• Karen Kinnersly


We talk to Nicole Abbott from Coastal Abode Properties, our go-to local real estate expert and property styling maven, about her exciting boutique service and the current (booming!) real estate trends.

When Nicole Abbott started Coastal Abode Properties, she created a set of values that underpins her business — one of these is the outstanding service she provides her clients with, making it a priority to get to know each one.

Buying and selling property is an emotional experience, and Nicole’s unwavering support allows both her vendors and buyers to feel supported throughout every step of the process. But her other unique gift lies in the interior styling and presentation expertise she offers her clients, skills that she acquired through 12 years of buying and flipping homes with her husband.

“Coastal Abode Properties was born out of a genuine desire to assist people in the often overlooked aspect of styling — something that can easily change the entire outcome of a sale,” she says. “As part of our service, we offer property styling to our vendors to prepare their home in the best light.”

The Coastal Abode Properties’ team also includes Sales Assistant, Emma, who has been in the Real Estate industry her whole life and is also a qualified property stylist, bringing a wealth of knowledge to CA Properties. “Emma supports me at work and is so genuinely aligned to the business,” says Nicole of the power duo. “She has just obtained her Sales License, too, so the area will be seeing a whole lot more of her in the year to come!”

The success of Coastal Abode Properties’ styling service inspired Nicole to release a book, Preparing & Styling to Sell, designed as a guide to help homeowners and sellers showcase their home at its best and make an impressive impact on prospective buyers from the moment they step through the front door, maximising your sales result. The book is offered to vendors as part of the Coastal Abode Properties’ package and contains staging tips for each room of your home, ensuring you have all the information you need to prepare your property for sales success.

And, in good news to prospective sellers, while the negative impacts of COVID-19 upon many businesses are heartbreakingly real, Nicole says the pandemic has had quite the opposite effect on real estate, sending prices in the Tweed and Byron Shires soaring as buyers turn their interest towards the more relaxed lifestyle the Northern Rivers region offers.

“Here in Pottsville, we have gone from being a sleepy little beach town to a vibrant and highly sought-after coastal location,” she says. “People who are lucky enough to make the permanent transition to working from home have been able to leave the cities and enjoy the coastal change they have always dreamed of.”

The downside of the region’s booming popularity is that there is no more land or approved developments, so the current prices will likely hold firm. Nicole envisages more growth yet to come, followed by a steady plateau in house prices that will remain for some time.

“They certainly will not go down!” she exclaims.

Having lived in the area for eight years herself, Nicole sees first-hand every day what it is about this magical region that makes it so appealing to buyers.

“We have incredible school options, amazing surf beaches, estuaries, an abundance of thriving cafes and restaurants – and all within a 25-minute drive of both Byron Bay and the Gold Coast,” she marvels.

In 2019 Nicole achieved the highest recorded sale in Koala Beach, prior to which no home in the estate had yet touched the $1 million mark – Nicole’s property sold for $1.4 million.

“We really do believe that this kick-started some of the price changes in the area,” she says.

Since then, she has continued to achieve numerous street sales records and now another Seabreeze Estate record. But as a boutique agency, Nicole remains humble, insisting it is all about quality over quantity for her and her sales team.

“When you list with us, you are not just a number amongst many,” she says. “We live in and are involved in this community. We take our time to give you personalised and memorable service — one where you get to witness fantastic end results!”


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