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  1. Johndoe

    Bracken Ridge

    Demographics Bracken Ridge (4017) is a suburb of Brisbane, In the 2011 census the population was 16,799 and is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8% males. The median/average age of the people in Bracken Ridge is 35 years of age. 74.6% of people living in the suburb of Bracken Ridge were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 4.7% New Zealand, 3.8% England, 2.2% Philippines, 1.3% India, 0.8% Fiji, 0.8% South Africa, 0.6% Scotland, 0.4% Papua New Guinea, 0.3% Germany, 0.3% China , 0.3% Netherlands, 0.3% Samoa, 0.2% Ireland, 0.2% Sri Lanka. 62.5% of the people living in Bracken Ridge over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 27.4% are working on a part time basis. Bracken Ridge has an unemployment rate of 4.8%. The main occupations of people living in Bracken Ridge are 19.0% Clerical & administrative workers, 16.5% Professionals, 14.6% Technicians & trades workers, 11.1% Sales workers, 10.5% Community & personal service workers, 9.9% Managers, 9.8% Labourers, 6.9% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.7% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Bracken Ridge work in are 13.5% Health care and social assistance, 11.6% Retail trade, 9.9% Manufacturing, 8.5% Public administration and safety, 7.7% Transport, postal and warehousing, 7.7% Construction, 7.0% Education and training, 5.5% Accommodation and food services, 5.4% Professional, scientific and technical services. 30.2% of homes are fully owned, and 41.8% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 25.7% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $658 per week and the median household income is $1511 per week. The median rent in Bracken Ridge is $355 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1950 per month. Reviews from others I’ve omitted the odd few negative reviews due to the fact that they were based on experiences in the local pub area (The rum jungle). Avoid that area, and all should be fine. I bought in Bracken Ridge 2 and a half years ago and am very happy living here. House prices are affordable with good facilities in the area and only 5 minutes to the bay, 10 minutes to Redcliffe, 15-20 minutes to the airport. The express bus service to Chermside and the city is excellent. My neighbours are very friendly and, being a quiet street, we often have children playing in the street in the afternoon. I do not live near the pub so cannot comment on what that is like at night. My part of the suburb is very quiet and peaceful. Over the last many years it has become one of the best places to live. It is 5 min to the gateway which gives you a quick 15 to the airport, and is adjacent to the north motor way or to the city It has many very good private and state schools in the area or close by, shopping centre, medical centres, small parks. The blocks are very large and the streets are fantastically wide so you do not have neighbours almost on your door step, or cars passing close to your front door. One of the best thing about Bracken Ridge is that there is a huge area on a hill, with fantastic sea breezes and incredible views, now where else can you still get such beauty this cheap and this close to the city, airport, beaches etc and once people wake up to this area, the prices are going to sky rocket.. I just wish we had found it 5 years ago when it was cheaper, but unfortunately I also thought Bracken Ridge was a crummy place, with a housing commission area making it undesirable. But no more, I had not realises that there was also such a lovely big area with so many lovely houses there and where we live on the hill it is fantastic with great neighbours who are actually friendly and even make you welcome, now where else do you get that??. I bought in Bracken Ridge 10 years ago and the suburb has changed so much. Shops have been renovated and many people moving into the suburb from professional backgrounds. The hill around the catholic school and the new estates are lovely. I have never had trouble with noise or troubled people. The suburb has evolved a lot and the new council has really advocated improving the services and parklands in the area. The new roads will improve the traffic into the area and Brisbane city council has announced that the suburb will get a new pool complex. Many of the commission houses have been sold and this is isolated to a small part of the suburb We bought in Bracken Ridge 2 months ago & love the value and lifestyle the suburb offers. 4bdm, 2 bath, Rumpus, pool & 3 alfresco areas on a 700sqm block for under $420k? Try and find that kind of value in other Nth Brisbane suburbs! Easy access to the motorway, fantastic bus timetable (city in 25mins) and the train station is close by too. St Josephs primary is rated one of Brisbane’s best schools...lovely community spirit and excellent teachers. I have lived within Bracken Ridge for 30 years now in a number of different areas. I am now looking to move on from my large family home and move to a smaller house, but still within Bracken Ridge. A leafy, tidy and family friendly suburb. Great community, the Library and community house have some excellent programs for young and old. Different shopping centre, I mostly use the woolies which also has a chemist and paper shop. I walk my two dogs often in the local parks and streets. Bracken Ridge is a middle-income