The first houses are being built in the Beaudesert's $1 billion Oakland Estate masterplanned community.
The masterplanned community, located 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and 40 minutes from Brisbane, will eventually become a "satellite suburb" according to the developer.
Stage one of Oakland Estate comprises 58 home sites, which are elevated and surrounded by hectares of parklands, with lot sizes ranging from 600 square metres to more than 1,000 square metres.
Oakland Estate is being developed by Robinson Projects, headed by James Robinson.
Robinson said the first residents are expected to move in to the community within a few months, in time to enjoy the opening of the first stage of the new Oakland Shopping Precinct, which will feature a 1,200 square metre Greener Grocer supermarket, and 500 square metres of specialty stores.
Future stages will include a fast food restaurant and plans for a family-friendly tavern, bringing the total retail floorspace to more than 4,400 sq m.
"Oakland Estate is already home to McAuley College, a Catholic high school which opened in January this year, and a convenience retail precinct complete with a fuel station and a Brodie's Chicken restaurant, with provision for additional retailers," Robinson said.
"The construction activity taking place on site is mirrored in the broader Beaudesert region, as work ramps up on the Bromelton State Development Area, which is just six kilometres from Beaudesert and has the potential to create up to 18,000 jobs.
"While a number of recent purchasers have been local, we are still receiving strong enquiry from Brisbane and the Gold Coast as people see the opportunity to live in a brand new community, with schools, shops, parks and jobs at their doorstep, for a fraction of city prices."Robinson said first home buyers have been particularly active, especially on the back of the extension of the State Government's $20,000 First Home Owner Grant.