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Brisbane’s best rooftops: Live the NYC apartment life on any budget

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After the recent boom in boutique apartment blocks, it’s no wonder developers are competing for the most opulent rooftops.

From teppanyaki bars to seemingly endless infinity pools, these luxury lounges make the absolute most of the city’s sparkly skyline and lush parklands as viewed from tens of storeys up. 

And never let it be said that rooftop living is only for the elite! These inner-city gems are priced for the discerning buyer in several different price brackets. 

1506/18 Longland Street, Newstead QLD 4006 

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Pool with a view: The rooftop at 1506/18 Longland Street, Newstead. Photo: City Realty QLD.

Price: $2,050,000 

3 bed, 3 bath, 3 car 

Agent: City Realty QLD, Jenny Kazoullis 0447 137 641

This apartment is just one of a deluxe penthouse collection, each outfitted with the epitome of luxury fittings and flair. 

With modern architecture and state-of-the-art appliances, inside is a perfectly lovely space in which to entertain, but the real treat coms when you head upstairs to the roof.

The Lucent complex has been awarded world class status for its 1600 square metre rooftop spread, replete with 55 metre infinity pool with waterfall sundeck, a heated sunset spa, sauna and several dining and entertainment areas. 

It also includes a high-tech gymnasium, golf simulator and plenty of poolside nooks and crannies. 

3002/550 Queen Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000 

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The world-class rooftop infinity pool at 3002/550 Queen Street, Brisbane City. Photo: McGrath New Farm.

Price: By negotiation 

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car 

Agent: McGrath New Farm, Drew Davies 0421 078 273, Rhys Cockram 0409 064 639

Set in the absolute heart of the city, this architectural block is striking and sleek, particularly when it comes to its dramatic rooftop pool and geometric facade. 

Agent Drew Davies said the contemporary building exemplified the perks of clever design.  

“The rooftop pool is the absolute hero of that building,” he said. 

“It is one of the most spectacular pools in the whole of the CBD. You do get views of the bridge, the river and the city landscape as well, and it has the infinity edge that runs along the whole side of the building. 

“It is a northeast aspect so it is the most sought-after aspect in the building. 

“It really is one of the best.”

2109/55 Railway Terrace, Milton QLD 4064

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How Queensland is this view: The rooftop terrace, which also features a pool, at 2109/55 Railway Terrace, Milton. Photo: Ray White Toowong.

Price: $599,000+

2 bed, 2 bath, 2 car 

Agent: Ray White Toowong, Mervyn Chen 0423 905 715

This modern and well-located complex has the added benefit of being just outside the CBD, which means gorgeous skyline views. 

Featuring the highest observation deck in the inner west, the building forms the perfect base to soak up the city lights and flowing river while relaxing by the pool, sundeck and barbecue area. 

Plus, sports fans can take sneak peaks of State of Origin games played just moments away at Suncorp Stadium.  

1701/4 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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1701/4 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane. Photo: Richardson & Wrench South Brisbane.

Price: Offers over $680,000 

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car 

Agent: Richardson & Wrench South Brisbane, Luke Westmore 0488 660 542

The highly-desirable Botanica Residences stays true to its name: its glorious rooftop is brimming with exotic foliage and lush landscaped spaces. 

Agent Luke Westmore said the building’s superior design was a key draw card. 

“It’s done by Aria property group, which is considered to be one of the best, they’re one of the most awarded developers in Australia,” he said. 

“This [building] won the best residential development in Australia as well. 

“They’ve utilised the entire rooftop. You’ve got a beautiful infinity pool with an outdoor shower, you’ve got numerous outdoor seating areas with two barbecues, there’s a lot of mature planting. 

“You’ve got an indoor and an outdoor gym, as well as a yoga-relaxation area out the back. It’s also got a private dining room that can be booked out for the residents — it could be used for birthday parties, dinner parties, corporate events, functions.”

22-28 Merivale Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101 

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Imagine winding down after work here: 2/28 Merivale Street, South Brisbane. Photo: 360 Property Group.

