New Farm is very pretty, easy to walk around in, and has fantastic food and dining options. It is, however, very expensive to live there. In recent years a lot of young professionals have bought into the area but find once they marry and have kids that it no longer suits their lifestyle. It really is one of the most gorgeous suburbs, with tree-lined streets and gorgeous river and City views.
Know for its picturesque hills and beautiful cottages, Paddington is the vein of the Inner West, running outwards from the City and adjoining Red Hill to the North, Bardon to the West and Auchenflower to the South. As you travel down Caxton Street, past Suncorp Stadium, onto Given and Latrobe Terraces, you will see why Paddington is such a desirable place to live in Brisbane.
For many, New Farm is considered to be a jewel of Queensland’s great south-east. New Farm is partly surrounded by the Brisbane River, with land access from the north-west through Fortitude Valley and from the north through Newstead, which gives this suburb a beautiful outlook from the CBD right around to the bay. New Farm has experienced much ‘gentrification’ and ‘infill development’ throughout the 1990s and the years since 2000. However, New Farm maintains its diversity, being known for its long-established Anglo-Saxon and Italian communities (as depicted in Venero Armanno’s novel Firehead), and its many restaurants and cafes.
Family friendly, trendy, and easy to walk around, New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most popular suburbs to live. In recent years, home values have skyrocketed due to the desire for many young families to move into the area, which has unfortunately made it unaffordable for many. Its closeness to Fortitude Valley also makes it a popular destination for young students and professionals, however it can also be a draw for retirees who want to live close to the CBD without owning a car.