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Whether it’s proximity to schools, parks, cost of living, closeness to family, coffee shops, or even a thriving nightlife, we all have those criteria that make a suburb ‘perfect’ for us. But choosing your ideal suburb to live in takes more than just the ‘right feeling’. It takes careful consideration and research.

So for buyers struggling with this dilemma, we’ve unpacked everything you need to know about the best 20 Brisbane Suburbs and ranked them — so you don’t have to. We’ll also dive into the best suburbs to invest in Brisbane, taking into account other factors that will influence the Brisbane property market in 2022.

Even if you’re just curious, the following will uncover everything you need to know and more, so you can make sure a suburb is right for you and your family. Enjoy!


1. Best Suburbs to live in Brisbane

In 2019, Domain released their inaugural Domain Liveable Brisbane study. Looking at 17 different indicators, they ranked Brisbane’s suburbs from top to bottom.

According to a report formulated by CityPulse SEQ, there are three key factors you need to look at when you’re looking to find the right suburb to live, buy or invest in:

The Live metric: 

To determine their Live metric, the people at CityPulse looked at proximity to Brisbane’s CBD, access to amenities, proximity to high-quality education institutions, high community health scores, crime rates, affordable housing, access to health care, and a few other factors.

The Work metric:

 The Work metric is determined by the level of transport connectivity between residential homes and places of employment, quality of infrastructure, and access to local jobs.

The Play metric:

The Play metric relates to how much fun you can have in your suburb. CityPulse SEQ determined their Play score by looking at access to cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, sporting events, parks and gardens, and other amenities.

These three metrics sum up the most important things you need to consider when you’re looking for the right suburb for you. Everyone will have different priorities, so you need to spend the time to think about what is most important to you and choose your target suburb accordingly.

Below, we’ll take a look at Domain’s top 20 and see how their rankings compare to PWC’s CityPulse study. 


Brisbane’s top 20 most liveable suburbs (ranked)

1. Alderley

Live Work Play
8.6/10 6.2/10 6.7/10

Alderley comes in at the top of Domain’s list, and for a good reason. With wide, tree-lined streets and close proximity to the CBD, Alderley ranks highly for good access to public transport, low crime rates, access to top quality schools, and plenty of open spaces for the family to enjoy.

Learn more: Alderley’s suburb profile

2. Wilston 

Live Work Play
8.2/10 5.3/10 6.3/10

Coming in at number two on the list, Wilston is another strong contender for Brisbane’s most liveable suburb. With recent gentrification thanks to an array of beautifully renovated homes, living in Wilston also offers a great cafe culture, plenty of open space, and a high level of walkability. The nearby train station also means easy access to public transport.

Learn more:  Wilston’s suburb profile

3. Ascot

Live Work Play
7.5/10 6.4/10 5.7/10

 No real surprises here – Ascot has been considered one of Brisbane’s top spots for quite some time. Ascot rates as number three on the list thanks to a great culture, plenty of cafes, and excellent access to public transport via buses, trains, and ferries. With a number of major employment nodes nearby, it also ranks highly for work. 

Learn more: Ascot’s suburb profile

4. Paddington  

Live Work Play
9/10 8.9/10 7.9/10

Just a couple of kilometres out from the CBD, Paddington ranks highly across all of the Live, Work, and Play metrics. If you work in the city, you can literally walk to work. And with a plethora of cafes and retail options in the area, you’ve got plenty of choice after work or on the weekend. 

Learn more: Paddington’s suburb profile

5. Newmarket

Live Work Play
8.9/10 5.7/10 7.4/10

Newmarket has seen a lot of gentrification over recent years, with many property owners either renovating or rebuilding homes to take advantage of its proximity to the city. With great options for culture, cafes, retail, and walkability, there’s plenty to love in Newmarket.

 Learn more: Newmarket’s suburb profile

6. Red Hill

Live Work Play
9.2/10 5.1/10 7.4/10

 Just next door to Paddington, Red Hill also ranks highly for liveability, coming in at number six. Thanks to its great topographic variation (a fancy way of saying that it’s got plenty of hills), there are plenty of opportunities to secure a home with a nice view. You can easily walk to the CBD from there which makes it great for anyone who’s employed in the city. Red Hill also scores highly for culture.

