Where to buy: Bargains in the ‘burbs


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Now is the time to buy if you want to secure a home – and a future – for your family.

With values predicted to rise by as much as 20 per cent in the southeast over the next three years, today’s buyers could find themselves propelled into the million-dollar.

In the second part of our spring selling series, six real estate agents share their hot tips on where families with a budget between $500,000 and $1 million should be looking in Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine Coast.

MONDAY: Where to buy? The million-dollar quest in southeast Qld



Place CEO Damian Hackett

Place CEO Damian Hackett

Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland

Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland

LJ Hooker Queensland director Steve Mutton

Steve Mutton LJ Hooker State Director

Queensland Sotheby’s CEO Paul Arthur

Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Paul Arthur

McGrath Queensland manager Justin Marsden

McGrath Queensland manager Justin Marsden

Belle Property head of Queensland Jon Iceton

Jon Iceton Head of QLD Belle Property Australasia

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Wavell Heights — This is a family friendly neighbourhood with a rising number of renovated Queenslanders and new builds. DH

Lutwyche – Lutwyche is popular with families, upgraders and those who wish to have an apartment handy to city lifestyle. TW

Westfield Chermside is a shoppers mecca Picture AAP/David Clark

Kedron — With proximity to Chermside’s shopping precincts to the north and the tunnel network to the south, it has great accessibility. ‘The Avenues’ are a sought-after residential precinct in the city’s north with plenty of beautiful character homes that have undergone renovation. SM

Kedron offers character houses and access to amenities

Cashmere — Just 18km northwest of Brisbane, Cashmere is ideal for families, with new smaller lot subdivisions and small acreage lots in high demand. It is a great destination for the growing family with a blend of modern convenience and a semirural lifestyle JI

Properties like this one in Cashmere offer decent blocks and sizeable houses

Stafford — Stafford is a solid family area with great access to the city and surrounding areas and excellent amenities. PA



Mount Gravatt East — A great suburb for raising children, it is a convenient and green with great local amenities. It is close to two major shopping centres (Carindale and Garden City), the freeway and great local schools and just 15 minutes to the CBD. DH

Springwood — Springwood has developed its amenities and services for families and is good for investors seeking good returns. TW

Tarragindi — Land values are catching up to house values with renovators targeting larger allotments throughout the suburb, particularly those with city views. It’s easy to get to the highway, allowing residents speedy access to the employment hubs of the CBD and Springwood. SM

Tarragindi — Just 6 kms from CBD, Tarragindi has generous sized blocks, perfect for families. Modern contemporary builds fill this ideal city fringe suburb which has a cafe lifestyle and local shops, and is only a short commute to the city. JI



Cannon Hill — On the fringe of Brisbane’s most popular inner-east suburbs, Cannon Hill in the southeast of Brisbane offers similar lifestyle benefits to high-end areas like Bulimba and Hawthorne, while also being affordable for families. DH

Birkdale — Birkdale is a genuine choice when it comes to value for families and their needs in a home. TW

Ormiston — Allotments in Ormiston are generously-sized compared to many other suburbs in the Redlands. The suburb enjoyed healthy median house price growth of 7.9 per cent over the last year (CoreLogic) to $720,750. It also boasts one of the Redlands’ best schools in Ormiston College. SM

Morningside — Just 5 Kms east of CBD, this is an in-demand suburb that benefits from the surrounding suburbs of Balmoral and Hawthorne. Shopping centres, schools and amenities are at your fingertips, while recreation areas complete this family suburb. JI

Many of the Brisbane East suburbs are within easy reach of the CBD

Greenslopes — Greenslopes is geographically close to the CBD and major hospitals and highways. This proximity has not directly influenced the property prices and some of Brisbane’s best buys, close the CBD, can be found in this suburb. JM

Cannon Hill — Offering easy access to both the CBD and Brisbane Airport, Cannon Hill is enjoying constant improvement with major industry or previously underdeveloped land making way for beautiful new houses. The most exciting new project lifting Cannon Hill is the Minnippi development which will include a brand new 18 hole golf course. JM

Cannon Hill — The next suburb to ‘go’ after Carina. It should see similar growth to what Norman Park and Camp Hill have experienced in recent years. PA



Oxley — Leafy, green and quiet with post-war homes, Oxley has a growing cafe culture. DH

The Gap — The Gap is a very sought after place to live based on the popularity of the schools and its leafy outlook. TW

Indooroopilly — Indooroopilly is the hub of the western suburbs with Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, movie cinemas, train station, cafes, medical centres and leafy streets. Indooroopilly houses lost value over the last 12 months, but with all the amenities on offer it’s hard to see that downward trend continuing. SM

The Gap — Just 8km west of the CBD, The Gap is a modern suburb nestled in-between Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill. Creeks, bushland and wildlife areas add to the attraction of this family orientated suburb. JI

This house in The Gap has potential

Chelmer — Chelmer recorded record growth in the last 12 month. With the riverfront opportunities, larger blocks and a leafy green environment it has a nice family community feel to it. JM



Nerang — All of the amenities are well established and Nerang offers quick access to airports, Brisbane city and the Gold Coast lifestyle. TW

Coomera — Coomera will soon challenge Helensvale as the Gold Coast’s leading northern growth corridor suburb. Last year it unveiled Westfield Coomera, the upgrade of Exit 54 improved accessibility and there are loads of job opportunities stemming from the Marine Precinct and upgrade of Dreamworld. House prices flatlined over the last 12 months, but it’s worth noting the median price is 50 per cent above what it was five years ago. SM

Palm Beach/Currumbin — Still one of the most relaxing stretches of the Gold Coast, Palm Beach embraces laid-back living with new contemporary residences homes lining its numbered avenues. It is a fabulous blend of community on the beach and only minutes from the airport and heart of Surfers’ Paradise. JI

Elephant Rock at Currumbin hosts one of Australia’s most spectacular Anzac Day Dawn Service ceremonies each year(AAP Image/Dave Hunt)


Sippy Downs — Sippy Downs is close to the university, with mostly new homes and a variety of choices when it comes to lifestyle. TW

This house in Sippy Downs is worth a look

Mooloolaba — Offering one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches with plenty of shops and eateries dotted along its fringe, Mooloolaba is quite affordable compared to other Sunshine Coast addresses. Houses are tightly-held with unit sales outnumbering house transactions four-to-one over the last year. SM

Buddina/ Warana — Still a favourite location for the locals, these beachside suburbs are worth a look. It has a pristine coastline and is now just minutes from the new Sunshine Coast hospital precinct. It offers great surfing, hiking and golfing at your door, with many experts agreeing this suburb has yet to yield its full potential. JI

Mooloolaba Beach was voted 4th in Tripadvisor’s list of top 10 beaches in Australia this year.

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