It's possible to buy for 200k, perhaps a flood affected house that needs a lot of work in Rocklea, doubt that's what the original poster was thinking about though. Flooding you can check the flood wise and flood flag information on the council website which is free and a very good resource.
By now you may have already moved but I suggest Runcorn as a good safe suburb of Brisbane having lived there for 4 years. It has fantastic public transport into the hospitals and the city - an express bus line most of the way and a train station. Living there is not too expensive like some inner eastern suburbs and it's almost half way to the Gold Coast which has the best beaches in Australia. Rent would cost you about $325 - $350 per week for a 3 bedroom unfurnished townhouse. There are some townhouses around there which are furnished for about $450 per week. Sydney has the best climate in Australia but it's expensive and overcrowded. Summer is hot in Brisbane but with airconditioning it's OK. Most accommodation complexes have pools. Good luck with your search.
As it has been said above, $200k will unfortunately get you nowhere in the area you're looking into. But why not renting? It is a great idea, especially when moving to "unknown territory". It's more affordable and you can try before you eventually buy in a particular area. It will also give you the chance to build some savings...
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We moved to Brisbane from VIC a month or so ago. We have 3 small children and had no idea we'd be dealing with 3m carpet pythons catching possums on our roof at night! We live in what feels like civilisation, not the bush but in the short month that we have been here, we'd had 2 sightings of one rather large python just behind our back fence, and then again the other night I looked out my bedroom window to find, probably the same one, coming down off our roof half a metre from my face! If you are going to move here, at least watch this video from a local snake catcher showing where he finds snakes on people's property - look out if you leave the doors or windows open! This video is entitled "Here is our Top 10 Snake Catching Moments of the Year!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbhGvTpGSng
Have you considered the Gold Coast? They have a HUGE new hospital there. There are also some private hospitals around. If it is lifestyle that you're after - you can't beat the Gold Coast.
Hi Jo, the RBH is a great hospital close that borders Spring Hill where I mainly sell in. I am sorry but I doubt you can buy any property of any sort for $200k. A studio unit cost $250k upwards. You could though get a place but it would be a fair way from the city. Some of the areas that were affected by the floods last year may be a possibility. The weather in Brisbane is warm & humid. No flooding this year in Brisbane although some outer areas like St George are having it bad. regards, Jonzun
Joseyjo it could help if you mention the hospital and price range for rental and details such as house/apartment/townhouse etc :) If it's Redcliffe hospital the best locations will be different to if you are working at Greenslopes.
We just bought an apartment in Coorparoo for a doctor who worked at a nearby hospital, nice suburb. There are always plenty of things to research and having a drive around yourself would be invaluable as well as getting suggestions from other hospital workers. Good luck with your search!
I am a recent mover from Sydney outer suburbs to Brisbane outer suburbs.
Coming from the UK it is going to be a culture shock whichever way you look at it. You are going to spend years comparing prices to how they are back in the UK, I know I did for a good long while.
The most important things I looked at when moving was proximity to a train station, ideally you want to be within a 5 minute drive from your house and 5-10 min walk at the other end. This opens up a lot of suburbs. disregard the negative ninnies in here whinging about lack of transport, its fine if you plan appropriately.
rents start at about $300 for a poky little hole, obviously the further out you go the more you get for your $.
I am 30 mins on the train to the city centre, renting a big house, 3 bedrooms for $350. a bargain in my eyes.
Weather is 1000 times nicer than UK, be prepared for stinking hot summers and warmish winters.
flooding is a thing but only in areas around the main river, easy enough to avoid that with a bit of research.
I know you have decided not to move but do your research, plan out what you want, check sites like realestate.com.au for renting and buying to give you an idea of prices.
Ask questions, hit me up on here and ill answer anything you throw my way.
Dont know what to make of the question posed by Jerseyjo, if you care to read ANY of the Aussie news online it would be apparent that the Qld Govt has been shedding nurses like old socks. The hospital you mentioned has lost a lot of staff, and they are not being replaced any time soon. Nurses are a commodity in Australia, they sure dont have the respect they deserve and are always overworked. Brisbane hospitals have some fantastic nurses but they are soldiers really, often just struggling to get things done because they have to. Keep in mind the Australian hospital system is endemic with clicky groups of people who look after each other as long as you fit in with their demographic. This is not hidden at all, nor is it acted upon when reported.
I would not be coming to Australia unless you have at least a 4 year agreement with a hospital before you leave and more than 50% deposit for a home. Whatever you do , DO NOT believe anything the Govt or the ABS say about the jobless rate, it is at least double what they claim it to be.
