Property and rental value in some of Brisbane’s suburbs is increasing. Check out this list to see if your suburb is the place to invest in 2014.
Where is it: 8km north-east of the CBD, next to Toombul and Geebung.
Why it’s trending: Property prices are still relatively low, given its proximity to the city and great transport links. The recent ‘I (heart) Nundah’ campaign is hinting at its growing appeal to a younger market.
Median rent: $425/week for a three-bedroom
Median sale price: $610k for a four-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Centred Art on Hamson Terrace, with its curated selection of Indigenous and local art.
Foodie hotspots: Nundah Village has a good selection of independent cafes for weekend brunches, and you’re a 10 minute drive to Paddington and Red Hill.
Who your neighbours are: Young families who work in the city.
Where is it: Next door to Manly on the east coast of Brisbane, approx. 16 km from the CBD.
Why it’s trending: Bayside properties are the next big thing in Brisbane, as people move out of the overpriced inner-west and seek seaside living with good links back to the CBD.
Median rent: $400/week or a three-bedroom
Median sale price: $417k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Wynnum Markets – held daily – have some excellent vintage treasures and antiques for the home, as well as showcasing local artists
Foodie hotspots: There are some great local cafes opening up along the waterfront, as well as a good selection of high-street chains – Capers Pizza, Sushi Train etc. The older-style waterfront pubs are enjoying a revival and serve great food.
Who your neighbours are: Aspirational 35 to 44 year-olds with teenage children.
Where is it: 10km north of the CBD, next to Aspley.
Why it’s trending: Once seen as the daggy stopping point between the CBD and the northern suburbs, Chermside is coming into its own as an affordable, convenient and bustling suburb with excellent transpor.
Median rent: $390/week for a three-bedroom
Median sale price: $440k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Forget Westfield Chermside – although it is convenient – and head up Gympie Road towards Wooloowin for local galleries and theatres.
Foodie hotspots: Scuzi at Westfield Chermside is surprisingly good for Saturday brunch, while Bella Cosi serves authentic Italian in a beautiful space.
Who your neighbours are: Independent 20 to 30 year-olds who work both creative and public sector jobs.
Where is it: 6km south of the CBD (and 3km from UQ St Lucia using the Green Bridge), Annerley connects to the rest of Brisbane via Ipswich Road and easy access to the Clem 7 tunnel.
Why it’s trending: Several new apartment blocks and a new shopping complex are turning the tired Annerley strip into somewhere convenient and fresh. Trendy cafes are popping up and the new Red Lotus and Billy Kart Kitchen have been immediate hits with locals.
Median rent: $450 per week – units $380 per week
Median sale price: $535,000 – units $378,666
Foodie hotspots: Groove Café, Billy Kart Kitchen, Café O-Mai, Azafran, Red Lotus, BOX’D Espresso Bar.
Who your neighbours are: Young professionals (25-34 years) with children.
Where is it: 3km south of the CBD, next to Toowong and Milton.
Why it’s trending: Toowong’s little sister is growing into her own – close to the city, UQ St Lucia and the hotspots of Paddington and Toowong, Auchenflower is a quiet achiever and certainly one to watch
Median rent: $530 per week for three bedroom
Median sale price: $760,000 for three bed
Cultural hotspots: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
Foodie hotspots: Café Auchenflower, Deer Duck Bistro, Toro Bar, Grimes Bistro.
Who your neighbours are: University students and young professionals.
Where is it: Just under 10km from the city – easy access via train line.
Why it’s trending: The new Queensland tennis centre is just the beginning for Tennyson. Close to hotspot Yeronga, Tennyson’s development is pointing in the direction of up-and-coming. If gentrification plans for Yeerongpilly go ahead, Tennyson (with its low investment prices) will be the place to be.
Median rent: $420 per week for three bedroom
Median sale price: $529,000
Cultural hotspot: Queensland Tennis Centre.
Foodie hotspots: Buzz Tennyson, The Hyde Out, Anesis.
Who your neighbours are: Older couples and families.
Where is it: Dutton Park lies east of the Brisbane River, opposite from St Lucia. It’s 4km from Brisbane CBD, a 5-7 minute drive or 14 minutes by train.
Why it’s trending: Dutton Park’s appeal lies in its river frontage and proximity to the CBD. Many of the old style cottages have been recently renovated into modern apartments. It’s well serviced by public transport, and currently look forwards to development of the Boggo Road precinct – proposed to be a residential, retail and commercial centre.
