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One of the most popular inner suburbs of Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley may well be considered as Brisbane’s entertainment capital.

During the 1950s it was Australia’s largest shopping precinct outside a central business district. Then the 90s set about the suburb’s transformation into a hub of live music and nightlife. So, there’s absolutely a lot of things to do in Fortitude Valley, night and day.

As a commercial precinct, Fortitude Valley has a range of home retailers, luxury car dealerships, and fashion stores. It is also home to the Chinatown Mall. By nightfall, the young and the restless slowly find their way into the suburb’s nightspots and bars.

For those needing a dose of art therapy, Brunswick Street can lead them to some of the best art galleries in Brisbane. Besides, Victoria Park is just within walking distance. The Skyring Terrace isn’t so far either nor is the CBD and its Queen Street Mall.

And naturally, moving about wouldn’t be much trouble. There are taxi ranks set up at strategic areas to make certain the safety of passengers for those late night or early morning travels. And of course, there are buses and a railway station that service the area.

 

STATISTICS

Located immediately northeast of the CBD, Fortitude Valley is approximately 1 square kilometre in total land area.

Less than half of the total households are family households with childless couples making up 34% and couples with children comprising a meager 9%. Single person households comprise 27% of the total while group households account for a further 24%. A whopping 70% of the dwellings in the area are rented while only 6% are owned outright.

 

Median house price: $780,000
Price change over quarter: 0%
Median unit price: $488,000
Price change over quarter: 1.67%
3-Bedroom house rental price: $495 / week
2-Bedroom unit rental price: $550 / week

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Median house and unit prices for January 2015 provided by RP Data

Rental prices for January 2015 provided by Residential Tenancies Authority

Photo by Brad Scruse via Flickr

North South Executive Rentals488 Queen Street
Brisbane
Queensland
QLD 4000
Australia

An inner suburb of Brisbane City, Highgate Hill was a premier residential precinct during the 19th century. Today, the suburb has a good mix of dwelling types from newly restored Queenslander homes to modern houses and apartment complexes.

Apartment blocks dominate the main road of Dornoch Terrace. It is here that the very first high-rise apartment complex in Brisbane, Torbreck, was erected in the late 1950s. Eventually, other apartment buildings followed suit.

And although Highgate Hill is not wanting of good cafes and restaurants, residents and visitors are afforded great dining and shopping choices as West End- a cafe, restaurant and shopping precinct- is just a stone’s throw.

Moreover, the Cineplex on South Brisbane is just a 15-minute travel by bus from Highgate Hill Park via Hampstead Rd and Ernest St, while it would only take around 5 minutes drive to reach Mater’s Hospital via Gloucester St and State Rte 10.

The suburb also has easy access to the Brisbane State School, Somerville House, St Laurence’s College, Dutton Park State Primary School, and several others including some arts and cultural venues.

So, basically, Highgate Hill’s proximity to the CBD, and other important precincts, has turned Highgate hill into a popular lifestyle suburb. If you’re worried about transport, well, buses regularly run through the suburb. Besides, the West End ferry wharf in Orleigh Street, used by the CityCat, is within walking distance.

 

STATISTICS

Located approximately 2 kilometres south of the CBD area and directly across the University of Queensland main campus, Highgate Hill is roughly 1 square kilometre in total area.

Around half of all households are family households where 24% are comprised of childless couples and another 26% are of couples with children. Single person households make up 12% of the total, while group households account for 19%. Around 56% of the dwellings in the area are rented while 20% are owned outright.

 

Median house price: $965,000
Price change over quarter: 0.52%
Median unit price: $490,000
Price change over quarter: 0.51%
3-Bedroom house rental price: $560 / week
2-Bedroom unit rental price: $520 / week

credits:

Median house and unit prices for January 2015 provided by RP Data

Rental prices for January 2015 provided by Residential Tenancies Authority

Photo by Greg Neate via Flickr

North South Executive Rentals
488 Queen Street
Brisbane
Queensland
QLD 4000
Australia