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This Brisbane suburb is loved by locals, but largely unknown



This Brisbane suburb is loved by locals, but largely unknown

IT’S a Brisbane suburb many would know by name, and quite possibly because of a famous poem which has no bearing on its locality, and yet they’d be hard-pressed to find it on a map.

Geebung on Brisbane’s northside is one of those places people tend to hear of but have no idea where it’s located.

Not even Banjo Patterson’s famous Geebung Polo Club ode is affiliated with the suburb.

Even local cafe owner Paul Edwards recounts recently ordering supplies from a business in Nundah, just a few kilometres south of his Railway Parade establishment, only for the receptionist to ask where Geebung was.

Paul Edwards, from Bite My Biscuit, admits he’d only ever driven through Geebung before moving his cafe to the suburb. Picture: Darren Cartwright

Paul Edwards, from Bite My Biscuit, admits he’d only ever driven through Geebung before moving his cafe to the suburb. Picture: Darren Cartwright

“I said ‘you’re kidding, it’s only two suburbs away’ and I had to spell it,” Mr Edwards said.

“I think it’s off everyone’s radar. Chermside is where everyone goes and it’s right next door.”

The owner of Bite My Biscuit even admits to being a little bit unsure of Geebung before he relocated his cafe from Stafford to opposite the railway station five years ago.

He took the punt to move after one of his regular customers, who lives at Geebung, mentioned a shop was available for lease.

“She said there was an empty shop here and it’s only five minutes from home, but I really didn’t know much about Geebung and I had lived in Wavell Heights for 15 years,” he said.

“I drove through but never stopped.”

But it would pay for people to make a pay a little more attention to Geebung, says Innov8 Property principal Michael Spillane.

He said even though Geebung is just 12 kilometres from the CBD and sidles more affluent suburbs, the median house-price is a mere $530,000. The highest sale for 2017 was $860,000 (Jan- Aug.).

Mr Spillane said there was so much room for growth that the suburb was prime for home renovators or even professionals looking to flip a house.

“It’s a forgotten and older suburb and some people don’t know Geebung’s locality even though they’ve heard of it,” he said.

“It’s not big geographically and it’s known to have a lower socio-economic background, but it’s perfectly placed when you think of access to Sandgate and Gympie roads, it’s not far from the airport, it has two railway stations and is extremely close to Chermside shopping centre.”

The two railway stations are Sunshine and Geebung and the latter of the two has undergone a major facelift which coincided with the opening of a $200 million rail overpass at Robinson Rd which the RACQ identified as one of Queensland’s worst traffic black spots.

The flyover on Robinson’s Rd opened in 2014 and connects Robinson East and Robinson West Roads.

Mr Edwards said the overpass had not affected his trade and was primarily for traffic passing through the area rather than heading into Geebung.

“We arrived as they were building it and the station was updated when they put in the overpass and they put in new lifts as well,” he said.

“We have a lot of young families come in and it can be extremely busy one minute. It’s like everyone moves in waves around here.”

Bite My Biscuit maybe one of the more recently established trades in Geebung but the oldest family-run business in the area, and possibly the oldest in Brisbane, is Gerns Continental Smallgoods in Buhot Rd.

The business started in 1895 after Heindrich Gerns, who emigrated from Hanover, Germany, bought 20 acres for 20 pounds.

Hendrich’s grandson Edwin Gerns, who is semi-retired and handed down the business to his son Andrew, said he’s seen a lot of changes over the decades.

“There used to just see paddocks around here but not anymore,” he said.

Gerns Continental Smallgoods and retail store sits at the rear of a block in a dead-end street at Geebung.

Edwin said his grandmother offered his father some motherly advice which he wished his dad had listened to now that Geebung is very much part of suburbia.

“In 1914 the homestead was built,” Edwin said.

“My grandmother said to my dad one day on the deck of the homestead, ‘why don’t you buy 70 acres there for 70 pounds for somewhere for the kids to play’ but he was too busy making salami.”

