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Why families are joining the Ipswich property pilgrimage



Why families are joining the Ipswich property pilgrimage
For years, the Ipswich couple had considered making the move to a bigger block and when the timing was right, it seemed like fate the house they had previously looked at years ago was back on the market.

Within days of viewing the property, they put in an offer.

The couple wanted more space for their two children to play and needed a place to store their caravan.

Now they spend their afternoons sitting on the veranda listening to the wind whip through the trees and the bird’s singing on their 2.5 acre slice of paradise.

“Everything feels comfortable out here,” Therese said. “We know all the neighbours and if you had been here on Halloween, when all the children children were out trick or treating, you’d think we had neighbourhood barbecues every weekend.

“We’re so happy with the move.”

Therese works in Yamanto but Steve is self-employed. For him, the convenient access to the highway is an additional perk.

“It’s also great when it comes to moving the children around,” Therese said.

“Our son Logan has been playing football for the local team and we’ve been going to Brisbane almost every second weekend.

“With the highway close by, it’s so easy to get into the city.”

Like many living in Pine Mountain, Therese and Steve wanted more space for their children to ride their bikes and kick a ball without having to retrieve it from the neighbour’s yard.

“There are a lot of good schools close by and plenty of bushland so we feel like we have our own space,” Therese said.

Steve even went to school with some of the neighbours, making the area feel even more homely.

“We’re really happy here,” Steve said. “There are a lot of young families around and the children get on with neighbour kids. It’s a really-family orientated area and we couldn’t be happier.”

Big blocks and small prices attract buyers

FAMILIES are flocking to Ipswich suburbs attracted by competitive prices and larger blocks, new data reveals.

Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic have identified Australia’s most popular family suburbs along with the cost of buying a home in those areas.

Four Ipswich suburbs made the Brisbane’s top 20 most popular list.

The figures, released today, put the popularity of Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Springfield and Pine Mountain on par with the Brisbane suburbs of Eatons Hill and Fig Tree Pocket.

Ipswich real estate agent Glenn Ball said Pine Mountain was booming as families rushed to the area to take advantage of the few pockets of wide open space left in Ipswich.

The owner of First National Action Realty Ipswich said large family homes in Pine Mountain had been selling like hot cakes.

“Pine Mountain is like our own little best-kept secret,” Mr Ball said.

“The suburb has proven very popular with families who want that extra space but still want to be close to amenities like schools.

“The houses are generally modern and blocks at 4000sqm aren’t unusual.”

According to Aussie Home Loans data, 27 homes have been sold in Pine Mountain during the past 12 months.

While that might not seem like a lot compared with other suburbs, Pine Mountain is considered a high demand market where homes sell within weeks – sometimes days – of going on the market.

Top suburbs

  • Augustine Heights

67.6 per cent households with children

Av. Price: $488,309

Av land size: 708sq m

Distance from Brisbane: 25.6km

  • Brookwater

67 per cent households with children

Av. Price: $656,359

Av land size: NA

Distance from Brisbane: 24.5km

  • Pine Mountain

65.7 per cent households with kids

Av. Price: $594,983

Av land size: 5263sq m

Distance from Brisbane: 31.2km

  • Springfield

63.3 per cent households with kids

Av. Price: $429,744

Av land size: 617sq m

Distance from Brisbane: 23.6km

  • Fig tree pocket (Brisbane)

64.3 per cent households with kids

Av. Price: $1.028M

Av land size: 1371sq m

Distance from Brisbane: 9.3km

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Seven figure sales show Ipswich is a property gold mine



Seven figure sales show Ipswich is a property gold mine

MANY Ipswich residents may not realise they are sitting on a property gold mine, with two homes snatching seven figures in the past few months.

A home in Waghorn St in Woodend sold in November for $1.09 million, while just up the road a home in Burnett St sold for $1.11 million this month.

June Frank from Walkers Real Estate believes it is further proof that Ipswich is becoming a destination for home buyers looking for value in their investment.

