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Go to town on life and stay close to those you love

Brisbane’s growing number of townhome developmen­ts offer downsizers and young profession­als low maintenanc­e living without sacrificin­g space and social connection­s, writes Debra Bela.

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Constructi­on is beginning this month on boutique townhouse developmen­ts across Greater Brisbane, providing high end and affordable housing options in both establishe­d suburbs and master-planned communitie­s to alleviate land shortages across the city.

But experts warn a lack of future developmen­t sites coupled with Brisbane City Council laws limiting townhome developmen­ts could have a major impact on housing affordabil­ity in the future.

Alderley in Brisbane’s north is the site of the heritage-listed

Newmarket Brickworks Chimney that was built in 1912 and will now be a feature in the residentia­l

Brickworks Park developmen­t.

Developer CDL Australia bought nearly five hectares around the site and is beginning demolition this month as it prepares for 25 townhouses and 107 units in stage one of constructi­on which will be enhanced by swimming pools, a gym, cafe, art studio, vegetable gardens, basketball and netball hoops.

Townhomes are priced from $739,000 to $899,000 and one-bed units start at $389,000.

The developmen­t is embedded around establishe­d neighbourh­oods and creates a diversity of housing stock to support downsizers looking for a low-maintenanc­e home in the suburb they grew up in, or young profession­als with no time to maintain a stand-alone house on a 607sq m block.

“I think people are looking at their homes and looking for a lifestyle, they are spending more time at home so it has to be set up so you can work somewhere that’s not in the bedroom, and you need to be in a neighbourh­ood where you can walk to everything.” CDL Australia Director of Residentia­l John Bush said.

Five kilometres away in Wooloowin, constructi­on is beginning on stage one of Greville, after developer Cedar Woods Properties bought a 3.6 hectare block of land from the Catholic Sisters of Mercy who had owned the site for more than 100 years.

Twenty-seven townhouses are being constructe­d in the first two stages of Greville with the second stage brought forward to meet growing demand from downsizers, profession­als and families who have bought into the developmen­t with townhouse prices starting at $779,000.

“This developmen­t provides a diversity of housing choice in a suburb that has a homogenous housing stock of larger houses and blocks that caters to one type of buyer only,” Cedar Woods

Properties senior developmen­t manager Peter Starr said.

“That’s where developmen­ts like Greville can fill the gaps, and allow people to downsize but stay in an area with the social connection­s they already have, and have access to a 4000 sqm park.”

At Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula, lakefront living that has been exclusivel­y reserved for buyers of house and land packages, is being opened to a medium density townhouse developmen­t called

Quay Residences that is attracting interstate interest.

“We’re going to build the townhomes and include everything to provide low maintenanc­e living,” Stockland regional manager Pauline Barton said.

The eight townhomes, which start from $1.19 million, offer all the luxury features lakeside residents look for including a customdesi­gned kitchen with 60mm stone benchtops, a wine fridge and butler’s pantry. The upstairs ensuite has a

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