Learn more: Red Hill’s suburb profile

7. Kelvin Grove

Live Work Play
7.8/10 8.5/10 9.2/10 

You might be seeing a bit of a trend here – the suburbs close to Brisbane’s CBD rank very highly for liveability, from both Domain’s Liveable Brisbane study and PWC’s CityPulse study. And for a good reason – proximity to the city centre offers a lot of benefits while still allowing you to live a suburban lifestyle. Kelvin Grove is another top suburb, with the additional benefit of easy access to QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, and the nearby Kelvin Grove State College.

Learn more: Kelvin Grove’s suburb profile

8. Windsor

Live Work Play
8.1/10 6.7/10 7.3/10

Just a little further out from the city than Wilston (Brisbane’s second most liveable suburb), Windsor has an impressive cultural and cafe lifestyle that makes it an attractive prospect. It’s close enough to the CBD and Fortitude Valley if you’d like to venture in, but far enough away so you can have some peace and quiet.

 Learn more: Windsor’s suburb profile

9. Albion

Live Work Play
7.8 6.2 6.7

Hop across one suburb to Albion and you’ll find another great suburb to live in. It has some of Brisbane’s best cultural and cafe offerings and offers high walkability. You’ll also find plenty of options for public transport, and there are plenty of great schools in the local area.

 Learn more: Windsor’s suburb profile

10. Grange

Live Work Play
8.6 4.8 5.7

At number 10 on the list, Grange offer an abundance of tree cover and open space. Removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s a wonderful place to bring up a family and ideal for professionals who are looking for a quiet oasis while still being close to the action. There are plenty of cafes to choose from, all within walking distance. 

Learn more: Grange’s suburb profile

11. Auchenflower 

Live Work Play
9.3 7.3 7.1

Auchenflower is one of Brisbane’s most popular suburbs for many reasons. It offers great options for public transport, with Auchenflower station only three stops away from Central station. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants within walking distance, and sports fans will love the easy access to Suncorp Stadium.

Learn more: Auchenflower’s suburb profile

12. Sandgate

Live Work Play
4.8 4.6 4.3

If you’re looking for a coastal lifestyle, then Sandgate should be at the top of your list. Domain ranked Sandgate highly for walkability and plenty of open space for residents to enjoy. It also rates well for education options. Interestingly enough, PWC didn’t agree and gave Sandgate a much lower rating than Domain. Still, it’s worth a look and one of your best choices if you’d like to live seaside.

Learn more: Sandgate’s suburb profile

13. Taringa

Live Work Play
8.7 6 6.5

 Moving back to the inner suburbs, Taringa, located in Brisbane’s inner south-west, has a nice suburban feel despite being only six kilometres away from the CBD. There are plenty of retail options nearby with Toowong and Indooroopilly shopping centres only a stone’s throw away. It also offers great access to public transport via both bus and train. Proximity to the University of Queensland and some great schools nearby also mean that Taringa ranks highly for education options.

Learn more: Taringa’s suburb profile

14. Deagon

Live Work Play
4.7 2.8 4.5

Number 14 on the list sees us heading back to the northern seaside. While, similar to Sandate, PWC doesn’t rank Deagon very highly (maybe they’ve got something against living near the sea?), residents love its culture and retail options along with a great selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars. It offers great transport options with a train station on the Shorncliffe line, big housing lots, and proximity to the ocean without the price tag of Sandgate or Shorncliffe.

Learn more: Deagon’s suburb profile

14. Deagon

Live Work Play
4.7 2.8 4.5

Number 14 on the list sees us heading back to the northern seaside. While, similar to Sandate, PWC doesn’t rank Deagon very highly (maybe they’ve got something against living near the sea?), residents love its culture and retail options along with a great selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars. It offers great transport options with a train station on the Shorncliffe line, big housing lots, and proximity to the ocean without the price tag of Sandgate or Shorncliffe.

Learn more: Deagon’s suburb profile

15. Mitchelton

Live Work Play
8.1 5.2 5.6

A little further out from the CBD, Mitchelton ranks highly in no small part due to its excellent access to a variety of primary and secondary schools. Blackwood street offers a great selection of restaurants, bars, and cafes, and nearby Brookside shopping centre will cover most of your retail needs. It also has excellent public transport options thanks to Mitchelton train station and plenty of bus services.

