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Brisbane house prices hit record-breaking highs

Brisbane house prices

Brisbane house prices have soared to record heights for the seventh consecutive quarter, with five blue-chip pockets now topping the $1 million median mark.

According to the latest Domain House Price Report, greater Brisbane house prices shot up by 1.7 per cent price over the March quarter to an unprecedented $632,999, with the average home in the capital’s inner ring – as well as Indooroopilly and Sherwood – now likely to set you back more than a $1 million.

Those key hot spots included Brisbane inner city, inner east, inner west and the inner north – where house prices skyrocketed by 13 per cent over the past year to $1.2 million, 13.2 per cent to $1.053 million, 10.4 per cent to $1.17 million and 13.1 per cent to $1.1 million, respectively.

Sherwood and Indooroopilly were the only suburbs outside the inner-city sanctum to reach seven figures after a 5.8 per cent price rise over the same period placed houses in the combined area at a hefty $1.035 million.

Property punters have put the ongoing growth spurt down to cheap credit, low stock levels and rising house rents, while citing skyrocketing interstate migration as a key driver with reports out-of-state home hunters now make up a whopping 50 per cent of buyers in some pockets.

While it’s a perfect storm that’s lead to historically high house prices, Domain senior research analyst Nicola Powell said, for Sydney and Melbourne buyers, the sunshine state capital was still seen as a haven for bargain abodes.

“[The current house price] is 6.2 per cent higher than the same time last year … but [despite that growth] Brisbane is still affordable compared to other capitals … and buyers moving from Sydney and Melbourne will have deeper pockets so I think the fundamentals are there for continued price growth,” Dr Powell said.

Top house prices

Caboolture Hinterland$475,000$405,000$370,00017.3%
Brisbane Inner – East$1,053,000$930,000$795,00013.2%
Brisbane Inner – North$1,100,000$972,500$830,00013.1%
Brisbane Inner$1,200,000$1,061,500$883,75013.0%
Brisbane Inner – West$1,170,000$1,060,000$850,00010.4%
The Hills District$685,585$621,750$560,00010.3%
Wynnum – Manly$700,000$640,000$570,0009.4%
North Lakes$500,000$460,000$420,0008.7%
Holland Park – Yeronga$900,000$828,750$699,0008.6%
The Gap – Enoggera$731,900$675,000$590,0008.4%
Kenmore – Brookfield – Moggill$866,000$810,813$710,0006.8%
Bribie – Beachmere$548,500$513,500$415,0006.8%
Sherwood – Indooroopilly$1,035,000$978,000$806,5005.8%

But while the latest data will hit some home hunters with shallow pockets where it hurts, Dr Powell said, aspects of the market were still moving at a snail’s pace.

“Brisbane still has a two-speed market, with unit prices falling over the quarter and year, down 0.5 per cent and 1.1 per cent lower respectively. Affordability has improved for buyers who are paying a multi-year low for a unit at $398,612.

“The divergence of house and unit prices has made the value gap between purchasing a house and unit the largest on record.”

Despite the lag, unit prices in some sectors soared, with Redcliffe leading the charge after prices rose a whopping 23.4 per cent over the past year to $480,000.

It’s a surge that Ray White Redcliffe business owner Andrew Campbell said came off the back of incredibly tight house stock, sparking the agency to post record month after record month since January this year.

“A lot of our stock now is units and when we have houses, they are sold at the first open home,” Mr Campbell said. “A lot of people are now downsizing … and we are seeing some of our highest unit sales in three months.

“We sold a unit at 501/2 Prince Edward Parade, Redcliffe, for $1.345 million about six weeks ago – which was a great result – so while it’s hard to say what units will do as they always tend to lag, I think we’ll see some significant growth.

“There’s definitely still room on the peninsula as a whole because it has been so undervalued for so long.”

While interstate buyers have helped fuel the growth, Mr Campbell said, most home hunters were local – and their appetite was insatiable.

Top unit prices

Brisbane Inner – West$480,000$445,000$515,0007.9%
Bald Hills – Everton Park$483,000$450,000$430,0007.3%
Cleveland – Stradbroke$489,500$458,250$455,0006.8%
Narangba – Burpengary$292,000$275,000$252,5006.2%
Brisbane Inner – North$480,000$465,000$492,0003.2%
Bribie – Beachmere$371,250$360,500$333,0003.0%

“In March we clocked 21 home transactions, which was $14.9 million in sales. This time last year was $3.3 million from six but that was pandemic mode. The year before [at the same time] we did 15 sales totalling $7 million and that was our benchmark,” he said.

“The number of buyers has increased dramatically by 20 and 30 per cent.”

Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph said in the city’s inner pockets such as Paddington, Teneriffe/New Farm, Hawthorne and out to Indooroopilly, the mass interstate migration had reached record highs, sparking a severe rent shortage that was further fuelling house prices.