Price: $435,000

1 bed, 1 bath, 1 car 

Agent: 360 Property Group – QLD, John Leighton 0431 609 878

Minutes from trendy hubs like Brisbane’s CBD, South Bank and West End’s cafe culture, this tidy one-bedroom apartment resides in one of the premiere developments in the sought-after pocket of South Brisbane. 

With panoramic views of the city, river and surrounding suburbs, the rooftop is the perfect place to bring friends, who will never be bored with all that’s on offer. 

The space boasts your standard pool, spa and gym, but there are some pretty luxe extras, including a yoga lawn, barbecue space, teppanyaki room, pizza oven, pool room and private function area. 

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Would you pay $1.3million for this? Hoarder house filled with 100 cubic metres of junk sells for 60 times its original value after an incredible clean out and transformation

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  • An inner-city hoarders home has sold for 60 times its original purchase price
  •  Original owners had lived there for 45 years, purchasing it for just $22,000
  •  It took five people ten days to move 100 cubic metres of junk from the property

An inner-city hoarder’s house called ‘the worst house on the best street’ has sold for almost 60 times its original purchase price.

The property located in New Farm, a riverside inner suburb of Brisbane, sold for a whopping $1.3million at an auction on Saturday.

The original owners had lived in the property for almost 50 years, with the house last selling for $22,000 in 1973, realestate.com.au reported.

It had taken five people about ten days to move almost 100 cubic metres of junk from the premises prior to the auction.

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The property’s original owners had lived in the property for more than 45 years and it took five people about ten days to move almost 100 cubic metres of junk from the premises

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The property (pictured) located in New Farm, a riverside inner suburb of Brisbane, sold for a whopping $1.3million at auction on Friday, compared to selling for just $22,000 in 1973

The two-storey house, located at 140 Annie Street, pulled in more than 40 spectators including nine registered bidders.

A bidding war between interested parties saw the price hit quickly pass the seven figure mark.

Belle Property auctioneer Paul Liddy said prior to the auction he had expected the property to reach more than $1 million, describing the property as a ‘unicorn’.

‘Underneath the years of accumulated stuff, the home revealed the lovely bones as the ultimate renovator’s dream,’ Mr Liddy had told the Courier Mail.

‘I’ve only seen a handful of hoarder homes in my career, and this is the first that has blown me away with the gold we have uncovered underneath all the junk,’ he said.

Incredible photos from before its stunning transformation had showed rooms filled to the brim with junk.

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‘I’ve only seen a handful of hoarder homes in my career, and this is the first that has blown me away with the gold we have uncovered underneath all the junk,’ Belle Property auctioneer Paul Liddy had said

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After nine bids, and auction attendees spilling out onto the street, the house was sold under the hammer for $1.3 million

Photos after the mess had been cleared revealed an almost unrecognisable home which has further potential with more renovations.

But as the property is heritage listed, the new buyers will not be able to demolish it.

Mr Liddy said the sellers, who inherited the property, were ecstatic with the result and revealed that although they were emotional due to the house’s history, the price exceeded their expectations.

He said the buyers were a young couple not originally from Queensland, who were keen to turn it into their family home.

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The most popular suburbs in Brisbane for Chinese property buyers

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CHINESE buyers losing faith in their own property market are looking to Brisbane for a safer investment — and they have expensive taste. WHICH SUBURBS ARE THE MOST POPULAR?

Singapore might be the home of ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’, but new data reveals some of the Queensland capital’s most exclusive suburbs are attracting the attention of deep-pocketed investors from China with money to burn.

The research by Chinese international real estate website, Juwai.com, shows Kangaroo Point had the highest number of inquiries from Chinese investors in the first half of 2018, followed by Newstead, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Ascot.

That’s in contrast to Chinese demand for property in Brisbane in the first half of 2017 when the outer suburbs of Calamvale, Park Ridge and Rochedale were the most popular.

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Kangaroo Point is the most in-demand Brisbane suburb among Chinese buyers.Source:Supplied

Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said the top suburbs list revealed the importance of new development, education, and convenience to Chinese buyers.

