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Where have all the Queenslanders gone? The iconic home in danger of dying out in the southeast

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THE quintessential Queenslander is in danger of becoming extinct as buyers battling rising building costs opt for low-maintenance versions of the real thing.

THE iconic Queenslander home is in danger of becoming extinct as buyers battling rising building costs opt for lower-maintenance versions of the real thing.

While our love affair with the traditional style of home is still strong, the state’s namesake is slowly being replaced by replicas of the original.

Housing history researcher Magnus Eriksson, who tracks the histories of houses across southeast Queensland, said quintessential Queenslanders were a dying breed.

“If WWF (World Wildlife Fund) was doing a survey, they’d probably put it on the most threatened list,” Mr Eriksson told The Sunday Mail.

“I would certainly say they’re disappearing and not being replaced.”

Mr Eriksson said true Queenslander homes were characterised as having a lightweight timber construction, a corrugated metal roof and a highset frame.

The original style was developed around the 1800s and began to change in the 1930s.

“That highset style started disappearing and more of a modern style came in,” he said.

“There are a few replicas going up, but there’s not too many of them.

“Only a few are built in the true form.

“The new ones may look the same but they’re not the same as a handmade original Queenslander.”

Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland executive director Melissa Greenall said the industry had noticed a decline in demand for the Queenslander as a preferred newbuild style.

“Modern families are exhibiting a preference for more modern styles, brick built with modern conveniences such as open plan living, ducted airconditioning and internal entertainment spaces such as media rooms,” she said.

“Sadly, it appears that the Queenslander is losing its popularity in Queensland.”

With the cost of building in the state climbing at the fastest rate in Australia, building, renovating and maintaining an original Queenslander home has also become more expensive.

Economist Michael Matusik recently published research which showed construction costs have risen by five per cent over the past year alone — the highest rise of anywhere in the country.

But buyers are prepared to pay a premium for a good quality replica with all the charm of an original, but without the upkeep.

A newly built Queenslander in Kedron recently broke the sale price record for the suburb after selling for $1.65 million under the hammer.

The auction of the five-bedroom home with a pool at 59 Thirteenth Avenue attracted a huge crowd and 14 registered bidders.

This newbuild Queenslander at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron, sold for $1.65m. Source: Supplied

This newbuild Queenslander at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron, sold for $1.65m. Source: Supplied

Selling agent Matthew Jabs of Place Newmarket said about 70 per cent of clients he dealt with were looking for a traditional Queenslander style home compared to a modern style, but it often depended on the location.

Matthew Jabs of Place at the auction of 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.Source:News Corp Australia

Matthew Jabs of Place at the auction of 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.Source:News Corp Australia

He said the quality of the build and finishes was a key factor and not all replicas were of the same standard.

“The proper, traditional ones are harder to build because they require more technique and craftsmanship,” Mr Jabs said.

“They also cost more to build so a lot of builders won’t do it.”

This newbuild Queenslander at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron, attracted a big crowd at auction. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.Source: News Corp Australia

This newbuild Queenslander at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron, attracted a big crowd at auction. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.Source: News Corp Australia

The former owners of the Kedron property, Belinda and Trent Ramke, of Ramear Investments, specialise in building high quality replicas of Queenslander homes.

Mrs Ramke said she found people were prepared to pay more for a high quality replica of a traditional style Queenslander than a contemporary style newbuild.

“The traditional houses are a bit more expensive to build because you’re putting more into them,” she said.

“There’s a lot of extra money in the carpentry.”

But she said the cost of a high quality Queenslander renovation could often be more expensive than a newbuild.

“That’s what we’ve found in our research,” she said.

And there are no “hidden surprises” in a newbuild.

“With a renovation, there could be anything behind those walls.”

Samantha and Malcolm Hall, with their son Max, outside their recently sold replica Queenslander in Hawthorne. Photo: Lachie Millard.Source: News Limited

Samantha and Malcolm Hall, with their son Max, outside their recently sold replica Queenslander in Hawthorne. Photo: Lachie Millard.Source: News Limited

Samantha and Malcolm Hall have just sold their replica Queenslander at 10 Lindsay St, Hawthorne for $1.164 million.

