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The Top 15 Brisbane Suburbs Primed for Growth in 2022

Considering an investment into the Brisbane property market but don’t know where to start?

Then you're probably wondering: where are the best locations to invest in Brisbane property in 2022?

Well…after Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is arguably Australia’s third-biggest property market.

And over the last year or two, it's been one of Australia's top-performing property markets

Brisbane’s house prices remained resilient over 2020-21 when other markets were impacted by the economic impact of Covid-19.

Now, moving forward, the Brisbane real estate price trends are expected to continue to attract strong demand for homes, particularly in lifestyle areas, with the average property price likely to deliver double-digit capital growth over the next 12 months.

Top 15 Brisbane suburbs for 2022

Whether you are looking for a higher-end purchase or a beginning investor, I think these are the Brisbane suburbs that are set to take advantage of the changing face of the city.

In addition, while growth is on the mind of every investor, importantly these locations could also be considered recession-resistant.

Each of these noteworthy suburbs are close to major employment hubs, they have bulletproof school catchments and immediate access to public transport and local infrastructure.

Here, they’re listed in order of the highest to lowest median property price, revealing data from Domain.Com.Au and RealEstate.Com.Au.

1. New Farm / Teneriffe

Teneriffe, Inner BrisbaneTotal population: 12,534 & 5,341

Average age: 20-39

When they said property is as safe as houses, they were probably thinking about New Farm and Teneriffe.

This incredible inner-city suburb has all the ingredients for a bulletproof investment.

It has premium lifestyle precincts, high walkability, low commute times and great school catchments, all a stone’s throw from our biggest employment hub, the rapidly expanding CBD.

2. Ascot

AscotTotal population: 5,787

Average age: 40-59

Ascot is right in the middle of Brisbane’s two largest (and rapidly expanding) employment hubs: the CBD and the airport precinct.

While apartments have taken a back seat due to nearby oversupply issues, houses continue to go from strength to strength.

Another suburb with an iconic café strip, strong school catchment and an easy train or ferry ride into the CBD.

3. Highgate Hill

Highgate HillTotal population: 6,195

Average age: 20-39

With a quiet neighbourhood just a stone throw from West End, South Bank and closest to the City, Highgate Hill is probably one of the best suburbs in Brisbane.

It's peaceful with good dining options and combined with recent and upcoming infrastructure developments such as new roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects, the area creates great opportunities for businesses and investors alike.

While the whole suburb is primed for growth, the streets which fall within the catchment area for Brisbane’s best school, and those with sweeping city views are in especially high demand.

4. Wilston

WilstonTotal population: 3,949

Average age: 40-59

Wilston already has a real community spirit with a very strong school catchment and café strip that locals flock to.

This suburb has really gentrified over the last few years with old workers cottages, replaced with bigger, modern contemporary homes.

Pros include a railway stop and a new Northern Busway, it is primed to take advantage of the Brisbane Airport expansion.

5. Ashgrove

AshgroveTotal population: 13,046

Average age: 40-59

With a cosy neighbourhood feel, while only being four kilometres north-west of the city, Ashgrove is a convenient suburb for established professionals and families who want a little room to move without having to move too far away from the city centre.

6. Taringa

TaringaTotal population: 8,381

Average age: 20-39

Taringa is a great suburb - lovely and green, close to the city, good transport with a train station and buses plus you get all the benefits of living near a university (sporting fields, cinemas, cafes and restaurants).

The suburb is multi-generational but perfectly suits families, young working professionals and university students due to the nearby iconic schools, public transport options and entertainment precincts.

7. Tarragindi

Total population: 10,793

Average age: 40-59

Tarragindi is a small suburb of just 8 streets and a strong family feel and excellent infrastructure.

The short commute to CBD via Pacific Motorway or access via bus at the Holland Park Busway is a huge bonus for those rightfully keeping ‘neighbourhood’ at the forefront of their minds.

8. Holland Park

Holland ParkTotal population: 8,097

Average age: 20-39

Holland Park is widely talked about as a suburb that has the benefit of great easy access to Brisbane City while still being surrounded by amazing parklands, excellent schools, charming cafe's, bars and restaurants.

9. Cannon Hill

Cannon HillTotal population: 5,539

Average age: 20-39

Cannon Hill is considered one of the best suburbs in Brisbane for its real estate and lifestyle potential, with the property market has moved exponentially in recent years.

The area has good schools, a train line, and the gentrification of shopping centres and older homes.

10. Wavell Heights

Total population: 9,691

Average age: 40-59

Another high demand market thanks to its close proximity to many amenities and transport.

The suburb is within a few minutes of Chermside Shopping Centre and only 10 minutes travel time from the airport and CBD.

11. Mansfield

Total population: 8,695

Average age: 40-59

Thanks to great infrastructure and high demand for school catchment areas, Mansfield is one of the most sought after pockets in the south-eastern suburbs of Brisbane.

Local commercial and retail development and expansion in Mt Gravatt also primes the suburb for more growth in future.

12. Stafford

StaffordTotal population: 9,552

Average age: 20-39

Stafford is surprisingly close to everything from choices of shops, schools, hospitals, to the city and transport making the suburb extremely easy to live in and get around.

Combined with it being a notoriously high-demand market with consistent property price growth, it's no wonder the suburb is at the top of so many investors’ lists.

13. Stafford Heights

Stafford HeightsTotal population: 6,821

Average age: 20-39

Just over the hill from big brother Stafford, this suburb has started to hit it off with families and investors alike.

With a number of retirees moving on and government housing hitting the open market, professional couples and families started to take over and put some money into the area, spending up big on their homes and transforming the neighbourhood into a more desirable one.

