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Paddington is an inner suburb of Brisbane, situated 2.8 kilometres west of the Central Business District. Similar to other suburbs in the area, settlements in Paddington started to sprout in the 1860s. And, like other suburbs, it is located on a number of hills. The suburb is home to many original and distinctive Queenslander homes. Many houses are built on stumps because of the steep nature of their blocks.
Paddington is served by buses operated by Brisbane Transport. The main thoroughfares are Caxton Street, Given, Latrobe and Enoggera Terraces.
One of the small parks in the area is the Neal Macrossan Park (also known as Ithaca Playground) on Caroline Street. It comprises the Paddington Skate Park and Tennis Courts and the adjacent Ithaca public pool on lower Caxton Street. There is a bigger, multi-use park, Gregory Park, located on Baroona Road as well as a Fallen Soldiers Memorial Park on the corner of Latrobe Terraces and Enoggera Terraces. Trammies Corner, a small park named after the former tram workers of the area, is located on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Prince Street. Paddington is also close to the Suncorp Stadium (formerly called Lang Park), located on Castlemaine Street in Milton, but fronts Caxton Street.
Paddington also features a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bistros including Grappino Trattoria Ristorante, The Lark Food and Drink, Montrachet, Simpatico Bar Bistro, Kookaburra Café, The Paddo and The Sit Down Comedy Club.
Watch the latest movies and films at Blue Room Cinebar. Drive to Palace Cinemas in Petrie Terrace or Roundhouse Theatre in Kelvin Grove. To catch a play, go to the Brisbane Arts Theatre, Brisbane Youth Theatre or La Boite Theatre Company.
Paddington only has one school, the Petrie Terrace State School in Moreton Street. There are several kindergartens including Lady Gowrie Community Kindergartens and C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten and Preschool, as well as others in nearby Bardon, Red Hill, Milton and Fortitude Valley. Child care facilities include Chatterbox Child Development and Care Centres, Petrie Terrace After School Care, Paddington Child Care Centre and Kindy Patch Childcare Centre.
For health issues and medical emergencies, there are several hospitals in nearby suburbs including Rivercity Private Hospital in Auchenflower, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill and Brisbane Private Hospital, also in Spring Hill.
There are also animal clinics in Paddington: the Cat Clinic and Paddington Cat Practice.
Paddington is a shopping mecca of speciality boutiques of all kinds including food, fashion, home wares and antiques. It has a thriving antique, second hand and opportunity store scene, with the Paddington Antique Centre being the centre piece. Some of Paddington’s shops include Witchery, Presents of Mind, Rosalie Gourmet Market, QA Signs, Umart Online, Woolworths and Black Cat Books & Café.
If you are looking at investing in property in Paddington here is a breakdown of the types of properties available:
Paddington is mainly a residential suburb. Many workers’ cottages and Queenslander-style homes with corrugated roofs are found in Paddington. The type of dwelling is predominantly separate houses (74%), with 17.5% comprising flats, units or apartments. 47% are being rented. 29.7% are being purchased whilst 22.7% are fully owned.
Paddington has become an attractive place in which to live in recent years as it represents good value considering its location and facilities. If you are a property owner in Paddington, get maximum returns on your investment by engaging the services of Metropole’s property management services.
Metropole’s Brisbane Buyers Agent office is just an 8 minute drive from Paddington and we have helped many property investors purchase in this area. Contact us to help you find the best investment property for your portfolio in Paddington.he two main roads in Maroubra are the Anzac Parade which stretches all the way through the suburb and also Maroubra road which intersects the Anzac parade and even goes into the neighbouring suburb Coogee.
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 Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.