If you’ve been looking around Brisbane and thinking it was going through a bit of a purple patch, well, realestate.com.au agrees with you.
The property sales and rental website has released data on Australia’s top 50 lifestyle suburbs and Brisbane took out a whopping seven of the top ten spots. Over a third of the top 50 suburbs were in Queensland, followed by 22 per cent in Victoria and 18 per cent in Western Australia.
Melbourne still clung to the very top spot, with St Kilda West named the most liveable suburb in Australia. Albert Park and Port Melbourne also came in at numbers seven and nine, respectively. Otherwise, it was all the Queensland capital, with South Brisbane taking the number two spot, followed by Dutton Park, Spring Hill, Kangaroo Point, Corinda, Indooroopilly and Fortitude Valley.
If this all sounds a bit iffy, the reasons for Brisbane’s dominance become a little clearer once you read the stats the list is based on: the proportion of a suburb’s population within 500 metres of a park or education; suburbs that are within three kilometres of a beach or main rivers; and travel time to the CBD by both car and public transport.
Considering Brisbane sprawls with green space, has a load of universities, colleges and schools in the inner city, and features a ginormous river snaking straight through the middle of the city, we always had this in the bag.
Still, the results become even more striking when you consider the median house and unit prices associated with the top 10. St Kilda West’s average house price is $2,615,000, with units coming in at $557,500. In South Brisbane, it’s just $830,000 and $499,000, respectively. That trend more or less holds true for the rest of the top 10.
The results stand in contrast to the The Economist’s recent global liveability report, which named Melbourne the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year in a row. Brisbane came in at number 16.