suburb, friendly and professional. I see a lot of younger families moving into the suburb, which is great to see. We have lived in Bracken Ridge since 2006. We moved to a leafy street on the east side of the hill and have lovely views over the bay from our front verandah. We have found the neighbourhood to be friendly and quiet. An easy stroll to a great Catholic primary school has been one of the biggest positives for us. Easy access to 2 supermarkets is also a big plus. Local sporting facilities, close proximity to the Sandgate waterfront, the local library and a quick drive down the motorway to the airport have all made living in Bracken Ridge very convenient for our growing family. I'm glad that we researched our neighbourhood and decided to only purchase on the south side of Barrett Street (that encompasses the Bracken Ridge Hill and down towards Enbrook Estate). My review I have lived here for 20yrs since first emigrating and moved 3 times, always within Bracken Ridge, which must illustrate my satisfaction with the place. The schools are good, the community friendly and generally quiet, and other than to shop for clothing, you could quite easily survive without ever leaving the suburb as all amenities are close by, shops, medical centre, opticians, dentists etc. Buses run every 15 minutes, even on Sundays, and trains run every 30 minutes. Bus stops are never more than 2 minutes walk away and most main streets have them more or less on the doorstep. The train station has ample parking and bicycle lockers and is within a couple of minutes drive from the furthest part of the suburb . Roughly bordering Phillips street, Norris Road, Denham St & Telegraph Road is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 15years. Roughly bordering Philips Street, Denham St, Barrett St, Bracken St, Gawain Road & Norris Road is generally leafy housing between 15 and 40 years old. Quite a few houses on higher elevations Roughly bordering on Barrett St, Playford St, Bracken Ridge Road & Norris Rod ex housing commission (council) houses.......least desirable area Roughly bordering Norris Rd, Bracken Ridge Rd, Hoyland St & Greenore St is generally leafy housing between 15 and 40 years old Quite a few houses on higher elevations Roughly bordering Greenore St, Norris Rd, Telegraph Road, Hoyland St and Gympie Arterial Rd is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 15 years Between the Barbour Rd/Norris Rd roundabout an Telegraph Road is a lot of units and apartments built in the last few years (compared to the rest of B.R. which is virtually all houses Bordering Barret St, Playford St and Gateway Motorway is is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 10 years Bordering Denham St, Barrett St, Telegraph Rd/Depot Rd and Gateway Motorway is quite a few older big blocks (acreage) mixed in with newer standard blocks and units/apartments South of Telegraph road and North of Roghan Road (Fitzgibbon) is currenlty being developed for high density housing Woolies (Barrett St) and Coles (Norris Rd/Telegraph Rd) have small shopping precincts which are handy with a small business shopping precinct in Gawain Road. Quite a few parks, Northpoint TAFE, schools, pre-schools/Kinders/ day care as well. Library on Bracken Street. I think of Bracken Ridge as the centre of a wheel with spokes running outwards towards many attractions having an easy, couple of minute access to the highways north and south. 5 minutes drive to waterfront (Brighton, Sandgate, Shorncliffe) and 15 minutes over the lovely Ted Smout Bridge to Redcliffe, with its nice pier and lagoon. It has often been stated that you have to drive to the Gold or Sunshine Coast for a nice beach but that is not really true...........surf beach yes, but anywhere from Margate to Redcliffe has nice clean sandy beach which is ideal for kids as there are no rips or surf with nice calm water. Even Sandgate has a small safe beach with a kid’s adventure playground and barbecue points but get there early if you’re planning a Sunday breakfast. The new pier there is near completion completely modelled on the old one seen in my pics 2 minutes onto Gateway Motorway to easily go north (Sunshine Coast) or south (Gold Coast), Just over an hours drive either way 35 minutes to Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens or look out 45mins to Mt Mee 40 minutes to Mt Glorious and rainforest walks 45 mins to Glasshouse Mountains 1hr to lovely townships of Maleny or Montville and Baroon Pocket Dam with the views of the Glasshouse Mountains from Mary Cairncross park Just over an hour to lake Wivenhoe with it’s many lookouts, dam, and bbq areas wivenhoe by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr 15minutes to Lake Samsonvale with its huge park/barbecue points at Bullocky Rest, Dam and kids play area at McGavins View, and lookout and lake Kurwongbah nearby 1hr to Lake Somerset with similar facilities as Wivenhoe 1hr 25mins to Noosa 40mins to Australia Zoo 35 mins to South Bank 1hr 10mins to Bribie Island 25minutes to scenic Samford Valley 15mins to Chermside huge shopping mall 15mins to North Lakes Shopping mall 15mins to Strahtpine Shopping mall 5 minutes to Bunnings (for the gardeners and DIYers) and Aldi, less for the local shops (Coles and Woolies)
  2. Contributor

    Toowong, Brisbane

