Brighter And some

Queensland coastal escapes dominate affordable lifestyle hotspots

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 9 March 2023

We’ve heard about the great flight to the regions during the pandemic and more recent commentary suggesting that a reversal of the trend is now happening.

But Hotspotting Director Terry Ryder says the great lifestyle migration was on the rise long before masks and lockdowns were a thing.

“This core population trend has been happening for many years,” Ryder says in The Property Tribune.

“The official population data shows that Sydney has been losing population to other parts of Australia for the past 10 years and Melbourne has been losing to internal migration for five to six years.

“While the COVID-19 lockdown period made all this more visible and gave it extra momentum, this trend certainly wasn’t caused by the pandemic.”

And it won’t disappear as pandemic restrictions do either, he says.

“Fundamentally, this big migration of population has been caused by the pursuit of lifestyle and affordability, enabled by technology – the ability to work remotely.”

So where does this Hotspotting guru suggest tree-changers and sea-changers move for best value, lifestyle and potential capital growth?

Four of the 10 lifestyle locations are here in Queensland, with the southern Moreton Bay islands on Brisbane’s doorstep called out for offering island living in the $300,000s. That’s hard to beat if you don’t mind catching a ferry on your next trip to Bunnings.

Check out the top #10 affordable lifestyle locations Hotspotting tips for capital growth:

  1. City of Toowoomba, QLD
  2. Yeppoon, QLD
  3. City of Geraldton, WA
  4. City of Mt Gambier, SA
  5. City of Bunbury, WA
  6. City of Townsville, QLD
  7. Mitchell Shire, VIC
  8. Rural City of Murray Bridge, SA
  9. Southern Moreton Bay Islands, QLD
  10. City of Port Lincoln, SA

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