Investing In More Than A Home

Hi, my name is Vesna and I want to tell you my backstory how I started my holiday rental accommodation business as a young mum…

It was Summer 2002 when we visited a small coastal village called Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW Australia. We drove around the sleepy town and stumbled across a new land subdivision, uncleared, sandy, full of trees and shrubs, and with a caravan just a hundred metres from the beach. This was the sales agent’s office and they were selling 87 parcels of land between $90K - $190K in the most pristine environment we ever saw.

With some cash in our wallets (what’s that lol), we put down a deposit to buy two blocks of land for $200. All lots sold in record time and years later this same land is now worth over $1m.

MY STORY STARTS WITH…

Dad knows best

We often hear the line “history repeats itself” and as someone who learns from doing I realised in my early thirties that Dad knows best. After being married for a number of years with a good job and then moving to the next stage of life planning for a family, I realised I had to get on with it as far as investing for the future. I recall my Dad talking about Callala and how he had bought some land for a few thousand dollars as part of his retirement plan. A few property cycles later he tripled his money, and the saying land appreciates, buildings depreciate rang true. Although I lived in Sydney and rented a unit close to work, my husband and I decided to invest in an affordable area by the beach. As it turned out, a few hours out of Sydney was the place for us.

Baby on the way

We had heard about Callala and visited the area briefly with Dad on a few occasions, but we had no idea Jervis Bay is a protected marine park, actually famous and has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world.
We were excited when the bank approved the loan for our land purchase (wasn’t easy compared to the good ol’ days I’m told, where relationships mattered) and were pregnant with our first child. 

Designing & Building A Healthy Home

Our dream was to design and build a healthy low maintenance home - a place where our little girl can freely connect with nature, experience unspoilt Australia away from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke. The flat block of land was perfect, except for one thing which really mattered. There was a lone scribbly gum tree located in the middle of the block. But that's what became our inspiration, to respectfully maintain the tree and design our new minimalist home around it.

The GFC

Then the GFC hit, and it changed everything. It was a devastating time for everybody, one we hope never repeats itself. Building our new design business on the South Coast was cut short by the economic environment and we were forced to come back to Sydney for work. I had to think fast and made the decision to rent our new home to holiday makers so I could pay the mortgage and they could experience as we did this beautiful part of Australia. My strategy worked, and over the years I warmly welcomed our home to thousands of people from all over Australia and also internationally. Providing the highest level of service I could made my little venture all the more worthwhile. No middlemen standing in the way...

Unique Accommodation In Unspoilt Callala Beach Jervis Bay

On completion of the build we tested our design skills and we were honoured and humbled when Hazelwood Beach House was awarded the Best Use of Western Red Cedar category in the 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards. The home was featured in many magazines as well as Australia’s Best Beach Houses book. Goes to show the benefits that passive and biophilic design can bring your property, your business, the environment, let alone the happiness and well-being of your family, friends and customers. The value we bring to a small coastal town and its community lives on beyond the construction of a building and the holiday letting to travellers.

In the complex economic environment of today, where technology is diminishing that vital human element, natural connection and personal touch, I hope I can continue to reach out directly to my customers and offer our holiday home accommodation so they too can explore their own future investments like I did, cherish precious family moments and simply experience this stunning part of Australia we call home.

For the best rates please get in touch with us at stay@whitesandjervisbay.com

we look forward to welcoming you & WISH YOU the best stay ever!

Vesna, Rick and Nadia xo