Leafy streets, easy access to public transport, parks and schools and economic stability have been combined to create Brisbane’s ultimate list of liveable suburbs, with five outstanding neighbourhoods in the Queensland capital scoring a perfect 10 on a recent report.
According to the inaugural Domain Liveability Cities study – which was released late last year to highlight quality of life – popular suburbs in Brisbane’s inner north claimed the top five spots thanks to their low crime rate, access to outstanding amenities and abundance of open space.
A total of 260 suburbs were ranked for the report, with access to top shops and cafes further helping a locale claim a top score, while a lack of nearby schools, parks and shops placed a suburb at the lower end of the list.
Picture perfect Alderley, just 7km north of Brisbane’s CBD, earned the number one spot thanks to its leafy outlook, abundance of public transport options and high safety ranking, while lacklustre and industrial Archerfield flunked out in cringe-worthy last place.
Top 5 most liveable Brisbane suburbs
With a median house price of $820,000, a median unit price of $390,000 and streetscapes that boast as much greenery as a nursery, the inner-city northern suburb of Alderley claimed the top gong for liveability. According to additional data from REA the median unit rent price is also $390 per week with the suburb demographics predominantly comprised of independent youths. The lack of traffic congestion, access to parks and public transport and low crime helped this popular suburb score a perfect 10 in liveability.
A lively café culture, boutique shops, walkability and easy access to the train network helped picture-perfect inner-north suburb Wilston earn second place. The suburb is located just 8km from the CBD and median house prices (according to REA) are currently a pricey $1.043 million while median unit prices are $535,000. The median weekly rent in Wilston for units is currently $375.
It’s the Brissy suburb where champagne wishes and caviar dreams come to life. And with such a rich batch of restaurants, designer stores and mini-mansions lining the meticulously manicured streets, it’s small surprise the inner-north suburb claimed third place. But liveability in this neighbourhood doesn’t come cheap. The median house price in Ascot is currently $1.44 million with the median unit price at $575,000. Median weekly rent for units is currently a more affordable $400.
If relaxed neighbourhood parks, sprawling Queenslanders and top-notch eateries with garden patios are your jam, then fourth ranking Paddington (just a few kilometres from the CBD) could be number one on your Brissy liveability list. Its proximity to the city centre, combined with a relaxed lifestyle and high safety rankings, make this highly-sought-after neighbourhood one of the city’s best. Median house prices are currently $1.182 million, median unit prices are $455,000 and median weekly rent for units is $400.
Located just 5km from the CBD and boasting outstanding access to retail and public transport options, the increasingly popular suburb of Newmarket has claimed the fifth best spot for liveability. Median house prices in the inner northern hotspot are currently $900,500 with units at a more affordable $390,000. The median weekly rent price for units is currently $375 per week.