North Queensland leads regional home sales Kirwan tops for property
KIRWAN has been named the most popular Queensland suburb for house sales outside the south-east.
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland found Kirwan recorded 307 preliminary house sales last year at a median price of $ 375,000.
Brisbane’s Forest Lake was again the most popular sub- urb in Queensland with preliminary sales of 412 last year.
Its median house price for 2010 was $ 400,000.
RE/ MAX Excellence Townsville co-principal Mark Stevenson said he wasn’t surprised Kirwan had performed on a par with the south.
‘‘ Kirwan’s proximity to the Ring Road now makes it very convenient to access both the north and the south of Townsville within minutes, making it central for people that may be working at Yabulu, Sun Metals, the army, the hospital or the university,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ Kirwan still represents very good value for money with a large cross-section of choices for people with differing housing requirements as well as budgets.
‘‘ It also has a sensible mixture of houses and units, traditional-size blocks, older and newer estates.
‘‘ There is also fantastic infrastructure in Kirwan, with e v e r y t h i n g f r o m s h o p s , schools, restaurants and cafes to recreational and professional sporting venues, River- way, watersports and parks.’’
The second most popular suburb in Queensland for 2010 was Brisbane’s North Lakes which recorded 389 preliminary house sales and a median price of $ 452,500.
The third most popular suburb for houses across the State was Buderim on the Sunshine Coast with 383 sales and a median of $ 530,000.
Kirwan came in at fourth overall.
The real estate institute’s m a n a g i n g d i r e c t o r D a n Molloy said across the state, the most popular suburbs tended to offer a variety of a f f o r d a b l e o r mi d - r a n g e properties that were also located close to amenities and infrastructure.
In Townsville, Mt Louisa a n d A n n a n d a l e r a n k e d second and third behind Kirwan respectively as the city’s most active sales suburbs.
‘‘ Most people are looking for a convenient area that is central to their particular day-today lives, be it close to work, schools, sporting facilities, or p e r h a p s s o c i a l i n t e r e s t s , while others are looking more for a certain lifestyle change,’’ Mr Stevenson said.
‘‘ Areas close to the CBD such as Belgian Gardens, North Ward, Hyde Park, Mysterton, and Mundingburra have historically been, and still are, on the radar for a lot of people that are new to Townsville, though in the last few years we have begun to see stronger sales in suburbs such as Kirwan, Mount Louisa and Annandale.’’