What makes a neighbourhood appeal to prospective buyers with families? Access to public transport, education facilities, a proactive local council, high capital value and return on investment? Yes, they’re on the list. Yet, more and more buyers are also placing value on a dwelling’s proximity to family and child-friendly amenities. Today, the Belle Property blog gives the inside scoop on the types of family friendly places adding both monetary and lifestyle value to residential properties around Queensland.
Proximity to parks and playgrounds is becoming more appealing to families in the property market. Whether it’s about a picnic in scenic surrounds, an adventure playground, or peaceful place to relax and connect with Mother Nature, parks and playgrounds with decent facilities are in high demand! A top example is New Farm Park, with its own fig tree and roses, playground, live bands in the rotunda and a café. Queens Park, in Ipswich is also popular, courtesy of its nature centre/zoo, playground and climbing area, model train, cafe kiosk and Japanese inspired gardens - perfect for a leisurely picnic whilst the children discover and play. Parks such as Logan Gardens cater for all, with its well-equipped playground, kids’ fort, giant musical instruments and a Liberty swing for disabled children, electric BBQ, disc golf, bike and walking tracks, bocce, picnic area, toilets and a dog off-leash area.
Access to family-friendly swimming facilities is also becoming an important consideration; more buyers prefer to avoid the costs and work associated with home pool maintenance and value swimming in an interactive, social setting. Places such as Southbank Parkland get the nod as top water spots, with its manmade beach set against the urban skyline, BBQs, playground and water activities making this park one of Brisbane’s best attractions. Recreational spaces like Settlement Cove are hard to beat – adult swimming and toddlers’ wading pool, playground, toilets, showers, BBQs, designated picnic tables and a disabled visitor water ramp. Settlement Cove’s lagoon is adjacent to the ocean – perfect for a shady picnic with a view. And it’s located off a main street, making it ideal for apres-swim shopping or that much-needed caffeine hit!
Homes situated near family friendly dining venues are also highly sought after, especially those offering children good food and fun as well as catering to adults. Look for places such as The Gap Tavern, a dining icon with its sophisticated adult and fun kid’s menu, playground and an indoor playroom housing Playstations. A couple hours drive from Brisbane lies the Meringandan Hotel, a great country pub, renowned for its selection of quality, hearty meals made from local produce. Weather permitting; you can dine under the stars in the backyard beer garden – how much better does it get?
So, when it comes to added value and healthy capital growth on residential property, include ‘family-friendly’ on your list of considerations. You can’t go wrong!