Spotlight on St Lucia

If you are looking for place to hang your hat with a bit more to offer than most, you can't look past St Lucia, some of the most prime real estate in Brisbane. A luxurious inner-suburb on a peninsula bordered by the Brisbane River, all amenities are close to hand, while peaceful relaxation is the order of the day.

An executive lifestyle is enjoyed here, with more than half of all private dwellings being apartments or units according to the 2011 Census data. It's not hard to see why this lock up and go lifestyle is attractive, with expansive views of the river complemented by marina berths, excellent local and exotic cuisine and an easy trip to the city centre.

For the young at heart

St Lucia is a young suburb, in terms of the age of its residents. With more than half of the locals being under the age of 30, and almost 30 per cent being in the 20-24 age bracket according to Census data.

The campus of the University of Queensland makes for an excellent backdrop to your evening strolls, and families will enjoy keeping the kids at home for a little longer if they study locally.

While there is a strong skew towards youth, it is an established family suburb, with some of the most desirable properties in the state abutting the Brisbane river and other areas in St Lucia. According to realestate.com.au, properties in St Lucia receive an average of 63 online visits per house, whereas the figure for the rest of Queensland sits at 50.

Establish yourself

If you are looking for an area in which to sink some roots and develop your lifestyle, this tranquil and leafy suburb may be the answer to that need. Properties in the area are attainable, with houses selling on average for less than a million dollars according to RP Data, and units for less than $500,000.

This represents a very good opportunity to move your family to an area of the city that will foster good family values, and keep you closer together as the kids grow up and study in the area or look for work in the city centre, only 6 km away.

Take on some good advice

If this is the kind of area you could see yourself in, talk to the Ray White Projects team who have some exclusive contracts in the area, as well as specialist knowledge in St Lucia real estate. With so much on offer to attract people to the suburb, the expert real estate agents in the Projects team have developed an intimate knowledge of their clientele and how to best cater to their needs.