Suburb Profile: West End

By: Property Mash: June 13, 2018, Updated: January 24, 2019

Intro

West End is an inner-city suburb one kilometre south of Brisbane’s CBD. Alongside the vast array of restaurants and quirky shops, West End is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing areas in terms of new apartment developments.

There are few locations in Brisbane that have had as much new apartment activity as West End and there is a lot of opportunity for buyers in this suburb. The West End workforce is predicted to double and the population is expected to increase by 120 percent within the next 15-20 years, making this fast-moving suburb one to watch.

Location & Transport

Sitting south of the river, it borders the suburbs of South Brisbane and Highgate Hill. West End is a densely populated area, with a large proportion of students and young professionals. According to a 2016 census, West End had a population of 9,494 people and a median age of 34 – three years below the Australian median. It offers a very convenient location for access to the city, with plenty of bus routes and the West End Ferry Terminal. Many residents of West End also choose to ride their bikes to work or university. The Brisbane City Metro Plan which, if it goes ahead, will start construction in 2019 and will increase the ease of using public transport around the city. With a Walk Score of 88, West End is well above the overall Brisbane Walk Score of 51.

West End Google Maps

Lifestyle

West End has a huge and diverse selection of cafes and restaurants, which is a major attraction of the area. The suburb has long been the multi-cultural melting pot of Brisbane, with large Greek and Italian communities, to name just two. Around Boundary Street is the main area for interesting shops, quirky cafes, hip nightlife venues, a rapidly emerging boutique bar scene, and the weekly markets held every Friday and Saturday night – these are just a few of the things that make West End a lively and eclectic place to live. The government has recently put plans in place to revitalise the Kurilpa riverfront which will add to the already great transport, shopping and dining options.

Education

South Brisbane’s educational institutions including Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre are all close by. Schools in the area include Brisbane State High School (one of Queensland’s premier state schools), West End Primary School and Somerville House (a private all-girls school).

Developments

West End was badly affected during the 2011 floods which, in part, has driven a great deal of the urban revitalisation projects that are now happening. Many of the previous industrial areas along the Brisbane River have been repurposed to residential developments which has led to a boom in new apartments – evident even to the passer-by with the array of cranes currently on the skyline. Many of the new apartment buildings in West End have elevated sites as an extra precaution against any risk of future flooding, with the first levels often being used for car parking.

The large number of new apartments built in recent years and many more projects in varying stages of construction provides an excellent variety of opportunities for both owner-occupiers and investors – from premium waterfront luxury penthouses to one-bedroom investment apartments. In fact, you can readily identify two markets in West End: the luxury apartment market on or near the waterfront which is targeted at owneroccupiers – made up of primarily downsizing baby boomers or empty nesters; and the investment apartment market in the buildings sitting inland and closer to the hustle and bustle of the shopping and dining strips – generally built for young urban dwellers.

Quick reference information

Median apartment price
$535,000

Median rental value
$465 per week

Transport
Bus, ferry and cycle paths

Things we love…

  • Great community atmosphere, very diverse and accepting.
  • Close to the CBD.
  • Parks and pockets of green space to enjoy.

But remember that…

  • It can be noisy with lots of construction going on.
  • Some areas are popular with backpackers and rowdy party goers.
  • West End can be very busy at times, especially on weekends, which means parking is limited.

Current new apartment projects in West End

INK
8 Donkin Street, West End
107 one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $399,000.
WEST VILLAGE
97 Boundary Street, West End
Townhouses, heritage lofts and one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments from $454,000.
THE ONE APARTMENTS
Montague Road, West End
61 one and two-bedroom apartments.
CITRO APARTMENTS
83 Victoria Street, West End
106 one and two-bedroom apartments from $369,000.
ENCORE
50 Ferry Road, West End
60 two and three-bedroom apartments from $625,000.
VIRTUOSO
51 Ferry Road, West End
77 three, four and five-bedroom apartments from $1.23 million.
WEST 88 APARTMENTS
24 Bailey Street, West End
34 one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $479,000.
MANHATTAN TERRACES
24 Kurlipa Street, West End
Two and three-bedroom terrace homes from $769,900.
SOKO APARTMENTS
21 Duncan Street, West End
120 one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $379,000.
ALLURE APARTMENTS
Victoria Street, West End
53 one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $389,000.
BOHEMIA APARTMENTS
73/77 Jane Street, West End
94 one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $415,000.
BREEZE
43 Ferry Road, West End
One, two and three-bedroom apartments from $394,000.

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