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