5 Brisbane Properties Under $500,000
What half a million gets you in the Sunshine state capital.
What half a million gets you in the Sunshine state capital.
Found on the southern side of West No.8 comes this sophisticated 1 bedder with all one needs for inner-city living.
Boasting an open plan design with plenty of storage and separate study the apartment sees a spacious kitchen with stone-like finishes and ample storage fitted with European stainless-steel appliances.
Throughout the apartment are high quality textured timber look floors.
Within the complex, is access to a resort-style wellness centre equipped with a sauna, steam room, hot and cold magnesium pools, fully equipped gym and more.
Further, the residence sits in an ideal locale, near sporting and cultural hubs and Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station. $468,000; Silklane.com.au
Located in one of Brisbane’s hottest spots comes this generous 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 1-car parking apartment.
Here, the apartment features a designer kitchen with gloss finishes and ample storage, stone benchtops, German tapware, Spanish tiles and AEG kitchen appliances including.
Further, the apartment sees its own terrace area, accessible by the family room and bedroom two.
Nearby to Brisbane’s CBD, transport, eateries and more, the apartment offers the best of Kangaroo Point at one’s doorstep. $499,000; qreal.com
Only five kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD comes this intelligently updated 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 2-car parking apartment.
Located in a boutique block the apartment is one of only 10 residences and presents itself as bright and airy with a fresh colour palette.
The open plan dining forms the property’s heart, met with a covered backing – for alfresco meals and sunset drinks – and a modern kitchen featuring an emerald subway tiled splashback, timber benchtop, quality appliances, a Billi tap and plenty of storage.
Completing the offering is a generous master bedroom and sizeable second bedroom – both fitted with built-in robes.
The property is close to the new West Village and Montague Markets as well as public transport and dining options.
The listing is with Place Estate Agents Woolloongabba and is headed to auction. Eplace.com.au
Presenting Aviary Residences, an opportunity to elevate inner-city living with comfort and space.
Toowong is set to become the heart of Brisbane’s inner-west, and here the 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 1-car parking apartment puts you within reach of all the locale has to offer.
Here, the apartment is fitted with timber flooring throughout, an entertainer’s kitchen – featuring stone bench op, feature lighting and Smeg appliances and 2.7-metre ceiling heights.
Further, the designer bathroom is dressed in Italian tiles, featuring clean lines and a calm natural palette.
Elsewhere, the property is privy to rooftop facilities including a 20-metre infinity-edge pool, private garden lounge, dining alcoves, indoor-outdoor library, private dining room and kitchen, media room and residents’ lounge. $459,000; aviarytoowong.com.au
Boasting an abundance of natural light and a practical floorplan comes this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 1-car parking apartment in the heart of Brisbane CBD.
Inside, the modern kitchen features a gas cooktop, dishwasher and plenty of storage while the living and dining room links to the alfresco skyroom.
The skyroom offers indoor – or a swift transition to outdoor – space with urban views.
Onsite resort-style amenities include the two-lane lap pool, leisure pool, spa, sauna and gym.
Located nearby to the upcoming Queen’s Wharf Brisbane the residence is footsteps away from the very best in entertainment, dining and shopping. Offers over 465,000; piccoloproperty.com
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Vacationers scratching their travel itch this season are sending prices through the roof. Here’s how some are making trade-offs.
Capri Coffer socks away $600 a month to help fund her travels. The Atlanta health-insurance account executive and her husband couldn’t justify a family vacation to the Dominican Republic this summer, though, given what she calls “astronomical” plane ticket prices of $800 each.
The price was too high for younger family members, even with Coffer defraying some of the costs.
Instead, the family of six will pile into a rented minivan come August and drive to Hilton Head Island, S.C., where Coffer booked a beach house for $650 a night. Her budget excluding food for the two-night trip is about $1,600, compared with the $6,000 price she was quoted for a three-night trip to Punta Cana.
“That way, everyone can still be together and we can still have that family time,” she says.
With hotel prices and airfares stubbornly high as the 2023 travel rush continues—and overall inflation squeezing household budgets—this summer is shaping up as the season of travel trade-offs for many of us.
Average daily hotel rates in the top 25 U.S. markets topped $180 year-to-date through April, increasing 9.9% from a year ago and 15.6% from 2019, according to hospitality-data firm STR.
Online travel sites report more steep increases for summer ticket prices, with Kayak pegging the increase at 35% based on traveler searches. (Perhaps there is no more solid evidence of higher ticket prices than airline executives’ repeated gushing about strong demand, which gives them pricing power.)
The high prices and economic concerns don’t mean we’ll all be bunking in hostels and flying Spirit Airlines with no luggage. Travellers who aren’t going all-out are compromising in a variety of ways to keep the summer vacation tradition alive, travel agents and analysts say.
“They’re still out there and traveling despite some pretty real economic headwinds,” says Mike Daher, Deloitte’s U.S. transportation, hospitality and services leader. “They’re just being more creative in how they spend their limited dollars.”
For some, that means a cheaper hotel. Hotels.com says global search interest in three-star hotels is up more than 20% globally. Booking app HotelTonight says nearly one in three bookings in the first quarter were for “basic” hotels, compared with 27% in the same period in 2019.
For other travellers, the trade-offs include a shorter trip, a different destination, passing on premium seat upgrades on full-service airlines or switching to no-frills airlines. Budget-airline executives have said on earnings calls that they see evidence of travellers trading down.
Deloitte’s 2023 summer travel survey, released Tuesday, found that average spending on “marquee” trips this year is expected to decline to $2,930 from $3,320 a year ago. Tighter budgets are a factor, he says.
Wendy Marley is no economics teacher, but says she’s spent a lot of time this year refreshing clients on the basics of supply and demand.
The AAA travel adviser, who works in the Boston area, says the lesson comes up every time a traveler with a set budget requests help planning a dreamy summer vacation in Europe.
“They’re just having complete sticker shock,” she says.
Marley has become a pro at Plan B destinations for this summer.
For one client celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary with a budget of $10,000 to $12,000 for a five-star June trip, she switched their attention from the pricey French Riviera or Amalfi Coast to a luxury resort on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
To Yellowstone fans dismayed at ticket prices into Jackson, Wyo., and three-star lodges going for six-star prices, she recommends other national parks within driving distance of Massachusetts, including Acadia National Park in Maine.
For clients who love the all-inclusive nature of cruising but don’t want to shell out for plane tickets to Florida, she’s been booking cruises out of New York and New Jersey.
Not all of Marley’s clients are tweaking their plans this summer.
Michael McParland, a 78-year-old consultant in Needham, Mass., and his wife are treating their family to a luxury three-week Ireland getaway. They are flying business class on Aer Lingus and touring with Adventures by Disney. They initially booked the trip for 2020, so nothing was going to stand in the way this year.
McParland is most excited to take his teen grandsons up the mountain in Northern Ireland where his father tended sheep.
“We decided a number of years ago to give our grandsons memories,” he says. “Money is money. They don’t remember you for that.”
Chima Enwere, a 28-year old piano teacher in Fayetteville, N.C., is also headed to the U.K., but not by design.
Enwere, who fell in love with Europe on trips the past few years, let airline ticket prices dictate his destination this summer to save money.
He was having a hard time finding reasonable flights out of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., so he asked for ideas in a Facebook travel group. One traveler found a round-trip flight on Delta to Scotland for $900 in late July with reasonable connections.
He was budgeting $1,500 for the entire trip—he stays in hostels to save money—but says he will have to spend more given the pricier-than-expected plane ticket.
“I saw that it was less than four digits and I just immediately booked it without even asking questions,” he says.
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