From a heavily industrialised area, South Brisbane has evolved into a fashionable, high-density, modern residential suburb, thanks to its nearness to the city and reliable public transport.
Mackenzie is a tiny suburb in south-east Brisbane, located 13 km from the CBD.
The Brisbane central business district (CBD), colloquially referred to as “the city”, lies on the original European settlement and lies on the curve of the Brisbane River.
If you own an investment property, it’s always good to know a few quick and easy ways to improve your asset.
Landscaping is one of the best ways to spruce up an investment property, as it will make your property look fantastic, and your tenants will be happy with their well-maintained home. Not only will your investment property look more attractive to prospective renters, but landscaping can also increase the value of your property. Here are some easy landscaping options for your investment property:
Use plants to your advantage
Does your property overlook the neighbour’s place or an unattractive, noisy road? Planting tall shrubs, trees, or hedges might be the perfect solution. Plants can be used as a way to block unpleasant views, reduce noise pollution, or enhance the privacy of a home. Even if they don’t entirely solve the problem, a protective screen of plants will improve the property’s value in the eyes of prospective tenants or buyers.
Choose plants for aesthetic appeal
Add instant aesthetic appeal to your investment property by choosing beautiful, colourful plants to brighten up your entranceways and social outdoor spaces. Fill pots and planters with vibrant flowering perennials, and plant your garden beds with species that look great but are low maintenance. Native plants are a wonderful option as they are naturally suited to your local climate, and they don’t require as much care as non-native plants. If your property is based in Perth, check out Billy Buttons, Eucalyptus trees, Brown Boronias or hibiscus.
Even a few trees can add value to your investment property. Tree-lined streets are attractive to buyers and tenants, as most people view them as an eco-friendly advantage. The shade of trees helps keep homes cool in summer, and a well-placed row of trees can act as a handy windbreak during winter. Trees also create a sense of harmony and peace, naturally improving the aesthetic and atmosphere of any property.
Install solar-powered lights
Solar-powered lighting shows off your garden at night and stops people from tripping over in the dark. You can use solar-powered lights to line pathways, decorate an outdoor entertaining area, or illuminate a garden bed. They’ll make your investment property seem more warm and inviting – and since they run on solar power, they won’t increase your electricity bills!
Define the edges of your lawn
Defining the edges of your lawn will make your property’s garden look neat, tidy and well maintained. To define lawn edges, simply grab a sharp spade and cut a separation between the lawn and whatever it butts up against (driveways, fences, garden beds, etc). To go one step further, you can outline the edges of your lawn with a physical barrier such as bricks, timber or stone.
Invest in a new lawn
Any home looks fabulous with a luscious, healthy green lawn. If your investment property’s lawn is looking patchy, dry or brown, it could be time to invest in a new lawn. There are several types of turf available, so speak to an expert to find out what turf is right for your property.
NOW is the best time to rent in Brisbane with the city fast becoming a renter’s paradise, according to the latest REA Group Property Demand Index.
While southern capitals saw record rental demand in March, Brisbane’s housing oversupply has seen it become a renter’s paradise with the number of tenants unable to keep up with the growth in homes available for rent.
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Among the freebies being thrown in by owners to sweeten the deal for potential tenants were one to four weeks worth of free rent in some properties with others offering things like free gym membership.
The Index named Queensland as “the country’s most concerning market” after buyer demand declined slightly over the month (-0.2 per cent for all dwellings) but there was “a larger drop in rental demand on realestate.com.au” (-1.7 per cent).
Somewhat surprisingly given the publicity surrounding the supply of units in the market, the rent index for houses saw a higher drop in Queensland (-1.8 per cent) than units (-1.5 per cent).
“Brisbane in particular is seeing high levels of development and dropping rental demand suggests that the market in Queensland will continue to take some time to absorb the supply,” the report said.
High levels of unit supply, particularly in Brisbane, was having a more negative impact on the market but there was some reason for investors to still hope, given developers had slowed down on the rollout of planned developments.
