What you need to know before you buy in Wilston
Are you looking to purchase a home or investment property in Wilston? How do you determine if this is the right suburb for you? As Wilston Buyers Agents, we have made it easy, by compiling information about Wilston that is important to know when considering this suburb for your home or investment purchase.
Located only a short distance from its inner-city neighbours, Wilston has both prestige and convenience as well as an infectious community spirit. Kedron Brook and Enoggera Creek border Wilston to the north and south, providing opportunities to access parks, playgrounds and sporting fields. Being a locally based Wilston Buyers Agent, Streamline Property Buyers understand that Wilston has a mix of pockets that appeal to different demographics including elevated aspects with full city views and areas with direct parkland access near the creek.
Wilston has a village feel and is complemented by a cafe and restaurant lifestyle strip that the locals flock to. Wilston is convenient to the north-south arterial roads in Brisbane, the tunnel entrance, and is also easily accessible and well serviced with excellent train and bus infrastructure.
Both trains and buses provide the main public transport options for Wilston, with only a 10 min journey to the Brisbane CBD by train, and 20 mins by bus. For timetables click here to access the Translink website. Riding a bike or e-scooter is also a popular way to travel being so close to the city.
Wilston has a very strong school catchment with several education options in Primary schools. Wilston State School recently celebrated its 100th year and has beautiful grounds with a mix of modern and heritage buildings on campus. St Columba’s Catholic Primary School has provided quality education for the Wilston and neighbouring communities for over 100 years as well.
Wilston also has easy access to prestigious secondary education options, and as local Wilston Buyers Agents, we know that a lot of families in the area choose to enroll their children into private schools or send them to the popular high achieving Kelvin Grove State College or Kedron State High school.
If you’re unsure about finding the school catchment zones in Brisbane read our blog for in-depth information here, because the suburb boundary does not always align with the school catchment boundary lines.
There are multiple locations within Wilston for cafes, restaurants, hair salons, and small retail stores. If you would like to know more about the best local venues in Wilston, head to the Must Do Brisbane’s website here or The Weekend Edition’s list of options here.
There is an abundance of popular, multi-use green spaces and parkland in Wilston. Finsbury Park, a local favourite, is nestled on the banks of nearby Enoggera Creek, boasting sporting facilities from hockey fields to soccer grounds. Wilston is also very close to Downey Park, home to Brisbane’s women’s sports, north of the river, including Netball, Hockey, and Softball.
These parks are popular with locals for weekend meet-ups, social gatherings, and group and personal exercise classes. Although the community feel is strong, they also welcome newcomers to the area.
Locals living in Wilston either commute to the Brisbane CBD or to various employment hubs in neighbouring suburbs. Being so close to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Wilston also attracts a high number of medical professionals. Wilston is also approximately 14km to the Airport for those locals who need to travel interstate or overseas for work.
Typical Property Style
Wilston has a wide range of housing styles but is known for its renovated Queenslander style homes on large blocks. As local Wilston Buyers Agents, we know there are still limited opportunities to renovate the more original homes. There are also modern, newly built homes on smaller blocks of land that have been split into 400 – 500m2 lot sizes.
There are some smaller developments of townhouses being built to add to the existing apartments and townhouses in the area, but these are mainly located on busier roads.
Wilston is an area with households mainly made up of professional couples and families of high wealth, with a weekly family income at the last census of $2,793 (Queensland’s average is $1,661). According to SQM research, the percentage of owner-occupiers is 62.1%, and 42.96% for renters. The area is very popular for families with young children who often move into the Wilston area to raise their children.
Wilston’s Most Desirable Areas
There are many highly desirable pockets in Wilston to consider, including the elevated positions north of Abuklea Street and the Wilston Village which showcase quiet, tree-lined streets with city views.
Staying away from the main roads and the low-lying areas prone to flooding is the best way to buy well in Wilston, but due to the higher prices compromising on the road and railway noise can also be a way to get into the area. Even streets prone to flooding close to Enoggera Creek such as Cramond Street, Vardon Street, and Langley Ave are still highly desirable and achieve higher sales prices. Of course, getting local knowledge from a Wilston Buyers Agent is the best way to understand which areas are best for you.
Median Price Values
The median price for houses sold in Wilston throughout April 2022 was $1,710,000 (although the median calculated over the last 12 months is $1,340,000) and the median price value for units is $526,200 (although the median calculated over the last 12 months is $517,000). If you’re looking for a home on a large block that is not in need of renovation you would need to consider a budget within the late $1 million range.
The median price growth for Wilston over the last 3 years to April 2022 has been 77.4% for houses and 31.5% for units.
Need a local Wilston Buyers Agent?
Hopefully, this information has been helpful in your quest to understand what buying your next property in Wilston may entail. You can listen to a more in-depth review of Wilston from a local’s perspective on the Brisbane Property Podcast in our interview with Wilston local of 21 years, Alistair McMillan here.
If you would like further help to purchase a property please reach out to your local Wilston Buyers Agents. Streamline Property Buyers can help. Enquire here.