Median rent: $540/week for a three-bedroom
Median sale price: $624k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Dutton Park is dominated by a recreation area which is popular for picnics, tranquil riverside walks and a free-leash area for your furry friend. Otherwise, most locals head to the city for cultural events.
Foodie hotspots: Woolloongabba is a stone’s throw from Dutton Park, where an upcoming bar scene can be found. The Canvas Club, Chalk Hotel and Brewhouse Brisbane are the best picks of the bunch.
Who your neighbours are: It has a population of approximately 4100, comprised mostly of independent, working adults.
Fun Fact: The Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883, and was only demolished in 1996.
Where is it: Balmoral is an inner eastern suburb, 9km from the CBD, a 10-15 minute drive, or 20 minutes by train.
Why it’s trending: Balmoral was the top Brisbane suburb for house value growth in 2013, with a rise of 15.2 per cent. It’s also a neighbour of Bulimba – a popular, picturesque village.
Median rent: $700/week for a three-bedroom
Median sale price: $677k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Balmoral Park and the Cineplex are two local hangouts spots for the weekend.
Foodie hotspots: The Oxford Street precinct has plenty of award-winning alfresco dining options.
Who your neighbours will be: The median age for Balmoral is about 35, and is populated by working adults, established couples and families.
Fun Fact: Balmoral is an Anglicisation of Baile Mhoireil’ which is Scottish Gaelic for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle.
Where is it: Mitchelton is 8km northwest from Brisbane CBD, a 15-20 minute drive or 35 minutes by train.
Why it’s trending: Many Brisbane families have found an ideal home in Mitchelton. The parks and recreation facilities, schools and low crime rate have been ranked as the top factors.
Median rent: $360/week for a three-bedroom
Median buy: $480k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Brookside Shopping Centre is the largest retail precinct in northwest Brisbane
Foodie hotspots: Mitchelton residents flock to the farmers’ markets, held monthly on a Sunday morning, for the gourmet delicatessen foods, fresh produce and artisan breads.
Who your neighbours will be: Established/older couples and families with children. Mitchelton also has a diverse, multicultural community.
Fun Fact: Mitchelton’s name comes from one particular English family, who settled in the area in the 1870s
Where is it: Sandgate is a coastal suburb located 16 km north of the Brisbane CBD.
Why it’s trending: Sandgate’s position on Brisbane’s coastline is attracting families who want a relaxed lifestyle, while still being within a close commute to the Brisbane CBD.
Median rent: $410/week for a three-bedroom
Median buy: $473k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Sandgate hosts a range of festivals and markets each year, including the Sandgate Bluewater Festival and the Music By The Sea Festival.
Foodie hotspots: There are plenty of seaside cafes and takeaways opening up along the Sandgate waterfront including Little Crepe Factory and Dougs, as well as a new cool and quirky drinking establishment Cardigan Bar.
Who your neighbours will be: Established/older couples and families and elderly singles.
Where is it: Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region, approximately 28 kilometres north-north-east of Brisbane.
Why it’s trending: The Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest developing places in Australia and with its low median prices Redcliffe appeals to older generations wanting a getaway from the city, without living on the coast
Median rent: $330/week for a three-bedroom
Median buy: $330k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: The Redcliffe Jetty markets are on every Sunday on the Redcliffe foreshore.
Foodie hotspots: Redcliffe has plenty of pubs, clubs and cafes along its foreshore including Brick Bistro Bar, The Rustic Olive, Workshop Co. Expresso Bar, and Feel Goodz Gourmet Café.
Who your neighbours will be: Elderly singles, older couples and families and older independence.
Where is it: Carindale is located 10 km east of the Brisbane CBD.
Why it’s trending: With its close proximity to the city and affordable pricing, there has been an increase in independent youth and maturing couples venturing to this east side suburb.
Median rent: $450/week for a three-bedroom
Median buy: $570k for a three-bedroom
Cultural hotspots: Carindale is home to Westfield Carindale,which became the sixth-largest shopping centre in Australia on completion of redevelopment in 2012.
Foodie hotspots: Carindale offers a diverse international palette, with some of the favourite hotspots of this suburb according to Urbanspoon being Chang Tong Thai, Asia House Chinese, Roman Empire restaurant, A Night In India and Backstreet Expresso.
Who your neighbours will be: Older couples and families and older independents are currently among the majority in Carindale, with younger trends recently being seen in the suburb.
Original article published at www.bmag.com.au 6/3/2014
Real estate market in southeast Queensland has made a comeback since the GFC
LAST week with the family in tow, we ventured up the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.
