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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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Smart buys: Brisbane’s best properties under $800,000 for sale right now



Smart buys Brisbane’s best properties under $800,000 for sale right now

Here’s our pick of the best buys in Brisbane and some of its surrounds at the moment — and they’re all under $800,000.

34 Ivy Street, Toowong

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With tongue-and-groove floorboards, a cast-iron fireplace begging for love, a sunroom, and a prime position on 405 square metres, this three-bedroom original workers’ cottage is bound to catch eyes of inner-west renovators. No price has been set yet but agent Alex Jordan says as a vacant block on land it would achieve over $600,000.

By negotiation

McGrath, Alex Jordan 0410 424 749

81 Payne Road, The Gap

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The rear of this multi-tone brick house surprises. There’s a single-garage-cum-workshop or home office between the double carport and an elevated timber sundeck, and there’s also a pool. It is fully fenced on a 625-square-metre block, and has three bedrooms with a further small room inside that could become a fourth bedroom or study.


Harcourts, Stephen Dangerfield 0412 145 802

48 Bringelly Street, Arana Hills

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From its white picket fence to its flat sandpit-friendly backyard, the DNA of this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house is pure family. Set on a flat 607-square-metre block about 20 metres from the local bus stop, Grovely State School is 900 metres away and Arana Hills Plaza, restaurants and cafes are at the end of the street.


Coronis, Jo Dryden 07 3351 5151

19 Allamanda Crescent, Albany Creek

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This substantial four-bedroom, double-storey house sits on a 1250-square-metre landscaped block. It has ample room for its pool and double garage, and there is a massive covered entertaining area and both casual and formal living and eating rooms. Two state high schools are located within 2.4 kilometres of the front door.


Style Real Estate, Claire Little 0422 755 171

40 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach

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This 54-year-old updated beauty on a double block opposite the beach offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1000 square metres of land. Open-plan living and dining space, plenty of natural light, timber floors, and a second living area with clever built-in bench seating and storage are boons. The rear has a storage shed, two garden sheds and a single garage.


Calio & Scott Real Estate, Carl Calio 0416 145 288

6 Chase Crescent, North Lakes

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Worth a look if a first-time home buyer, or investor watching budget-friendly growth areas, this super neat, modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom house also has a double garage. It is set on a low-maintenance and landscaped 486-square-metre block. It also has decent-sized, open-plan living and media rooms.


Hudson Property, Viv Robinson 0407 918 184

50 Windsor Place, Deception Bay

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This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on a 397-square-metre corner block has serious update or rebuild potential. Set three blocks west of Moreton Bay and one block to the suburban public primary school, it is liveable as a home or easily rentable with a modern kitchen and fenced backyard. It has a separate sunroom and a single carport.


Ray White, Lydia Robins 0438 166 763

441 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank

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This renovated, four-bedroom, one-bathroom house has parking space for two cars on a 708-square-metre block. The floor plan is open between living, dining and kitchen areas and the metro rail station is about 400 metres away. Its reserve price is unknown as required by Queensland auction laws, but it was found in a search for homes under $800,000.

Auction, June 29, 12.30pm

RE/MAX, Gary Dellios 0411 879 935

4 Parliament Street, Bethania

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The federal election is done for 2019, but here is another way to get into Parliament. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this brick-and-tile house also has a double carport and a double garage. On a flat 758-square-metre block, the back section is contained making for a fine play zone. Neutral timber-look flooring in the kitchen-meals area balances the retro swirl carpet in the living-dining.


LJ Hooker, Trina Wilson 0427 188 500




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Cbus Property Plans $600m North Quay Tower



Cbus Property Plans $600m North Quay Tower

Cbus Property will partner with local Brisbane developer Nielson Properties to deliver a $600 million riverfront commercial building in the city’s CBD.

The 3,000sq m corner site, an amalgamation of 205 North Quay and neighbouring 30 Herschel Street, will now house the city’s latest A-grade commercial building.

The office development, to be known as 205 North Quay, will deliver 50,000sq m of net lettable area.

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said the site was ideal as it takes advantage of Brisbane’s strong economic outlook, employment growth and the state government’s infrastructure investment.

