12 Best Suburbs in Brisbane for Your Family’s Forever Home

You and your family are about to make one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your lives: buying a forever home.

Buying the perfect home to live in for the rest of your life is exciting, especially in Brisbane. But it can quickly become overwhelming.

There’s a huge number of factors to consider, such as the price, cost of living, surrounding amenities or proximity to schools.

But after reading this article, you’ll find there’s no need to worry.

Over the past 12 months, our team of real estate analysts have studied hundreds of suburbs across Brisbane and dived deep into the data.

We’ve looked at house prices, suburb demographics and proximity to major areas of Brisbane to put together a research-backed list of the 12 best suburbs in Brisbane for your family’s forever home.

If you’re on the journey to find your dream home and are seriously considering a property in Brisbane, then you’ll want to keep reading.

Important – Before reading, grab our checklist on the 25 questions to ask when negotiating to purchase a Brisbane property. Have this handy when reading through our list.

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Here they are: Brisbane’s 12 best suburbs for a forever home (ranked)

We’ve put together a list of what our analysts consider the 12 top suburbs if you’re looking for a forever home in Brisbane.

1. Bulimba 4171

Main residents: Couples with children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 30–39 years
Average property price (house): $1,830,000
Average property price (apartment): $776,250
Statistics from CoreLogic

Bulimba is one of the most beautiful suburbs in Brisbane, offering a vibrant and relaxed lifestyle perfect for young families in their late 20s and early 30s. It truly is the epitome of ‘good suburb living’.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, schools, Brisbane River, recreational facilities, public transport Located just a few kilometres east of the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD), Bulimba is a convenient choice for those who work in the city. The suburb’s Oxford Street precinct is a popular destination, featuring an array of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and cinemas. The suburb also has parks, fitness centres and recreational facilities.

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Situated along the Brisbane River, Bulimba offers many waterfront properties and picturesque river views. Riverside living provides a sense of tranquillity and natural beauty many find appealing.

Property value

Bulimba’s median property value has increased steadily over the past 10 years, spiking most recently after the COVID-19 pandemic. The following graph shows how the median property of Bulimba has increased over the past decade.

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Demographics

Bulimba’s population was 6,842 in 2016, which was a 15.20% increase since 2011. According to ABS Census Data (2021), 48.34% of adults in Bulimba are married, with an average household size of 2.4 people and a median household monthly income of $14,505.

Age

Most of Bulimba’s population are aged 30–39 (18%). Here’s a snapshot of the age groups who live in the suburb.

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Occupation

Bulimba’s residents mainly comprise professionals (34.4%), managers (21.6%) and clerical workers (13.6%).

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Income

Most residents in Bulimba reported an income of over $182,000 per year.

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2. Hawthorne 4171

Main residents: Couples with children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–49 years
Average property price (house): $1,826,000 
Average property price (apartment): $700,000 
Statistics from CoreLogic

It has everything a family needs when looking for a dream home and perfect suburb.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, schools, Brisbane River, coffee shops, restaurants, public transport

Hawthorne is located just a few kilometres east of the Brisbane CBD, offering a relatively short commute for those working in the city.

It’s also nicely situated along the Brisbane River, which means you can find waterfront properties and enjoy beautiful river views.

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Also located close to the Oxford Street precinct, Hawthorne offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment options. 

Property value

Hawthorne’s median property value has increased since 2014 to reflect the growth of the suburb and its enticing riverside location, with a spike during the recent post-pandemic boom.

The following graph shows how the median property of Hawthorne has increased over the past decade.

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Demographics

Hawthorne’s population was 4,986 in 2016 – a 4.4% increase since 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 46.90% of adults in Bulimba are married, with an average household size of 2.6 people and a median household monthly income of $5,956.

Age

Most Hawthorne residents are 40–49 years of age. Here’s a snapshot of the age groups who live in the suburb.

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Occupation

The bulk of Hawthorne’s residents are professionals (35.3%), managers (20.7%) and clerical workers (13.6%).

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Income

Most of Hawthorne’s residents reported an income of over $182,000 per year.

