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Index warns council unit ban will impact boomer downsizers

Index warns council unit ban will impact boomer downsizers

A new housing index has warned that Brisbane will face a flood of ageing baby boomers with nowhere suitable to live unless it embraces greater density in suburbs where houses dominate.

A NEW housing index has warned that Brisbane will face a flood of ageing baby boomers with nowhere suitable to live unless it embraces greater density in suburbs where houses dominate.

The DORIS Index — Downsizer Opportunity to Remain in Suburbs — compared just how ready various Brisbane suburbs were to face the challenge, marrying the availability of smaller housing options with the ageing population.

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Suburbs like Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Wacol, Riverhills, Chapel Hill, Ashgrove, Tarragindi, Wishart, Wakerley, Belmont, Geebung and Graceville were among the hardest for residents to downsize into, according to the report by Place Design Group and AHURI.

Report analyst Chris Isles of Place Design Group said the irony was the “grey haired keyboard army” had forced the issue, after fighting against higher density residential development in low density suburbs.

But he warned, it was a decision that “will come back to bite them”.

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This as the Brisbane City Council works its way into the final week of public feedback on its proposed citywide amendment restricting townhouses and high density housing from single-home areas.

Among the changes would be the removal of provisions in zone codes, development codes and neighbourhood plans that support multiple dwellings like townhouses and apartments in low density residential zones.

A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said the proposal came out of concerns by residents during Plan Your Brisbane consultations.

“One in five households gave feedback and stopping townhouses being built in areas for single homes was a strong theme,” she said, adding that it was not expected to impact council’s ability to meet the state target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041.

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“Brisbane City Council is currently calling for residents to help shape Brisbane and have their say on proposed plans to restrict townhouses in low density residential zones,” she said.

“These changes are about protecting the Brisbane backyard and our unique character by ensuring our planning scheme reflects community expectation on townhouse developments.

“Council is committed to supporting a broad range of housing options for all of Brisbane’s current and future residents and ensuring our city remains a great place to live, work and relax.”

She said there were several different residential and commercial zones available in suburbs across Brisbane that supported a broad range of housing types.

“While the State Government’s SEQ Regional Plan sets a target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041, this amendment would not impact Council’s ability to meet this,” she said.

“The proposed amendment cannot be finalised until after community consultation and a second sign off from the State Government.”

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Place Bulimba lead agent Matthew Hackett said buyers were already “looking for quite a while” to find properties to downsize into in their suburbs or close to them.

“In my 21 years of selling in Bulimba what I find, especially recently, is people want to downsize into the same area because they feel safe, they know the area and have friends or it may be as simple as a bridge club they go to every week,” he told The Sunday Mail.

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Long time Bulimba residents Pauline Burchardt, 67, and Lyall Gamble, 69, were among the fortunate ones, having found property to downsize into about 800m from their family home.

The couple is trying to sell their three storey family home at 16 Shakespeare St in the $2m price range, effectively looking to sell it off for two smaller units.

They’ve already moved into a three-bedroom apartment overlooking the river. at Bulimba — though it was not their first choice — and have a holiday unit on North Stradbroke.

“We had been looking for at least two years,” Ms Burchardt told The Sunday Mail. “We wanted single storey because as you get a bit more frail you worry about stairs.”

She supported improved higher density properties in the suburbs. “Why not? I don’t see a problem with it. All of the houses here are raised but when those people get older, I wonder what will happen. If they have bigger units, that would be good, You need a spare room for when the kids come over.”

Townhouses were ideal, she said, “because you get a little garden or courtyard and we’ve got two pets” but they could not find a suitable one.

According to AHURI, new housing options “need to be designed with older Australians in mind” including not just apartments but also smaller houses.

 

Source: www.news.com.au

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The Brisbane suburbs where house prices are higher than last year

The Brisbane suburbs where house prices are higher than last year

The historic suburb of Windsor in Brisbane’s north has seen the biggest growth in median house prices in the last year, with a 17.2 per cent increase year-on-year.

New figures from Domain have revealed the top 10 suburbs whose median house price has risen the most year-on-year. Despite a largely flat market, there are still plenty of suburbs where prices are surging.

