North Queens­land leads re­gional home sales Kir­wan tops for prop­erty

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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.’’

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