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New Farm, located 2 km west of Brisbane’s central business district, is situated on one of the bends of the Brisbane River. From an unappealing suburb twenty years ago, New Farm underwent a gentrification in recent years that saw the area evolve into a new and cosmopolitan city.
The suburb is served by several buses that run to and from the city centre. It is also accessible by ferry. A tiny cross-river ferry at the river end of Brunswick Street run by Brisbane Transport connects the suburb to Norman Park. New Farm is also serviced by two CityCat stops, in Sydney Street and in New Farm Park.
Relax and enjoy one of the suburb’s parks: Wilson Outlook Reserve, New Farm Park, Powerhouse Park and Merthyr Park. Venturing outside the suburb, but not far, you can check out Captain Burke Park, CT White Park and James Warner Park in Kangaroo Point.
You can go see movies at Greater Union Myer Centre. For live performances, check out Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for The Arts and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley. The community arts and performance centre called The Powerhouse is located on the site of the former tramway power station at the eastern corner of the suburb.
Local children go to school at Holy Spirit Primary School and New Farm State Primary School. The nearest schools in other suburbs include New Farm Primary School in Newstead; All Hallows School in Fortitude Valley; Lourdes Hill Secondary College in Hawthorne; St James Secondary College and Brisbane Central Primary School in Spring Hill; and more. Child care centre options at New Farm include Jack & Jill Child Care Centre, Holy Spirit Outside School Hours and Vacation Care.
Avail of medical and health-related services at New Farm Clinic. You can also go to the hospitals in one of the nearby suburbs: Mount Olivet Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane in Kangaroo Point.
New Farm is near a commercial area called Merthyr Village. It is a major shopping precinct that offers a great one-stop shopping experience. There is a Coles Supermarket inside as well as retail shops catering for fashion and accessories, health and beauty, home and lifestyle, and more.
The suburb’s dwelling structure consists mostly of flats, units or apartments (62%) as well as separate houses (31%). Most homes are being rented (59%), whilst 21% and 20% are is fully owned and being purchased, respectively. Many Italian immigrants have settled in New Farm, which is the reason why it is called Brisbane’s “Little Italy”.
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Metropole’s Brisbane Buyers Agent office is about a 15 minute drive away from New Farm. We have helped many investors make wise property investments in New Farm and we can help you find the right property for your portfolio too.
Michael Yardney is one of the biggest names in property investment in Australia. He has written for just about every property magazine, newspaper and website in the country. He is also the owner of Metropole’s buyers agents in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.