The exterior of the Geebung RSL. Picture: Darren Cartwright.

The exterior of the Geebung RSL. Picture: Darren Cartwright.

Within 500m of Gerns Continental Small Goods is Geebung State School while St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School is also nearby.

Mr Spillane said Geebung may only have a couple of schools but there are several respected one in the surrounding neighbourhoods which were very accessible and added to the appeal of the suburb for younger families.

Geebung’s public high school catchment area includes Aspley, Wavell Heights and Craiglea State High Schools and Earnshaw State College.

“There are a lot of schools around and you Nudgee College not that far away and neither is the Australian Catholic University at Banyo,” Mr Spillane said.

As for growth in real estate prices, Mr Spillane said the suburb had improved more than 20 per cent in the past five years and it was likely to climb at an even faster rate given the demand on properties in nearby suburbs like Chermside and Wavell Heights.

“When you think about it, you’re paying close to $500,000 for a two-bedroom unit at Chermside and yet you can buy a two or three bedroom house with land in the next suburb and it’s on a train line and Chermside isn’t.”

“And it’s quick to the city from there as well.”

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed



Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

RankSuburbMedian priceCapital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
2Spring Mountain$450,000103.6%
8Mount Coolum$670,00021.9%
9Dundowran Beach$607,00021.5%
15Burnett Heads$317,00018.1%
19Sunshine Beach$1,400,00016.7%
20Noosa Heads$1,070,00016.0%
21Hope Island$739,75015.7%
24North Ward$575,00015.0%
26Palm Cove$606,00014.3%
27Charters Towers City$142,50014.0%
28Pelican Waters$761,00013.9%
29Cooee Bay$313,00013.8%
30Mount Ommaney$944,00013.7%
32The Range$380,00013.4%
35North Mackay$270,00013.2%
41Coes Creek$442,50012.0%
42Cooloola Cove$317,50012.0%
43Battery Hill$578,00012.0%
44Seven Hills$940,00011.9%
48Clifton Beach$557,50011.5%
50Twin Waters$823,00011.2%
53Coolum Beach$675,25011.2%
55Sunrise Beach$820,00011.0%
58Mountain Creek$610,00010.9%
59Flinders View$371,50010.9%
60Highland Park$570,00010.7%
65Railway Estate$309,50010.1%
67Rainbow Beach$489,50010.0%
68Ormeau Hills$530,00010.0%

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed.


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Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low



Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low. LATEST analysis shows Brisbane’s significantly more affordable median home price is deceptively low, given only three areas sit below the citywide median.

At $491,925, Brisbane’s median was over 40 per cent cheaper than Sydney ($833,876) and just over 25 per cent less than Melbourne ($655,044).

But when CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher broke it down in zones around the capital, the data told a different story.

“While that ($491,925 is substantially lower than Sydney and Melbourne you can see that all of the regions relatively close to the city have current median values which are higher than that,” he said.

“The most expensive region of the city is the West ($659,554) while the most affordable is Ipswich ($350,511).

“Only three SA4 regions of the city actually have a median value which is lower than the citywide median.”

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

The cafe lifestyle in inner-city New Farm is part of the reason that median prices there are definitely above the citywide average. Picture: Annette Dew.Source:News Corp Australia

Those three SA4 regions of Greater Brisbane were Ipswich with a median property value of $350,511, Logan-Beaudesert on $387,401 and Moreton Bay — North on $413,962.

All the rest had medians that were above the official median Brisbane dwelling led by Brisbane West where the median of $659,554 was higher than that of Melbourne.

Brisbane South’s median was $639,457, followed by Brisbane Inner City $584,539), North ($549,231), East ($548,746) and Moreton Bay — South $501,509.

The closer you are to desirable attributes such as the river, the higher prices tended to go, according to the analysis.