14. Chermside West

Chermside WestTotal population: 6,449

Average age: 40-59

Chermside West offers the best of both worlds: it's close to retail and business hubs, but it also offers a quiet retreat from its busier neighbouring suburbs.

Add to that two major Hospitals and a strong school catchment, you start to understand that it has strong investment credentials.

15. Keperra

KeperraTotal population: 6,791

Average age: 20-39

Arguably the most value of any Brisbane suburb, with a strong community feel and still very low key.

This suburb has awakened since a number of train stations have been planned for the area, better connecting it to greater Brisbane.

Limited stock of property and quick property sales has also imposed a demand which will only continue to push up prices for properties.

Median property prices for Brisbane

Median/average value/price MoM change  QoQ change  Annual change
Capital city dwellings $662,199 2.9% 7.4% 25.1%
Capital city houses $757,194 3.2% 8.2% 27.9%
Capital city units $443,981 1.1% 3.0% 11.4%
Regional dwellings  $487,722 2.2% 6.0% 24.1%

Source: Corelogic

But there is still plenty of growth and opportunity left in the Brisbane housing market.

The Sunshine State is shining and strong demand for detached houses and outstanding demand for lifestyle areas means as an investor, if you buy the right investment property in the right location, you could be primed to supercharge growth.

Westpac Bank recently updated its property forecasts, with Brisbane prices tipping to surge 20 per cent between 2022 and 2023, meaning Brisbane is likely to be one of the best performing property markets over the next few years.

There is no such thing as a hotspot

But first things first.

I don’t believe in hotspots or investing in an area just because it is expected to be the “Next Best Thing”. South Bank Brisbane

“Hot-spots” tend to become next year’s “not-spots” and I’m a long-term investor, meaning I take educated risks based on evidence and fundamentals, I don’t gamble.

Instead, I like to approach this list of top Brisbane suburbs for 2022 in a way where I get the opportunity to highlight those strong and stable suburbs that have both shown consistent historical growth and also have the right demographics to suggest future long-term growth.

Therefore, providing a macro strategy about the Top Brisbane suburbs for 2022 is not as easy as it sounds.

So, let’s approach this with the following expectations:

  1. The suburbs I have featured have all been strong and stable suburbs that have both shown consistent historical growth but also have the right demographics to suggest future long term growth.
  2. The suburbs I feature are all located within the inner-middle rings of Brisbane so that we can avoid any hot-spotting or speculative investing. These are all proven investment grade suburbs.
  3. Yes, there are some suburbs outside of this list that has shown higher short term growth but the suburbs listed are long term performers based on a number of metrics intended for safe and long term growth, not short term and risky “get rich quick” approach.
  4. Every client I see may be provided with a different recommendation based on their circumstances and personal goals

Mind the neighbourhood

Neighbourhood is now more important than ever

Let’s not forget that the ability to work, live and play all within 20 minutes’ reach is the new gold standard desirable lifestyle.

And this ‘ultimate goal’ is now more important than ever thanks to our new “Covid Normal” world.

If social distancing and the Covid-19 environment has taught us anything, it has taught us the importance of the neighbourhood we live in.

If you can leave your home and be within walking distance of, or a short trip to, a great shopping strip, your favourite coffee shop, amenities, the beach, a great park, the recently implemented coronavirus restrictions might seem a little more palatable than if you had none of that on your doorstep.

But the reality is, this concept is nothing new.

In fact, the rise of the 20-minute neighbourhood started long before Covid19.

You will find these are often in the gentrifying aspirational lifestyle suburbs of our capital cities and people will pay a premium to either own a property in these locations or rental property in these locations.

Many inner suburbs of Australia’s capital cities and parts of their middle suburbs already meet a 20-minute neighbourhood test.

However very few of the outer suburbs would do so.

Follow the demographics

According to leading demographer Bernard Salt, the coming of the coronavirus has changed the Australian workforce and not just by prompting adaptation to new technology like Zoom calls and triggering a work-from-home movement, but also by rigidly dividing the nation according to skill sets.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics classifies every job according to one of five skill levels with Skill Level 1 being the most skilled.

Demographics

It is well recognised that the rich – such as people with a Skill Level I job - are getting richer, and at the other end of the spectrum, Skill Level 5 jobs requiring little or no previous work experience (like general sales assistant, kitchen hand) are experiencing no wages growth.

A Skill Level 1 job requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent of at least five years’ training.

People with these types of jobs will earn more income and be able to afford to pay more for their properties.

The pandemic cricket demand for skills in finance (accounting), risk management (solicitors), computer programming and many other skill levels one jobs.

However, the story for the balance of the workforce has been quite different.

So understanding where the skill level one worker lives in Brisbane is critical and be seen in the following graphic provided by Bernard Salt in The Australian.

Brisbane Skill Level 1 Jobs

A final word

As a property investor and similarly as a homeowner, it is important to note that location accounts for 80% of the properties performance and 20% come from the property itself.

Meaning that with the correct location and property selection you can find an investment-grade asset that well and truly outperforms the averages in growth.

ALSO READ: Brisbane’s property market forecast for strong growth in 2021

About Brett Warren is Director of Metropole Properties Brisbane and uses his two decades of property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their build their wealth through property. Visit: Metropole Brisbane
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Josh - there are lots of great suburbs in Brisbane including Kedron

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Thanks Brett, Just a quick question to see if any reason Kedron was left out given it’s wedged right in between Stafford/SH/CW/Wavell etc? Appreciate your thoughts!

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Tim while these might be good suburbs for some people - that's the wrong question - it all depends on your budget, your goals, your cashflow, your time frame etc etc - they may be good for some investors and not for others

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