Brad and Sophie Walter and their dog Solo . They moved into their home at Panguna Valley in November and love the sense of community. Picture: ANNA ROGERSCAIRNS’ Northern Beaches continues to play a major part in the growth of the city as new housing estate and unit developments release later stages of land.The last lots at Kewarra Beach’s Panguna Valley are up for sale and Smithfield Village and Bluewater Estate both have many more in-demand stages to develop.Urban Development Institute of Australia Cairns branch president Adam Gowlett said demand for properties within easy reach of the beach, not just by the Southern seachangers., would always be high.“The beaches have a deserved reputation of producing a very laid back lifestyle,” he said. “With most folks lives being so increasingly busy, the search for a low stress home life will continue.“As the transit to CBD areas becomes faster and easier, there are even more reasons to consider northern beaches for a home.Gowlett said the Canopy’s Edge (Smithfield), Ocean’s Edge and Paradise Point (Palm Cove) developments offered elevated homesites close to the tight-knit beaches communities.“Paradise Palms (Kewarra Beach) has apartment and traditional housing options and Golden Lakes (Palm Cove) will bring a new level of luxury to the beaches,” he said.Brad and Sophie Walter built their four-bedroom home in Panguna Valley, Kewarra Beach and moved in late last year.The newly married pair also own a home at Northpoint in Smithfield and wanted to stay north of Cairns for the lifestyle.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Panguna Valley stood out — it is down the bottom of the mountains, a bit isolated, a good place to bring up a family. It’s quiet — the northern beaches are a nice place to live,” Walter said.“Compared to Northpoint it was affordable and we’ve got a bigger house this time around. It was a stepping stone. You get what you pay for and it is amazing.“We’ve lived at Smithfield and Clifton Beach and Trinity Beach.“I think you enjoy what you get used to. Everything is close. It’s worth driving all the way to Mt Sheridan for work to come home to Panguna Valley.”Walter said the friendly atmosphere confirmed the couple had made the right decision.“There are a lot of young families popping up in there,” he said.“The first day we moved in there we met first sets of couples and families, it made you feel at home.“We met a few other people because our dogs were escaping!” laughs Walter.