Hi, I’m Sam Price Director and Lead Brisbane Buyer’s Agent from Templeton Property and today I’d like to provide a Suburb Profile on Ashgrove Property, where we are regularly purchasing family homes and investment properties for our clients. This blog provides an overview of the key factors for future buyers to consider before buying a property in Ashgrove.
Are you considering purchasing a home or investment property in beautiful Ashgrove? As a specialist Ashgrove Buyer’s Agent, I would be happy to chat to you about the suburb, the streets and even particular houses. Our decades of working with the local agents guarantees we are the first to know about Ashgrove off market properties and coming soon properties. I grew up and still live in Ashgrove and would love nothing more than to help you secure your little piece of beautiful Ashgrove.
Ashgrove is located 4 kilometres northwest of the Brisbane Central Business District and is a charming, leafy, family friendly residential suburb, renowned for its quality schools and abundance of parks. It is characterised by its gently undulating terrain and pre-war ‘Ashgrovian’ style timber homes with their character gables. With its strong community history and spirit, it is a suburb well suited to growing families.
Ashgrove shares its borders with Red Hill, Bardon, Newmarket, Alderley and The Gap.
Ashgrove takes its name from the 200 acre Grove Estate which was developed by Mr F. F Holmes and later subdivided to create the current suburb. Records show that Ash Trees grew profusely in the area. The sub-suburb of Ithaca and St John’s Wood were named by the then Governor Bowen.
Interesting historical facts:
- Marist Brothers College was purchased by the Marist Brothers in 1930 with the college being established in 1940 as a day and boarding school and the buildings were commandeered by the Australian Army during World War 2.
- St. Finbar’s Catholic Church was constructed in 1955.
- Ashgrove State School was established in 1877.
- Waterworks Road was originally laid down in the 1860’s as an access road to Enoggera and Taylor Range.
- Mt. St. Michael’s College was opened in 1925 and was originally known as Grantuly after the residence that stood on the site and housed the college. It was renamed in 1941.
- The suburb’s first post office was established on 1 January 1877.
- A mail service began operating by coach between Brisbane and Ashgrove six days a week on 15 Mar 1877.
- The tramline was extended from Red Hill to Ashgrove in 1924.
Credit: State Library of Queensland
Landmark homes include:
34 Glenn Lyon Drive, Ashgrove was built by settler Alexander Stewart (1876). This residence was called Glen Lyon House.
31 Piddington Street, Ashgrove – St John’s Wood was built in the early 1860’s by Judge Harding using local granite, thus it was called the Granite House.
Ashgrove is home to predominantly timber homes known as ‘Ashgrovians’ which attract buyers who see themselves living in the home and suburb for many years, often till the kids have finished school. As a result, turnover of family homes is relatively low and the demand for housing is high, which helps drive the Ashgrove property prices upward. Altogether, this has made Ashgrove a fabulous suburb to both live in and to invest.
The suburb is renowned for these beautiful and generous sized heritage homes on good size blocks of land, ripe for renovation. Some parts of Ashgrove such as either side of Wardell Street, comprise post-war homes, which allows the house to be removed or subdivided, and a modern home built upon the block.
Given Ashgrove is located in a Demolition Control Precinct, the suburb is protected from excessive new developments, apartments and town house complexes. This has helped keep the ratio of houses to units in check and maintained the character of the suburb.
Pre-Schools and Day Care
Ashgrove residents are spoilt for choice and options include: Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten; Green Leaves Early Learning; Goodstart Early learning; The Woods Early Education; C&K Preschool and Kindergarten.
|Ashgrove State School||Co-Ed |
|Public Primary School||31 Glory St, Ashgrove, 4060||(07) 3858 4777|
|Oakleigh State School||Co-Ed |
|Public Primary School||Buxton Street, Ashgrove, 4060||(07) 3510 2888|
|St Finbarr’s School||Co-Ed |
|Private Primary School||Betheden Terrace, Ashgrove, 4060||(07) 3366 1397|
|Mater Dei Catholic Primary School||Co-Ed |
|Private Primary School||7 Lynwood Crescent, Ashgrove West, 4060||(07) 3514 4100|
|Mt St Michael’s College||Girls||Private Secondary School||67 Elimatta Dr, Ashgrove, QLD 4060||(07) 3858 4222|
|Marist College||Boys||Private Primary (Yr 5+) and Secondary School||142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove, QLD 4060||(07) 3858 4555|
|The Gap State High School||Co-Ed||Public Secondary School||1020 Waterworks Road, The Gap QLD 4061||(07) 3511 3888|
|Kelvin Grove State College||Co-Ed||Public Secondary School||L’Estrange Terrace, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059||(07) 3552 7333|
To find out how to investigate school catchments in Ashgrove and Brisbane, please refer to our Blog located here: How to investigate school catchments in Brisbane?
Shops and Dining
Many residents of Ashgrove can walk to their local neighbourhood shops and for their weekly shop, the suburb is well serviced by supermarket options. The main shopping complex at Ashgrove is located at the intersections of Waterworks Road and both Ashgrove Avenue and Stewart Road. As well as a host of speciality stores, bakeries, butchers, bottle shops etc. this quadrant also offers Woolworth, Coles, Aldi, Chemist Warehouse and 99 Bikes.
The Junk Bar, located on the corner of Waterworks Road and Ashgrove Avenue is a must-try for an intimate catch up whilst listening to some music in a setting that will transport you straight back to the 1970’s.
