With median house prices sitting at $808,494 in Sydney, $645,123 in Melbourne and $493,568 in Brisbane, it can be easy to see how making a move to the Sunshine State or investing in Brisbane property can be a very tempting prospect.
From all-night ravers to quiet artsy types to chilled out hipsters, Brisbane has many wonderful suburbs that cater to every life stage, family unit and lifestyle.
How do you know where to start? Well whether you’re considering relocating to Brisbane, buying your first home or picking up an investment property, our quiz will help point your search for a new home in the right direction.
1. Your dream home is:
A. A penthouse with city views.
B. A grungy warehouse loft apartment.
C. A modernised Queenslander.
D. A charming beachside weatherboard.
E. A modern home with plenty of space for backyard cricket.
2. Your ideal commute to work would be:
A. A short train ride.
B. A 15 minute walk.
C. A 10 minute drive.
D. Up to 40 minutes by train is manageable.
E. Up to 20 minutes by bike.
3. Your perfect date night would be:
A. Being wined and dined at the latest hip restaurant.
B. Chinatown for dinner followed by live music.
C. A night at the theatre.
D. Fish and chips at sunset on the beach.
E. A gastropub dinner & cocktails.
4. You’re a self-confessed:
B. Party animal.
D. Water baby.
E. Sport fanatic.
5. You want your suburb to be known for its:
A. Burgeoning food scene.
B. Vibrant nightlife.
C. Beautiful riverside park.
D. Rich history, safety and family-friendly vibe.
E. Sporting events.
6. The best genre of music is:
D. Acoustic chill.
7. On Saturdays, you’ll be found:
A. Taking a dip at the local pool.
B. Going on a street art tour.
C. Perusing small local art galleries.
D. Going fishing.
E. Brunching with mates.
8. If you could live in any city or town for a year you’d choose:
A. New York.
D. Byron Bay.
And your Brisbane suburb match is…
You chose- mostly A: South Brisbane
Opposite the CBD on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, South Brisbane is super conveniently located and boasts some of the best views in town. Access to the CBD is a breeze with three bridges connecting the suburb to the CBD and easy access to trains.
There’s so much to see and do in South Brisbane, especially when it comes to top laneway eateries. Go to ‘Brisbane’s coolest laneway’ Fish Lane to indulge in cuisines from all over the world- including American barbecue, Indian, Vietnamese and Italian to name a few. Walk to The Gallery of Modern Art, micro-breweries, catch a film at the Cineplex or take a dip at the spectacular man-made beach and lagoon swimming pool, Streets Beach.
You chose- mostly B: Fortitude Valley
Fortitude Valley or ‘The Valley’ for short, is famous for its nightlife and terrific live music scene. Home to the annual Bigsound festival, the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, indie vinyl shops, dive bars and pumping dance clubs, there’s something to suit every musical taste and budget for a great night out.
If you like where you live to have creative edge, Fortitude Valley is home to some of Brisbane’s best street art. Other highlights include the bars and restaurants at The Chinatown Mall, its many art galleries and laneway shopping.
You chose- mostly C: New Farm
Due to its leafy beauty and proximity to the city New Farm is popular with families and professionals alike. One of its main attractions is New Farm Park which is one of the oldest and largest parks in Brisbane. There’s so much space to sprawl out with a picnic lunch tucking into cheese, meats and delicacies from nearby New Farm Deli. Plus a great playground for the kiddies.
Adjacent to the park is the cultural hub of New Farm the Brisbane Powerhouse theatre. The stunning industrial building puts on musicals, live music, cabaret, talks, plays, exhibitions, food truck festivals, the moonlight cinema, comedy nights and weekend farmers markets.
Spend weekends browsing boutiques along James Street, exploring independent local art galleries, catching a film at New Farm Cinemas and maybe even hit up a free yoga session at Lululemon.
You chose- mostly D: Sandgate
If you’re dreaming of a sea change to a friendly community away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than the pretty coastal suburb of Sandgate. Located about 30 minutes north of Brisbane CBD, Sandgate has a sleepy village atmosphere set off by amazing ocean views and beautiful historic houses, which are some of the reasons it is so popular for families and retirees alike.
There are more and more cafes, restaurants and bars popping up around town, so dining options are getting better and better. You can’t go past some good old-fashioned fish and chips waterside at Fish on Flinders.
Locals spend their downtime kite-surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, golfing, fishing, op shopping and browsing stalls at the Satori Boutique Farmers Market and the Sandgate Village Markets. The town also hosts several festivals, such as Shakespeare by the bay, throughout the year.
You chose- mostly E: Woolloongabba
Just two kilometres from the CBD, Woolloongabba is best known for being home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground aka The Gabba. The perfect place to live for a footy nut or cricket fan, you’ll be able to walk to every major sporting event on the calendar.
Also, it’s Oktoberfest year-round in Woolloongabba! Located opposite The Gabba, The Brisbane German Club is the perfect for spot a pre-match snack or meal. Tuck into pretzels, schnitzel or pork knuckle washed down with a stein.
For something a bit more sophisticated stop for cocktails at the speakeasy style bar Electric Avenue on Logan Avenue. Look for the secret bar upstairs for live jazz and whiskey.
Happy house hunting!
The Homely Team