“The replacement value alone along with the huge block means that they represented great value for money,” Ms Frank, who handled both sales, said.

“If you’d have bought that house in Waghorn St and done all the work that the owners had done over the last 20 years in a short time you’d be looking at a sale price of $1.8 million to get your money back.

“I’m finding families from Brisbane all the time at open homes. You go to the northside of Brisbane and for $700,000 you’re lucky to get a two or three-bedroom home, but here you can buy a palace for $500,000 on a big block.”

Seven figure sales show Ipswich is a property gold mineThe house at 6 Waghorn Street is now one of Ipswich’s ‘Million Dollar Homes’

Local agent and Real Estate Institute of Queensland representative Darren Boettcher believes the fact Ipswich now has million dollar homes it will drive the prices up from the bottom, not the top down.

“A few years ago you could pick up a property for under $100,000,” Mr Boettcher said.

“Then it crept up to $150,000 and I think 18 months from now you won’t get anything in Ipswich for under $250,000 the way things are going. While the average price in Ipswich is now $320,000, it really is a seller’s market.”

“Things are moving up in Ipswich. When I got into this business in 1991, there were two sales people and we had 135 listings. Today we have 135 buyers and one listing, that’s how things are now. There just aren’t enough houses for sale in Ipswich. The population growth and infrastructure has changed things. Eastern Heights for example has gone up 30 per cent in five years.”


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Parts of Ipswich CBD closed to make way for demolition



Parts of Ipswich CBD closed to make way for demolition

PARTS of the Ipswich CBD will be closed to traffic during the day time for the next three months from this week.

Police will block off one lane of Bremer St between Olga St and Ellenborough St and Mansfield Place between East St and Bremer St as heavy equipment move in to continue the Ipswich CBD demolition.

The road closures will be now until July 9 between 9am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 5pm on weekends.

The road closures coincide with the latest phase of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment which includes builders removing the former 30-minute car park, former Woolworths supermarket and adjoining tenancies.

Work started this week on the roof, facade, remaining walls and frames of the building.

The wrecking ball and dozers moved into the derelict site mid last year, demolishing what used to be the heart of the city, ready for a fresh new look to begin evolving in 2018.

Ipswich City Properties Chairman Councillor Paul Tully said visitors to the mall would have noticed the crane removing large concrete panels.

While the entry to P3 of the car park will be closed for a short time during this phase of construction, motorists can still enter the car park via P5 and drive up to P3. There will be no reduction in car parking spaces during this time with all parking remaining available on levels 3, 4, 5 and 6.

To enter the car park via P5, turn into Ellenborough St, turn right onto Bremer Street at the Riverheart Parkland entry and then veer right on the slip road to enter P5.


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Defence contract the best thing for Ipswich since rail began in 1865: Mayor



Defence contract the best thing for Ipswich since rail began in 1865: Mayor

Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli inside a Rheinmetall Boxer armoured vehicle. Photo: supplied.

Talking points

  • Plans for the Redbank Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence have already been lodged with Ipswich City Council.
  • The initial plan is to build 211 new generation armoured personnel carriers for the Australian Army, but the facilities could cover additional vehicles.
  • Rheinmetall at the end of 2017 began talks with Bluescope Steel to be a suppliers of Australian steel for the vehicles which will run off the production line from 2020.

The decision to award a $5 billion contract for 211 high-tech armoured vehicles in Queensland means a new multimillion-dollar Centre of Excellence at Redbank and defence jobs for 40 years.

Ipswich mayor Andrew Antionolli said the decision was the biggest news for Ipswich since Queensland Rail came to town.

Queensland’s first train line was built from Grandchester to Ipswich in 1865, kickstarting the Ipswich railway workshops that employed thousands of people until they closed last decade.

Cr Antoniolli said the Defence contract announced on Wednesday would create more than 330 permanent jobs from the outset, build significant opportunities for local businesses and provide associated work with ongoing delivery and maintenance of the vehicles.

“This is huge for Ipswich, make no mistake,” he said.

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