Australia thrives on part time workers and casuals, we have the highest number of casual workers in the world, the highest number of volunteers per capita too, we also have banks who make billions of dollars in profit within 6 months. Yet are never investigated. Those same banks do not hesitate to begin proceedings to take your home should your mortgage fall into arrears.
My advice, for what its worth is to ignore the Aussie advertising for workers in the UK, they want your money, plain and simple.
Do your homework and talk to REAL nurses via the nursing union , find nurses to talk to in Facebook etc. Most Aussies will tell you anything just to get your money, one way or another. Its a dog eat dog world at the moment, high rent, high cost of homes, high electricity, high cost of food, most expensive fuel in Asia, expensive cars, expensive schooling, expensive fees for anything.
Just remember that 126,000 Brits LEAVE australia every year for these reasons, AND 80,000 Aussies leave for the same reason, most never come back except for holidays. Where do they go ? to the UK and America of course.
I currently live Ballarat Victoria 113km from Melbourne CBD Im 31 yrs old still live parents about time move my brother live Spring Hill QLD not sure buy in Brisbane Suburbs
Guys ... I am moving to Brisbane , thinking of New Farm or West End .. my work will be in Fairfield road , i am looking for something furnished for first month , i am looking for something CLEAN , what would be the AVG price ? and any other area could be similar in the distance to Fairfield and could be cheaper
I am wondering what decision you took finally. Brisbane is recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world. I will be happy to help interstate move to Brisbane providing you would need me to help. Also we can help you by giving information related to living in Brisbane.
Hi Josey. I'm currently living in Brisbane. I came here 4 years ago from a beautiful big city. If your looking to move in Brisbane- rent and food prices here are so expensive, I mean 10x of the real prices. Translink/transportation here is going over the roof, every year they increase it 15%, just one way cost you already 7-8$..compare to other cities in Australia..Rent cost 420$ average for 2 bedroom apartment plus expensive electricity bills....Everything here is over-priced. Well this are things that probably help you to decide. We are deciding to leave Brisbane -
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if you did buy on the islands redlands hospital would be the ideal place for you renting in the redlands would cost you $300 plus a week on the mainland
Hi Joseyjo, the Gold Coast is beautiful, but to travel up to Brisbane daily in the traffic can be a bit of a strain: you can commute via train but say from Nerang would be 1 hr10 mins, each way into and out of the city. The train ride is comfortable and relaxing however will cost you over 100.00 per week currently. April 2012.
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Hi Jo - I lived in Brisbane for over 40 years and hated the summers. The humidity there is horrendous, though remarkably some people thrive on it. Do a little research on Hobart, Tasmania - population just over 200,000 people, housing is cheap and there aren't any traffic hassles. Hobart offers all the things other major cities do, but without being busy. Tasmania is truly a beautiful state, the people are friendly and rentals are cheaper than other capitals. There is the Royal Hobart Hospital, as well as other private hospitals, so work shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'm a single mum and moved here with my 2 kids who are thriving, are in good schools and best of all, are happy. Good luck with your search.
Hi Jo, why don't you try the mater children's hospital in south Brisbane...the RCH is closing in 12 months to make way for the Queensland children's hospital at the Mater site. It's a great place to work and housing on the south side is generally a bit cheaper. Check out www.mater.org.au. All the best
Btw I'm a paed at the mater so just a little biased, but really love where I work.
Anywhere along the busway or train line would work well for you. The parking at the RCH is horrendous and you wouldn't want to drive. You might have trouble with $200 a week in rent or buying for $200k as you probably won't find anything near the hospital for that price. Why don't you apply for a job at the Mater Children's Hospital on the south side? The other reason is the RCH will be closing in about 12 months to make way for the queensland childrens hospital at the mater site in south Brisbane. You could get a more affordable place on the south side towards eight mile plains and there is a busway the entire way so no traffic and quite efficient. I may be a bit biased because that where I work and find it a great place and always looking for nurses. Www.mater.org.au
hi jo for under 200 k you can buy on russel or macleay islands they are very cheap for where they are but commuting to and from the islands would not be a good thing unless you had your own boat with a car on the island and one on the mainland with trailers either end
Agree with the answers above - It will be hard to find a property in Spring Hill for $200K. Should look further out where you can commute via Train. You may find something in Nerang (Gold Coast). Good luck.
Are you looking at buying for $200,000 or renting for $200 per week. It may be diffucult to rent or buy at this level, You may be able to buy somewhere like Caboolture and commute via train, I would expect travle time would be approx 1 hour (Via Train).
At times their is flooding (probably 2-5 times in the last 10 years) around the Royal Children's but it normally does not affect the Hospital itself.