Property specialist for Brisbane’s Outer North, Erica Swannell, shares with us her expert advice on the best suburbs to buy in Brisbane’s Outer North. Erica grew up on the northside and still lives in the area with her husband and young family. She believes there is no better place to live, being close to the foreshore, yet within easy reach of city services. So here they are, Erica’s expert tips on the best suburbs to buy in Brisbane’s Outer North.
Top 5 Suburbs to Buy in Brisbane’s Outer North
Best Suburb #5 : Griffin
As a relatively new suburb, Griffin is popular with young families looking to buy the ‘Great Australian Dream’. Many of the homes are low-set brick with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a 2 car garage. Featuring plenty of leafy parks nearby with cycle/walkways, swings and play equipment for the kids, barbecue facilities and a dog park. Griffin Medical Centre opened its doors in 2017, along with the new Café 63, Pizzeria, Gym and 7-Eleven service centre. Public transport now connects Griffin’s bus stops direct to the train stations (for an easy commute to the city) and North Lakes Bus Terminal, for those commuting to the local Westfield North Lakes complex.
At just 24km from the CBD, Griffin is also popular with investors looking for low maintenance, brick properties. We find many tenants who work at the airport, love the lifestyle in Griffin, along with its easy access to the freeway, for a fast commute to the airport. We’ve assisted many tenants renting in Griffin, to then buy in the area. The majority of low-set, brick properties in Griffin fall into the $400,000-$500,000 price bracket, so it’s very popular with first home buyers and investors alike.
Best Suburb #4 : Kallangur
My fourth pick for great places to invest in Brisbane’s outer north would definitely be Kallangur! Kallangur’s just 26km north of the Brisbane CBD and has great access to the freeway. Whether you’re travelling south to the city and airport, or north to the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast, savvy buyers can still pick up homes for $350,000. Kallangur is just 5mins drive from Westfield North Lakes, plus you’ll also find IKEA, Costco and the North Lakes Golf Club are all just a stone’s throw away. Being an older suburb, many of the blocks in Kallangur are 607sqm+.
With Kallangur having such close proximity to the upcoming University of the Sunshine Coast (Petrie campus), we’re finding many investors are looking to buy here now, whilst it’s still affordable. The USC Petrie campus is due to open in 2020. The new campus will offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and projected numbers are set to grow to 10,000 students in its first decade. All of these students, plus the teachers, professors and administrative staff will all need accommodation close to the university. Given that Kallangur is just 5mins drive from Petrie, I’d recommend crunching the numbers to invest in this great area now.
Best Suburb #3 : Bracken Ridge
Families, couples, singles and investors will all find suitable properties in Bracken Ridge. Many of the larger brick homes on large blocks, with swimming pools, will be popular for families. Whilst the array of low-set, brick and tile 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car homes available, are popular with investors. These properties rent well, are low maintenance and offer good rental yields.
Bracken Ridge also boasts both primary and high schools, Bracken Ridge TAFE and the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre (which offers great learn to swim classes for babies and youngsters alike). At just 20km north of the CBD, Bracken Ridge is still very affordable. The latest data shows the median house price in Bracken Ridge sitting at $500,000. Bracken Ridge, Sandgate and Deagon will all benefit from the current Telegraph Road and Deagon Deviation upgrade. The roads project is expected to be completed in late 2018.
Best Suburb #2 : Deagon
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Deagon would be an excellent choice. Sitting just 5mins drive from the foreshore, Deagon is directly south-west of Sandgate. Deagon also lies just 16km north of the CBD and boasts its own racecourse. Although horse racing ceased in 1941, the racecourse remains a first-class training establishment. Throughout Deagon, you’ll notice stables, 1950’s post-war cottages, old Queenslanders and new builds popping up on recently sub-divided blocks.
With the median price of houses currently sitting at $467,000, properties in Deagon don’t sit on the market for long. There are many original old homes still available in Deagon. There’s also a large number of bigger blocks with sub-division potential, so there’s something here for everyone! Whether you’re looking to buy and hold, complete a sub-division, or just looking for a nice family home to call your own, you can’t go past the value you’ll find in Deagon!
Best Suburb #1 : Sandgate
The delightful suburb of Sandgate, situated on Brisbane’s northern bayside, is undoubtedly one of our best kept secrets. With its leafy parklands, historic town centre, beautiful old Queenslanders, trawlers, fresh seafood, markets, live music and wonderful village atmosphere – all positioned right on the foreshore overlooking Moreton Bay – why would you want to live anywhere else! Commuters can reach the city in just 30mins, direct from Sandgate train station, whilst Brisbane airport is just 20mins drive away.
Many of the old Queenslanders in Sandgate are undergoing renovations, whilst new builds are also popping up throughout the area. Sandgate offers a great lifestyle package for all, with many cafés, restaurants and pubs dotted through the main street and along the foreshore. The Full Moon Hotel offers great meals, lazy Sunday acoustic tunes and sits high atop Eagle Terrace with splendid water views out over the ocean. The median price of houses in Sandgate currently sits at $625,000 and is on the rise. With that in mind, it would be wise to snap up your piece of coastal paradise whilst you still can!
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