During the 1950s a reservoir was built on the ridge, and additional storages were installed as Palm Beach and Currumbin grew. During the 1970s residential development encroached west of the former railway station around Seaview Parade. By the mid-1980s the road network across to Guineas Creek Road was fully defined, along with Pine Lake and the Elanora primary school.
A former sand mining site and pine plantation in south-east Elanora was developed in 1982 as the Pines housing estate, partly financed by the Bond Corporation. Built around a 60 acre tidal lake and considerable lake frontage parkland, it was the first of three Bond-financed estates in Elanora. The Pines shopping centre is Elanora’s main retail area, and it is adjoined by a retirement village that overlooks Pine Lake. During 1986-91 Elanora’s population grew by 145% to 6800, and nearly another 3000 people were added in the next five years.
At the 2011 census Elanora’s had approximately 80% plus freestanding houses, 15% town-homes with the remainder being units.