“We are continuing to see a massive drive of interstate and expat inquiry … in the prestige market 50 per cent of our sales are driven by local buyers and the other 50 per cent are from interstate and overseas,” Ms Rudolph said.

“In New Farm a high degree of our traffic is coming from the Sydney eastern suburbs and they say they can’t believe the value and how affordable it is here.”

In Sydney, house prices have soared to an unprecedented $1.3 million median, the Domain House Price Report showed, while Melbourne’s unit and house prices were both at record highs.

But while sun-seeking southerners forking out the big bucks were sparking major growth, Ms Rudolph said, the ongoing lack of stock, particularly at the prestige end, and COVID-fuelled property trends had further shot up house medians.

“We’ve definitely seen a change in trends since COVID – people have had more opportunity to spend time in their homes … and people are craving space and they are craving a view and beautiful gardens,” she said.

“It’s spurring the price growth and there’s also a degree of ‘FOMO’ at the moment because a lot of the local buyers are mindful of this continued interstate migration.”

Place Estate Agents Bulimba joint managing director Paul Curtain said in some prime pockets of the city’s inner east, price growth had averaged 12 per cent in the past quarter alone, with the traditionally lower end of the market nothing short of booming.

“An average house in somewhere like Camp Hill with perhaps three bedrooms and one bathroom on a 405-square-metre block might have sold for low $700,000s about 12 months ago … but now [homes like these] are selling for over $900,000,” Mr Curtain said.

He said interstate buyers were also making up about 50 per cent of buyers in his patch and said the cosmopolitan vibes and abundance of cafes and top eateries made the region particularly appealing to migrants from Melbourne, Sydney and overseas – especially for those who could snap up a house for 25 per cent less than in suburbs such as New Farm.

Across the city, the Domain data further revealed the Brisbane north region – which spans Stafford to Brighton – was one of the capital’s top performing regions after house prices rose 4.9 per cent over the past quarter to $670,094 – up almost 10 per cent year on year.


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Chelmer: Why locals won’t leave this riverside Brisbane suburb

Chelmer riverside

It’s a telling sign when families stay put in a certain place over multiple generations, where one’s childhood is made so complete, those who grow up there yearn to pass down this same upbringing to their own family.

This is certainly the case for Chelmer, a scenic suburb encased by the Brisbane River on three sides and known for its grand, quintessential Queenslander homes and laurel tree-lined streets.

According to Alex Jordan of McGrath Paddington, many locals in the area have been living in their homes for more than 40 years.

Often these homes are bought by the younger families who grew up in the area and are drawn back by the fond memories they hold.

“It’s very much a family-focused suburb; it’s the type of place where children still ride their bikes around the neighbourhood and families go for walks to simply admire the charming streets,” says Jordan.

Chelmer riverside

Median house prices in Chelmer have increased by 47.1 per cent year-on-year. Photo: Supplied

“The natural beauty, varied demographic, and desirable lifestyle are the key factors in Chelmer’s desirability, along with the great local schools and its own train station.”

Domain’s latest House Price Report reveals Chelmer’s median house price is $1.765 million, rising 47.1 per cent year-on-year.

In Jordan’s opinion, the suburb’s wonderful sense of community and growing amenities are what keep the buyers strong and unwavering.

“There are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy – such as Botellon Tapas & Wine Bar, Boucher French Bistro, Hunter & Scout Cafe – with most businesses being owned by locals who live in the area,” Jordan explains.

“The number of nice parks, including Graceville Memorial Park and ​​Gordon Thomson Park, leads many local families to become members of a variety of sporting clubs, ranging from cricket to rugby, which of course only adds to the area’s team spirit.”

Originally from country Victoria, Andrew Thomson has lived in Chelmer virtually all of his adult life, moving to the area 20 years ago, where he would buy a house and raise his family.

Having grown deep roots in the area since, Thomson is now the president of the local Australian rules football club – the Sherwood Magpies – a great hub for kids and adults alike, regardless of whether they play football.

“Chelmer’s strong sense of community is an integral part of this area, particularly during the devastation of the 2011 floods and the recent repeat of that on a lesser scale in 2022. When the clubhouse was threatened by rising floodwater, all it took was one quick post on social media and 100 people were there within 30 minutes ready to lend a hand,” recalls Thomson.

“It was amazing, though unsurprising to see, and it goes hand in hand with living in such a connected community and being part of a sporting club that sits at its heart.”

Given Chelmer’s abundance of green space and the clear separation thanks to the winding Brisbane River, Thomson notes how the area is akin to a peaceful peninsula, seemingly a world away from the city, but in reality, just a 10-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.

“Ideal mornings may include a bike ride on the river loop or a stroll along the riverside, followed by a coffee stop at one of the many fantastic cafes,” says Thomson.

“Spring is particularly delightful, with great weather, the excitement of footy finals, and the smell of freshly cut lawns and suburban barbecues – it doesn’t get any better.”



