the lives of those in need.”
Mr Kratzmann said it was estimated that more than 73 million families in India do not have access to proper shelter.
“It’s hard to fathom the troubling conditions these communities face on a daily basis and I certainly don’t take for granted how incredibly lucky we are to have such a high standard of living in Australia.”
“We’re excited to be helping transform many of the slum’s shanty homes into real houses with safe sanitation, and have received an overwhelmingly positive response from The Ivy Picnic Point buyers, who have embraced the initiative with open arms.”
Mr Kratzmann said The Ivy Picnic Point was already 40 per cent sold, with 15 of the 37 two and three-bedroom apartments having been snapped up following their recent release to market.
“Quite a number of the buyers to-date hail from Melbourne and Sydney and have been enticed by the Sunshine Coast’s warm climate and the development’s waterfront location and lifestyle,” he said.
“It’s not often a north-east facing site on the banks of the Maroochy River becomes available, so I immediately knew it was important to create a luxury development that delivered a high standard of living.”
“The project really embraces the stunning aesthetic of Picnic Point and we’ve made every effort to capitalise on the natural light and breezes, incorporating inside-out living spaces so residents feel connected to water and nature at all times.”
Mr Kratzmann said having holidayed on the Sunshine Coast as a child some four decades ago, he’d always dreamed of calling the quiet and tranquil Picnic Point home. The beauty of this site is that it is tucked away off the main road yet close enough to walk to all the fabulous new restaurants and coffee shops in the Maroochydore CBD.
“This really has been a dream 40 years in the making, and I have so much faith in the end result that my family and I are counting down the days until we can move in with another 36 residents.”
“The development is comprised of 37 apartments including two penthouses, as well as larger-than-average common spaces for residents to relax and entertain guests.”
The Ivy Picnic Point features a communal barbeque area, lap pool, steam room and gym, with all apartments incorporating Smeg and Miele appliances.
Located on Picnic Point Esplanade, residents will find themselves just a short stroll from local cafes and restaurants as well as the Maroochydore CBD and Ocean Street entertainment precinct. Prices start from $499,000.
To find out more or register your interest, call 1300 060 542 or visit www.theivypicnicpoint.com.au.