Learn more: Mitchelton’s suburb profile

16. Toowong

Live Work Play
10 7.7 7.1

Scoring an amazing 10/10 from PWC’s CityPulse study for Liveability, Toowong seems to have it all – proximity to the CBD, quiet suburban living, and the famous Toowong Village that hosts over 200 different cafes and retail options. If you work in the city, you have plenty of options for commuting, either by taking the bus, the city cat, the train, or even riding along the riverside bikeway.

Learn more: Toowong’s suburb profile

17. Petrie Terrace

Live Work Play
9/1/10 5.7/10 7.3/10

While Petrie Terrace was too small to make it into the CityPulse study, this little suburb punches well above its weight. It scored six top 10 rankings in the Domain study, with high scores for culture, cafes and retail, as well as easy access to employment options and high walkability. It’s a short walk to Suncorp Stadium if you’re into sports, and Roma Street Parklands offers endless open space and greenery.

18. Nundah 

Live Work Play
7.4 7.2 5.9

Nundah has been one of Brisbane’s hottest suburbs in recent times, and for good reason. It has a thriving cafe and retail precinct, excellent options for public transport and high walkability – all within a 15-minute dive of the city. It’s also a great option for frequent flyers with Brisbane airport just a short 5-minute drive away.

 Learn more: Nundah’s suburb profile

19. South Brisbane

Live Work Play
5.6 8.6 10

The only southern suburb to make it into Domain’s top 20, South Brisbane scored an amazing 10/10 for Play in the CityPulse study. It’s highly walkable, and the South Bank precinct nearby offers an extensive array of culture, retail, and cafes. It also scores very highly for education and employment options.

Learn more: South Brisbane’s suburb profile

20. Spring Hill

Live Work Play
6.2 5.9 8.2

Rounding out the top 20 most liveable suburbs is Spring Hill, located two kilometres from the CBD. It scores highly for education and walkability, with many options for cafes, culture, and retail. Bordered on its West by Roma Street Parkland, and on its North by Victoria Park, you have plenty of options for green space. Close proximity to both Fortitude Valley and the city means that you’ll have an easy commute, and lots to keep you entertained after work.

Learn more: Spring Hill’s suburb profile

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2. Breakdown of Best Suburbs to Live in Brisbane

When it comes to the best suburbs in Brisbane, it’s safe to say the competition is fierce. 

We’ve broken this section into Brisbane’s best suburbs for:

  • Nightlife
  • Families
  • Coastal Living
  • Walkability

Best suburbs in Brisbane for nightlife

If you’re looking to be close to the action, we recommend taking a look at suburbs close to the city centre. While you may have to compromise a little on the liveability, these suburbs offer a great opportunity to take advantage of the Brisbane nightlife. Here are the top 10 suburbs:

  1. South Brisbane 
  2. Wooloongabba 
  3. Kelvin Grove 
  4. Herston 
  5. Brisbane City 
  6. Fortitude Valley 
  7. Kangaroo Point 
  8. Spring Hill 
  9. Paddington 
  10. Milton 

Best suburbs in Brisbane for families

For those who are looking to start a family – or already have one – here’s a list of suburbs that are our top picks. These suburbs offer plenty of options for education, amenities, parks and playgrounds so your children can enjoy their childhood as much as possible:

  1. Alderley
  2. Chermside West
  3. Wilston
  4. Kalinga
  5. Corinda
  6. Carina Heights
  7. Grange
  8. Ascot
  9. Newmarket
  10. Kelvin Grove

Best suburbs in Brisbane for coastal living

Looking for a sea change? Keen on water sports or fishing? Or maybe you just enjoy a nice sandy walk along the beach. Either way, you don’t necessarily need to move to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast (or even further) to access that coastal lifestyle. Here’s our top 10 list of suburbs to take a look at:

  1. Brighton
  2. Sandgate
  3. Manly
  4. Birkdale
  5. Wynnum
  6. Lota
  7. Deagon
  8. Thorneside
  9. Cleveland
  10. Shorncliffe

    Brisbane’s most walkable suburbs

    If you’re the kind of person who would rather walk to the shops or restaurant rather than jump in a car, then walkability is a key metric that will define whether you enjoy living in your home.

    The Domain Healthy Brisbane study, authored by Deloitte Access Economics and Tract Consultants, compared walkability across Brisbane’s suburbs.