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Developers to swoop on one of the largest sites in the Woolloongabba Olympic precinct

Developers to swoop on Woolloongabba Olympic precinct

A large development site in the heart of the Woolloongabba Olympic precinct is up for sale, with price expectations in excess of $45 million.

The 1.28-hectare rectangular shaped development site at 73 Ipswich Road in Woolloongabba is expected to attract apartment developers given its central location at the heart of the planned infrastructure in the precinct.

The site has three street frontages, to Ipswich Road and Henry Street and offers multiple development outcomes including residential, commercial, medical and hotel, subject to council approval.

Knight Frank agents Blake Goddard, Christian Sandstrom and Matt Barker in conjunction with Nathan Moore of Ray White Commercial Bayside on behalf of the vendor, a local private.

Goddard said the property was one of the largest privately owned infill sites within a two-kilometre radius of the Brisbane CBD and was expected to be hotly contested by buyers.

“We expect a wide range of developers to be interested in this site, including residential, commercial, mixed-use and build-to-rent developers, due to its flexible zoning allowances,” he said.

“It is one of the largest privately-owned properties situated in the heart of the Woolloongabba Olympic precinct, close to the Cross River Rail and the redevelopment of ‘the Gabba’ stadium, and one of the most significant development opportunities to have hit the market in the last few years.

“Quality development sites are sought after in the current market, but this site will be even more attractive to a wide range of buyers due to the rarity of size and location. The Gabba stadium and surrounding precinct is set to undergo major transformation in the coming years with over $1 billion allocated to the precinct.”

Moore said the property benefitted from its three-street frontage, easy access to major. arterial roads including Ipswich Road and the M1 Pacific Motorway, and the fact that a majority of it was undeveloped.

“The property is set to benefit from its prime location underpinned by exceptional future development opportunities in the area surrounding the 2032 Olympics,” he said.

The site is surrounded by nearby  amenity including The Gabba, the Logan Road dining precinct and the Cross River Rail station upon completion.

“The three-street frontage site enjoys a strategic location within Woolloongabba, offering unrivalled amenity along with extensive surrounding transport infrastructure and development,” he added.


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Residential Landscaping Ideas to Increase Your Brisbane Property Value

Residential Landscaping Ideas to Increase Your Property Value

One of the top trends in home renovations this year is to improve outdoor living – transforming spaces into inviting areas to maximise outdoor living and entertainment activities.  Residential landscaping, which can boost the value of a property in Australia, is one of those important transformations.

If done right, it can even increase the value of your real estate by up to 28%. From planting grass to creating a vegetable garden, there are several landscaping ideas that could make your backyard a delightful green oasis.

Residential Landscaping -Increase Your Brisbane Property Value

Well-Maintained Turf
A well-maintained landscape offers several benefits. It improves the curb appeal of a home and is pleasing to the eye.  In addition, it immediately increases the value of a home. Landscaping involves planting and maintaining grass on your lawn.  A manicured lawn is not only a sight for sore eyes, but it also enhances the overall appearance of a property.

However, before planting anything on your property, it is vital to prepare a coherent design and plan because a landscape that is assembled in piecemeal looks cluttered and unappealing. Hence, if you can afford to hire a professional landscape designer, do so because they can come up with a master plan that will make your yard look organized and beautiful.

It is also possible to do the landscaping yourself if you’re willing to do the extra work and effort. Even with a small budget, you can present a lovely landscape that looks well put together. Once you identify where to put your grass, ensure that it remains verdant and properly maintained.

Regular mowing, watering, weeding, and fertilisation are what it takes to keep your turf lush and green. Having the right type of grass also matters. For example, Buffalo and Couch are some types of grass that grow well in Australian conditions.

Trees and Shrubs
Second to a well-manicured lawn, potential buyers will also look at the maturity of a garden. Thus, plant trees and shrubs in strategic places, but before choosing the vegetation, ensure that you know which locations are sunny and shady in the garden. You can then choose the appropriate plants for those conditions. It’s also a good idea to opt for native plants.

They are easy to grow and are suitable for the challenging Australian climate. In addition, local plants support a healthy environment because you won’t need fertilisers and pesticides to keep them healthy, not to mention preserving biodiversity through a native garden.

Trees also make your home look fabulous in addition to providing shade, offering privacy, attracting bees, and creating shelter for birds. Consider planting a crepe myrtle, a hardy tree that gives stunning summer flowers and bright autumn foliage. It can be grown in the ground or pot.

Other species that will give a gorgeous vibe to your garden include the ornamental prunus, evergreen magnolias, frangipani, and blueberry ash. Don’t forget to make flower beds which can be a mixture of annuals and perennials to make your garden pop with colour.

Landscaping your property entails a concerted approach and effort to ensure a harmonious outcome. Maintaining a verdant lawn, planting trees and shrubs, and including flower beds are some ideas to improve the look of your outdoor space.

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