Where to buy a home or investment property in Brisbane

PART 1 – SCHOOLS

Whether you are buying a family home or an investment property in Brisbane, it is important to consider the quality of schools in the suburb before making a purchase.  For home-buyers, living in the catchment of a desirable public school offers not only convenience but can save tens of thousands of dollars in private school fees each year.  Savvy investors realise that by buying into these same areas they can generate a premium rental income and attract tenants who will often stay long term.  So where are the best schools in Brisbane?

Brisbane Buyer’s Agent Matt Reeves from Your Property Hound provides the following advice on how to research Brisbane’s Schools to determine where to purchase your next family home or investment property.

Choosing a School

The Good Schools Guide, and My School websites are 2 excellent resources which compare schools based on their curriculum, academic performance and fees.

Better Education  ranks schools on their academic performance based on results from the National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) and Overal Position scores (OPs).

The best performing Brisbane primary schools based on NAPLAN results in 2014 are:

  • Ironside State School (St Lucia)
  • Brisbane Grammar School (Brisbane)
  • St Peter’s Lutheran College (Indooroopilly)
  • Indooroopilly State School (Indooroopilly)
  • Fig Tree Pocket State School (Fig Tree Pocket)
  • Chapel Hill State School (Chapel Hill)
  • Sunnybank Hills State School (Sunnybank Hills)
  • Ashgrove State School (Ashgrove)
  • Graceville State School  (Graceville)
  • Bardon State School (Bardon)
  • Kenmore South State School  (Kenmore)
  • McGregor State School (McGregor)

Source

The top 10 Brisbane High Schools based on the highest percentage of students achieving an OP score of 1-5 in 2014:

  • Brisbane Grammar School (Brisbane)
  • Somerset College (Mudgeeraba)
  • Brisbane Girls Grammar School (Brisbane)
  • Brisbane State High School (South Brisbane)
  • Brisbane Boys College (Toowong)
  • Clayfield College (Clayfield)
  • St Joseph’s College (Spring Hill)
  • Anglican Church Grammar School (East Brisbane)
  • All Hallows School (Brisbane)
  • St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School (Corinda)

The full list of Queensland’s high schools based on ranking can be shown here.

 Determining a School’s Catchment Area

In order to obtain guaranteed entry to a Queensland state school, students must live in the catchment area.  Detailed maps of school catchment areas can be accessed on the Queensland government website.  (The website also allows searches to be performed by by property address.

School’s are just one of many factors to consider when buying a home or investment property in Brisbane.  If you would like some independent advice or need assistance with your next property purchase, please do not hesitate to contact our Brisbane buyers agent directly.

Other useful articles on the Brisbane property market can be found here.