“205 North Quay is a major ­riverfront CBD site, ideally located to capitalise on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live,” Pozzo said.

“Queensland’s economic growth also anticipated to continue to outperform the Australian average.”

“We will look to build on these strong economic foundations and our past success with 1 William Street, to deliver a premium and future-focused commercial tower for Brisbane’s CBD in collaboration with our partner, Nielson Properties.”

No stranger to Brisbane CBD’s commercial market, the project follows Cbus Property’s 46-storey “tower of power” at 1 William Street, home to the Queensland government.

The 205 North Quay development will add to the continued regeneration of the burgeoning North Quarter precinct, which will also include Mirvac’s 80 Ann Street tower to be tenanted by Suncorp, Shayher Group’s 300 George Street project and the recently completed W Hotel on George Street.

The development will also be located in Brisbane’s prime commercial district, capitalising on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live.

“As a local Brisbane developer, we’re excited to be a part of the evolution of the North Quarter as it becomes a vibrant hub bolstered by outstanding connectivity to Brisbane’s CBD and premium infrastructure and amenity,” Nielson Properties director Ross Nielson said.

Cbus and Nielson have commenced preliminary discussions with the Brisbane City Council.

Last week, Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group snatched up Makerston House, a neighbouring commercial property in Brisbane’s North Quarter precinct from investment management company Challenger for $103 million.

Further along the CBD riverfront, work has also commenced at the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf developed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture led by casino giant Star Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Work is also under way on Brisbane’s newest riverside public space, with the area between the Goodwill Bridge and 1 William Street to be developed into an above-water pedestrian walkway and recreational area called Waterline Park.




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‘Why not Hendra?’ The luxury house that is poised to set a new benchmark for this Brisbane suburb



Why not Hendra The luxury house that is poised to set a new benchmark for this Brisbane suburb

A prestigious new property in Hendra is tipped to break records when it goes under the hammer in a couple of weeks, setting a new benchmark for luxury in the area.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house may be located on General Street, but its myriad of bells and whistles means it’s anything but.

With a plethora of top-line features, including travertine tiles, state-of-the-art fixtures and a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, it includes a climate-controlled wine cellar as well as bespoke cabinetry throughout.

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Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot said the house was part of an emerging trend in the suburb towards luxury new builds. The developers behind the home, Innovare Builders, were quickly transforming the standard of Hendra homes project by project, he said.

“They’ve really lifted the benchmark for what’s expected in Hendra and set the tone for the quality that people look for here,” he said.

“This house should a set a record for the area for 405-square-metre non-racecourse property. The records are around the $1 millions and I think this is better than anything else comparable on the market right now.”

While perhaps not as well-known as its prestigious neighbouring suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton, Hendra’s gentrification is well underway, partly due to the redevelopment of Eagle Farm Racecourse.

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The 379-square-metre statement home is within an easy canter of the racecourse as well as many cafe precincts.

Orazio D’Arro of Innovare Builders said Hendra’s multitude of attributes made the decision to develop there simple.

“In a nutshell, why not Hendra?” he said.

“We first chose Hendra because it is a gentrified living suburb with wide, tree-lined streets full of traditional and modern character houses and dotted by cafes, boutiques, other community businesses and gorgeous local parklands.”

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Mr D’Arro said the design inspiration was Hamptons exterior meets modern European interior.

“Modern life requires thoughtful use of space and automation as well as comfort and this was at the forefront of each and every design and inclusion decision,” he said.

Located within easy commute of the Brisbane Airport as well motorways north and south, the home can be controlled from anywhere in the world via state-of-the-art automation and electrical integration.

“Part of a busy modern family’s lifestyle demands convenience – even while travelling – and the electronic aids offered up here deliver convenience in spades,” Mr D’Arro said.

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Other features of the home include a rear patio designed for al fresco dining and summer barbecues, with a built-in, custom outdoor kitchen that features a barbecue and beverage centre.

The home also boasts an in-ground swimming pool lined with mosaic tiling and a manicured, drought-resistant lawn with landscaped gardens.

The property is located at 6 General Street, Hendra, and will go to auction on Saturday, June 22.

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