    Toowong Toowong is a suburb located 5km away from the CBD located in the inner city of Brisbane. At the centre of the suburb is a shopping centre called Toowong village, it is home to roughly 85 shops and is the meeting place for the locals. Some of these include; Coles, Kmart, barbers, cafés and more. The suburb has a very laid back feeling, there is a great community and there is heaps of public transport. It is a great suburb for families as it is close to schools and there are also other nice families to meet and interact with. Education There are 4 schools in the suburb and roughly 2 more in the surrounding area. The 4 schools in the suburb include; BBC (Brisbane boys college), Toowong state school, St Ignatius and QASMT (Queensland academy of science, mathematics and technology). BBC is an independent private all boys school, roughly 1600 students attend the school and it starts from prep to year 12. They offer boarding and are well known in the GPS schooling system. It is however an expensive school costing roughly $23000 a year. The two primary public schools in the suburb are Toowong state school and St Ignatius. Toowong state school is a half deaf half hearing school meaning that half the kids in attendance are deaf. It is a relatively small school with only roughly 350-400 students in attendance. It is a nice school but might not suit all kids, it is important to be informed before making a decision to send your children there. St Ignatius is located closer to Toowong village, it is a very small school only having roughly 200 students. Majority of the students leave at the end of year 4 to go and attend private schools. It is a nice friendly place and is a tight community within the school. The last school is QASMT. This is a specialist school starting in year 10 and going to year 12. It is a public school but in order to be eligible to attend you must pass multiple exams. The other 2 surrounding schools are Indooroopilly state school and Stuartholme. If you intend to apply for Indooroopilly state school Toowong is out of the catchment so you will have to be on a waiting list. Stuartholme is located on Mount Cootha and is a catholic day and boarding school for girls. It has a good reputation and has roughly 850 students in attendance. Transport There are many options for public transport in the area. There is the Toowong train station located in Toowong village which runs to Ipswich/Springfield and then the other way to the city. There is also a local 470 bus route which goes from Toowong village to Teneriffe going through the city. However, the bus only runs on particular times and can be tedious to catch. There is also bikeways, which will take you straight into the city, it is a popular spots for joggers and cyclists. If you decide to live in Toowong you can live without a car but be prepared to walk or ride to public transport. Real Estate So you might be asking where to live in Toowong? Well, everywhere in Toowong is close to schools, public transport and shops so the real question is where not to live. I would suggest staying away from Broseley road as it begins to become tucked away and more difficult to access transport. Some great streets to live on include; Elizabeth St, Ascog terrace and Maryvale street. Deciding on where to live also depends on whether you are buying or renting. The average house price is $850,000 and is rising quickly, this means that it is unaffordable for a lot of people. Renting prices start at $300 a week and go up to $1200 a week. So in reality it is about what you can afford, if you can afford to purchase a house then do so as prices have been increasing and are set to soar but if you can’t afford to purchase a house then there are lots of renting options. The 2011 census said that the average renting price per week was $380 and the median mortgage repayment was $2167 per week. Demographics Toowong in 2011 according to the census had a population of 11,255 people, in which 50.2% of the population was female and 49.8% were male. The average age of the people living in Toowong was 28 years old. 72.7% of the population only spoke English and 61.1% of the population is Australian. 31.5% of the population were married and 58.3% of the population had never been married. Shopping Toowong village is the hub of the suburb and brings everyone together. It has recently been refurbished and is very modern and sleek. There is however only one supermarket in the centre which is Coles. Coles has a great layout but is struggling with the amount of customers at the time being due to Woolworths being shut down. This means that lines go back for as long as the eye can see and customers are becoming disgruntled and unhappy. Locals are beginning to purchase their groceries online and pick them up from the Indooroopilly store instead. There are many nice cafes in the centre which are a great meeting place such as gerbino’s bakery, zarraffas, stellarossa, Merlo coffee and more. Parking at the centre can also be an issue, there are automatic boom gates which read your number plate and then open letting you enter. If you are at the centre for under 4 hours it is free parking but after that it begins to charge you, so if you are going into the city and want to park there and then catch a train you should go and look for street parking around the centre. In conclusion, Toowong is a great place to live as it provides easy access to transport, shops and schools. It suits both families and couples and is great for children as there are parks and activities for kids near by.
