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If you ask an agent, they’ll likely say first homes are a dime a dozen around Brisbane … but they’re often old houses that need major renovations to make them liveable, let alone family-friendly.
As if saving for a property isn’t stressful enough, this means you now have to factor in costs of rebuilding your dream home, potentially while you’re living in it.
Never fear. It turns out it is actually possible to find an affordable first home that’s freshly built or renovated and low-maintenance to maintain.
These five properties are an easy ticket to settling into homeowner life with little mess or fuss — and all for under $600,000.
48 Brookfield Road, Kenmore QLD 4069
Price: Offers over $540,000
3 bed, 1 bath
Agent: Brisbane West Real Estate, Fyri Fahir 0417 787 248
This brick and tile home in the heart of family-friendly Kenmore is within walking distance to staple amenities like schools, cafes, medical centres, supermarkets and shops.
With a spacious open plan living and dining area and plenty of windows throughout, it’s a solid foundation for a comfortable family home, with plenty of potential to explore your personal design style.
The outdoor patio and dining area is a great spot to entertain friends, while the surrounding lawns — a sizeable chunk of the generous 607 land parcel — could be easily transformed into a landscaped space or child-friendly yard.
56 Boundary Road, Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Price: Offers over $599,999
3 bed, 1 bath, 2 car
Agent: Place Graceville, Liz Browning 0404 251 016
This contemporary three bedroom home needs virtually nothing done to it.
Set in sought-after Indooroopilly and surrounded by greenery, schools, shops and a vibrant community, it’s still only seven kilometres from the city.
Agent Liz Browning said the newly renovated property meant an easy move-in for buyers.
“There’s nothing to do really,” she said.
“It’s been rewired, re-plumbed, repointed for the roof, [there’s] new guttering and it’s got beautiful floorboards inside.
“The median price for Indooroopilly is $959,000 and we’re looking in the early to mid 600s.
“[The value] is only going to increase. If you think of the rest of Indooroopilly, which is over that 950 mark and very close to a million — if you can get in for 600, you can’t go wrong.”
14 Cook Street, Oxley QLD 4075
Price: Offers over $549,000
3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car
Agent: Harcourts Marketplace, Chris Mihalopoulos 0438 324 616, Sarah Bailey 0415 591 103
Located in Oxley, this two-storey character home is just waiting for a family to fill it and explore the surrounding community and its border of lush bushland.
The home is bright and modern with a compact but open floor plan, and features charming traditional details like polished timber floors, high ceilings and a panel board exterior.
Perched on a 412 square metre block of land, the property offers enough room for kids to run around in, but won’t commandeer entire weekends for mowing endless lawns.
The large downstairs area is practically untouched, so could be transformed into an office, entertaining area, fourth bedroom or even dual living space.
84 Glenmorgan Street, Keperra QLD 4054
3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Calibre Real Estate Pty Ltd, Justin Hagen 0401 856 161
Cheerful, homey and light-filled, this postwar home has been outfitted with modern frills to offer comfortable, low-maintenance living for a couple or family.
The home is just 300 metres from parks, bike paths and creeks to explore, while The Great Western Shopping Centre, Dallas Parade shops, Brookside and Arana Plaza are also close by.
Agent Justin Hagen said the up-and-coming suburb of Keperra was the perfect spot for buyers after their first property.
“It’s actually a broad demographic area with definitely affordable houses for those first home buyers,” he said.
“That demographic [is] looking for something that’s neat and tidy to live in, not too much work to do, but they can add their own touches with slight cosmetic work, whether it be inside, a little bit of painting and a change of carpets, or some straightforward landscaping.
“Most first home buyers are looking at anywhere between 450 up to 600 depending on location, so [this] type of property ticks the box.”
15 Lanena Street, Jindalee QLD 4074
3 bed, 1 bath, 2 car
Agent: Plum Property, Steven Kremer 0433 852 400
Just moments from the Brisbane River, this sturdy low-set brick home is surprisingly chic inside.
With open plan living spaces which flow around the stone bench tops of the modern chef’s kitchen, the home features three good-sized bedrooms, each bright, comfortable and fitted with built-in wardrobes and fans.
Sliding doors provide easy access to the garden, a large lawn framed by established trees and ripe real estate for a pool, jungle gym or outdoor entertaining area to fill the space.
There are no less than 12 schools within five kilometres of the property, while the nearby Jindalee boat ramp and Jaguars football ovals offer an abundance of fun family weekend plans.