Are you looking to purchase a home or investment property in Bardon? How do you determine if this is the right suburb for you? As Bardon Buyers Agents we have made it easy, by compiling information about Bardon that is important to know when considering this suburb for your home or investment purchase.
Bardon is located approximately 5km north-west from the Brisbane CBD. The area is known for its tree-lined streets and community feel. Being nestled into the foothills of eastern side Mt Coot-tha, the opportunities for nature-based activities are outstanding. There are also many parks with playgrounds, sporting fields and nature reserves in the area. Bardon has multiple desirable pockets that are quiet and elevated to take in the surrounding bush and city views.
A couple of heritage listed landmarks are in Bardon such as Bardon House at 41 The Drive, Ithaca Creek State School and although not heritage listed there is also the historic Fairy House on MacGregor Terrace which you can now stay in through Airbnb.
Buses provide the main public transport options in Bardon. It’s a scenic ride through Paddington to the city and doesn’t take long even in peak hour. For timetables have a look at the Translink website here.
The closest train stations are Toowong or Auchenflower. Bike riding is a popular way to travel as well being so close to access the riverside walkway and bike path from Toowong.
The education options for Bardon residents begin with Bardon Community Kindy which has been operating for over 70 years.
For high school a lot of families in the area choose to enrol their kids into private schools or send them to the high achieving The Gap State High School.
If you’re unsure about finding the school catchment zones in Brisbane read our blog for in depth information here.
There are multiple locations within Bardon for coffee shops, hair salons and small retail stores. For the various cafes have a look at Must Do Brisbane’s website here or at Zomato.
Stuartholme Road and McGregor Terrace as well as the West Ashgrove complex provide convenience stores for locals as well as restaurants and cafes.
You are spoilt for choice of green space in Bardon! There are a lot of parks and playgrounds for the community. You will find these parks to be quite busy on weekends and afternoons after school. Some parks are used for organised weekend sport and others for general play on the playgrounds. These parks are very popular for locals to meet up and socialise and for group and personal exercise groups. Although the community feel is strong they are also welcoming to newcomers in the area. Some of the smaller parks are detailed in this Bardon News story.
Another green space is the Bardon Bowls Club. Children can play on one of the greens while parents socialise outside.
Much of Bardon has very close access to the bush with many opportunities for walking and mountain biking. As well as access to Mt Coot-tha Reserve picnic areas and the multitude of trails including to the summit to the lookout over Brisbane, there is the Bushland Park, the smaller Bardon Esplanade Park which follows along Ithaca Creek from Simpsons Road to Bowman Parade and also Bardon Scenic Reserve. The Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens are also very close with it’s wide range of attractions.
Locals living in Bardon either commute to the CBD, the University of Queensland or to various employment hubs in neighbouring suburbs. Bardon is approximately 18km to the Airport for those locals that travel interstate for work.
Typical Property Style
Bardon has a wide range of styles of homes. You will find large family homes on large blocks of land, older pre-war character homes ripe for renovation and old post-war homes ready for a big renovation or demolition. There are many new executive homes in the suburb – quite often on a block that has been split from the original large size to a 400m2-560m2 lot size.
There are some smaller developments of townhouses coming to the area to add to the existing apartments and townhouses but these are mainly located on busier roads.
Bardon is an area with high wealth with the weekly family income at $3,500 (more than half of the Queensland average of $1,661!). According to SQM research, the percentage of owner-occupiers is at 75.23% and 24.77% for renters.
The top 3 life stages for people living in Bardon are:
- Established couples or families 20.2%;
- Older couples and families 18.7% and;
- Maturing couples and families 15.6%.
A lot of families with young children move into the area and bring up their children there until adulthood.
Most Desirable Area
There are many highly desirable pockets in Bardon to consider including the elevated positions backing onto the bush reserve, the streets behind Rainworth State School, the avenues off Stuartholme Road and the streets surrounding Jubilee Park which are quiet, tree-lined and family orientated.
Staying away from the main roads and the low areas prone to flooding is the best way to buy well in Bardon but due to the higher prices compromising on road noise can be a way to get into the area. Even the streets prone to flooding close to Ithaca Creek such as Bardon Esplanade, Barnett Road and Bowman Parade are still highly desirable and achieve high sales prices.
Least Desirable Area
As Bardon is close to bushland and Ithaca Creek there are a few areas that you need to be aware of in regards to bushfire risks and flooding. The least desirable parts of Bardon are those on main roads such as Jubilee Terrace and MacGregor Terrace.
Median Price Values
The median price value for houses in Bardon as at August 2020 is $1,031,000 with the upper quartile price at $1,350,000 and the lower quartile price sitting at $837,000. If you’re looking for a home on a large block and not in need of renovation then be prepared to spend at least in the high $1 million range.
The median price value for units is $712,500.
The compound growth rate for Bardon over the last 5 years to August 2020 has been 5.9% for houses and 4.9% for units.
I hope this information has been helpful on your quest to buy your next property in Bardon. You can listen to a more in depth review of Bardon on the Brisbane Property Podcast “Insider Secrets” series here.
If you need further help to secure a property in this location we can help, please reach out by booking a discovery call through the link below to your Bardon Buyers Agents.