8.5 out of 10

Alderley

Ranked 124th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.4275762093615 152.999811904094
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Parking
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Schools
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"The best of many worlds"

We bought a 3 bed 1 bath house in Alderley in 2003 and did some renovation to make it a 3 bed 2 bath. When the family grew and we could have used two more rooms (one more bedroom and a study) and an extra living area or two), we looked at our alternatives. One option was to sell (in 2010, our immediate neighbour with 3 bed 1 bath sold for about $650k) and buy the house that met our requirements. A neighbour’s house which met most of our needs sold at auction in late-2009 for almost $1m (we were outbid).

We considered the pros and cons of staying in Alderley, moving to a new house or building on our existing block of land.

We examined the benefits of living where we did in Alderley…
1. Transport - I work in the city and can take the train from the Alderley station (6 min walk or 3 min run). If there are any issues with the train, I can take the 345 express bus or the 343 super-express bus (which operates at peak hours and does not stop between Newmarket and the city) into the city and cultural centre.
2. Schools - My children go to Northside Christian College in Everton Park and to drop them off at school, my wife is going in the opposite direction to peak hour traffic, and can be at school 5-10mins after leaving home. Enoggera State School is a short walk away and I regularly see parents walking with their children to school. Everton Park State School is accessible from the bicycle path network
3. Traffic - My wife works part-time in Chermside and again her journey to and from work goes in the opposite direction to peak hour traffic.
4. Grinstead Park – has a fantastic kids playground with a big wooden fort structure, BBQ facilities which are clean and well maintained.
5. Bicycle Path Network - access to a bicycle path network that connects to over 40km of bicycle paths that would allow you to cycle to Redcliffe (I’ve only managed to cycle as far as Nudgee and under the new Gateway Motorway)
6. Shops – Bi-Lo (and at some point in the future Coles) and the local shops are easy to walk out to. If you jump in the car, Newmarket, Stafford and Brookside (which has Myers, Target, etc)
7. Food – within walking distance there is pizza or milk bar type food as well as Thai, Indian and Modern Australian. Within a 5-10min drive you can get as far north as Chermside or south to Brisbane CBD and all the food options contained therein.
8. Neighbours – the neighbours are friendly and we know most of our neighbours by name and it is nice to wave good-morning and greet each other by name as I walk to the train station. In our situation, we get along wonderfully with our neighbours, exchanging presents at Christmas and they take in our mail if we are away for
9. Nature – we have a big gum tree outside our house and there are lorikeets and we wake to bird song in the morning. In the evening we can see bats flying by the hundreds across the dusk sky. Other wild life include cockatoos, kookaburras and just the other day I saw a type of kingfisher.
10. Flood safe – in the recent 2011 floods, there was no water inundation in the suburb. A waterway was built after the 1974 flood (in 1974 water entered 50cm of the back boundary) to deal with excess water flow and since then our land has never been inundated.

When we considered all this, we decided to remove our existing home and build on our block of land. Effectively this meant eroding about $80-100k of equity but we decided to take a longer term view. Based on recent prices, if we were to sell today, I would be able to recoup the building costs and what I would have been able to sell the original house and land for had we not built. And we have now built our ideal home in the ideal street, in the ideal suburb, in the ideal capital city, in this lucky country.
Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
  • Flood Safe
  • Bike network
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
JiseJ
JiseJ Hi joseph, thank you for your helpful tips. You said that you renovate your house to have additional bathroom. Could I ask how much it coasted you if that's OK? I am looking for 3 bed and 2 bathroom house but it's very hard and I was wondering how much it would cost me if I want second bathroom created???? If you mind answering here, i can give you may email address if you prefer that way? Thank you very much. I am also looking for a house to buy in Alderley. I can see this area is good to start a family and raise kids I would say? How about capital growth??
2yrs+
joseph_p
joseph_p The renovation cost for putting on a new bathroom, renovating and modernising the kitchen, sanding and polishing the hardwood floors, putting wardrobes in all 3rooms and painting the entirinside was about $70k. The thing is ensuring you have the space to do it without having to do any structural work. We had a room with two wardrobes next to the old bathroom and standalone toilet. So we knocked down the wardrobe and used some if the old bathroom space to form the ensuite. We then used the rest I'd the space to form the common shower space, bathtub and toil
As for capital growth, that's driven by demand. Demand us driven by location features abs I've listed the 10 best location features above. If you need the train and bus, Alderley us the closest point North of the city (on the Ferny Grove line) that has both side by side has .
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Mar 23, 2017

"Tree huggers come home!"