I was calling auctions at Maroochydore for a number of offices on the coast, so we decided to mix business and pleasure and make a holiday out of it.
It was no small auction event either. The offices had amassed 66 properties from entry level units, canal front homes and even beach front penthouses!
I was calling the auctions with my regular coastal auctioneering partner Dan Sowden, principal at Ray White Maroochydore and the day was decorated with highlights.
But the value on the Sunshine Coast, and again the Queensland market, for me was an absolute stand out.
Bidding on one apartment in particular, 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, paused at $85,000. It’s a studio apartment and while it wasn’t sitting next to, Sails, on Hastings Street, it’s not in the middle of nowhere either.
I couldn’t believe the numbers I was calling out. When no one pushed beyond $85,000 we made the recommendation to pass the property in and I see it’s now listed at $102,000. Unbelievable!
We also sold the million dollar plus penthouses and the glamour properties too. It took us about six hours and the event was filled with excitement and drama.
But it’s the value story that I think will surprise many people, it certainly surprised me.
The Sunshine Coast has a relaxed holiday lifestyle, it has amazing beaches and world class restaurants.
So with all that on offer there will always be multimillion-dollar homes on the Sunshine Coast, but sub $100,000 properties, even sub $300,000 properties are a genuine reality for the discerning buyer
Every school holiday, and as we step closer to Christmas, many Aussie’s will do what we did this week and head to the beach. They will likely have had to pay a peak season rate for their accommodation and quite often that can spark the idea of buying a holiday house.
The Sunshine Coast was one of the hardest hit markets in the GFC, this impact is still showing value today. If the dinner table conversation involves a coastal retreat, before you squash it on account of affordability, I’d head to realestate.com.au or grab a copy of the Sunshine Coast Daily, you too might be surprised by the value, there appears to be property for all budgets.
Originally published as Coast tourist hot spot where bargains can be found
Where you can rent in Brisbane for only $400 a week
While renters in southern capitals such as Sydney and Melbourne worry about how to pay each week – let alone how to save a home deposit – Brisbane tenants can affordably rent within cooee of the city.
Domain Group data shows that there are 14 suburbs in the Brisbane City Council area with median rental prices of just $400 per week.
While renting an affordable unit can see you living within a couple of kilometres of the CBD, middle-ring houses in suburbs such as Upper Mount Gravatt and Oxley can also be leased affordably, according to the data.
Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane offered tenants the “best of both worlds” due to the affordability of desirable rental locations.
“Probably one of the strongest benefits is that you don’t have to go very far from the CBD to reach an affordable price point,” she said.
“Suburbs such as Bowen Hills, Cannon Hill, Kelvin Grove, Morningside and New Farm are all well serviced by public transport and are all within five kilometres of the CBD – you would never get that in Sydney or Melbourne.”
Some of the suburbs have more than just proximity to the city to offer, she said.
Kelvin Grove has some of Brisbane’s best schools and is very well serviced with public transport options, Ms Mercorella said.
“Springfield Lakes is one of the most popular new areas, and at the last Census was one of our fastest growing regions in Australia,” she said.
“It is a master-planned community that offers families a lifestyle option – lakefront living with a community feel.
“Morningside is a suburb in transformation, with a number of new small-lot developments renewing the area. It is also a suburb in close proximity to the prestige Hawthorne and Bulimba pocket at more affordable prices.”
Ray White New Farm’s Haesley Cush said inner-city tenant demand continued to grow strongly, with unit rental prices softer due to the ample supply of new apartments that had hit the market.
“Developers were so intent on letting out their properties because they had rental guarantees … that incentives came into the rental market for residential property for the first time in as long as I can remember,” he said.
“That put downward pressure on mum and dad investors with older units to compete with a brand-new unit where the developer not only has a better product in a lot of ways, but they were also offering incentives.”
Mr Cush said the new competition resulted in rents falling by about 30 per cent in New Farm. Lower interest rates were lessening the financial impact on landlords, however.
With supply of new units still high, most landlords were opting to retain their existing tenants and slowly increase the rent over time rather than take a punt on the open market, he said.
Mr Cush said southern buyers and renters were starting to stake their claim on the Brisbane rental and sales markets.
“I do think they won’t return once they get up here. The weather is better, school fees are cheaper, and it’s not the compromise in lifestyle for the difference in price,” he said.
“It does have less people, you don’t get as good a meal on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can’t dine after 9.30pm still in most places, but for what is in some cases half the rent and sales price, we’re not talking about half the lifestyle.”
