8.5 out of 10

Stafford Heights

Ranked 120th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.397957837017 153.009879406541
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 08, 2016

"Hidden gem, excellent value"

Stafford Heights is one of the best places I've lived. Approximately 8km from the CBD its close enough to be part of the action but still quiet and relaxed. Its in a very convenient location and has good public transport with high-frequency buses as well as lots of shopping options close to Chermside and Stafford shopping centres, and Coles, Woolies and Aldi are all close. The area is getting trendier with new cafes and restaurants popping up e.g. the Two Zero Bar and Inn, Prova Pizzeria on the popular Wilgarning street or Grilling Art (awesome burgers). Ive also noticed a lot of renovation happening. Despite this the area is still very affordable to buy and rent much more than surrounding suburbs, and you get a decent amount of land. No issues with flooding due to the elevation (as alluded to by the surburb name), with lovely breezes in Summer and city views in some parts. The area feels very safe and has a real community feel, maybe because more people own their homes rather than rent (no units) so you have a more stable community. There are good schools within the catchment and great childcare options.
Pros
  • Very convenient
  • Friendly suburb with community feel
  • Affordable with excellent value
  • Large blocks
  • cbd access
  • changing suburb
Cons
  • no train
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good investment location"

Stafford Heights is well located, and definitely a good long term investment because of its location. No trains, but plenty of buses service the area, and also the new Airport link and Inner city busway are nearby. Also the suburb is very close to both Chermiside and Stafford City shopping centres, which both have cinemas.
Pros
  • Large blocks
  • cbd access
  • changing suburb
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Be prepared for the Bogans"

Especially near the Stafford/Chermiside borders, be prepared for the hoons, shouting and swearing, lots of backyard nightime parties and doof-doof music. Lots of barking dogs at night time. The suburb has pockets of high bogan residency - especially in the older and housing commission areas. For a look at the type of residents you will be sharing the suburb with, I'd recommend spending a couple of hours at Stafford City shopping centre,

Limited eating out or entertainment options in the suburb itself, but as you need to drive everywhere anyway that's not so much of a problem,- just don't expect that anything will be within walking distance.

Advantages are the price of property, and closeness to the city. Public transport is limited to bus only - but the service is OK.
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2/5
2yrs+

"Dissapointing"

I just recently moved from Stafford Heights. I found that there were a lot of Hoons in the area and in the street that i lived in there has been 3 burglarys in the past 3 months. After living in Salisbury for 3 years I did not find the area as friendly as the south side suburb. Didn't enjoy my time at Stafford Heights, so far so good with Milton.
Pros
  • Large blocks
Cons
  • no night life
  • no train
Recommended for
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  • 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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"A growing suburb"

We have just puchased in Stafford Heighs and are thrilled!. Coming from Melbourne where we lived 10kms from the CBD in one of the best suburbs, Stafford Heights should be renamed... St Afford Heights! The area has so much potential, older sound large houses on big block and a short 8 kms to the CBD. For the weekend your already on the right side of town to jump on the A3 and head to Noosa! The childcare facilites are fanastic Guppys on Appleby road, everything you need on a daily basis is there parks, supermarkets and the mamoth Chermside mall.
If the railway gets approved through Trouts Road to Aspley then the St Afford Heights will boom. St Afford and Kedron will be the winners.
Pros
  • cbd access
  • Large blocks
  • changing suburb
Cons
  • no train
  • no night life
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
4/5
2yrs+

"good suburb"

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

"We're happy!"

We chose Stafford Heights as it was the first place we could afford as we looked in a radius north from the City. The good points? Affordability. The suburb is really undergoing a renewal phase so lots of places on the market that you can get at a reasonable price and then do some basic renovations. As some have mentioned, there are some pockets better than others, but even the less desirable pockets are changing very quickly. We're in one of the "less desirable" pockets (or bordering it anyway) and most of the bogan neighbours seem to be selling lately, which is leaving the area with a mix of elderly residents who are very nice and been around here for fifty years and young couples like ourselves who grabbed a place we could afford and do up slowly. The other week I glanced down our street and there were about 6 houses all with renovations happening. The bogan neighbours? Yes there's the odd party, but never on a weeknight and never anything that keeps you awake at all. There's less of them than there used to be and the hooning that happened now and then when we first moved in 3 years ago seems to have dried up.