The Broncos League Club is also located in walking distance of residents located at the eastern end of Ashgrove.
Popular cafes include: Home Café; Milkbar Café; Famished on Frasers; Corn Street Café; Hub Café Kitchen; Banneton Bakery etc.
Ashgrove has a wide range of medical practitioners ranging from the various doctors’ surgeries, dentists, physiotherapists, as well as specialists.
A choice of gym’s and fitness options are catered for in Ashgrove including a 24 hour Goodlife Health Club; Jetts; Fitstop; UBX; 9 Round; F45; Studio Pilates etc.
Being located only 4 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District, makes the city commute from Ashgrove very manageable, and many people also choose to walk to the city daily.
Brisbane City Council bus services provide regular transport connections along Waterworks Road and Stewart Road, direct to the city and surrounding suburbs. The Great Circle Bus Line also links the major shopping centre to Ashgrove and the City Glider service provides ease of access to the city as well as Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba and South Bank etc.
Ashgrove is also well serviced by bike paths which utilise the creek network to provide a safe and scenic link to the city to the east and The Gap to the west.
Ashgrove does not have a train station, the nearest one being at Enoggera. Many residents of Ashgrove can hear the trains from Enoggera in the early hours of the morning.
Parks & Golf Club
Ashgrove has an abundance of parks and outdoor areas ranging from pockets of native bushland, manicured ovals and open parklands, promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle for its residents.
Dorrington Park, also known as the Enchanted Forest, is a well-known and popular park for children’s birthday parties and barbeques. For the older kids, there is a basketball hoop and skate park near the Wardell Street bridge end of the park.
The Ashgrove Golf Club, located at the western end of Ashgrove, is a popular and scenic course for a large number of local golfers.
Sunset park is a popular dog park and is located at the end of Monoplane Street, Ashgrove.
Although a large number of local residents commute to the city daily, the suburb is home to quite a number of small business that either operate from a local shop front or directly from home. A serviced office located at Highpoint – 240 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove caters for small businesses and sole practitioners wanting a local base from which to work.
Ashgrove is not located beneath any major flight paths, therefore plane noise is not an issue.
Vehicular noise and air pollution however can be a concern for residents located on or near the main roads in the suburb. The main roads being: Waterworks Road; Wardell Street; Jubilee Terrace; Stewart Road; and Ashgrove Avenue.
Pockets of Ashgrove are subject to flooding and many houses were inundated in the most recent flooding. To find out how to undertake a flood search in Ashgrove, please refer to our Blog located here: How to check if a property is flood affected in Brisbane?
Demographics (2021 Census)
- Population of Ashgrove: 13,716
- Male: 49.6%
- Female: 50.4%
- Median Age: 38
- Number of families: 3,565
- Average of children per family: 1.9
- Number of private dwellings: 5,145
- Average number of people per household: 2.8
- Median weekly household income: $2,873
- Property owned outright: 31%
- Property owned with mortgage: 40.50%
- Property rented: 26.9%
Credit 2021 Census
Buying a property in Ashgrove? Market insights for houses (October 2022)
- The median house price in Ashgrove: $1,467,500
- Price growth for houses in Ashgrove over the last 12 months: 15.1%
- The number of houses sold in Ashgrove in the last 12 months: 130
- Median time it takes on market for a house to sell in Ashgrove: 26 days
Rental return for buying a property in Ashgrove – houses (October 2022)
- Average gross rental return for a house in Ashgrove: 2.8%
- Median rental price for houses in Ashgrove: $680per week
- Rental growth for houses in Ashgrove over the last 12 months: 9.7%
- Median time it takes on market for a house to lease in Ashgrove: 17 day
Buying a property in Ashgrove? Market insights for units (October 2022)
- The median unit price in Ashgrove: $555,000
- Price growth for units in Ashgrove over the last 12 months: 13.8%
- The number of units sold in Ashgrove in the last 12 months: 79
- Median time it takes on market for a unit to sell in Ashgrove: 25 days
Rental return for buying a property in Ashgrove – units (October 2022)
- Average gross rental return for a unit in Ashgrove: 4.6%
- Median rental price for units in Ashgrove: $430per week
- Rental growth for units in Ashgrove over the last 12 months: 2.4%
- Median time it takes on market for a unit to lease in Ashgrove: 15 days
Credit: REA 2022
Considering buying a property in Ashgrove?
Here are 3 sales of properties in Ashgrove:
Type: Detached house (low end)
Address: 30 Acton Street, Ashgrove QLD 4060
Comprising: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, tandem car on 458m2.
Sold: september 2022 for $1,221,000
Type: Unit (average)
Address: 65/40 Nathan Avenue, Ashgrove QLD 4060
Comprising: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms single level unit.
Sold: September 2022 for $503,000
Type: Detached house (high end)
Address: 40 Arinya Road, AshgroveQLD 4060
Comprising: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car and pool on 688m2.
Sold: September 2022 for $2,310,000
Ashgrove is a charming, leafy and family friendly suburb that provides something special to its residents and we hope this information has been helpful to you if you are looking at buying a property in Ashgrove. If we can assist you further and if you would like to chat to an Ashgrove Buyer’s Agent who actually lives in Ashgrove, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience.
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We look forward to hearing from you.
Sam Price, Director & Lead Buyer’s Agent – Templeton Property Brisbane.