  3. Hi All, We are a couple in our 40s with a 3 and 6 year old considering moving to Brisbane, and would love some ideas about where we might live. I'd work in Fortitude Valley and my husband would work from home. I could manage a commute (train or driving) of up to an hour, and my husband travels a bit so proximity to the airport (under 45 mins) would be nice but not essential. Good schools (public or private if there's not a long waiting list) is a must. Ideally we'd love to be near a beach we can swim at (preferably sand not mud) and other "nice to haves" would be shops/cafes not too far away and walking/cycling/running tracks. I'd also love a village/country type feel, but I've no idea if this is realistic. Somewhere family oriented with a sense of community would be good. A surf beach within an hour or so (or less!) would be also fabulous. Do any such places exist? Thanks!
  4. The Pom Queen

    Milton - Brisbane Suburb

    Milton is everything we love about Queensland. It lays 2km West of Brisbane's CBD and is home to the Suncorp Stadium where you can see the Broncos, concerts and much more. Milton is also home to the iconic XXXX Brewery and the mini Eiffel Tower. Along Park Road you will find the first cafe strip of its kind anywhere in Brisbane with the La Dolce Vita Cafe being the local favourite since they opened their doors in 1989. Milton definitely has a cosmopolitan vibe with a mix of cafes, trendy bars and outdoor activities. You don't even need a car to get around with excellent transport options including train, bus or pedestrian access to the inner city. Milton was traditionally home to many original homes but there are more and more residential highrise developments appearing and so it seems to get trendier by the day. There is also a good mix of industrial, commercial and retail surrounding Park Road. Local Parks One of the largest parks in Milton has to be Frew Park Brisbane City Council rejuvenated the former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl site into a 3.5 hectare inner city parkland. The site is located between Frew Street and Milton Road, Milton. Frew Park was completed in 2014 and includes the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre, The Arena play space, Wendy Turnbull Green, picnic areas and more. Roy Emerson Tennis Centre Named after one of Brisbane's tennis greats, the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre will include six tennis courts, a rebound court, amenities and seating with a food and beverage outlet to service park visitors. Tennis Gear Australia will administer the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre. For Centre enquiries and bookings: phone 07 3367 8585 visit the Emerson Tennis website. 'The Arena' playground The Arena play space has been designed to suit children and young people from 10-15 years of age. It combines architectural and play components to present a play space based on the former tennis court grandstand. Play areas for younger children are incorporated into the ground level of The Arena, along with features to cater for people of all abilities to enjoy play. Features of The Arena include: a large climbing wall a large three metre wide, three metre high, slide various angled surfaces for climbing seating ledges for social interaction climbing nets and cages, including a mesh cage eight metres off the ground a large, curling, five metre high, slide. Wendy Turnbull Green On 3 June 2014, Council named the large open space in Frew Park, Wendy Turnbull Green, after one of Brisbane's great sporting heroines and Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame inductee. Wendy was born and raised in Brisbane and was affectionately known as 'Rabbit' because of her court speed. She enjoyed success on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour as both a singles and doubles player. Other Frew Park features include: shaded picnic areas and barbecue facilities car park with 50 car spaces exercise equipment interpretive signage and artwork showcasing the site's history. Education Most state schools are zoned. This is the same for Milton. Primary Milton State School (If you live left of the Suncorp stadium near Rosalie) Petrie Terrace (If you live on the Paddington side) Out of the above Petrie has the better reputation, however please see the information below on Kelvin Grove because, personally, this is where I would send my child and they go from Prep all the way to Year 12 without changing school. Secondary Kelvin Grove State College Kelvin Grove State College is part of a unique educational precinct. It is only three kilometres from Brisbane City’s central business district. Our P-12 college seeks to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for all. Our focus is on excellence in all areas of education. This is articulated and promoted through expectations of a strong work ethic, pride in, and recognition of, socially just practices including valuing social diversity, and civic participation. The College is convenient to public transport, adjoins the Kelvin Grove campus of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and is close to all the conveniences of the city. It is also adjacent to Kelvin Grove Urban Village. Our programs include a Year 6 and 7 High Achiever Program for high achieving students in English, Maths, Science, Art, Music, Business and Technology. A Year 8 and 9 Academic Achiever Program for students with high ability in Literacy and Numeracy. We have the largest Art Department in the state which allows students to study Visual Arts and Media Studies, art students of Kelvin Grove State College have achieved numerous art awards and won many art competitions. We offer an extremely strong Music program, including an Instrumental Program which offers a range of highly successful ensembles and encourages students to participate in choir. We have a broad curriculum base with a choice of over 50 subjects in the Senior School which is complemented by special Excellence Programs and Extension Subjects. 