Inner city favourite New Farm is officially Brisbane’s most expensive suburb, with a median house price of $1.7 million.
New figures from the Domain Group have revealed the top 20 most expensive suburbs, ranked according to median house price — and, with Brisbane’s property market now in the ascent as the best performing capital city in Australia, it paints a strong picture of where the city’s wealthiest residents are willing to park their cash.
Acreage hot spot Chandler, in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, took out third place with a median house price of $1.585 million.
Old money favourites Ascot ($1.5 million median price) and Hamilton ($1.421 million median price) were closely followed by the inner eastern riverfront precinct of Bulimba, which had a median of $1,307,500.
Other suburbs that made the top 20 most expensive list included Hawthorne, where Gina Rinehart’s $18 million estate fronts the Brisbane River; Clayfield (median price $1.125 million) and Kangaroo Point (median $1.03 million) – home to the most expensive house ever sold in Brisbane: a clifftop mansion worth $18.48 million.
As well as taking out the title of Brisbane’s most expensive suburb, New Farm was also recently revealed as Brisbane’s best performing suburb for capital growth, with prices having soared nearly 90 per cent in the past five years.
New Farm’s remarkable success came as no surprise to local Ray White agent Matt Lancashire, who described it as the “Brisbane suburb for everyone”.
“There’s just so much in New Farm amenity-wise. New Farm is always the first place to boom and the last to cool off,” he said.
“My open numbers at the moment are huge. There’s such a strong desire to be in this suburb and I see that only continuing in the future years as Brisbane gets incredible new amenities like Howard Smith Wharves.”
In Ascot, long-term resident Jenny Richardson has listed her house at 7 Bale Street for sale but she’s not moving far — she’s already bought a new property only a couple of streets away.
Ms Richardson has lived in Ascot since 2000 and said she wanted to stay because of the lifestyle it offered.
“Ascot has just got that lovely family feel about it, it really is such a wonderful community,” she said.
“It’s so quiet it’s got that suburban feel but with the proximity to the city and everything else — the Gasworks, Portside and James Street — and that means it’s the best of both worlds.”
Fourteen kilometres southeast of the CBD, the acreage suburb of Chandler consistently rates as one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs. Home to enviable land sizes ranging from a hectare to four hectares, it’s sought after for its proximity to Manly, as well as its peaceful treed surroundings.
Local Remax agent Deborah Evans explained the “acreage precinct” of Chandler, Gumdale and Belmont was in high demand, although Chandler’s higher median house price of $1.585 million was partly due to its status as an acreage-only suburb.
“Every property in Chandler is an acreage property so naturally that will keep the median price high,” she said.
“Neighbouring Gumdale actually has more demand but its median is brought down by the non-acreage houses that sit on regular-sized residential blocks of land.”
She said demand always outstripped supply in the area and prices were rising — she recently sold a one-hectare acre block on Formosa Road for $1.6 million for land value only.
Ms Richardson’s Bale Street home is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary residence set on one of Ascot’s most sought-after streets and — even more importantly — in the Ascot State School catchment.
“I’ve loved living here; I’ve got wonderful views out to the hills and the house is functional and quite timeless,” she said.
“I think Ascot is one of those suburbs people are always going to want to live in. It’s got such a wonderful feel.”
Brisbane’s top 20 most expensive suburbs:
|1. New Farm||$1.7 million||11. St Lucia||$1,122,500|
|2. Teneriffe||$1.65 million||12. Auchenflower||$1.11 million|
|3. Chandler||$1.585 million||13. Paddington||$1.11 million|
|4. Ascot||$1.5 million||14. Brookfield||$1.1 million|
|5. Hamilton||$1.421 million||15. Kalinga||$1.049 million|
|6. Bulimba||$1,307,500||16. Kangaroo Point||$1.03 million|
|7. Fig Tree Pocket||$1,202,500||17. South Brisbane||$1,026,250|
|8. Hawthorne||$1.2 million||18. Hendra||$1.025 million|
|9. Pullenvale||$1.2 million||19. West End||$1.02 million|
|10. Clayfield||$1.125 million||20. Highgate Hill||$1 million|
Waterfront wonder: see why this rare Pelican palace is going to be irresistible to lifestyle lovers
A rare, palatial waterfront beauty is about to become someone’s new dream home on the Sunshine Coast and smash the sale price record for its coastal suburb.
