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first_imgCrystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.BRISBANE’S most crammed suburbs are getting even more crowded thanks to a high rise boom, increased migration and an emerging preference for inner city living.The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the 10 most densely populated suburbs in Greater Brisbane were all within 5km of the CBD, but city planning experts said that was not a bad thing. LIST: SCROLL DOWN FOR MOST CROWDED SUBURBS LIST It comes amid signs the inner city’s beaten down unit market is making a comeback, with the latest home value data released by property researcher CoreLogic revealing apartment values outperformed houses in Brisbane last month, as cashed-up Baby Boomers swap the suburbs for city life.Just 2km from Brisbane’s CBD, covering more than a square kilometre of prime real estate and with a median house price of just over $1 million, you’ll find the city’s most packed suburb — Kangaroo Point. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Kangaroo Point is the most densely populated suburb in Brisbane, according to ABS.The riverside suburb is home to 9110 people, which worked out to be 6804 residents per square kilometre — that’s an extra 1154 people per square kilometre since 2007.On the other side of the Story Bridge, New Farm is the second most congested suburb in Greater Brisbane, adding 442 new residents per square kilometre over the past five years to increase from 6011 to 6453. GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M BRISBANE DIGS Balmoral has a population density of 3330, according to ABS figures.But Brisbane pales in comparison to some of the country’s most dense suburbs, with 19,500 people per square kilometre living in inner-city Melbourne and 16,300 residents per square kilometre in Potts Point in Sydney.The more populated a suburb, the better according to Steven Burgess, a consultant with engineering and transportation adviser MRCagney.Mr Burgess said high density areas were cheaper to run as a community, sharing infrastructure, services and assets. “Density is pretty good for cities,” he said.“The more stuff is closer together means people don’t have to drive far, it makes a city more efficient, more community focused, more socially sustainable.“What you’ve got to be careful of is that all your density doesn’t end up in one or two places in the city.” New Farm, the second most crowded suburb in Brisbane, is well-known for its cafe scene. Picture: Jamie Hanson.Neighbouring Fortitude Valley was the city’s third most packed suburb with 6288 people per square kilometre.It experienced the biggest jump in population density between the 2012 and 2016 Census, with more than 1800 people per square metre squeezing into the suburb in that time.In the past decade, it has become home to more than 2000 people per square kilometre. BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES Steven Burgess from MRCagney.Ethos Urban planning director Greg Vann, who was the project director for the Southeast Queensland regional plan, said two of the biggest generations were showing a distinct preference for inner city living.“Baby Boomers are downsizing and wanting to head back to where the buzz is, and Millennials are upsizing and wanting to stay close to the action,” Mr Vann said. “People are choosing to trade space for place.“Instead of having a bigger home further out, a lot of people are choosing to have a smaller home, but close to everything.”Mr Vann said that while the “high rise boom” in recent years in Brisbane’s inner city had contributed to population density, there remained a “missing middle”.“74 per cent of housing in southeast Queensland is still made up of detached houses,” he said.“It’s the stuff in the middle we need more of.” By that, he means townhouses and other forms of lower density, ground-oriented attached housing. “Those choices will be more attractive to people as housing needs change,” Mr Vann said.Mr Burgess said there was a significant difference between the population density in inner Brisbane and the middle to outer suburbs.“Once you get out of the inner city, you have to drive to do anything,” he said.“What I would love to see is the real revitalisation of the urban village (in Brisbane), so everyone didn’t have to come into the city to get to employment, night life, restaurants.”center_img Crowds of people in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City.Real estate agents were also seeing a strong appetite from downsizers and millennial buyers for inner city housing.While some concerns remain about an oversupply of inner-city apartments, the high-end of the unit market is still in strong demand.Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point said more buyers were looking for the convenience of having “everything at their doorstep”.“Another key factor is low maintenance,” he said.“They’re looking for something they can lock and leave.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Bacon believed projects such as Queens Wharf would lure more people to inner city locations. “Once that goes up, people will be like ‘I want to be near that or have views of that’,” he said. There has been plenty of construction happening in Fortitude Valley. Picture: Richard Walker.West End has experienced the biggest increase in population density over the past decade, with 2083 additional people per square kilometre packing into the eclectic suburb since 2007.Even suburbs with under half the population density of frontrunners Kangaroo Point and New Farm are humming — Wooloowin-Lutwyche sits at 3424 people per square kilometre and Balmoral has 3330. BARGAIN PROPERTY IDEAL FOR INVESTOR Crystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.Crystal Hateley-Watson rents a one-bedroom apartment in Fortitude Valley and loves the convenience of being able to walk to so many amenities and benefit from all the infrastructure in the suburb.Originally from Adelaide, Ms Hateley-Watson said she did find the inner-city suburb a lot busier and more populated, but doesn’t mind it.