The Simply Good store for the organic flours and cacaos and nuts and berries! The tiny Japanese grocery shop! The Queensland Relaxation Centre for the empowering workshops! The fairly stocked Op shops! The vast and safe parks! The foot and bike paths! The friendly St John the Baptist Catholic Church! And Coles!
Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Bike network
  • Organic baking shop.
  • "Hippie" workshop centre
Cons
  • Highway noise by the roadside apartments.
  • Some volunteer locals are not so used to talking to fluent English speaking colored people in the neighborhood yet. Surprise!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to liive"

I have lived in Alderley twice. I did have a house in Alderley (1999 to 2007) and sorry that I sold it. I have returned to Alderley in 2014 but renting. I am happy to be back because it is a friendly place and close to CBD, shopping centres and the public transport system is great. It is a great secret and keep it that way because we don't want it to change.
Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
  • Bike network
  • Flood Safe
5/5
2yrs+

"Mina Parade"

If you are out and about in Alderley go check out The Tiller Coffee. It is run out of an old shipping container and opened in September 2013
Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Bike network
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Best suburb in brisbane"

Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
  • Flood Safe
  • Bike network
Cons
  • Nightlife
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Improving"

Lots of kids roaming the streets at night. Needs a more playgrounds or skate parks. Has a very stale boring feel about it. One day when more young families move in it might improve. Housing prices seemed to have gone backwards.
Alderley_local
Alderley_local I think the above comment has no credibility. I have lived in Alderley for 10 years and have never seen kids roaming the streets at night. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds in the area, including the massive Grinstead Park which has a huge playground for kids, Sedgley Park and Banks St Reserve, to name just a few. And as for house prices, Alderley was one of the only suburbs in Brisbane where house prices actually increased in 2011. I think you need to check your facts. Alderley is a great place to live and I'd highly recommend it to others.
2yrs+
joseph_p
joseph_p I've lived in Alderley for seven years and there are no kids roaming around. There is a huge park (Grinstead park with kids play area, exercise facilities and BBQ facility), cycle path, skateboard park.
2yrs+
DeborahD1
DeborahD1 I lived in Alderley from 1999 to 2007 and have returned in 2014. I have never seen lots of kids roaming the streets at night. I concur with 'Alderley local' and joseph p. There are plenty of parks and other facilities etc. - in fact great infrastructure.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great suburb"

I've lived in Alderley for 6 years and it is a wonderful suburb. The neighbours are friendly and look out for each other, but not intrusive. There are a lot of long-term residents who maintain that sense of community which is lacking in so many other areas. Whilst there are plenty of senior citizens, there are also heaps of young families, young professionals, etc. You only have to go walking in the morning to see the diversity of friendly locals.

There are heaps of public transport options, lots of parks and open spaces, wide streets, etc. It is hard to believe Alderley is as quiet as any outer suburb, but it is only 6km from the CBD. With the redevelopment of the Alderley shops happening soon, it will make the area even better.

There isn't a lot of nightlife, but that is one of the reasons I moved to the area. The lack of nightlife means the area is quiet, there isn't undesirable behaviour, etc and if you want that sort of thing the Valley and CBD aren't far away.
Pros
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
  • Flood Safe
  • Bike network
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"We should have moved here sooner"

A great suburb close to tne CBD with regular bus options and a direct trainline. Love all the liittle shops in the area and the local Alderley Arms puts on a great meal. Leave the car at home and explore the amazing bike network and parklife that Alderley has to offer.
Pros
  • Bike network
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
  • Flood Safe
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Palce to live and invest!"

Alderley is one of those places that has always had its charm and being so close to the CBD it is perfect for young professionals who are looknig for a relaxed lifestyle!
Pros
  • Flood Safe
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
  • Green Space
  • Safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Safe, green and peaceful suburb. Perfect for families!"

Alderley is a fantastic place to live. We moved into the suburb about a year ago and have been so impressed with the neighbourly spirit. We have regular family gatherings in the park and recently enjoyed a Christmas drinks & nibbles at one of our neigbours houses, a few doors up. Our street is quiet and safe, and the birdlife is wonderful. We live opposite Alderley Grove Park so are fortunate enough to see Kookaburras & Lorikeets on most days. Shopping is very convenient, with Stafford City, Brookside and the soon to be Alderley Square all within easy driving distance. My husband works in the city so he either catches the train (8 min walk from our house) or if I drive him in (approx 15 min at peak hour). I'd highly recommend this suburb for families with kids as there are lots of parks and open space, and there are a good selection of reputable schools in the area.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Green Space
  • Convenient to shops, CBD, schools, transport links
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Brisbane big secret"

Have lived here 3 different times in my life and just keep coming back
Recommended for
  • Families with kids