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Posted by admin on 13 January 2010

Grey Street South BrisbaneWhat’s the deal here?  Premier Anna Bligh last week unveils the site plan for ABC Brisbane’s new South Bank home and everyone from Spring Hill to Yeronga jumps up and down?!

Don’t get me wrong, even a  real estate agent like me can appreciate the value in protecting a reasonable level of green space, but isn’t that already happening?

And has anyone bothered to ask Grey and Little Stanley Street traders what they think?  I was at My Sweetopia yesterday and noticed the street deserted.  Ask any local shop owner and I’m sure they’ll be welcoming with open arms the hundreds of new customers who’ll be calling the ABC building home.

 

Posted by admin on 4 January 2010
(photo courtesy of www.newsweek.com)

(photo courtesy of www.newsweek.com)

I’ve just read with interest that Ipswich real estate is going to boom in 2010.  I don’t know that market well, but it does makes sense.  There’s plenty happening in the suburbs to Brisbane’s west – with an explosion of road work activity costing a whooping $2.8 Billion , hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new infrastructure at RAAF Base Amberley, and Delfin’s continued success at Springfield Lakes.

But what about South Brisbane?  The $63.3 million Kurilpa Bridge is now complete (with the “Go Between” due to finish mid 2010); plus there’s still a genuine undersupply of rental accommodation and no new development planned for at least the first half of 2010.

It’s little wonder some local agents are spruiking the possibility of a seller’s market come Easter.  As South Brisbane’s property specialist I know I’m massively biased, but it looks like South Brisbane property may see its own boom in the coming months – fingers crossed!

Posted by admin on 30 December 2009

We’d like to hear your thoughts on West End Community Association’s (WECA’s) latest concept to add more green space to the peninsula. They’ve named the proposal “Hampstead Common” and the idea is to add shady trees and “shaded park pockets” to create  “playspaces and recreation areas” along Hampstead Rd between Dornoch Terrace and Vulture Street . The plan would see the street narrowed whilst still allowing for 2-way traffic and parking.

Posted by admin on 16 December 2009

Queensland Childrens HospitalI took this photo today whilst catching up with a past seller at Northbridge Apartments in South Brisbane. Work has begun on the site for the new Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane now that construction is almost done for the new car park building on the site of what was formally the Saint Laurence College sports oval.

Posted by admin on 3 December 2009
(photo courtesy of www.halestreetlink.com.au)

(photo courtesy of www.halestreetlink.com.au)

History has been made with the connection of South Brisbane’s newest road bridge “The Go Between”.  Today at 11.30am the final concrete segment was poured connecting the bridge across the Brisbane River.  There’s still plenty of work to do with full completion expected around June 2010.

Posted by Rob Honeycombe on 12 October 2009

PrideWe were recently asked to dust off our crystal ball for www.ourbrisbane.com and paint a picture of inner Brisbane in the year 2020. No Jetsons-like spacecraft but it still takes some getting your head around!

“I closed my apartment door and while I waited for the lift to climb to the 25th floor I glanced across to the city skyline, its buildings piercing the morning clouds and soaring through them. A quick stop for my usual caffeine fix then down into the subway for the two minute commute under the Brisbane River to Eagle Street station.”

Brisbane’s property landscape will change enormously over the next decade. An imaginary day in the year 2020 will include a Gabba resident calling a 25th storey apartment their home. A new, high speed subway will likely link that suburb, and many inner suburbs, with the offices of the lower CBD. With a scarcity of land, its office towers will probably top 100 storey.

It might be mind boggling but this vision of Brisbane is almost here.

Our population continues to grow and taller buildings are being encouraged to house these new arrivals. Many middle-ring Brisbane suburbs will resist the trend, residents unhappy for ‘seismic’ change in their neighbourhoods. But change will be relentless in the inner city as light industry and other land uses make way for apartment development. Huge tracts of land in Bowen Hills, the RNA Showgrounds amongst them, are already in planning. The Gabba, South Brisbane and Milton are some of the suburbs that will look very different by the year 2020.

The landmark Fourex brewery may well be redeveloped into apartments, shops and, hopefully, a bar or two!

