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The new lifestyle craze: a 20-minute neighbourhood

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 19 November 2020

Never heard of the 20-minute neighbourhood? It’s a concept that’s been around for a while, but it’s set to gain renewed popularity thanks to COVID.

Urban planners describe the concept as having all your essentials within a convenient walk from home.

“This means having shops and services, schools, public transport, and employment within a 20-minute walk,” reports Property Update.

With increased interest in working remotely, a 20-minute neighbourhood becomes more achievable for those living outside the CBD.

It also means suburbs that are already jam packed with amenity could be ones to watch for above-average price performance.

“So lifestyle and destination suburbs where there are a wide range of amenities with 20 minutes walk or drive are likely to outperform in the future,” it predicts.

So where might you find these gems in Brisbane? Close to the CBD is a natural place to start. However a 20-minute neighbourhood is also possible to find in middle and outer suburbs with thriving commercial centres.

Take our home base of Aspley which has schools, shopping centres and a commercial precinct all within a walkable hub.

For other middle ring hotspots packed with amenity try Mitchelton’s Blackwood Street district or the continually gentrifying Stafford and surrounds. Further out, places like North Lakes have been master-planned with amenity in mind.

If you’re looking to strike a better lifestyle balance, check our listings for sale or for rent.