“I lived in actual Queenslanders through my university years and they look so lovely from the outside, but when you actually live in them, they’re draughty and hard to clean,” she said.

“A newbuild replica doesn’t have all those issues. It still has the character feel, but without the hassle.”

This replica Queenslander at 10 Lindsay St, Hawthorne, has just sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.

This replica Queenslander at 10 Lindsay St, Hawthorne, has just sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Source:Supplied

Selling agent Gunther Behrendt of Ray White Bulimba said traditional Queenslander home styles were still sought-after.

“If they capture the character correctly in a replica, they’re definitely in higher demand,” he said.

“They’re a better built home and a lot of people like the lower maintenance of a replica.”

The original Queenslanders that do still exist are in high demand, as proven earlier this month when a Federation Queenslander built in 1912 fetched $4 million at auction.

The historic three-bedroom home at 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane, attracted 30 registered bidders.

PRICE GROWTH TIPPED FOR 2018

WHAT MAKES A TRUE QUEENSLANDER?

*Timber frame

*Corrugated iron roof

*Raised up from the ground

*Internal walls made from VJ boards

*External walls clad in weatherboards

*Timber framed windows

This original Queenslander at 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane, sold for $4m.Source: Supplied

This original Queenslander at 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane, sold for $4m.Source: Supplied

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

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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)
1Blackwater$94,250151.3%
2Spring Mountain$450,000103.6%
3Collinsville$95,00046.2%
4Minyama$1,310,00045.8%
5Hamilton$1,442,00032.9%
6Hollywell$810,00030.5%
7Miles$148,25023.5%
8Mount Coolum$670,00021.9%
9Dundowran Beach$607,00021.5%
10Boonah$324,50021.3%
11Idalia$485,00021.3%
12Rasmussen$347,50019.9%
13Yaroomba$749,00019.7%
14Biloela$272,75018.6%
15Burnett Heads$317,00018.1%
16Tivoli$295,00018.0%
17Cashmere$690,00018.0%
18Walloon$370,00016.7%
19Sunshine Beach$1,400,00016.7%
20Noosa Heads$1,070,00016.0%
21Hope Island$739,75015.7%
22Ripley$374,00015.4%
23Sandgate$705,00015.2%
24North Ward$575,00015.0%
25Paddington$1,150,00014.7%
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%
31Fernvale$357,50013.5%
32The Range$380,00013.4%
33Landsborough$432,50013.4%
34Sunnybank$832,50013.3%
35North Mackay$270,00013.2%
36Whitfield$540,00013.1%
37Graceville$932,50013.0%
38Hendra$1,100,00012.7%
39Shorncliffe$840,00012.4%
40Moranbah$185,00012.1%
41Coes Creek$442,50012.0%
42Cooloola Cove$317,50012.0%
43Battery Hill$578,00012.0%
44Seven Hills$940,00011.9%
45Nundah$755,00011.9%
46Monkland$240,00011.6%
47Bongaree$470,00011.6%
48Clifton Beach$557,50011.5%
49Maroochydore$639,00011.2%
50Twin Waters$823,00011.2%
51Cambooya$322,50011.2%
52Tewantin$572,50011.2%
53Coolum Beach$675,25011.2%
54Kedron$744,50011.1%
55Sunrise Beach$820,00011.0%
56Oakey$241,50011.0%
57D’aguilar$416,00010.9%
58Mountain Creek$610,00010.9%
59Flinders View$371,50010.9%
60Highland Park$570,00010.7%
61Rosewood$291,00010.7%
62Bulimba$1,300,00010.6%
63Kirkwood$353,50010.5%
64Woodgate$402,50010.3%
65Railway Estate$309,50010.1%
66Auchenflower$1,070,00010.0%
67Rainbow Beach$489,50010.0%
68Ormeau Hills$530,00010.0%

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed.

Source: smartpropertyinvestment.com.au

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Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

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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

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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

TOP 10 PERFORMING REGIONAL QUEENSLAND SUBURBS, RANKING/1 YR 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. )

Source: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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