Oldie but a goodie
By Ed Southorn
It is among the last of the low rise.
Not so long ago, the Ocean View Motel on the corner of McDonald Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta, was a large landmark opposite one of the world's best beaches.
The three-storey 40-year-old building is now dwarfed by cranes and new high rise towers going up all around it, led by Niecon's massive twin towers Reflection project just starting to take shape right next door.
Older style budget motels along Marine Parade have been knocked down to make way for the Coolangatta high rise building boom.
But the Ocean View Motel's Sydney-based owner Ray Harrison has no intention of selling up - not yet, anyway.
Ray's grandson Adam Taylor, 22, gave up a landscape gardening job and moved north from Lane Cove in Sydney 15 months ago to manage the 19-room motel.
Adam says business is booming - weekends are booked out all year.
He says the declining number of older, budget motels means holiday-makers who prefer staying in vintage accommodation inevitably find themselves at the Ocean View.
"We've had quite a few offers to sell," Adam said.
"But there is no need yet, we're making good money and a lot of people realise how special this place is.
"Other motels are closing down, that means more business for us."
But Adam, who has enrolled in an accounting degree by correspondence, said the Ocean View Motel, which also houses an Indian restaurant and barber shop, would ultimately be sold.
"All this development along Marine Parade is inevitable, development is what keeps the local economy going."
In the meantime, Adam is enjoying life.
"I'm meeting a few girls here and there and I'm surfing a lot in the early mornings before I open the office."