Brisbane is one of Australia’s oldest and fastest-growing cities. The capital of the state of Queensland enjoys a sun-soaked climate and a relaxed, pretention-free vibe.

The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, two top seaside destinations for swimmers, snorkelers and surfers, are just over an hour away. “Brisbanites,” however, have plenty to keep them entertained within both the city and inner suburbs including a thriving music scene, riverside gardens, open-air dining, flagship boutiques, Australia’s only inner-city beach, and art. A decommissioned power station now houses a contemporary arts centre.

The shorts-in-winter weather contributes to an active outdoor lifestyle where the priority is on work/life balance.

The country’s third largest city is a progressive and multicultural global hub, the closest major Australian capital city to Asia. Technology, mining and financial services are among its economic drivers.

While Brisbane does offer its share of apartments, single-family homes are more common with the “Queenslander” considered the traditional style of residential architecture. The style was developed in the 19th century and is well suited to the subtropical climate. Queenslander homes typically have high ceilings, deep verandas and are elevated. The under-floor area captures breezes, working to cool the home naturally (which can double as a carport).

Neighbourhoods considered inner city suburbs that are located close to the central business district and near the river are in high demand. They include Teneriffe, New Farm, Ascot and Hamilton, all of which offer gracious estates and heritage architecture.

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