Windsor had the highest increase in median house price at 17.2 per cent year-on-year, followed in second place by the leafy inner-western suburb of Auchenflower which saw a 11.4 per cent increase.

Other suburbs in the top 10 include Queenslander paradise Newmarket (10.9 per cent increase), the massive blocks at Bridgeman Downs (9.8 per cent increase), and the outer-western suburb of Heathwood (8.3 per cent increase).

Ray White Wilston principal Allistair Macmillan said the massive increases in price at top performer Windsor were likely due to the suburb not always getting the recognition it deserved.

“For a long time Windsor has been slightly undervalued,” he said. “It’s so close to Wilston and Grange. [They’ve] always been supremely popular with families, I think Windsor was dragging the chain a little bit with those values.

“When you look at values in Windsor, they can vary quite a large degree depending on whereabouts in Windsor they are positioned. What we’ve found is that now the difference between the two sides of Gympie Road is nowhere near as prevalent as it once was.

“Of late, people have really come and been able to see the value Windsor does offer.”

Mr Macmillan said other contributing factors include the recent multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Albion public transport exchange. Buyers on the eastern side of the suburb in particular have expressed interest in the plan.

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The vast majority of buyers in the area are younger families who are looking to be in the Windsor State School catchment area, and are attracted to the many local parks, bikeways, and public transport options.

“Stock is incredibly tight,” Mr Macmillan said. “Generally speaking if you look at the volume of properties, there’s not a lot that are for sale in Windsor. It’s still a very tightly held suburb.”

Elsewhere, the northern suburb of Northgate also fared very well, with a median house price increase of 8.9 per cent year-on-year. Local agent Dwight Colbert at Ray White Aspley said the location and amenities were the big drawcards.

“[We’ve seen] popularity due to the proximity to the Brisbane CBD, Brisbane Airport, and also an array of public transport,” he said. “You are on the Northgate train line, which is the main one on the north side, and the hub.

“You’re between Nundah Village, you’ve got Banyo Village, you’ve got good access to the Gateway [Motorway], Toombul Road, Sandgate Road, Gympie Road. It’s quite a desirable locality to get in and out of everywhere.”

Mr Colbert said the area was traditionally seen as a haven for older buyers, but in recent years many young couples and professionals had taken the plunge.

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“There is a lot of property development going on in Northgate as well,” he said. “So a lot of the older, bigger blocks are being subdivided. Which is also certainly going to help with the average house price.”

West Brisbane family-favourite Auchenflower pulled out a particularly impressive result, posting a 11.4 per cent increase in median house price year-on-year. This makes it the third-most expensive suburb in the city, up from 12th last year.

Place West principal Andrew Degn credits the suburb’s massive gains to the recent completion of major infrastructure in the area.

“Five or six years ago they finally finished gentrification of the old Milton tennis centre and turned it into a park called Frew Park, which is adjacent to [Milton State School], and the playground, and that goes through to the Rosalie village,” he said.

Auchenflower also features the Wesley Hospital, the recently upgraded Milton State School, and various inbound and outbound public transport options. Mr Degn was so passionate about the area he decided to buy and live there himself.

“Real estate people are supposed to know good real estate, and I live in Auchenflower,” he said with a laugh. “So there you go, I’m personally responsible for pushing the price up.”

Top 10 suburbs with the largest house price increase since last year

1. Windsor – 17.2%
2. Auchenflower – 11.4%
3. Newmarket – 10.9%
4. Yamanto – 9.9%
5. Northgate – 8.9%
6. Heathwood – 8.3%
7. Brassall – 8.1%
8. Toowong – 7.6%
9. St. Lucia – 7.4%
10. Hendra – 7.1%
11. Karana Downs – 7.1%
12. Indooroopilly – 6.9%

 

 

Source: www.domain.com.au

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Five Australian Cities Make World’s Top 30 Luxury Residential Markets

Five Australian Cities Make World’s Top 30 Luxury Residential Markets

Australia’s ultra-luxury residential market, largely unaffected by the impact of recent lending restrictions, has continued to record positive growth in the prestige sector of the market.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth make up the five Australian cities which rank in the world’s top 30 cities for luxury residential price growth.

