Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill

Bordered largely by the Brisbane River, Brisbane city is the heart of retail and business activity in the Queensland capital. The city's property market has experienced strong demand in recent years, mainly with investors as the area attracts professionals and the young people who are looking to live as close to work or university as possible.

Living in inner Brisbane means residents are in walking distance to major retailers, business offices, churches, parklands and gardens, QUT and all forms of public transport. The Valley and CBD have a range of entertainment venues, shops, cafes, night clubs, galleries and restaurants and draws residents and visitors from around Brisbane every weekend.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

New Farm, New Market, Newstead and Teneriffe

Due to the close proximity to the city, these suburbs have seen a population shift towards younger couples and families looking for easy access to work and recreational facilities. They are popular with young professionals, who are happy to rent in order to be close to the great dining and entertainment the suburb and surrounding areas have to offer.

This large rental population has also encouraged property investors to buy into the suburb. Like its neighbouring suburbs of New Farm and Fortitude Valley, Newstead has undergone huge transformations over the last decade; it's now one of Brisbane's most expensive suburbs.

In keeping up with the demand for housing in the area, the community facilities have developed accordingly and now include cafes, restaurants, and small retail complexes. Residents are close to green open spaces and many recreational areas including New Farm Park, which is a popular Sunday afternoon destination for many inner Brisbane residents and the Perry Park sports ground in Bowen Hills.

With strong demand for inner-city living, these suburbs are expected to maintain their popularity with renters and buyers looking for proximity to the city and an excellent cafe lifestyle.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

South Brisbane, West End, Highgate Hill and Dutton Park

This area of Brisbane is well known for its lifestyle. West End and South Brisbane have developed into a lively area for nightlife, featuring an array of multicultural restaurants and coffee houses. Just opposite the South Bank Parklands you'll find busy Little Stanley Street where you can dine alfresco at one of the many eateries. There are pubs for night owls and markets for the weekenders.

A popular inner-city suburb, Highgate Hill in particular has experienced strong growth in median house prices during the past five years. The type and quality of residential properties in this part of Brisbane varies considerably, with homes ranging from older weatherboard dwellings situated on relatively small allotments, to expansive penthouse apartments with river views.

South Brisbane a central hub for arts activity in Brisbane, housing the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Maritime Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Queensland Museum. Also located in the suburb are the Mater Hospital, the State Library, the Queensland College of TAFE and Hospitality and a number of schools.

The services and facilities have adapted well to the increasing demand for housing in the area. Public transport in the area is excellent with rail, ferry and regular bus routes to and from the City and surrounding suburbs.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Woolloongabba

These suburbs superb location and access to local amenities will ensure that the area remains popular with young professionals and workers sick of the peak hour drive into the city. They have seen steady growth over the last five years and that looks likely to continue as demand for inner city living results in a more limited supply.

There are many amenities in this area including excellent walkways and picnic spots, shopping centres, and nearby public and private schools. Kangaroo point is particularly popular with students due to its proximately to a number of learning facilities. Although there is no train station in this area of Brisbane excellent bus services run regularly into and from the city centre and major shopping centres.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

Bulimba, Balmoral and Hawthorne

About nine kilometres from the CBD these are some of Brisbane's most popular suburbs.

This area is big on lifestyle - offering residents many great picnic spots and outdoor areas. For water lovers, Colmslie Reserve in Morningside offers boat access to the Brisbane River. There is a thriving cafe and restaurant scene, plus plenty of retail nearby. The area is also close to schools and a short ferry or bus ride from a number of universities.

Services in the area have adapted to accommodate the strong demand for property. There are regular bus services, trains nearby and several City Cat stops

Many couples and families have bought and renovated in the area, which has had a positive impact on house prices.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

Norman Park, Morningside and Cannon Hill

Approximately six to ten kilometres from the heart of the Brisbane CBD, the residents of these suburbs enjoy its close proximity to the city while taking advantage of the community atmosphere the suburb affords. The area boasts numerous parks and recreational areas. They are not far from schools and larger supermarket and retail.

Buyers will find a diverse range of properties available and some excellent examples of renovated Queenslanders and post-war workers' cottages. Coupled with its good public transport and local facilities Norman Park has experienced strong growth over the last five years.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

Coorparoo and Camp Hill

This area offer residents many shopping options, including the Coorparoo retail precinct and minutes away from Carindale shopping centre. Families are well catered for with both private and state schools in the suburb.

Coorparoo currently benefits from a train station only a few stops from the CBD, as well as a frequent Brisbane City Council bus service. Demand for the area will continue with the expansion of the Eastern Busway from Buranda to Main Avenue, including a station at Stones Corner.

These suburbs offer a diverse range of housing and includes everything from traditional older style houses and newer apartment blocks through to unique architecturally designed modern homes. Camp Hill in particular is elevated, giving the potential for spectacular views.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

Carindale, Carina and Carina Heights

This area has much to offer residents. Shopping facilities include Westfield Carindale, Westfield Garden City, and smaller shopping centres in Carina, Belmont and Mt Gravatt East. The suburb has many walk and bikeways, parks, waterways, and includes the Clem Jones sports facility complex, which has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, gym, tennis and squash courts, and basketball courts.

Community infrastructure in this area is very good, with a major hospital only 10 minutes away and a number of doctors in the area. There are also a number of private and government schools in the suburb, and Griffith University is about a 20 minute drive away.

These suburba have access to very good bus transport, with Carindale Westfields a major bus interchange. The nearest railway station is in nearby Cannon Hill - 15 minutes drive away. A bus ride into the city takes only approximately 25 minutes.

Information courtesy of the REIQ 2010

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