The private oasis that is 43 Pelican Waters Boulevard, Pelican Waters, commands attention among other resplendent homes in the coveted area.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property sits on the largest waterfront allotment in Pelican Waters at 2492m2.
It has everything grand property wishes are made of, ticking all the boxes for desirable coastal living – space, privacy, convenience and location – with the added bonuses of being north-facing, with absolute water frontage on the widest canal.
Adams & Jones is marketing the property in an Expressions of Interest campaign that closes at 5pm on June 7.
While agent Karen Jones did not wish to pre-empt the success of the campaign, she expects the final sale price to be the talk of the town.
“We certainly expect it to be a record sale for Pelican Waters, deservedly so,” she said.
“So far, the response has been very positive.
“I am organising private inspections by appointment only for this home.
“Given the size of the land and all the extras, some of the private inspections I have had so far have taken an hour-and-a-half.”
Lifestyle and luxury are taken to the next level. This is more like your own tropical resort complete with enviable recreation facilities.
The colossal in-ground infinity pool is joined by a full-size flood-lit tennis court and mini putting green.
This boat owner’s paradise also has about a 49m frontage with private pontoon to the ocean-access canal to glide around pristine Pumicestone Passage or cruise out into the deep blue.
The water-fun possibilities are endless for those with SUPs, jet skis, kayaks or surfboards.
And there’s room for four cars plus a motorhome, or boats and trailers.
Unwind beneath the canopy of the trees, sit back and take in the breathtaking water views across the canal, dine in a romantic setting at the water’s edge or reconnect with loved ones in the large outdoor living zone complete with weatherproof roofing.
But the elegantly remodelled and beautifully styled, two-storey residence also offers grandly proportioned interiors behind the gated entrance and long and winding walkway to the front portico.
A statement chandelier over the central table is an eye-catching addition to the entertainer’s kitchen that also boasts stunning engineered stone, integrated appliances and expansive storage solutions, including a separate bar area.
While all five bedrooms are well-proportioned, beautifully appointed and offer French doors to private balconies with sparkling water views or a private outlook over the estate, the master retreat is a stand-out in comfort.
And its luxurious ensuite has a free-standing bath to soothe weary souls that looks out to the waterfront landscape.
French Oak flooring, luxe finishes and inviting spaces to relax and entertain help define the home’s immediate sense of warmth and comfort.
The separate air-conditioned office with independent access is ideal for a home business, with its own shady outdoor lounging area and meeting table.
Other features include: ducted air-conditioning, vacuum system, security and intercom.
“For me, I love the space and privacy provided by all the established trees and gardens,” Ms Jones said.
“It really makes it feel like an oasis on the water.
“Although you are walking distance to Golden Beach and Pelican Waters shopping centre and the coming marina, it doesn’t feel like you are in the suburbs.
“It is very rare to have 2492m2 of north-facing waterfront. That is very hard to find anywhere on the Sunshine Coast.
“The home was designed by Trevor Reitsma and the current owners have done a beautiful renovation, keeping true to the style and grandeur of the home but giving it a lovely relaxed, coastal vibe.”
Ms Jones said the current owners previously were living in the hinterland on more than 40ha (100 acres), and while they had “loved their time” on the largest waterfront block in Pelican Waters, they wanted to return to acreage living.
In their time by the water, they had seen the potential of the “faded beauty” they had purchased and completely remodelled and renovated the property to their own grand designs with luxury finishes.
With the property’s immaculate presentation, interest had been strong from prospective buyers.
“We have had an ex-pat with a family very interested, as well as a couple returning from working in the US for 20 years, families from Brisbane and families from other parts of the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Jones said.
“The size of the home and the rare block size have both been very important aspects of the buyers’ interest so far.
“It will be very interesting to see who the lucky buyers will be.”
Article source: www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au
For sale: Inside Australia’s version of The Great Gatsby mansion
In the luxury stratosphere of real estate, privacy is even more valuable than glittering views, blue-ribbon street addresses and the imported flourishes that crown every surface.
And so it is with Australia’s version of The Great Gatsby mansion.
This unique estate, on the market in Queensland, has a cinematic quality.
