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17
Jul

Moving To Ipswich: Everything You Need To Know

In this post, we shine a spotlight on Ipswich and everything you need to know when deciding to move here.

One of the first things people should consider when buying a home is roof restoration or roof replacement. For one, it ensures the home you move into truly can shelter you, no cracks or leaks and secondly, it helps with resale value if you plan to move again in a few years. 

Located just 31km from Brisbane’s CBD, Ipswich is a suburb that’s definitely a surprise to most new homeowners. Once known for a less than stellar reputation, the area is being rejuvenated - “On the up and up,” says one online reviewer. Known for beautiful period homes, traditional Queenslanders and an emerging cafe/restaurant culture, it's becoming the trendy place to be. Many new residents move here from Brisbane and are claiming it to be the most underrated area in South East Queensland.

Ipswich Guide

The median price to buy in Ipswich is $300,000 or $300 rent weekly. That’s a significantly lower cost of living than in Brisbane city.

In terms of getting around, Ipswich is linked to Brisbane both by road and rail, with the train journey taking about an hour. With new and upgraded roads making times and distances to travel to Brisbane shorter, Ipswich is in a truly unique position. It’s dubbed to become the much-valued "historical centre of South East Queensland"

The suburb is also home to a campus of UQ (University of Queensland) and a RAAF base. Everything you need is in this small city - shops, restaurants, schools and two hospitals. 

Demographics

As of 2016, 25.6% of the population are married couples. According to Ipswich First, as of May 10, 2019, the population is nearing 220,000. It’s projected to house a population of 520,000 by 2041. 

The top 3 types of residents in Ipswich are:

  1. Established Couples & Families (16.3%) 
  2. Maturing & Established Independence Singles (15.2%) 
  3. Elderly singles aka Singles & Homesharers over 65 (13.4%) 

Major industries in the area include Healthcare and social assistance, employed labour, retail trade and manufacturing.

Suburb Info

For a mix of suburbia and bushland, look no further! Some of the more popular suburbs include Redbank Plains, Karalee, Springfield, and Deebing Heights.

According to RACQ, the ‘safest’ suburbs (zero claims of home theft, vandalism or malicious damage) are Bundamba, Eastern Heights, Silkstone, Flinders View and Yamato. 

Why move to Ipswich?

Why not? As Brisbane grows, Ipswich has also experienced increasing investment, bringing with it a sense of liveliness and rebirth. There is a great community feel and it’s home to beautiful old Queenslander homes currently valued at significantly less than other outer Brisbane suburbs. 

For families, it’s also a promising area. For example, only one new Queensland state school will open in 2019, and it’s in Ipswich! Or Springfield West to be specific. Ipswich is also home to some of the best schools in South East Queensland.

What’s there to do?

Ipswich has all the modern facilities and attractions of a progressive city, there are over 550 parks (including the heritage-rich Queens Park and the modern Orion Lagoon), as well as numerous eateries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, shopping centres and modern, well-equipped Ipswich Libraries. Ipswich also hosts regular national and local festivals and events such as the Queensland Open Golf Championships, the annual major horse race the Ipswich Cup, drag-racing's finest at the Winternationals held at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland 400 V8 Supercars at the Queensland Raceway, the Ipswich Festival and the Ipswich Show. As you can see, there’s certainly something to fill your calendar every day of the year!

Roof repair, restoration and replacement

At Roo Roofing, we are experts in all three things. We can help you with anything that comes to your roof and ensure quality work from a local roofing business. We are only a short drive away from Ipswich and can help with all your roofing needs.

 

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