8.7 out of 10

Upper Kedron

Ranked 83rd best suburb in Brisbane
-27.4187171641673 152.920267713908
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Singles

Reviews

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 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
Feb 25, 2017

"If you are looking for Nightlife and Eating Out look elsewhere, this is a great safe family suburb."

If you are looking for Nightlife and Eating Out look elsewhere, this is a great family suburb, close to the city with great schools, sized blocks and facilities for families.
Pros
  • clean and green
  • good for retirees
  • new suburb
  • Family Focused
  • Safe
Cons
  • No Night Life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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
Jun 23, 2016

"A lovely suburb with a mix of new and 10 years old homes. Great for families."

A lovely suburb with a mix of new and 10 years old homes. Great for families.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Family Focused
  • clean and green
  • good for retirees
  • new suburb
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5
Feb 14, 2016

"Too far from the city"

Not enough ameneties and a lot of untidy yards
1/5
Feb 11, 2016

"Nice but beside the dump"

We looked at buying but it is beside the refuse tip and a bit far from the CBD, just felt a bit too remote for us. Great size blocks though.
Pros
  • good for retirees
Cons
  • Near the dump
  • Horrendous peak hour traffic
  • terrible rental return
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great area"

A lovely quiet family friendly area!
Pros
  • clean and green
  • new suburb
  • good for retirees
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 Community Feel, Close to everything a family needs."

Great Community Feel, Close to everything a family needs.
Pros
  • clean and green
  • good for retirees
  • new suburb
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 Local School, Kids love the Parks and Bike Tracks, Close enough to the city, transport, shops but surrounded by bushland."

Great Local School, Kids love the Parks and Bike Tracks, Close enough to the city, transport, shops but surrounded by bushland. St Andrews school has a great community feel you should attend the annual Fair to get an idea of the friendly population in the area. I am not sure about the commets on bad traffic in the area, maybe around school hours (might add 1-3 minutes in the car) but this is normal accross Brisbane. Great Suburb.
Pros
  • clean and green
  • new suburb
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 Place to live"

Family love it here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"After careful thought, we are glad we did not buy here"

We looked at this suburb in 2009 and 2010, since then prices have dropped, the houses we were lookinga t sold for much less than advertised and a few of them are still on the market, one place sold for a big loss. We considered renting as rent would of cost $400 and to pay off a $480k mortgage with rates, insurance etc was double. But after spending 2 weeks in the area by renting a house off stayz we found that the commute to the city in peak hour was horrendous and we were not able to find a daycare within a 10k radius that had a vacancy. The trains were packed and trying to park at the train station was a nightmare, Ferny Grove was the better option to try and park to get the train but from leaving home, driving, parking and getting on the train to the city it took over an hour. Driving took us between 40 and 50 minutes, one day it took over a hour as there was an accident on Samford Road.

We took our very placid Rotty to the off leash park and we were told that dogs of that breed were not welcome, our dog was 12 at the time and had old age arthritis and had never so much as snarked at anyone in his life.

The blocks were too samll for our liking and suburb was nothing special other than being as the crow flys 14 km from the city but it mattered more to us the timeframe it took rather than the distance.

Our experience based on our 2 weeks there and careful review of what was on the market, prices, infrastructure etc detered us from buying and I am very glad that we did do our homework and first spend 2 weeks in the area before we committed because for us, it would have been a big mistake and we would of wasted money by buying then even if we did like the area, which we did not.

Even though the prices are still coming down, this place was not for us after our experience based on what was important to us, which I am sure, is not what everyone would feel.

My suggestion would be for people out of area looking at this place, to look up somewhere you can stay in the actual suburb for a few weeks before you commit, or maybe rent for 6 months, this way you can see for yourself if everything stacks up for your own personal situation.