    Here are the suburbs that they found to be the most walkable in Brisbane. Click on any of the links below for more info:

    1. Brisbane City
    2. West End
    3. South Brisbane
    4. Fortitude Valley
    5. Milton
    6. New Farm
    7. Chermside
    8. Kelvin Grove
    9. Paddington
    10. Wooloongabba
    11. Annerley


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      3. Best Suburbs to Invest in Brisbane

      The Brisbane property market has seen a surge in interest recently, thanks to its success in securing the 2032 Olympics and strong capital growth over the last couple of years.

      While the real estate market in some other parts of Australia is showing signs of slowing down, Brisbane real estate prices are expected to continue to grow, with the average property price likely to deliver double-digit capital growth over the next 12 months.

      A strong demand for detached houses and high levels of migration to the Sunshine State from other parts of Australia makes Brisbane a great choice for any savvy property investor.

      In particular, there are a few areas around Brisbane that are worth taking a closer look at. 

      These areas are:

      • The Redcliffe Peninsula
      • Ipswich City
      • Brisbane’s Inner South (The Olympic Precinct)
      • Logan City
      • The North-East Precinct

       We’ll take a look at each of these 5 areas in more detail in the next section.

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      Read More: Brisbane Property Market 2022 | Analysis + forecast [5 suburbs to watch]

      4. Breakdown of best suburbs to invest in Brisbane

      Redcliffe Peninsula

      There are a few key forces that make Redcliffe an enticing opportunity for property investors:

      • The opening of the new train line to Kippa-Ring in 2016
      • Extensive gentrification over the last decade
      • Homebuyers looking for an affordable lifestyle
      • Significant investment in infrastructure and property developments

      In the past 12 months, property sales have increased dramatically, and most suburbs across the peninsula have seen double-digit price growth. Despite this growth, the Redcliffe Peninsula remains one of Brisbane’s most affordable regions. Five suburbs in the area have median house prices at or below $550,000 making it a great choice for first home buyers.

      Median rental yield in the area ranges from 3.4% to 4.3% for houses, and 3.7% to 5.9% for units.

      Combined with 1-year growth of up to 24%, these suburbs are an attractive prospect to invest in:

      • Clontarf
      • Kippa-Ring
      • Margate
      • Newport
      • Redcliffe
      • Scarborough
      • Woody Point

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      Ipswich City

      The suburbs of Ipswich City are attractive investment opportunities for several reasons:

      • Strong economy and employment opportunities
      • Accessibility and affordability
      • Rapid population growth
      • Recent redevelopment of RAAF Base Amberley

      Ipswich is one of the fastest-growing regions in South East Queensland and this has fuelled strong price growth in the area. In the past year, Augustine Heights, Collingwood Park, Goodna, North Ipswich, Raceview, Silkstone, Springfield and Yamanto have all recorded double-digit growth in their median house prices.

      Rental yields are also strong across many Ipswich City suburbs, producing median yields in the range of 4.5% to 6%.

      Things are looking bright for Ipswich’s future prospects, with major investment and developments from both government and private enterprise.

      While all of Ipswich City’s suburbs are worth a look, the Redbank precinct deserves special attention. These suburbs offer good opportunities for both capital growth and rental yield:

      • Redbank
      • Redbank Plains
      • Collingwood Park
      • Goodna
      • Bellbird Park

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      Brisbane’s Inner South (The Olympic Precinct)

      Brisbane’s Inner South precinct is well-positioned for significant growth over the next few years, and here’s why:

      • Major infrastructure projects related to the 2032 Olympics
      • The multi-billion dollar Australia TradeCoast economic development
      • A new mega-cruise ship terminal
      • Strong population growth.

      Historically, this precinct has underperformed other areas in Brisbane, but that’s all set to change in the coming years. Aside from the projects mentioned above, the suburbs in this area will also benefit from public transport upgrades thanks to the Cross River Rail and the Brisbane Metro.

      Take a look at the following suburbs:

      • Annerley
      • East Brisbane
      • Fairfield
      • Greenslopes
      • Woolloongabba
      • Highgate Hill

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      Logan City

      Mid-way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Logan City is attractive to both homebuyers and investors thanks to a great location, excellent infrastructure and attractive affordability. 

      There is plenty of infrastructure investment in the area, with the $1.5 billion Coomera Connector, $460 million Logan Hospital upgrade, and $1.5 billion Crestmead Logistics Park just a few examples of the improvements being planned in the area.