Here, the water fountains in the vast grounds are controlled by Bluetooth. Flick a switch for instant cocktail-hour ambiance.
In the suburb of Robertson, with intentionally little else to pinpoint its location, is this an estate of epic scale and glamour.
The listing does not mention the street address, or provide a floorplan, and there are only eleven photographs (none of the living zones, and most of the exterior) which adds to the intrigue and sense of exclusivity.
The chandeliers are bespoke, the tennis court is “championship” size and the pool house has a kitchen for parties, “his and her bathrooms” and three options for a dip – a 25-metre pool with three lanes, a spa and a cold plunge pool.
Paths and driveways curl around impeccable, verdant gardens with razor edges, reminiscent of Jay Gatsby’s estate in Baz Lurhhman’s 2013 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The exterior shots for the film were of St Patrick’s Seminary in Manly, Sydney.
The Robertson estate is on the books of Place Estate Agents’ Patrick McKinnon, inviting expressions of interest.
No price guide has been given.
Mr McKinnon told Nine the level of seclusion and privacy attached to the home – which he dubbed “Brisbane’s best-kept secret” – is what held “huge” appeal for prospective buyers in this level of the market.
Boomers a ‘Force of Change’ in Retirement Property Market
As teenagers they invented pop culture and now—much older, collectively wealthier and arguably wiser—they are defining a new age group and re-inventing retirement living.
Millenials may have surpassed them in numbers but baby boomers are still having significant influence on world economies and trends—not least in the property market.
“The baby boomers are coming through and have become a force for change in the seniors’ market,” said Cameron Kirby, managing director of Kirby Consulting Group, a retirement and aged care specialist.
“The more progressive operators are definitely getting their ducks in a line.
“And there’s a lot of developers interested in dipping their toes in the market for the first time, some of them with more than 30 years’ experience in the development industry, because they can see there is huge opportunity.
“[But] many developers that want to enter into this space are probably a bit reticent because they’re worried about the complexity of it, they’re worried about the unknowns.
“The opportunities, however, far outweigh any of their concerns.
“And if you’re offering what the market wants, you’re going to be successful.”
Kirby will be a speaker at The Urban Developer Developing For An Ageing Demographic vSummit on April 28.
“The sector is continuously changing,” he said.
“You’ve got land lease communities and over-55 developments that have been moving into the traditional retirement village space.
“And, at the moment, there’s a lot of talk about integrated care in retirement living with a greater weighting on having more retirement villages and less aged care.”
Last year, a survey by benchmarking firm StewartBrown showed 58 per cent of aged care homes were operating at a loss, up from 55 per cent the previous financial year, and 32 per cent made a cash loss.
“Aged care has got some major challenges … but in the meantime there’s also the baby boomers coming through,” Kirby said.
“What I’ve seen over the last 10 years is a bit of a slide where low-care people that used to go into aged care are more likely to go into retirement villages and, equally, people that used to go into more traditional retirement villages are now probably more interested in moving into land lease communities and over-55s concepts.
“Land lease communities are growing very fast and are hugely attractive, there’s no doubt about that … but retirement villages have upped the ante enormously as well, they tend to offer much more wellness and are moving more towards the care side of things.
“Certainly, operators who are offering care in retirement villages are going from strength to strength.
“There’s an increasing amount of quality retirement villages with hotel and resort-style living and state-of-the-art amenities coming online. Pools, gyms, spas, saunas, cinemas, you name it they’ve got it.
“But those retirement living operators that have a full continuum of care solution that’s what the market is demanding … [the boomers] know they’re going to need some support down the line so they’re planning for their future.
“It really doesn’t matter, however, whether you’re doing aged care, retirement, over-55s or land lease community … because demand is outstripping supply. There is a market for all of those and they attract very different types of buyers.”
Kirby said given Australia’s ageing demographic, the seniors and retirement market was a “much more defensive proposition” for developers.
“Just as healthcare is a defensive stock on the stock market, I think seniors living is a much more defensive play in the property sector,” he said.
“It tends to be more needs driven than what a straight-out residential property play would be.
“And so, I think if we are going to be headed towards a softer property market this is an area that can really shine because seniors will still have the wealth and will still want to move and look at downsizing opportunities.”
Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
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