We did come across a handful of people who were quite rude and overly opinionated in relation to who was movig into the area, there is a lot of retirees around, there is government housing on one side and there is a lot of new development in and around the suburb, blocks were small from the places we looked at in the 500K range, and very sloping with a lot of split level houses which did not leave much flat backyard, but that was the ones we looked at on the side close to the shopping centre and it was all hilly, the other places down the bottom were older style and we did not look at those after a local agent informed us the bottom of Keperra was the unsavoury side.
Pros
  • new suburb
  • clean and green
  • good for retirees
Cons
  • small blocks, terrible resale value
  • Horrendous peak hour traffic
  • terrible rental return
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
zarcomau
zarcomau Interesting review and some points are valid. I must say though this area has a great community feel and families that buy in the area are not looking for a fast re-sale for profit which is why there is stability in the resale values. When you compare the new development stock to existing the new stock does seem to be reasonably priced although when you add the additional cost of construction, time, stress, interest payments while renting this does not suit many families who like the area. Investors normally get into the area through DHA rental properties with guaranteed rent. The rental return on these types of property are quite reasonable considering the stability of the values in the area. I think with a name like ihatetraffic maybe living 13km's from town was not your best decision, although why not take the train which is a 5 minute walk from Upper Kedron? When you walk to the train you will also pass 3 daycare centres and a small convenient Coles shopping centre.
2yrs+
blahdeeblah
blahdeeblah I agree with a lot of what you have to say, but DHA investment is a long term thing and if you have to sell you limit yourself to a small market of other investors looking at long term, great for self managed super funds though.
Upper kedron is not a 5 miute walk from most parts of Keperra and most people I talked to drive to ferny train station as there is more parking there and they can get a seat on the train. I agree there are daycares, they are all full though which can easily be checked, long waitlists. I actually live further away than 13kms from the city but there is better public transport and less traffic as more than one main road in. I agree property is time in the market but this area is stillig coming back to market values which reflects on the recent sale prices for all to see. With more developments yet to be finalised ad still selling the reality is that the traffic is only going to get worse, this area is significantly dis-advantedged with poor infrastructure of roads and there is no lad left to widen the roads, once developers hook into Samford and the areas around there ( developed selling off huge estates around bunya) then the traffic will just get worse, for a suburb to be 12 km from the city and it takes 40-50 minutes is just plain bad, and if you have to allow 15-20 miutes to get to a train station and fight for a seat then your commute is still going to be an hour at least. I agree it is a lovely looking area, anyone with their own business locally who wants to stay put is laughing as they can take a quick drive on weekends to the city and pay bugger all for a taxi on Saturdays to go to a hundred different restaurants and entertainment venues. But if you haev a young family and you work in the city and you have to battle to organise your commute as well as go on waitlists for daycare or go out of area for daycare and trains then it really is important to keep all this in mind. Nothing worse than being stressed about gettig back before daycare closes and spending more free time in traffic than with your family. Just my opinion based on my current needs. This is an area I would love to retire in, but not for a family with 3 young kids split between junior school and middle school with after school activities and a husband working in the city and me in working in the other direction. Others might be OK with that, just not for me.
2yrs+
zarcomau
zarcomau The closest train station is Ferny Grove (5min walk), it is a long walk to Keperra (20 min walk over a big hill), It is strange that you lived in the area and were not aware of this. Although I have no issues with traffic in the area if this was a concern this will improve, when the development is completed there is another link going to The Gap also there are plans with council to widen incoming roads to the area, it really astounds me you had issues with traffic. There is also a planned retail/commercial development on Levitt Rd which I guess will improve infrastructure. The suburb is growing but has quality homes and a great neighbourhood plan, normally a good mix for future values.
2yrs+
golfers
golfers The problem with people just leaving their opinion of a suburb based on their own current needs is that is not in any way reflective of the Suburb in any way at all. I really am not too sure about upper kedron being ranked the number 1 suburb but so be it.
There is really no reason to go around poorly rating lots of suburbs that you really have no idea about. Upper kedron is a great suburb,. where I did live for a short time when I was in the Army, and has HEAPS going for it. Ihatetraffic has apparently lived everywhere and has not much good to say about anywhere. Daycare centres are full everywhere and popular ones require much waiting. Most of what this person says about the many suburbs they have rated is ill informed and quite frankly, I think the editors of this website should take a close look.
I live in Keperra and my office is at underwood. The longest it has ever taken me to get to the office is just under an hour....ever.... normally around 40 min. I have read the many arguments Ihatetraffic has engaged in and honestly, it's a bit silly.
The reality is, yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion but when you say public transport is bad around here, you are simply ill informed and plain old wrong and if driving and you leave home before 7am it will take 20min from Keperra.
I have friend who lives at Cannon Hill and has the exact same traffic problems during peak hour. Peak hour is Peak hour and is the same throughout the inner suburbs. I don't think you really should be allowed to rate suburbs on this website based on not much more than a hate for traffic. Really? Come on
2yrs+
kaindec
kaindec It is interesting to note that 1. Ihatetraffic changed his name to Blahdeblah when people started to disagree .2. I Blahdablah, formally known as Ihatetraffic changed all his ratings to one star for every suburb that someone questioned his logic 3. Bladehblah hasnt been active since the flurry of reviews on 25+ suburbs from Wollongong to the Sunshine Coast. 4. Maybe the moderators should remove his reviews or at least change the ratings back to there original rating as it is clear they are not what he really thinks.
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 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+

"Very nice location for families"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish

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