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3. Camp Hill 4152

Main residents: Couples with children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–99 years
Average property price (house): $1,350,000
Average property price (apartment): $685,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

Camp Hill is one of Brisbane’s most convenient suburbs. It’s leafy and peaceful – a wonderful place you and your family can call home.

A growing suburb, Camp Hill features plenty of shops and amenities. It’s great for young professionals, young families and retirees alike.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, Westfield, local schools, recreational facilities, public transport, trendy coffee shops, hospitals

Camp Hill offers a comfortable and convenient lifestyle with a range of amenities. Within or near this suburb, you can find Carindale Shopping Centre, restaurants, and entertainment.

Camp Hill is also relatively close to the CBD, making it a convenient location for those who work in the city. It’s a short distance from hospitals as well, such as Greenslopes Private, Princess Alexandra and Brisbane Day Hospital.

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Known as a ‘leafy suburb’, Camp Hill features several parks and green spaces, providing opportunities for outdoor activities, picnics and relaxation.

Warning – Real estate agents can get pushy when selling a property, and buying in the Camp Hill area is no exception.
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Property value

Camp Hill’s property value has boomed over the past 10 years, and especially in the past 2–3 years in light of the post-pandemic spike.

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Demographics

Bulimba’s population was 6,842 in 2016, which was a 15.20% increase since 2011. According to ABS Census Data (2021), 48.34% of adults in Bulimba are married, with an average household size of 2.4 people and a median household monthly income of $14,505.

Age

Most of Bulimba’s population are aged 30–39 (18%). Here’s a snapshot of the age groups who live in the suburb.

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Occupation

Camp Hill’s residents are primarily professionals (34.4%), managers (17.7%) and clerical workers (14.8%).

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Income

Most residents in Camp Hill reported an income of over $182,000 (26.5%) per year.

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4. Coorparoo 4151

Main residents: Couples with children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 20–29 years
Average property price (house): $1,350,000
Average property price (apartment): $524,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

Coorparoo is an awesome suburb for people of all ages, although particularly attractive to those in their 20s.

A hop, skip and a jump to the CBD, Coorparoo is teeming with cafes and restaurants. It’s a dream suburb with great character.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, cafes, restaurants, recreational amenities, parks, hospitals, Brisbane River

Coorparoo is a convenient and high-quality neighbourhood in the heart of Brisbane. It’s only about 4 kilometres south of the CBD, so it’s accessible if you work in the city.

With a comfortable lifestyle, a low crime rate, a strong sense of community and plenty of public transport options, Coorparoo should definitely be on your list when looking for a forever home.

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You’ll always be close to a great feed in Coorparoo, and you’ll also get some stunning views of the city if you buy an apartment.

Property value

Coorparoo’s property value has steadily increased over the past decade. It was also one of the suburbs that boomed during the post-lockdown rush in 2021.

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Demographics

Coorparoo’s population was 16,24 in 2016 – a 9% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 38.87% of adults in Coorparoo are married. The average household size is 2.3 people, and the median household monthly income is $11,384.

Age

Most of Coorparoo’s residents are young, within the 20–29 age range (19.9%). Following closely behind are those aged 30–39 years (19%).

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Occupation

Most of Coorparoo’s residents are professionals (35.8%), clerical workers (14.6%) and managers (13.2%).

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Income

Most residents in Coorparoo reported an income between $78,000 and $130,000 (24.1%) annually.

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5. Tarragindi 4121

Main residents: Couples with children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–49 years
Average property price (house): $1,240,000
Average property price (apartment): Data not available
Statistics from CoreLogic

Tarragindi is often referred to as one of the best suburbs in south Brisbane. It’s close to the city, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food and coffee, and it’s well-connected to public transport and boasts a super-friendly neighbourhood.

What more could you want?

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, schools, cafes, restaurants, suburbia, parks, running tracks, public transport, bikeways

Tarragindi is known for its green, suburban paradise feel, family-friendly environment and community vibe.