      While it has seen a lot of capital growth over the past 12 months, there are some great options for investors on a budget. 

      Take a look at the following suburbs:

      • Beenleigh
      • Daisy Hill
      • Shailer Park
      • Eagleby
      • Kingston
      • Woodridge
      • Slack Creek
      • Mt. Warren Park

      North-East Precinct

      Located within a band 8-18km north-east of the Brisbane CBD, the suburbs in the North-East Precinct are set to perform strongly over the coming months.

      With good transport links, low unemployment, and low vacancies, this is a very appealing market for investors. The suburbs in this area are also benefiting from some large-scale infrastructure improvements, including the $5 billion Northshore precinct, $2.1 billion in upgrades to the Gateway Motorway, and the $5 billion Cross River Rail.

      Take a look at the following suburbs:

      • Banyo
      • Boondall
      • Geebung
      • Kedron
      • Northgate
      • Nudgee
      • Nundah
      • Virginia
      • Wavell Heights
      • Zillmere

      Read More: In-depth analysis of our suburbs in Brisbane to watch in 2022

      5. Brisbane’s Most Expensive Suburbs


      It wouldn’t be a list of Brisbane’s best suburbs without forgetting about the most expensive ones!


      Last year, Brisbane experienced a once-in-a-generation property boom that resulted in almost 400 suburbs in the Greater Brisbane Area joining the million-dollar club. Here are the current top-10 suburbs for those with deep pockets:


      Suburb Median Price
      Teneriffe $2.74 million
      New Farm $2.15 million
      Ascot $1.97 million
      Chandler $1.78 million
      Hawthorne $1.77 million
      Fig Tree Pocket $1.75 million
      Pullenvale $1.65 million
      Hamilton $1.55 million
      St. Lucia $1.55 million
      Bulimba $1.54 million






      6. Top Suburbs for First Home Buyers in Brisbane


      While the property market in Brisbane has seen prices skyrocket over the past few years, there are still plenty affordable options if you know where to look. You’ll have to look a little further out from Brisbane city, but these suburbs offer a great opportunity to buy your first home on a budget. 

      We’ve split these options for you into three areas based on their geographic location:

      • North of Brisbane
      • South of Brisbane
      • West of Brisbane

      Suburbs with a median house price under $500,000 North of Brisbane:

      Take a look at these suburbs:

      Suburb Median price
      Brendale $298,000
      Caboolture $451,000
      Morayfield $465,000
      Bellmere $475,000
      Deception Bay $481,000

      Suburbs with a median house price under $500,000 South of Brisbane:

      Suburb Median price
      Boronia Heights $440,000
      Hillcrest $469,500
      Brown Plains $461,500
      Woodridge $350,000
      Slacks Creek $435,000
      Logan Central $360,000
      Kingston $360,250
      Marsden $439,500
      Crestmead $416,500
      Logan Reserve $462,000
      Waterford West $425,000
      Loganlea $460,000
      Bethania $432,000
      Edens Landing $472,000
      Holmview $441,000
      Beenleigh $420,000
      Mount Warren Park $490,000
      Eagleby $390,250
      Yarrabilba $429,750

      Suburbs with a median house price under $500,000 West of Brisbane:

      Suburb Median price
      Inala $440,000
      Ellen Grove $492,500
      Wacol $385,000
      Gailes $364,000
      Goodna $360,000
      Redbank $400,000
      Riverview $310,000
      Dinmore $327,500
      Ebbw Vale $312,500
      Bundamba $350,000
      Blackstone $360,000
      Silkstone $379,000
      Booval $381,000
      North Booval $323,000
      Tivoli $375,00
      Moores Pocket $283,000
      East Ipswich $360,000
      Newtown $449,000
      Eastern Heights $375,000
      Raceview $395,000
      Flinders View $420,000
      Ripley $463,750
      Deebing Heights $459,000
      Yamanto $459,000
      Churchill $328,000
      One Mile $320,000
      Ipswich $435,000
      West Ipswich $338,000
      Sadliers Crossing $410,000
      Woodend $426,500
      Coalfalls $382,000
      North Ipswich $370,000
      Brassall $405,000
      Wulkuraka $402,000
      Leichhardt $316,500
      Walloon $440,000
      Willowbank $455,500
      Rosewood $350,000




      7. Suburbs where it’s cheaper to buy than rent


      In 2022 it’s cheaper to buy than rent in over 1,427 suburbs in Brisbane or in over 85% of cases according to research by REA Insights.