“Desirable areas close to the city centre typically have much more expensive housing costs than the broad capital city median,” Mr Kusher said.

“Although it is clichéd, location, location, location holds true and purchasers still pay a significant premium for well-located properties.”

Mr Kusher said the data gave “a more granular insight into how median values in each city compare to smaller regions across each city”.

Buyers were well advised to look at markets closer “as housing costs or the housing market performance can be vastly different when you look at different areas of a city”.


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Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth



Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth. TOWNSVILLE has emerged as a star performer in regional Queensland, with four suburbs recording double digit growth.

REIQ has revealed the 68 suburbs that recorded double digit growth in the 12 months to June.

Twenty-seven of those 68 top performing suburbs were outside of the southeast, with Townsville dominating the regional listings.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Idalia (+21.3% to $485,00 as of June) was a rapidly expanding suburb, located just 10 minutes from the Townsville CBD, and offering access to shopping centres, restaurants, beautiful landscaping around parks, lakes and the Ross River.

It is dominated by older houses and luxury new homes, with properties ranging from the “low to mid $300,000s” to over $1 million.


Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella


“Idalia in Townsville ranks 11th on the state list and first on the Townsville LGA list,” she said.

The other Townsville suburbs to make the top 68 were Rasmussen (+19.9), North Ward (+15%) and Railway Estate (+10.1%).

Keyes and Co Property agent, and former Townsville City councillor, Tony Parsons, said there were suburbs doing well, and others that were still struggling, but there were positive signs in the local property market.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

This four bedroom house at 47 Springside Terrace in Idalia is on the market for $868,000 and is listed with Keyes & Co

He said Idalia ticked a lot of boxes for families, but he was not surprised by the city’s other top suburbs with two of them “fringe suburbs” of the new stadium under construction.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

North Queensland Stadium under construction in September 2018 Townsville

“North Ward and its proximity to The Strand speaks for itself, and Railway Estate has some of that character housing stock that many couples are keen on, those reno jobs.”

As for Rasmussen, the suburb has benefited from a number of new housing estates including a Defence Housing Australia development, and the duplication of Riverway Drive.

Mr Parsons said buyers could still get a bargain.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Australian hydrofoil championships off The Strand, Townsville.

Meanwhile, Cairns and Gympie had three suburbs on the list of top performers.

Palm Cove was the best performer in Cairns, ranking 26th overall.

Cooloola Cove in Gympie ranked 42nd, with house prices up 12 per cent to $317,500 in June 2018.

In the Whitsundays region, only Collinsville, a coal town southwest of Bowen, made the list, taking out third spot overall.

Ms Mercorella said Collinsville recorded an annual capital growth for houses of 46.2 per cent, taking the median sales price to $95,000 in June.

Other regions reporting at least one suburb on the list were Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs.

“This spread of suburbs is a good indication that Queensland real estate is delivering steady sustainable growth across the board. We’re seeing growth outside the southeast corner,” Ms Mercorella said.

In terms of price, the REIQ analysis found that two very different brackets dominated the list — below $350,000 and above $500,000 but below $750,000.

“Eighteen top performing suburbs reported a median house price range below $350,000,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Most of these suburbs are located in regional Queensland.”

Similarly, 18 top performers reported an annual median house price range between $500,000 and $749,999 … 13 of these suburbs are located in the southeast corner.

“Only 8 top performing suburbs reported an annual median price range above $1 million. All these suburbs are located in Brisbane, Noosa or the Sunshine Coast LGA.”

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth


Blackwater (1st) +151.3%

Collinsville (3rd) + 46.2%

Miles (7th) +23.5%

Dundowran Beach (9th) +21.5%

Idalia (11th) +21.3%

Rasmussen (12th) +19.9%

Biloela (14th) +18.6%

Burnett Heads (15th) +18.1%

North Ward (24th) +15%

Palm Cove (26th) +14.3%

(Source: REIQ QMM report June 2018. )


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