“Brisbane is attractive due to its easy lifestyle, beautiful water views, and quality English language educational institutions,’ Ms Law said.

“If you have a moderate, high-rise apartment in Brisbane, you can generally snap a beautiful selfie at the window or on the balcony with gorgeous water or district views in the background to show off to your friends at home in China.”

Ms Law said suburbs with new developments or large numbers of new house and land packages for sale were also in demand.

“Because of foreign investment rules, offshore buyers are pushed into new property to support the construction of new housing,” she said.

“That explains why Newstead and Kangaroo Point are on the list. There is plenty of new development underway and our buyers are curious about it.

“It is a revelation for Chinese buyers that they can obtain a new house on its own land in Brisbane for about half the price of an inner-city apartment in Shanghai or Beijing.”

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Chinese buyers have changed their suburb preferences when it comes to property in Brisbane. Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan.Source:AP

Last week, protesters ransacked a number of new apartment sales offices in China angry their investments were being sold for much less than they paid for them.

The unrest is a further sign China’s property market is beginning to cool, prompting investors to turn to places like Brisbane.

“Brisbane feels like a safe, desirable place to live,” Ms Law said.

“It often starts with a property purchase for sending a child to study or work in Brisbane. “Over time that can lead to additional investments, starting local businesses, and eventually the whole family moving to live in Brisbane.

“These buyers look for established homes with land and relatively new or like-new construction in areas with good schools for proximity to good private schools or universities.”

Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers.

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Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers. Image: AAP/Darren England.Source:AAP

It ranks just below Melbourne and Sydney and just above Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

Chinese buyer demand for Australian property remains strong, increasing 10.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 and 4.4 per cent in the second.

But it’s a more sustainable growth rate than what the country experienced in 2016 when there was a massive run-up in Chinese demand for Australian property.

Zhen Luo and his fiancee, Yihan Lin, have just bought their first home in Sunnybank Hills, which is one of the most popular in Brisbane among Chinese buyers.

The couple from China had been looking for about six months, but eventually settled on a townhouse in the suburb with the help of Belle Property Calamvale.

Mr Luo said he thought Australia, particularly Brisbane, was a safer place to invest in property than China at the moment.

He said Sunnybank Hills was attractive because of its convenience, its proximity to shopping centres and the fact it was within the Sunnybank Hills State School catchment.

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The crowd at a recent auction in Sunnybank Hills. Picture: Tara Croser.Source:News Corp Australia

In Bardon — one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs — one of two architect-designed homes dubbed the Minka Twins has just sold for $1.888 million — 8 being the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.

Sold to an Asian family, the house is one of two still under construction in the suburb.

Marketing agent Di Anderson of Position Property said the new owners had two young children attending Brisbane Grammar, and were keen on securing a home that would

suit Brisbane’s subtropical climate.

“They were keen to purchase prior to completion to ensure they secured the property,” Ms Anderson said.

“As a result, the developer agreed to a small discount for buying during construction.”

TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2018

1. Kangaroo Point

2. Newstead

3. Sunnybank

4. South Brisbane/West End

5. Indooroopilly

6. Ascot

7. Sunnybank Hills

8. St Lucia

(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)

TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2017

1. Fortitude Valley

2. Calamvale

3. Macgregor

4. Hamilton

5. Park Ridge

6. Rochedale

7. East Brisbane

8. Russell Island

(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)

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Healthy Brisbane full list: Brisbane’s suburbs rated by health opportunities

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The Domain Healthy Brisbane study, authored by Deloitte Access Economics and Tract Consultants, compares 260 Greater Brisbane suburbs across 10 indicators that either help or hinder residents from leading a healthy lifestyle.

These include walkability, access to fresh food, proximity to hospitals and allied health facilities as well as hindrance factors like density of fast food and liquor stores.

Based on the scores across these indicators, each suburb was given a rating out of five stars.  It’s important to note the study is about place, not people – it is designed to increase understanding of the opportunities suburbs provide residents to live a healthy lifestyle.

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