      Brisbane buy or rent report 2021


      How can this be possible?


      With interest rate at all-time lows, the analysis compares buying vs renting over the next 10 years looking at current prices and based on modest house growth of 3% per year.


      Top 10 suburbs where it is cheaper to rent than buy


      Based on the numbers, those looking to live in houses in the inner city can save by renting especially if you are living along the river in suburbs like New Farm, Teneriffe or St Lucia.


      In the case of these suburbs, it’s actually cheaper to rent than buy!


      Brisbane buy or rent report 2021


      If you are looking in Teneriffe for example, the median house price in 2022 is $2.390m with an average rent of $900 per week so that does make sense.


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      Top 10 suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent in Brisbane


      Compared to interstate, buying conditions are good for buyers looking outside of the inner city suburbs, in particular North or South-East of The CBD or look at units.


      Due to limited price growth, it is cheaper to buy a 2 bedroom unit in Brisbane City, Woolloongabba or Kangaroo Point than rent it.


      In the case of living in Brisbane City, the monthly differential is $1,162 in buying vs renting – which is supposed to represent the difference in ‘monthly present value between median buying and renting costs, as well as ongoing costs.’


      Brisbane buy or rent report 2021


      Looking at houses, and specially 3 bedroom houses you need to look to the Greater Brisbane region to find houses that are cheaper to buy than rent.


      And this is where I start to disagree with the report, they have included suburbs like Kilcoy and Lockrose which are a 90-minute drive from Brisbane, and considered part of ‘Greater Brisbane’ which seems like a bit of a cop-out.


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      Waterford is about a 30-minute drive to Brisbane CBD so I’d consider this part of Brisbane.


      Like most of these reports they’re usually there to generate headlines if you are trying to decide on the best suburb to buy I suggest following our Buyers Brief process here.




      What was the methodology of the report?


      They assumed some of the following data:


      Tenure Period
      Interest Rate
      Per Year
      Per Year
      Investment Returns
      Per Year
      Rent Increases
      Per Year
      Housing price increases
      Per Year
      Selling Costs
      At the sale, the proportion of sale price
      Maintenance and strata or council rates
      Value of property each year
      Rent deposit
      Weeks of rent, upfront
      Loan term
      Loan deposit
      At Purchase
      Stamp duty
      Standard QLD stamp duty payable
      At Purchase




      As I mentioned above, if you are trying to decide on the best suburb to buy I suggest following our Buyers Brief process here.




      Bonus #1: How to find the right suburb for you


      We looked at a good mix of a few of Brisbane’s most popular suburbs, and a few little-known ones to research a few Brisbane suburbs based on your goals.


      I want a suburb that’s walkable


      If you want walkable, look no further than the city and surrounds, with the Fortitude Valley being a trendsetter’s delight. Almost 50% of the residents here are young and independent, giving this inner-city area undisputed cool cachet and excellent bars and nightlife. ‘The Valley’ as it’s known is the entertainment precinct famous for great food, live music, clubs and its bustling China Town. 


      Have a look at Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills and Newstead.

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      It’s easy to walk to Brisbane’s CBD from The Valley, Bowen Hills and Newstead.

      I’m a young professional


      Home to Italian migrants in the fifties and an altogether rougher, grungier crowd in the 1980s, New Farm has gradually gentrified over the past 20 years. Young professionals love the area for its proximity to the city and cool sensibility, but a new wave of empty-nesters are selling their family homes and moving here to enjoy the low-maintenance lifestyle offered by New Farm’s apartments and converted lofts in Teneriffe.


      Have a look at New Farm and Teneriffe.

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      Looking for a family home? Try Morningside or Cannon Hill.

      I’m looking for something Family Friendly


      Mainly established couples and families, Cannon Hill is like a country town just outside the city. A lovely, friendly community vibe pervades the air here, and it’s close to the CBD, airport, shops, schools and lovely bush walks. Convenience and a peaceful vibe make Cannon Hill popular with commuters. Recent construction at The East Village and the newly-renovated Carindale Shopping Centre have only added benefit for local residents. Another area close to the city with great transport and motorway links, Morningside is only 5 kilometres from Brisbane and within easy access to shopping in the CBD, New Farm, Carindale and Woolloongabba.


