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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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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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