SEQ begins big push for a billion-dollar City Deal
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Treasurer Jackie Trad are pushing for a City Deal for south-east Queensland.
Photo: AAP/Dan Peled
Political delays dogging infrastructure projects will be history if talks on Tuesday morning cement a new billion-dollar 15-year City Deal for south-east Queensland between all three levels of government.
Such a deal could benefit 3 million people catching trains and buses, driving on highways, building businesses, looking for housing, and finding school and universities between the Sunshine and Gold coasts and west to Toowoomba.
Deputy premier Jackie Trad and Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk will on Tuesday morning outline how close the 10 south-east Queensland councils – Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley – are to signing Australia’s largest City Deal with the federal government.
Australia now has three City Deals backed by the federal government: Townsville (2016), Launceston (April 2017) and Western Sydney (March 2018).
Cr Quirk, the chairman of Council of Mayors (SEQ) that represents the region’s local governments, described a City Deal for the area as “a dramatic change”.
“The power of aligning the efforts of all levels of government and securing a long-term program of investment in our region will be a game changer,” Cr Quirk said.
“For the first time, all levels of government will be working in unison to protect and enhance the prosperity and liveability of south-east Queensland.”
Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk begins a campaign for a City Deal funding package for 10 councils on Tuesday morning.
Photo: Fairfax Media
A City Deal binds the three levels of government — federal, state and local — as a group to agree to a 15-year rolling funding program of infrastructure projects that a fast-growing region needs.
As projects provide a lift in land value, that financial uplift is identified, captured and then re-invested into the infrastructure funding pool, under a model first identified in Manchester in 2012 and then in Brisbane in 2014.
In April 2018, Cr Quirk and Ms Trad met the federal government’s new Cities and Urban Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher, when they first put forward the SEQ City Deal.
All parties described those 2018 talks as “positive”.
Cr Quirk and Ms Trad will begin the public push for the SEQ City Deal at a business breakfast at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.
“We secured Australia’s first ever City Deal in Townsville, which is paying dividends with projects like the North Queensland Stadium, delivered through the City Deal,” Ms Trad said.
“That is under construction and on track to be open for the start of the 2020 NRL season.”
Townsville’s City Deal is a 15-year arrangement, while Launceston’s is a five-year deal and Western Sydney’s is a 20-year deal.
The federal government is tipped to announce City Deals for Geelong and Darwin by September 2018, allowing planners to work on Hobart, Perth and south-east Queensland over 18 months.
How could it help?
It locks in project funds over 15 to 20 years, moving them away from political promises, which are subject to election outcomes. It could remove election squabbling over the same project.
It sets out a timetable for projects allowing the private sector to invest more confidently.
It could help the next generation of infrastructure projects, after the Pacific Motorway, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects were all delayed by politics, angering voters.
It has also been mentioned as a way of funding Moreton Bay’s new university campus at Petrie and breathing life into the Brisbane River’s Resilient Rivers proposal.
What is Townsville’s experience after 18 months?
The Townsville City Deal was signed on December 9, 2016. It is a 15-year agreement.
Work has begun on stage two of the 25,000-seat $250 million North Queensland Stadium. It will be finished for the 2020 rugby league season. It is funded by the federal and state governments, and Townsville City Council.
The Queensland government has promised $250 million for new water supply for Townsville.
A business case for new Townsville Port facilities is almost finished and the Queensland government has pledged $75 million for port upgrade.
Townville mayor Jenny Hill said choosing the right projects was essential to make a City Deal effective.
“The City Deal provides a roadmap for delivery that breaks the political cycle so it is very important to choose the right projects or areas for reform that will make the biggest difference to a city or region,” Cr Hill said.
“All three levels of government also need to buy into the key priorities of the local area that are included in any City Deal.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill on top of Castle Hill with Townsville in the background.
SEQ City Deal – the background
- May 2012: Co-funding model idea began in United Kingdom.
- June 2015: Queensland prepares its own case for City Deals after Ms Trad looked at the UK City Deals idea in Manchester.
- 2016: Council of Mayors (SEQ), Queensland Property Council and the Queensland government put a plan together.
- November 2016: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2016 to develop “tailored City Deals” for Queensland.
- February 2017: Ms Trad and Cr Quirk wrote to then-federal cities minister Angus Taylor, agreeing to a joint submission.
- Late 2017: A Cities Transformation TaskForce established in Brisbane.
- June 2018: Queensland’s major contractors called for a City Deal.