There's a reasonable take-away place in walking distance, the bus is 5 minutes walk, the Coles on Rode is 10 minutes walk, Cafe Urbano is amazing for breakfast and is a 2 minute drive (if you're feeling lazy) or 15 minute walk (and of course depending on where you are in the suburb these places are probably even closer for you!). Stafford Heights primary is 3 streets away or McDowall is a 5 minute car trip if you prefer. IGA at Flockton is a 15 minute walk. Optus mobile reception is shocking at our house, but doesn't seem to be such an issue for everyone (particularly on other networks). There's doctors, Northwest private hospital..... Chermside and Stafford shops are close. The airport tunnel will be opening 10 minutes away. Eating out isn't too bad-- no 5 star restaurants, but within 10 mins drive there's some great indian, great chinese and pretty much whatever you'd want. Nightlife is non-existent, but that's suburban Brisbane for you. Right now, its the perfect, affordable place for us. Longer term we'd probably like to move to Wilston or The Grange, but in the meantime, this area is starting to renew itself to the point that we'll probably stay another 5-10 years longer than we were planning anyway.
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Perfect location"

I have lived in Stafford Heights for the past 10 years and have enjoyed every minute! As a shop-a-holic I reverse out of my driveway (waving to my neighbours who some are now my closest friends) deciding which shopping centre today? As for walking distance, who needs to walk unless you are drinking and who wants drinkers in close proximity to your home? I love walking the streets looking at all the improvements, mountain, gateway and city views, talking with life long residents. I was pruning a tree yesterday and a resident from two blocks away stopped to help, as did the next two walkers for a chat. Yes we have dogs and music because we are alive and living 7km from the city. I find it hard to believe a hoon would bypass certain suburbs crusing the streets. We take pride in our residents and not try to "out do" each other. I had a very hard time deciding on a school because the choice is vast. I may need to sell soon but will definately buy again in the area. As for the not so good areas which I too had concerns, my friends have lived in "those pockets" for 9yrs and love the area. Never judge a book by it's cover.
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patto07
patto07 I have lived in Stafford Heights for the past 10 years and have enjoyed every minute! As a shop-a-holic I reverse out of my driveway (waving to my neighbours who some are now my closest friends) deciding which shopping centre today? As for walking distance, who needs to walk unless you are drinking and who wants drinkers in close proximity to your home? I love walking the streets looking at all the improvements, mountain, gateway and city views, talking with life long residents. I was pruning a tree yesterday and a resident from two blocks away stopped to help, as did the next two walkers for a chat. Yes we have dogs and music because we are alive and living 7km from the city. I find it hard to believe a hoon would bypass certain suburbs crusing the streets. We take pride in our residents and not try to "out do" each other. I had a very hard time deciding on a school because the choice is vast. I may need to sell soon but will definately buy again in the area. As for the not so good areas which I too had concerns, my friends have lived in "those pockets" for 9yrs and love the area. Never judge a book by it's cover.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live but there are pockets, like all suburbs"

Ok, there are pockets of Stafford Heights that aren't as nice as others but, lets be honest, this is the same of all suburbs. I have lived in a few different Brisbane suburbs and I have actually found this the most livable and have been here for five or so years. Actually, we have decided that should we ever move, we will likely remain in the area!

The public transport is excellent- regular and reliable, and you can even get off several of the buses at train stations if that is what you prefer. We have Stafford City, Chermside Shopping Centre and Brookside all within easy driving distance and quite a few little corner shops tucked away in backstreets as well. Lots of doctors surgeries, tons of churches and traffice is generally pretty good with the main roads carrying most of the traffic and the backstreets remianing quiet.

Our neighbours, for the most part, have been absolutely ideal. We have, admittedly, had some issues with 'doof-doof' music however we find a vast majority of the neighbours very friendly and supportive. As for hoons, they mostly seem to come from the Aspley direction if at all, and do not generally seem to originate within Stafford Heights itself.

Lots of good schools as well with 4 State primarys, at least two Catholic primarys I can think of and a high school with a very good reputation very close by. My children attend school in the area and we feel that they are very safe walking or bus-sing it home.

Value of the properties in the area is excellent and in five years, we believe that our home has appreciated over half again of the original purchase value. I would recommend that if you are looking to purchase in the area you have a good drive around to check the area out as there are definately pockets of not so nice elements. However, I have found that these areas are pretty obvious as the properties are generally less well maintained in appearence.

Happy hunting- if youre looking for value, space and livability Stafford Heights is definately for you!
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+
Recommended for
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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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A changing suburb"

Stafford Heights is a quiet leafy suburb about 10 -15 minutes drive to the CBD. It is an older suburb with many older people living there. But the suburb is changing with new cafe's opening up including Cafe Urbano on Wilgaring street.

Currently the older post war homes are being renovated by new younger owners and new families are moving to the area. It is still a cheaper suburb to buy compared to surrounding suburbs but has the same amenities. Also you have Stafford shopping center within a 2 minute car ride or Chermside shopping centre only 5 minutes drive away.

It's the suburb that’s not too close, and also no too far.
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hawaii99
hawaii99 Hi there if anyone knows about the schools in the area for primary and High schools could you please let me know. Thank you
2yrs+
Snats
Snats You may have already found out, but there are several schools in and around Stafford Heights. For your primary schools you have Stafford Heights State School, Stafford State School, Somerset Hills State School, Craigslea State School, Kedron State School, Queen of Apostles School (Catholic I think) and there is also a Christian College that I believe does Prep to Yr 12- not sure on that one though.

For High Schools you may have to travel a little, but the kids in the area generally go to one of the following- Wavell Heights State High School, Craigslea State High School, Kedron State High School, Everton Park State High School, Hillbrook (private Agnlican co-ed) or Padua (private boys).

Good luck!
2yrs+
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