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The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood



The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood

Back in January 2011, I remember making a mad dash to rescue a friend who lived just up the road from Rosalie because it was about to flood.

Her property was high and dry, like so many others, but the thought of being marooned for a day or more by herself made her feel uneasy.

So, she stayed at my place for a while, and we watched non-stop media coverage as parts of the city went under.

The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood
The Spinks say the 2011 floods only made the Rosalie community stronger. Photo: Tammy Law

Like many low-lying parts of the city, parts of Rosalie came off second best in the floods, but this exclusive inner city precinct didn’t stay submerged for long.

In fact, the median house price in Paddington, of which Rosalie is a part, has increased more than 44 per cent in the past five years to now be $1.06 million, according to Domain Group data.

Local resident and director of Spinks & Co Residential, Rachael Spinks, said it didn’t take long for the market to bounce back.

The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood
Rachael Spinks and husband Martin are passionate about their suburb of Rosalie, which is undergoing a transformation. Photo: Tammy Law

“It was devastating but I think it really brought the community together. Everyone was helping out and pitching in. People were coming to help that we didn’t even know,” she said.

“A lot of the houses didn’t get flooded, so there were a lot of people who were helping. People really rallied together as a big community.”

Rosalie Village and surrounding properties on Baroona Road bore the brunt of the flood but it turned out to be kind of a blessing for Ms Spinks and her developer husband, Martin.

The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood
Rosalie is tipped to be the next James Street precinct as it transitions to a ‘more sophisticated retail mix’. Photo: Tammy Law

They had been about to begin redeveloping a commercial building at the entrance to the retail precinct, so the flood made them rethink the design of what would become the first of three properties they have now rejuvenated in the area.

“We saw the flood as a blessing in disguise. It turned out we retained the building and I suppose it made us wiser about how we treated downstairs. Our air conditioning and switch boards are up on the top level now,” he said.

“All of the ground floor is effectively brick and concrete, so if we get a flood again next time – (and) you do get plenty of warning – if you get everything out, it’s certainly not as bad.”

The rejuvenation of Rosalie, an exclusive inner Brisbane neighbourhood
Rosalie resident Rebecca Kroon was in love with Rosalie from the minute she laid eyes upon it. Photo: Robe

The couple has called Rosalie home since 2004, drawn in by its community atmosphere as well local schools.

They have seen it change over the years, as more professionals and young families moved into the timber and tin homes vacated by retirees.

Not that those homes come on the market often, with supply tightly-held and unit development almost non-existent.

Plus, you probably won’t get too much change from $750,000 for an entry-level cottage that needs a heck of a lot of love.

The retail strip is undergoing change of a different kind at present with a number of for lease signs evident, but that’s not a bad thing, it seems.

In fact, Mr Spinks said as the local population changes, the time was probably ripe for a more sophisticated retail mix, too.

“I think what we’re experiencing is that Rosalie started out as a little niche food area and they all were very family-oriented, low price point, very much cafe type of places,” he said.

“We’ve noticed in other areas, there’s been a raising of the bar from where they started from as well.

“By putting in buildings that say something about themselves, we’re actually trying to encourage that next level.”

Rebecca Kroon and her husband moved to Rosalie three years ago but their journey there was almost happenchance.

Originally from New Zealand, the couple were living in Melbourne when a job offer in Brisbane saw them visit the city to have a look around.

“We flew to Brisbane to do a reconnaissance mission in 2008 and one of the places that we came across was Rosalie Village,” she said.

“We just happened upon it and I said to my husband, ‘If we were ever to live permanently in Brisbane, I want to move somewhere like this’. It had the little deli and the restaurants.”

The problem was, when they shifted to Brisbane one year later, Rebecca couldn’t remember the name of the place that had clearly stolen her heart.

So, the family settled in Newmarket, until fate was to come calling once more.

“Someone suggested we come to Rosalie Village for brunch and I was like, ‘This is the place. I can’t believe we found the place that I was looking for. This is where we are supposed to be living’,” she said.

The couple now lives within walking distance of Rosalie Village and Rainworth State School, where their two children attend, and plan to be there a very long time.

“This is our forever home. We love it so much. In fact, we’re just about to start some renovations to turn it into our final perfect home.”

Five things you didn’t know about Rosalie

  • It has been a neighbourhood of Paddington since 1975.
  • It is home to the popular Blue Room Cinebar, which has undergone a major upgrade in recent times.
  • It is only about three kilometres to the Brisbane CBD.
  • Local students attend either Milton State School or Rainworth State School.
  • It is probably named after Rosalie Plains, which was owned by pastoralist John Frederick McDougall in the 1800s – no relation to me but you never know!


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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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