“On the positive side, the pipeline of new apartments in Brisbane remains low, which will give the market time to absorb current stock.”
Nerida Conisbee, REA Group Chief Economist said cooling measures pushed through by APRA and banks continuing to increase rates independently of the RBA had so far failed to stem skyrocketing prices in Sydney and Melbourne.
She said there was yet to be any impact on consumer demand for property on realestate.com.au.
“Borrowers are shrugging off rising interest rates and restrictions to lending, continuing to search for property on realestate.com.au,” she said.
“With the impacts from these measures likely to take some time to flow through, people can expect to see continued property price increases throughout April.
“On realestate.com.au we’ve seen a 25 per cent increase in demand year-on-year from consumers looking for property. Increasing demand in the market is driving record property prices.
“Concerns about affordability will continue to gather pace in 2017, with the record price growth in 2016 set to continue.”
Article originally from Real Estate Australia
Carina is mostly a residential suburb, leafy with plenty of parks and recreational facilities, and close to schools, cafes, restaurants and shops. It offers an easy link to the Gateway Motorway if you are going to the airport, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast.
Camp hill is a small suburb but it is conveniently located between suburbs that offer all the other wonderful facilities. This means the area is not filled with all of these facilities, but residents have an easy access to them.
Carina Heights is quiet community with natural bushland and wildlife. It is like living in the country but still close the city and within walking distance to everything, from shops, restaurants and other facilities.
Tenah Merah is also accessible to the Gold Coast, so after a 30-minute drive, you could relax and have fun with the family by the beach. It is close to the suburbs of Loganholme and Shailer Park.
Coorparoo is a suburb within Brisbane, located 4 km from the CBD.
It was called Four Mile Camp before it was given its current name during a public meeting on 22 March 1875. The name Coorparoo probably stemmed from an Aboriginal name for Norman Creek, likely recorded as Koolpuroom by early surveyors.
The homes in this area are a mix of old Queenslander, art deco and contemporary styles. Coorparoo is considered one of the best suburbs in Brisbane with its close proximity to the city and easy access to train and express buses, cafes, parks and a new retail/residential project at the old Myers Building on Old Cleveland Road.
This quiet, green suburb is bordered by Camp Hill, Holland Park, Greenslopes, East Brisbane, Norman Park and Seven Hills.
Leisure and Shopping
The suburb has several parks – Eric Sivell Park, Griffin Park, Leicester Park, Majestic Park, Wembley Park, and more. The parks offer a range of facilities and amenities, including picnic areas, bikeways, playgrounds and barbeque equipment.
There are plenty of places to shop in the area such as the Coorparoo Shopping Precinct, Coorparoo Mall and the Stones Corner Village.
The best place to go to for excellent food and ambience are the cafes and shops on Martha Street.
The new heart of Coorparoo will make everything available right at your doorstep. Scheduled to open this year is a commercial and residential development called Coorparoo Square, which house popular tenants such as national cinema chain Dendy Cinemas, supermarket chain Aldi and three residential buildings consisting of luxury apartments.
- Population: 14,944 (2011 Census)
- Median age: 33 years old
- Average household size: 2.3
Top 5 Resident Lifestyles in Mansfield
- Independent youth
- Maturing and established independence
- Established couples with children
- Older couples and families
- Older Independence
Top 5 Occupations of Residents
- Clerical and administrative workers
- Technicians and trades workers
- Community and personal service workers
- Homes fully owned – 23.1%
- Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 29.6%
- Rented – 4.9%
- House median sale price – $620,000
- Median rent per week – $330
- Coorparoo State School
- Coorparoo Secondary College
- Villanova College
- Loreto College
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School
- St James Catholic Primary School
- DAP Jewellery School
- Coorparoo Centre for Continuing Education
The suburb is served by a decent train service with a station located on the Cleveland line. In addition, high-frequency bus routes make travelling to and from the city easy.