The suburb also has some excellent schools nearby, such as Weller’s Hill State School, St Elizabeth Primary, Holland Park State High and Yeronga State High School. It’s full of young families and just a 10–15 bus ride into the city.

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Featuring several parks and green spaces, Tarragindi provides numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, picnics and relaxation.

Property value

Tarragindi’s property value has enjoyed a steady increase over the past 10 years. Like most suburbs, it experienced a spike in 2021.

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Demographics

Tarragindi’s population was 10,794 in 2016, which was an 8.3% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 53.08% of adults in Tarragindi are married, with the average household comprising 2.9 people and a median household monthly income of $13,300.

Age

Most of Tarragindi’s residents are aged 40–49 (16.2%). Following closely behind are kids – 0–9 years old (15.6%) – and people between 30 and 39 years of age (14.5%).

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Occupation

Tarragindi’s residents are mostly professionals (37%) and managers (14.2%).

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Income

The majority of Tarragindi’s residents reported an income of over $182,000 annually.

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6. New Farm 4005

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 20–29 years
Average property price (house): $2,650,000
Average property price (apartment): $760,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

New Farm has been heralded as the place to enjoy the good life. It’s a highly desired suburb – probably one of the most sought-after in the city’s inner north region.

Suburb profile

Close toCBD, Brisbane River, cafes, restaurants, parks, public transport, hospitals, schools, Brisbane Airport

New Farm is in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, so it’s perfect if you enjoy a metropolitan lifestyle and work in the city.

Situated along the Brisbane River, New Farm has many properties with gorgeous river views. Riverside living can offer a serene environment, perfectly mixed with the excitement of the urban jungle.

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Virtually anything you need is within reach if you live in New Farm. It’s close to everything, from schools and restaurants to hospitals and recreational facilities.

The price tag is a little higher than some of the other areas on this list, but every cent is worth it.

Bonus – We put together a checklist of the 25 key questions you must ask when negotiating to buy in any one of these suburbs, including New Farm. 
You can access it for free here: 25 Property Negotiation Questions Checklist.

 

Property value

When the pandemic hit, New Farm’s property value doubled over the course of three years.

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Demographics

In 2016, New Farm’s population was 12,536, which was a 10.6% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 31.14% of adults in New Farm are married. The average household has 1.9 people, and the median household monthly income is $12,692.

Age

Most New Farm residents are within the age range of 20–29 years (22.1%). Following closely are those aged 30–39 (21%).

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Occupation

For the most part, New Farm’s residents are professionals (40.3%) and managers (16.3%).

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Income

Most residents in New Farm reported an income between $78,000 and $130,000 (22.5%), followed closely by $182,000+ (19.4%) per year.

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7. Teneriffe 4005

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 30–39 years
Average property price (house): $3,002,000
Average property price (apartment): $746,750
Statistics from CoreLogic

It’s close to the airport and the city, and the community is trendy, sophisticated and modern. 

Suburb profile

Close toCBD, Brisbane River, cafes, restaurants, parks, public transport, hospitals, schools, Brisbane Airport

One of the oldest suburbs in Brisbane, Teneriffe blends a rich history with modern architecture. The result is a unique, charming riverside community that’s highly attractive to young couples and those seeking a vibrant place to live.

Located within minutes of the CBD, Teneriffe offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It offers some incredible views of the water, too.

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With a strong sense of community, a low crime rate and connections to public transport, it isn’t surprising that Teneriffe is one of the most sought-after suburbs in the city.

Property value

Teneriffe’s property value has enjoyed an ongoing rise from 2014 to 2023, spiking in 2017 and again in 2021–2022. 

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Demographics

In 2016, New Farm’s population was 12,536, which was a 10.6% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 31.14% of adults in New Farm are married. The average household has 1.9 people, and the median household monthly income is $12,692.

Age

Most New Farm residents are within the age range of 20–29 years (22.1%). Following closely are those aged 30–39 (21%).

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Occupation

For the most part, New Farm’s residents are professionals (40.3%) and managers (16.3%).

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Income

Most residents in New Farm reported an income between $78,000 and $130,000 (22.5%), followed closely by $182,000+ (19.4%) per year.