The major east coast cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have now recorded 25 quarters, or more, of positive annual growth for luxury property, according to Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index for the third quarter 2019.

Defined as the most desirable and expensive property in a given location, prime property is generally the top 5 per cent of each market, by value.

Sydney ranks 17th in the global rankings, with 2.6 per cent annual growth, Melbourne at 21st spot recording 2 per cent growth.

Brisbane followed closely ranking 22nd with 2 per cent growth, the Gold Coast which was included in the Index for the first time earlier this year moved up the rankings to 26 with a 1.3 per cent increase, and Perth ranked at 30th recording a 0.7 per cent rise.

Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index

City12-Month Change (Q3 2018 -Q3 2019)
1. Moscow11.1%
2. Frankfurt10.3%
3. Taipei8.9%
4. Manila7.4%
5. Berlin6.5%
6. Guangzhou6.2%
7. Geneva5.6%
8. Zurich4.5%
9. Delhi4.4%
10. Madrid4.2%
17. Sydney2.6%
21. Melbourne2%
22. Brisbane2%
26. Gold Coast1.3%
30. Perth0.7%

Knight Frank’s head of prestige Residential Deborah Cullen says the top end of the market is showing more consideration and time in transacting.

“There is still strong interest from local and expat buyers for blue ribbon areas and for “best in class” assets, in particular the waterfront areas of Sydney,” Cullen said.

“Growth in prime property prices closely follows the performance on the stock exchange,” Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.

“And there have been some significant gains made on the Australian sharemarket in 2019.

“Collectively the Australian prime market has continued to see sustainable growth of 2 per cent in the year ending September 2019, whilst the sharemarket recorded a 7.7 per cent return,” Ciesielski said.

Slowdown gathers pace in top-tier cities

The global cities index increased by just 1.1 per cent in the year to September 2019, down from 3.4 per cent last year, with slower prime price growth attributable to mounting economic headwinds.

Despite a longer-than-expected period of loose monetary policy and steady wealth creation, the report notes that luxury sales volumes are at their weakest for several years in many of the first tier global cities.

“Slower global economic growth– the IMF lowered its 2019 forecast from 3.3 per cent to 3 per cent in October – along with escalating headwinds: US-China trade relations, Hong Kong’s political tensions, a US presidential election in 2020 and the Brexit conundrum are influencing buyer sentiment,” the index notes.

Moscow recorded the highest rate of growth with an 11 per cent increase over the year to September.

The report notes that Moscow leads the index largely due to strengthening demand and the completion of a number of high-end projects in prime areas like Ostozhenka and Tverskoy.

The prime global cities index is a valuation-based index that tracks the movement in prime residential prices in local currency, using data, across 40 cities.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane Plans CBD Riverfront Renewal

Brisbane Plans CBD Riverfront Renewal

New plans to revitalise Brisbane’s CBD riverfront, a 1.2 kilometre stretch of river frontage from the City Botanic Gardens to Howard Smith Wharves, has been released.

New ferry and CityCat terminals are included in Brisbane City Council’s draft master-plan, which aims to improve river access and cement the CBD river frontage into “a world-class employment and lifestyle precinct”.

The draft plan includes an increase of the current pathway to an eight-metre-wide promenade which would span the riverfront, and includes an increase of green-space, trees, and public art.

“This is just one of the ways we are making the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today,” Brisbane City Council said of the draft plans released on Thursday.

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The riverfront precinct is currently home to more than 30 dining destinations and 1.6 hectares of parkland.

The draft plan also includes a proposed new green bridge connection at Kangaroo Point.

“It’s part of our bigger plan to connect people and places,” City Planning Chair Matthew Bourke said.

Bourke says the draft plan took cues from well-known waterfronts, including the likes of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Singapore’s Marina Bay.

Property giant Dexus is under way on its $1.4 billion Waterfront project transforming Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier.

Council’s draft masterplan for Brisbane’s riverfront will be open to public consultation from Monday 11 November through to early December.

The final masterplan will be released in 2020.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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