      Have a look at Morningside and Cannon Hill.


      There are lots of leafy suburbs like Morningside and Cannon Hill just across the bridge.

      I’d love to be on the water.


      Far enough from the city to feel like another town but close enough to commute every day, these bayside suburbs are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane CBD and are mostly populated by mature couples, families and retirees. Manly’s north-east facing aspect, village shopping centre, parkside esplanade and boat harbour provide the perfect setting for enjoying the good life near the water. It’s a clean and friendly village with most conveniences available and good local schools and daycare centres, and homes are a variety of old and new, with many ‘Queenslanders’ in good condition or ripe for renovation.


      Have a look at Birkdale, Manly, Wynnum & Lota.


      We want some room to move.


      Only 12.5km from the city, Aspley is a well-established suburb with good access to local shops such as the Hypermarket and Chermside Shopping Centre, as well as decent schools, transport and medical facilities. Mostly populated by older couples and mature families, it’s a residential suburb with some professionals who commute to the city. Bracken Ridge has changed a lot in the past decade, with many shops and homes being renovated and a wider variety of people moving in.


      Have a look at Aspley, Albany Creek, Bracken Ridge and Chermside.

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      Need room to move? Have a look at Aspley, Albany Creek, Bracken Ridge and Chermside.

      What about starter homes


      Formerly down-at-heel, times have changed for Annerley ‘ only 5 kilometres from the city, its mix of colonial homes and apartments makes it a magnet for professionals and families, and the air rings with the industrious sound of renovation. Multicultural and safe, it has a neighbourly atmosphere and offers lifestyle and convenience with suburban charm. A central hub for transport and shopping, the suburb offers both buses and trains in and out of the CBD, easy access to the M3 and is within close proximity to Woolworths.


      Have a look at Annerley, Buranda and Moorooka as well as Fairfield Gardens and Stones Corner.

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      Annerley and Buranda are a short drive across the Story Bridge to Brisbane’s city.

      Depending on what type of home you are looking for the suburb has the biggest impact. Anything with a train line is always going to be in higher demand when you go to sell later on (investors from down south seem to love trains). If buying a unit try and pick up something on the ground floor, courtyards make a huge difference to livability of your outside area.

      Adam Stefan, Real Estate Agent Brisbane.



      Bonus #2: Brisbane’s safest and most dangerous suburbs

      Safety and security is often near the top of homebuyers’ lists when it comes to finding a place to buy. Overall crime rates, including burglary, are relatively low in Brisbane. But as with any major city, there are safe spots and dangerous spots. Based on data collected by police over the past 10 years, here are Brisbane’s safest and most dangerous suburbs:

      Brisbane’s safest suburbs

      When it comes to overall crime rates, the Western side of Brisbane appears to be the safest. People in these suburbs are usually safe to be walking the streets morning, noon, and night. These neighbourhoods are also quite friendly, with residents keeping an eye out for each other.

      Crime rates have been relatively low over the past 10 years in:

      • Kenmore Hills
      • Brookfield
      • Auchenflower
      • Toowong

      And if you’re looking for somewhere that’s safe from break-ins, then these suburbs should be on your list. The following suburbs have the lowest reported rate of unauthorised entry:

      • Dayboro
      • The Gap
      • Cleveland
      • Ferny Grove
      • Redland Bay 

      Brisbane’s most dangerous suburbs

      On the darker side of things, here are some of Brisbane’s most dangerous suburbs. Firstly, in terms of overall crime rates, these are the suburbs where you might want to exercise some caution:

      • Bowen Hills
      • Newstead
      • Herston
      • Mayne
      • Fortitude Valley

      Suburbs with nightlife precincts, transport hubs, and high volumes of tourists often have higher than average levels of crime. That doesn’t mean that these suburbs are unsafe, but you may want to be careful walking the streets at night.

      In term’s of break-ins, the majority of these crimes appear to occur south of the river. The five areas with the highest reported number of break-ins are:

      • Dunwich
      • Dutton Park
      • Moorooka
      • Acacia Ridge
      • Inala

      So if you buy a home in any of these suburbs, you may want to invest a little extra in preventative security measures to keep your family and possessions safe.


      That’s it for now


      Overall the Australian property market is looking steady for 2022 and we’re looking forward to seeing you throughout the year!

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