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Brisbane's Best Streets

26 May 2009

There are many streets which real estate agents claim are 'Brisbane's Best'. Laurel Avenue in Chelmer is probably the one that is most often nominated as the best, but what about the inner north? What are our best streets?

Rather than risk a civil war and pick an overall best for the inner north, your author has decided to nominate her pick for each suburb individually.

Adelaide St East, Clayfield Adelaide Street East, Clayfield.

This classic Clayfield street is typified by grand old residences on substantial blocks, many of which are in excess of 1,000m2.

The street is located at one of Clayfield's highest points, and whilst not enjoying city views, there are views of Moreton Bay to be enjoyed.

Given the age and quality of the homes on Adelaide St East, it is no surprise that the street features a number of heritage listed properties. These include Casa Mara at number 138, Tresco at 140, Mardan at 143 and Rangemoor at 165.

Recent significant sales in Adelaide St East include number 131 which sold for $3.5 in 2007 and number 126 which sold for $2.5m also in 2007.

Currently for sale is 135 Adelaide St East (pictured), a five bedroom Tudor home on 926m2. You can view the property here.

14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot Sutherland Avenue, Ascot

This Ascot street gets its name from James Sutherland, a pastoralist who in 1855 acquired a substantial land holding in the area surrounding what is now known as Sutherland Avenue.

In 2009, number 23 Sutherland Ave sold for an Ascot record price of $7.2m. The previous record for Ascot was $6.1m, which unsurprisingly also belonged to a residence in Sutherland Ave.

Many streets in Ascot feature impressive homes on large blocks, but Sutherland Ave takes it to another level.

One of the street's most imposing properties is owned by a prominent Brisbane fashion identity, and the property which set Ascot's house price record was sold by the founders of Mrs Crockets Kitchen to the founders of Fone Zone in 2009.

Sutherland Ave has two heritage listed properties, Windemere at number 14 and Ellan Vanin at number 17.

Currently for sale is 41 Sutherland Ave, a 4 bedroom house on 830m2. The property is available for $1.9m and can be viewed here.

Hamilton Hill, with Dickson Tce properties and Toorak House in view Hamilton

Whilst selecting Clayfield and Ascot's best streets is fairly straightforward, choosing the same for Hamilton is somewhat more difficult. Hamilton has for decades been Brisbane's most prestigious suburb, home to the business elite and Brisbane's most powerful families.

Earlier this year Lawes Street was named as one of Brisbane's most expensive, based on the median house price for the street. Whilst the median price for Lawes may be high, it is unlikely many would regard it as the 'best' street in Hamilton.

Eldernell Terrace features a number of impressive properties, including the former Archbishop's residence at number 39. This property sits on a huge 5,597m2 and last changed hands in 2007 for $11.2m. Number 50 is a heritage listed property which is the former residence of Lange Powell, a prominent Brisbane architect in the early twentieth century.

Annie Street may also lay claim to the title, featuring one of Brisbane's most iconic properties, the historic Toorak House. Other favourite streets include Langside Rd, Crescent Rd and Markwell St.

The view from a property on Hamilton Hill looking over the Brisbane River to the CBD The winner, by the smallest of margins, is Dickson Terrace. Dickson Tce may only be a short street, but it features some very impressive properties with stunning river and city views. It also has the celebrity factor, being home to the infamous Christopher Skase before he fled the country. Lachlan Murdoch, a member of one of Australia's richest families, is also reported to have rented a property in the street.

At $4 million, the Skase property 'Bromley' was Queensland's most expensive home at the time.

Recent sales on Dickson Tce include number 40 which changed hands for $7m in 2008, number 16 which sold for $5.2m in 2004 and number 36 which went for $6.5m back in 2001.

Whilst high sale prices don't necessarily make a great street, it certainly indicates that people are willing to pay a premium to call the street home.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the author? Email info@innernorth.com.au with your comments.