Brisbane suburbs tipped for growth in 2021

author-avatar By on January 21, 2021
Brisbane suburbs tipped for growth in 2021

If you’re looking to buy or invest in the Sunshine State capital, these could be the suburbs to look at this year.

With the pandemic having more of an impact on New South Wales and Victoria, many households flocked to the relatively unscathed Queensland, taking advantage of beach lifestyles amid the shift to working from home.

ANZ forecasted in November Brisbane would see house price growth of almost 10% in 2021, while SQM Research forecasted growth of 3-8%, based on several different scenarios.

Meanwhile, Domain analysis recently revealed that for the first time in five years, it was more expensive to rent a unit in Brisbane than in Melbourne.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.

Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group, Adam Nobel, said the driving forces of capital growth in Brisbane this year would be migration, education, and affordability.

“By that, I mean the places I would buy are where demand is extremely strong due to a sought-after catchment area and community for the Asian demographic,” Mr Nobel told

“Post covid, employment will also be a major boost to Brisbane’s capital growth and I have no doubt Brisbane will continue to rise.

“Right now the supply of housing is still very tight which is another force creating the increase in prices.”

So where in Brisbane are property prices going to see big growth in 2021? We asked the experts for their picks:

Brisbane suburbs tipped for growth in 2021:


Chief economist at PRD Real Estate, Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, said excellent education facilities, low listings, and an affordable price tag made Mansfield an attractive suburb to buy in.

“Mansfield is renowned for being the home of Mansfield State School and Mansfield State High School, which are considered to be top schools in Brisbane,” Dr Diaswati told

“It is surprisingly affordable with a median house price of $710,000, just under the Brisbane median house price.

“The number of properties available for sale in Mansfield, particularly within the school catchments, are not as high as other suburbs, making it a highly coveted area.”


Dr Diaswati said Indooroopilly was an inner CBD suburb known for its lifestyle, entertainment, and multiculturalism, making it an ideal place to buy or invest.

“Many parts of Indooroopilly are still very green and leafy with old-style Queenslander houses, near open green spaces, that are very family-friendly.

“Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Indooroopilly train station and bus exchange, and a multitude of bars, cafes, and restaurants provide residents with the lifestyle, entertainment, and ease of transport.

“The suburb is an ideal place for students of the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.

“Multiculturalism is celebrated daily in Indooroopilly, with many international students residing there. It is within easy access for Brisbane Boys College and a variety of top State schools.”


Moorooka has grown in popularity in recent years, and Dr Diaswati said the suburb provided affordable, larger blocks, not regularly seen in other suburbs.

“Located approximately 19kms from the Brisbane CBD, Moorooka is an upcoming suburb that has gained popularity over the past five years, due to the increasing retail development around the area.

“It is a suburb that has been gentrified yet still affordable at a median house price of $685,000.

“Properties in Moorooka are more often than not set in larger blocks of land, older in style, which creates perfect opportunities for those looking to renovate and/or subdivide.”

Logan Central

Although slightly out of the Brisbane local government area (LGA), Dr Diaswati said the suburb was well placed, being right in the middle of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Logan Central’s extremely low median house price of $290,000 makes it a suburb highly affordable for those who are working in either LGAs and need to commute.

“The image of Logan Central has evolved and gentrified over the past years, to one that is more business and industry-focused, yet still family-friendly.

“Many of the houses are older in style, which invites renovators and first home buyers to create their dream home.

“Approximately $1 billion worth of project development is scheduled for 2021, which will further establish the infrastructure and commercial aspects of the area. Now is the time to capitalise on this opportunity.”

Mt Gravatt

Dr Diaswati said Mt Gravatt was a lifestyle and education hub, with an affordable price tag that would make it attractive to families.

“Mt Gravatt has a median house price of $670,000, which is below the Brisbane LGA median house price of $725,000, making it more affordable for many families.

“Westfield Garden City sits at the heart of Mt Gravatt, a hub of everyday shopping needs and entertainment.

“Griffith University is nearby, making the area attractive for local university students.

“Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee hospital is easily accessible, as well as the many eateries of Sunnybank, which makes the area quite popular for those looking for a suburb that has much to offer.”

Director and Founder of Aus Property Professionals, Lloyd Edge, echoed Dr Diaswati’s sentiments and said Mt Gravatt was becoming a major hub on the south side of Brisbane.

“There is a range of education institutions, cafe culture, and quite large houses and blocks of land. Moving forward from the pandemic I believe people will be looking for more space and the housing in Mount Gravatt provides this,” Mr Edge told

“There are also some good public transport options for those that need it. I like the walkability to cafes though which will help the growth in an undervalued suburb.”

Chermside West

Mr Edge said Chermside West had huge potential this year, given its proximity to amenities and strong growth in the past few years.

“It’s 12km from the Brisbane CBD and has seen a high level of gentrification over recent years which augers well for some growth this year as the markets really heat up.

“It has two hospitals and also is right near Chermside which has seen some solid growth. I think Chermside West will benefit from the ripple effect for growth as it is a bridesmaid suburb.

“Chermside has experienced growth of over 30% over the past 5 years and I see this moving onto Chermside West.”

Stafford and Everton Park

Although slightly further from the CBD, a shorter journey to the coast and larger blocks mean Stafford and Everton Park will take off this year, according to Mr Edge.

“They have good proximity and easy transport options to both the city and Moreton Bay as well as to the Sunshine Coast.

“These are cheaper suburbs to buy in than the eastern suburbs or city and again I believe people will be looking for something a little further out with a bit more space.”


Mr Nobel said Wishart was seeing huge demand, with proximity to high-end schools and amenities driving prices up.

“Wishart is in the Mansfield High catchment area, which has excellent academic results, sporting and arts programs, “ Mr Nobel said.

“There is huge demand from wealthy Asians moving into the area, exactly like what has happened in West End, Highgate Hill, and South Brisbane, and this demand will push prices up.

“We are starting to see old houses knocked down and new, more expensive builds go up.

“There is also a seventh-day Adventist church and college that many church members and students like to walk to. This has also kept demand strong.

“There is an established capital benchmark of many homes over $1.5 million, yet you can also get a house on a large block from $750,000.”


Mr Nobel said Woolloongabba was going to have an enormous amount of infrastructure in coming years, which meant 2021 may be the year to buy before it was too late.

“Only 2km from the CBD, with the new Cross River Rail and restaurant precinct coming in, this will definitely push prices up in Woolloongabba.

“This will also have a positive impact on its cheaper neighbour in Greenslopes. Greenslopes also benefits from employment demand with the hospital.”


A train station, great schools, affordability, and lifestyle, meant Hemmant was one of the places to buy in Brisbane, according to Mr Nobel.

“In Hemmant, you can buy brand new houses with enormous depreciation benefits and positive cash flow.

“It also provides a high quality of life, being close to Wynnum and Manly, yet closer to the city, and is cheaper than both these suburbs.

“New housing projects are pushing up values as people are building nice homes. I would buy here, given there is very strong rental demand yet no stock.”

Photo by Jesse Collins on Unsplash


The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure,, Performance Drive and are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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