In July, 1989, Garry and Kay Rapley arrived in Agnes Water with their children, Kelly aged 7 and Grant 6. Garry had been employed by Dan Murphy, developer of the then new Cove Estate.
At the time in Agnes Water there was no school, post deliveries were made once a week, and the only stores in the area were Ken Tucker’s Store (at the Mango Tree Motel and now Sea Grapes Bistro), and the 1770 Store (now the Tree Bar).
Kay home schooled Kelly and Grant throughout 1989. The only schooling available locally at that time was at Rosedale, a long way on a bus over very bad, unsealed roads.
It wasn’t until 1990 that the Agnes Water State School and the Service Station were built, followed by the Agnes Tavern in 1992.
Garry sold real estate for Agnes Water Developments from the small building at the corner of Bicentennial Drive and Round Hill Road…
Once Endeavour Plaza was built Garry moved his then Nationwide Real Estate office into the new centre where business increased dramatically with an influx of tourists to the area.
Nationwide later merged with PRD, as the office remains to this day.
Garry and Kay left PRD several years ago, and, not ready to retire, started Bushwacker Quad Bike Tours, however, two years of major flooding in the region made it difficult to continue with the business.
Now, 26 years after starting a long career in real estate in Agnes Water, Local Realty from the same building on the corner of Bicentennial Drive and Round Hill Road.
Concentrating on sales from Rules Beach to Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy, Garry is already busy listing properties throughout the area.
The Local Realty office is open Monday to Friday, and by appointment on the weekends. Phone the office on 4974 9506 or 0428 882 545 to discuss your local real estate needs!