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8. Clayfield 4011

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 30–39 years
Average property price (house): $1,608,000
Average property price (apartment): $475,450
Statistics from CoreLogic

Suburb profile

Close toCBD, cafes, restaurants, parks, public transport, hospitals, schools, Brisbane Airport 

Anyone looking for a lively environment that’s close to everything that the city offers would do well buying their forever home in Brisbane.

The fantastic thing about Clayfield is that it’s close – but not too close – to everything you need. Delightful restaurants and first-rate schools are nearby, and there are plenty of houses with amazing views.

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Clayfield is close to Toombul Shopping Centre, 15 minutes from the CBD and also 15 minutes from Shornecliffe Pier – perfect if you want to go fishing.

Property value

Clayfield’s property value has been on a steady rise since 2018, enjoying a swift uptrend since the post-pandemic boom.

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Demographics

In 2016, Clayfield’s population was 10,585 – a 5.8% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 39.8% of adults in Clayfield are married. The average household comprises 2.2 people, and the median household monthly income is $11,368.

Age

Mostly, Clayfield’s residents are aged 30–39 years (17.5%), 29–29 years (17.4%) and 40–49 years (14.2%).

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Occupation

Most of Clayfield’s residents are professionals (32.8%).

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Income

The most commonly reported annual income of residents in Clayfield is between $78,000 and $130,000 (23.5%).

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9. Ascot 4007

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–49 years
Average property price (house): $2,390,000
Average property price (apartment): $556,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

Ascot is one of the most prestigious suburbs in Brisbane. Close to the CBD, the airport, the river and more, it’s a vibrant community that every resident loves.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, cafes, Brisbane River, restaurants, parks, public transport, hospitals, schools, Brisbane Airport, Eagle Farm Racecourse

Ascot has an abundance of beautiful, well-maintained properties, tree-lined streets and a sense of affluence that appeals to those seeking an upscale lifestyle.

It’s a short commute to the CBD – perfect if you work in the city. Close to schools, parks and public transport, Ascot is the ideal place to raise a family and live a quiet life.

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Even though Ascot is more of an upscale place to live, it still has a village-style community feel. 

Property value

Ascot’s property value has been fluctuating since 2014, before enjoying a sharp upturn from 2020 onwards.

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Demographics

Ascot’s population was 5,760 in 2016, increasing by 0.5% from 2011’s level. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 41.68% of adults in Ascot are married, with the average household made up of 2.3 people and a median household monthly income of $13,204.

Age

Most of Ascot’s residents are aged 40–49 years (15.3%), 50–59 years (14.8%) and 30–39 years (13.8%).

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Occupation

The majority of Ascot’s residents are professionals (33.7%), followed by managers (17.3%).

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Income

Most residents in Ascot reported an income of over $182,000 per year.

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10. Ashgrove 4060

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–49 years
Average property price (house): $1,502,500
Average property price (apartment): $615,250
Statistics from CoreLogic

Ashgrove, located northwest of the city, offers a comfortable and family-friendly lifestyle with a range of amenities. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the best suburbs in Brisbane to start a family and buy a forever home.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, schools, cafes, restaurants, exercise trails, pubs, healthy living, parks, recreational facilities

Ashgrove is the perfect combination of leafy suburbia and metropolitan lifestyle. Its detached single-dwelling houses have become known as the unique ‘Ashgrovian’ Queenslander style.

It’s rich with heritage listings, boasting old buildings such as those housing Oakleigh State School and Ashgrove State School.

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Not to mention, Ashgrove has gained a lavish reputation when it comes to coffee, restaurants and fine dining. You have easy access to the best places without going far from home.

Property value

Ashgrove’s property value has increased steadily for over a decade. From 2020 onwards, it has been on a constant rise.

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Demographics

Ashgrove’s population was 13,045 in 2016, which was a 1% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 49.13% of adults in Ashgrove are married. The size of the average household is 2.8 people, and the median household monthly income is $14,616.

Age

Most of Ashgrove’s residents are 40–49 years of age (16.9%), followed largely by those under the age of 19.

