I am biased because I have lived in Sandgate, but I honestly think its the pick of suburbs in Queensland’s south-east corner. This Brisbane suburb has the benefits of the big city but without the hussle and bussle.
So what makes Sandgate so popular with Brisbane’s young families? Here are the top three reasons:
1. Beautiful Moreton Bay
The number one reason to draw you to Sandgate is the proximity to the water and unique tidal flats. Thousands of people visit each week to eat, play and relax… why not live it!
From fishing to kite surfing there is an activity for everyone and those who live here know the amazing luxury it is to stroll down and leave the car at home.
The marina and boat ramps into Cabbage Tree Creek offer many recreational activities. Of course the climate is also more mild due to the regular on-shore winds and the afternoon breezes.
Moreton Island is clearly visible from the beach front and also accessible by ferry from nearby Scarborough. The new bridge to the Redcliffe Penninsula offers a huge fishing platform as does the landmark Shorncliffe Pier.
The beach runs with soldier crabs and other small animals making a walk on the flats at low tide a perfect afternoon with small children or a loved one.
2. The Infrastructure
Sandgate is a sleepy village on one hand but it is well serviced and connected to the city. Sandgate has its own large police station and fire station, schools and shopping strip. The train and regular buses ensure that public transport to the city is extremely easy.
Woolworths recently upgraded its Sandgate store to a modern supermarket and many local owner run stores make up an eclectic mix of retailers.
State run primary and secondary schools are close by as are Catholic schools, community kindegarden and many local community groups such as Scouts, churches and charities.
The council has a public pool on the waterfront which is well used along with the walking and cycling paths up and down the waterfront.
Parks are everywhere including dog off leash areas.
The Gateway Motorway travels right past Sandgate allowing easy access into the city of Brisbane or to the world class surf beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. This has certainly been a factor in the strong Sandgate property market.
3. The People
Sandgate is generally a quiet and friendly place with a widerange of household types. This is an area undergoing renewal with many young families making the most of the lifestyle.
The hb controls market is very strong and this has led to a large investment into the area through renovation, building and development.
This booming suburb offers progress without crowds and allows you to live a city lifestyle while feeling all the time as if you are on holidays.
With fossil fuels becoming more rare, this little village has all the ingredients for a sustainable community able to evolve with the changing society.