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Top 15 Brisbane suburbs for newcomers - Part 2

Based on our experience with executive relocations and having assisted many families, young professionals, singles and couples from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and overseas with their move to Brisbane over the years, we provide some insight into popular Brisbane suburbs for those relocating to Brisbane. The suburbs all have their more sought after and more economical pockets as well as hidden gems, so it is helpful to have the local expertise provided by Habitat Relocations to find you the home in the right area that best fits your specific needs.

In our second article on this topic we head to a few of the suburbs on the north side of the Brisbane in high demand for people moving to Brisbane. This location is popular with professional couples, families with children and singles given its to proximity to the CBD, local dining and leisure options as well as easy access to Brisbane Airport and major arterial roads to the north and south of the city. The area is especially well liked by families due to quality public schooling options and also private schooling close by. Given the area is so close to the city and houses are generally on decent sized lots, rents are comparatively high.

Ascot / Hamilton / Clayfield

Each of these suburbs on the northern side of Brisbane River, offers a significant variety of accommodation options. Palatial Queenslander homes line the wide, leafy green streets of Clayfield and Ascot and large historical homes owned by Brisbane’s elite rest on Hamilton Hill overlooking the river and city. Scattered near the railway lines, racecourses, near Sandgate Road and east of Racecourse Road are a selection of more modest townhouses and apartment buildings. The location is attractive to younger professionals and families looking to have easy access to the city but a quiet haven from the inner city hustle and bustle after hours. Modern high rise apartments grace the foreshore around Portside offering water views and easy access to a variety of restaurants and is popular for professionals and empty nesters. In between are family friendly homes close to well regarded Ascot State School and Eagle Junction State public schools or near the many quiet parks and playgrounds dotted around the area, all high priority requirements for families relocating to Brisbane.

Local racecourses host important racing meets in the season, markets on weekends and the vibrant Eat Street Markets with its hip, casual, shipping container eateries is found on the Hamilton foreshore. Poinciana tree lined Racecourse Road contains grocery stores, cafes and boutiques and other local amenities are also found on the busier thoroughfare of Sandgate Road.


Another family friendly suburb nestled amongst parks, playgrounds, bikeways, walking paths along Enoggera and Ithaca Creeks and surrounded by quality public and private schools is Ashgrove. While many other Brisbane suburbs have seen a rise in apartment and town house developments Ashgrove has remained suburb largely made up of attractive Queenslander homes on reasonable sized blocks.

The most sought after area tends to be the tree filled "Avenues" lined with Ashgrovian homes and walking distance to the local primary school and Catholic High Schools in the vicinity. However, other pockets offer quiet streets with quality homes and everywhere is close to green space. The area boasts a golf course, family friendly country club, major grocery stores, local cafes and restaurants, and easy bus transport to the city. The suburb is also close to the Gallipoli Army Barracks. The largest cricket club in the southern hemisphere, Valleys Cricket, and GPS Rugby Club, one of the oldest rugby clubs in Australia home to many Australian sporting legends in its time, is also found here. If bush walks, mountain biking or scenic views are more your style then Mount Cootha is only a short drive away for a quick escape from the city.

Windsor / Wilston

Windsor and Wilston are two suburbs on the edge of the city with convenient access to the city via train or bus and close to major arterial roads running, north south and to the airport. The area offers a peaceful, relaxed and active lifestyle with plenty of outdoor space but also caters to those wanting nightlife and entertainment options with the CBD and Fortitude Valley close by. Windsor offers a variety of accommodation including modern and older apartments, modest brick and Queenslander homes and townhouses as well as grander family homes on the hills overlooking the city or on flatter ground near extensive playing fields of Downey Park.

The area is well serviced by Lutwyche, Newmarket shopping centres as well as Windsor Homezone. Off the major thoroughfares of Lutwyche and Newmarket Roads are other shopping and dining options are also dotted throughout the residential streets including those in the small but attractive Kedron Brook village precinct.

Residents are spoilt for choice with the number of schools in and close to the area. Brisbane

Royal Hospital and Queensland University of Technology is also very close by at Kelvin Grove. Bike paths along Enoggera Creek connect the area to the city, Newmarket and Ashgrove. Slightly further north in Grange is Kedron Brook, a picturesque creek running through the suburbs from Mitchelton all the way to Nudgee containing extensive bike paths, dog parks and playgrounds along its length.

If you are moving to Brisbane and need assistance to find the right home, please contact us. Our local knowledge and real estate contacts will give you an edge in the competitive Brisbane market, allowing you to move to Brisbane with confidence and settle in to your new city with a minimum of stress.


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