'Now obviously if you wish to go private this opens up a wide range of excellent schools within 2km away like the Brisbane Grammar Schools or another school that excels is Stuartholme although not cheap at $16,000 a year. Stuartholme School is a Catholic Independent Day and Boarding secondary school for girls in Years 8-12. Situated five kilometers from Brisbane’s CBD, Stuartholme provides a well-rounded educational experience with opportunities for each girl to be the best she can be in all areas of her school-life and beyond. As a School of the Sacred Heart, Stuartholme enjoys an international reputation for its supportive learning environment which fosters a sense of community and belonging for each girl. The Goals of Sacred Heart Education articulate the forward-thinking and dynamic educational philosophy that frames and infuses the holistic educational experience. Shopping You have numerous boutique shops around Milton if you are searching for something special. There is also Milton Village which is a small shopping centre which includes a Super IGA. If you require a Woolworths this can be found at Paddington Shopping Centre approx 2km away. If you require the larger department stores but don't want to venture in to the city then head to Indooroopilly 5km away. Indooroopilly is a major regional shopping centre in the western suburb of Indooroopilly in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It hosts over 360 specialty stores and is the largest shopping centre in the western suburbs of Brisbane, by gross lettable area, and contains the only Myer store in that region. Public Transport Milton Train Station is covered by the Springfield line to Redcliffe Peninsula line and Ipswich via Brisbane City to Caboolture Line. The train in to Brisbane Central takes 5 minutes. Milton is serviced by bus route 470/416 https://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/161212-470,416.pdf and Route 475/476 https://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/161212- 475,476.PDF Demographics Milton (4064) is a suburb of Brisbane, Western Suburbs, Queensland. It is about 2 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Milton is in the federal electorate of Brisbane. In the 2011 census the population of Milton was 1,987 and is comprised of approximately 50.0% females and 50.0% males. The median/average age of the people in Milton is 30 years of age. 63.4% of people living in the suburb of Milton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 3.7% England, 3.6% New Zealand, 1.6% Ireland, 1.5% India, 1.5% South Africa, 1.3% United States of America, 1.3% Scotland, 1.2% Colombia, 1.1% China , 1.0% Nepal, 1.0% Canada, 0.9% Indonesia, 0.9% Papua New Guinea, 0.9% Malaysia. 79.5% of people living in Milton speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 3.8% Language spoken at home not stated, 2.1% Spanish, 1.7% Mandarin, 1.4% Other, 1.1% Italian, 1.0% Other, 0.9% Indonesian, 0.7% French, 0.7% Portuguese. The religious makeup of Milton is 33.1% No religion, 27.7% Catholic, 13.1% Anglican, 6.2% Religious affiliation not stated, 3.1% Uniting Church, 2.1% Hinduism, 2.1% Christian, nfd, 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.7% Buddhism, 1.7% Other religious affiliation . 31.5% of people are married, 56.1% have never married and 6.8% are divorced and 2.7% are separated. There are 48 widowed people living in Milton. 65.3% of the people living in Milton over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 24.9% are working on a part time basis. Milton has an unemployment rate of 4.5%. The main occupations of people living in Milton are 39.4% Professionals, 14.6% Clerical & administrative workers, 13.4% Managers, 9.3% Technicians & trades workers, 7.9% Community & personal service workers, 7.8% Sales workers, 4.0% Labourers, 2.1% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.4% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Milton work in are 18.4% Professional, scientific and technical services, 9.4% Health care and social assistance, 9.1% Education and training, 8.7% Accommodation and food services, 6.5% Retail trade, 6.3% Construction, 5.4% Public administration and safety, 4.9% Financial and insurance services, 4.6% Administrative and support services. 13.7% of homes are fully owned, and 21.2% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 63.6% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $876 per week and the median household income is $1798 per week. The median rent in Milton is $360 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2400 per month.
  5. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Brisbane

    The top 5 fastest growing suburbs in Brisbane are: Dayboro Kangaroo Point Brookfield Mundoolun Sherwood