“Traffic’s crazy, but that’s Brisbane,” she said.“I think it’s a happy medium where I am.“I definitely see myself staying in the Valley, if I stay in Brisbane.”TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2017)1 Kangaroo Point — 68042 New Farm — 64533 Fortitude Valley — 62884 Highgate Hill — 56225 West End — 55196 Spring Hill — 53637 Brisbane City — 47898 Auchenflower — 47179 Taringa — 434910. Annerley — 4244(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2012)1 New Farm — 60112. Kangaroo Point — 58263 Highgate Hill — 52954. Spring Hill — 48565. West End — 45956. Auchenflower — 45487 Fortitude Valley — 44048. Brisbane City — 43569 Taringa — 403610. Annerley — 3934(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2007)1 New Farm — 56812. Kangaroo Point — 5650 3 Brisbane City — 48934. Highgate Hill — 47125. Spring Hill — 46256. Fortitude Valley — 42507. Newstead — 42378. Taringa — 38089. Annerley — 355010. West End — 3436(Source: ABS)last_img read more

first_imgIt is said that USC’s football team does not rebuild, but, rather, reloads, and the same can be said for at least one other team at USC this year.The USC men’s water polo team is coming off of two national championships in four years and a perfect 29-0 season in 2008. And as a new season approaches, it seems to be business as usual for the Trojans.Encore · Two-meter J.W. Krumpholz won last year’s Cutino Award, given to the nation’s best men’s and women’s water polo player. Krumpholz leads a Trojan offense that may be one of the best in the country. – Photo courtesy of Joel Zink“I have no doubt that we’ll have the best team in the country this year, but it’s just a matter of how we approach the season,” said senior two-meter Jordan Thompson.Thompson joins two-meters J.W. Krumpholz and Shea Buckner, and driver Matt Sagehorn as part of a nine-member senior class that has had more than its fair share of experience winning matches.Krumpholz, the 2008 recipient of the Peter J. Cutino award (annually given out to the top player in men’s water polo), leads a returning offense that accounted for most of the Trojans’ scoring last season. Sagehorn, Buckner and senior Justin Rappel all played a large role in the offense, with each scoring at least 20 goals last year.“The senior class we have has been outstanding, and the experience of playing in so many games together is a big part of it,” said coach Jovan Vavic, who recorded his 300th career win at USC last season. “What makes this class so special is it’s very balanced. It’s difficult to have so many guys stay together.”Overall, six of USC’s starters, five of whom are All-Americans, return from last year’s championship team, including goalkeeper and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year Joel Dennerley. Dennerley anchored a Trojans’ defense last season that allowed the fewest goals out of any team in the nation and was considered by some to be one of the greatest defenses in collegiate history.While the returning starters are a cause for optimism, the Trojans did lose a large part of the defense, with the departure of team leaders Arjan Ligtenberg and Jovan Vranes. The two had been on the team since USC’s last national championship season in 2005 and provided the Trojans with skill and experience in the driver position.Both Ligtenberg and Vranes earned All-American second- team honors in 2008, and played a pivotal role in shutting down Stanford’s offense in last years’ national title match.“Arjan and Jovan were huge players on our team. Defensively, yeah, it’s going to be challenging,” said Buckner of his former teammates. “They filled a lot of holes and did a lot of roles that were really valuable to the team. I think we’re going to recover from it, maybe even excel, but yeah, it’s definitely going to be hard.”USC will get its first test without Vranes and Ligtenberg this upcoming weekend when it competes in the Triton Invitational tournament in La Jolla, Calif.Last year, the Trojans swept the tournament, but it was not without struggle. After demolishing Division-III Claremont, 28-2, USC met head-on with Loyola Marymount University in the semifinals. The Trojans jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but LMU fought to bring the game to sudden death.USC was able to salvage the victory with a late goal, which effectively paved the way for a spot in the championship, an eventual tournament win and an undefeated season.USC will play in three tournaments this season — the Triton, NorCal, and SoCal invitationals — in addition to the MPSF and NCAA championship tournaments at the end of the year. Several key regular season matchups for the Trojans are sprinkled throughout their schedule, with the Cal game in early October and the Stanford and UCLA games in mid-November.“We always look forward to playing [Cal],” said Buckner of USC’s highly anticipated games. “Stanford, we want to give it to them too, so we’re definitely excited for that match. UCLA as well. All those games are huge.”And as with any team finding consistent success year in and year out, the target on the Trojans’ head only seems to grow.“It’s expected that we’re going to be out there to compete,” added Thompson. “Obviously last year was an incredible anomaly, and we’re going to have a little bit extra pressure on us. I’m excited.”last_img read more