Despite the State Government’s plan to decentralize its workforce by pulling 20% of its offices out of the CBD, the demand for central office space will see heights rise. Our city centre will also spread, crossing the river as South Brisbane accommodates 30 storey offices. More bridges and more tunnels will link Kangaroo Point, New Farm, Toowong and West End.

Council will spend more on parklands, greening the city like never before to counter its ‘urban-ness’. North Bank will be developed, a substantial green belt and dining precinct lining the Brisbane River alongside offices and apartments that straddle and veil the Riverside Expressway.

Planners will take advantage of this greater population, encouraging streetside cafes, arts precincts, entertainment options and cosy laneway bars. The Parmalat site (Paul’s Milk) in South Brisbane might even be the site of Brisbane’s own Opera House …

Adding almost half a million new residents by 2020, Brisbane will not be the same city as it is today. For better and for worse.

Visit the real estate pages of www.ourbrisbane.com for more interesting articles.

Posted by admin on 9 October 2009

The Kurilpa Bridge BrisbaneWhilst many have objected to the final design, it’d be a hard-nosed critic who’d disagree that Brisbane’s newest (and the world’s largest!) solar-powered footbridge doesn’t look spectacular all lit up at night.  We took this photo from level 33 at Evolution Apartments on Tank Street. Following its opening last Saturday Council expects around 36,500 pedestrians will pass under its needled arches each week.

Posted by Rob Honeycombe on 21 September 2009

There’s few issues that create more neighbourhood rage than rat-running morning commuters. Faced with  ‘main road creep’ impatient drivers wind their way through our neighbourhoods, often spending as long getting to their destination but brightened by the satisfaction that comes from keeping their wheels moving at decent pace.

The RACQ are reported today as saying these drivers aren’t to blame and rat-running has a valid role to play in managing peak hour commutes.

We say – what a load of rubbish!

If your home is on a street designed to carry neighbourhood cars but it’s turned into a freeway at 7.15am each day, guess what, it’s effecting your property’s value. Home buyers (and most tenants) consider the impact of traffic on their lifestyle, so unless you live in a cul-de-sac it’s time you formed an opinion on this issue.

RACQ might be trying to prod the government into upgrading major roads but to suggest that residents should get used to rat-running is not real smart.

Most roads used by rat-runners are too narrow and have few of the engineered solutions needed for high volume traffic. BCC say they’ve had 24 requests for traffic-calming devices over the past year.

It’s an emotive issue for those of us who live with this problem daily. In my street we begged and pleaded for help with the problem but were pretty much told that as no major accidents had happened they couldn’t help. Kids on bikes on the way to school, a neighbourhood park with dogs and joggers, cars backing out onto blind corners. Only luck has prevented one and near misses don’t count.

So getting those commuters to work 5 minutes earlier is apparently more important than the safety of my family. Are we happy to accept that?

Please share your opinion with us.

Posted by admin on 8 September 2009

Okay so that’s just our choice. The Hale Street Link is up for renaming ahead of its 2010 completion and the public input on naming ideas has been whittled down to a shortlist. Visit www.NameThatBridge.com to cast your vote.

There’s some notable people as suggestions on the list but we like the idea of honouring Australia’s first indigenous federal pollie, Neville Bonner. The location of the bridge has a strong Aboriginal history and Bonner played a huge role in bringing together Australians of all backgrounds.

A monarchist and Liberal Party member, he was a suit-wearing indigenous rights activist, Australian of the Year and a  farm labourer. A man who stood up for what he believed, strong and unwavering. He crossed so many social ‘divides’ it seems fitting to name a river crossing after him.

Posted by admin on 28 August 2009

I’ve just seen this flyer announcing public information sessions held by our local Gabba Ward Council member, Cr Helen Abrahams, in protest against the “South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan” claiming it will destroy West End.  It’s certainly going to be a heated debate.

As a local agent I’ve seen continued buyer demand in South Brisbane and I suspect this will continue, largely as a result of big infrastructure projects like the Hale Street Link, The Kurilpa Bridge and the redevelopment of the Brisbane Convention Centre.  Obviously changes to council policy that make further residential and commercial development more viable will further add to the prosperity of all local property owners.

Lets hope we will see a balanced debate by both Council and those who disapprove of the changes.

Helen Abrahams information session