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Occupation

Many of Ashgrove’s residents are professionals (38.8%) and managers (16.3%).

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Income

Most residents in Ashgrove reported an annual income of over $182,000.

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11. Paddington 4064

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 20–29 years
Average property price (house): $1,700,000
Average property price (apartment): $580,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

Paddington is a one-of-a-kind community blending the colonial history and vibrant modern lifestyle of Brisbane.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, shops, cafes, restaurants, parks, Brisbane River, recreational facilities, public transport

Paddington is packed with character-filled streets, boutiques and cafes and offers a wide range of dining options. It’s a haven for people who appreciate art, culture and a lively atmosphere.

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What’s more, Paddington is only a stone’s throw away from the CBD, so it’s close to shops, parks and everything that makes up a wonderful atmosphere for a forever home.

Property value

Paddington’s property value has risen steadily. Between 2014 and 2018, the suburb grew consistently. From 2020 onwards, Paddington spiked due to the post-pandemic rush.

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Demographics

In 2016, Paddington’s population was 8,554, which was a 7.10% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 38.25% of adults in Paddington are married. The average household comprises 2.5 people, and the median household monthly income is $14,968.

Age

Most of Paddington’s residents are aged 20–29 (22.8%) and 30–39 years old (17.3%).

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Occupation

Almost half of Paddington’s residents are professionals (42.2%).

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Income

The majority of residents in Paddington reported a yearly income of over $182,000.

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12. Holland Park 4121

Main residents: Couples without children
Main occupations: Professional
Median age: 40–49 years
Average property price (house): $1,100,000
Average property price (apartment): $550,000
Statistics from CoreLogic

Paddington is a one-of-a-kind community blending the colonial history and vibrant modern lifestyle of Brisbane.

Suburb profile

Close to: CBD, shops, cafes, restaurants, parks, Brisbane River, recreational facilities, public transport

Paddington is packed with character-filled streets, boutiques and cafes and offers a wide range of dining options. It’s a haven for people who appreciate art, culture and a lively atmosphere.

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What’s more, Paddington is only a stone’s throw away from the CBD, so it’s close to shops, parks and everything that makes up a wonderful atmosphere for a forever home.

Property value

Holland Park’s property value rose gradually from 2014 to 2020. Between 2014 and 2018, the suburb experienced steady growth. Beginning in 2020, Holland Parl spiked as a result of the post-pandemic rush.

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Demographics

Holland Park’s population was 8,116 in 2016 – a 3.40% increase from 2011. 

According to ABS Census Data (2021), 45.49% of Holland Park’s adult population is married, with an average household size of 2.6 people and a median household monthly income of $11,768.

Age

Many Holland Park residents are between 40 and 49 years of age (16.4%), followed by 30–39 years of age (15.6%).

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Occupation

Most of Holland Park’s residents are professionals (34.3%).

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Income

The most commonly reported annual income of residents in Holland Park is between $78,000 and $130,000.

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It’s time to buy the forever home you deserve.

This is one of the most exciting periods of your life.

However, it can also be incredibly overwhelming.

There’s a ton of stuff to consider when buying a home, from location and price to lifestyle and proximity to amenities.

But now, there’s an easy place to start.

And it all begins with asking the right questions.

We’ve compiled a list of 25 key questions for you to ask your real estate agent when negotiating a property. These questions will help you find out:

  • Everything you need to know about the property and the area
  • Whether there are any problems with the building you need to worry about
  • Whether, ultimately, the property is right for you and your family.

To get started, get this checklist that every savvy buyer needs to have:

25 Property Negotiation Questions Checklist

Then use the questions to negotiate the perfect buy!

Need help for your purchase?
The quickest, easiest and most stress-free way to buy your forever home is to outsource the negotiations to a buyer’s agent. 
Your agent will find the right property in Brisbane that matches your goals, negotiate your purchase with the real estate agent and ensure that you land the forever home that you’re looking for.
A buyer’s agent can guide you through the wilderness of the property market, take care of the entire search process and negotiate a sale well below the asking price.
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