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22-year-old McDonald's worker buys first home

Working 55 hours per week between two jobs at Coles and McDonald's this young Aussie manage to buy her first home.

A composite image of the McDonald's arches and Jhiara with her mum Fiona.
Jhiara bought a plot of land next door to her mum Fiona after working 55 hours per week at McDonald's and Coles. (Source: Getty / Luke Marsden via realestate.com.au)

A 22-year-old woman has purchased a block of land - with plans to build a home - in Pebble Creek, Queensland, while working full time at McDonald’s and part time at Coles.

Jhiara works around 55 hours a week between her two jobs, and has a clear plan of the single-storey home she wants to build once her land is registered later this year.

“I thought about building a two-storey house but I have to think about my finances, I may be able to upgrade later down the track,” she told realestate.com.au.

“Either way, not many people can say they built their own home at 22.”

And she will have family very close by, having purchased the block right next door to her mum Fiona.

The newly designed Pebble Creek community is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Once completed, the community will have a Coles, Woolworths and IGA, along with parklands, a state school and community college, and a railway station.

“Pebble Creek’s vicinity to nature reserves and green spaces create a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the urban sprawl,” the developers said.

“This connection to nature, coupled with the already-established amenity you’d expect from an urban centre – like schools, shops and a close proximity to Hills Golf Club, one of Queensland’s premier golf courses – creates a truly desirable place to live, and grow, with your family.”

As for what drove Jhiara to purchase a home at such a young age, the answer is simple.

“I wanted to be the youngest person in my family to buy a home,” she said.

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