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Stars heading for the hills: Celebrities in the know are embracing the tree change

first_imgFormer cricketer Matthew Hayden’s home in Chandler.Belle Property Samford and Cashmere principal Colin Hatch said location and lifestyle were the two main reasons people moved to the area, but high profile residents moved there purely for the privacy.“That’s why they live out here,” he said.“They’re not pretentious. They come out here and like the comfort of knowing they don’t have people in their backyards spying on them.“There are homes here with driveways you wouldn’t even know how to find.”Mr Hatch said many people also wanted to “live the dream of being a city farmer”.“Everyone has the dream of the five acre block with the babbling brook and being able to go down to the creek and check the yabbies,” he said.“It’s being in the country without being in the country.“A lot of people move out here to have animals … and many are very organic in terms of growing their own food.”But Mr Hatch said property had become less affordable than it was five years ago.“The average sale is around the $1.1 million mark, with land prices increasing dramatically because of the shortage of land,” he said.Brisbane Real Estate principal Benjamin Smith, who negotiated the sale of Laura Geitz’s new home, said the acreage market had been subdued for a number of years, but he had noticed an increase in demand in the past 12 months.Netball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.“The market’s just starting to realise this product is there and it’s good value for money,” Mr Smith said.“It’s the realisation they can sell a timber box in Paddington for $2.5 million and buy a home on 2.5 acres with a tennis court and a pool just 30 minutes from the city.”Mr Smith said inquiry had been strong from Sydney and Melbourne, but also local residents in the high end, inner-city suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Paddington and Clayfield.“It’s getting very congested in the inner suburbs, and yet you go that extra 10 minutes out and you get a totally different world.”Mr Smith has just sold a massive seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property on nearly 5ha in Brookfield, which records show was owned by local author Wendy Dartnall.Author Wendy Dartnall at home in Brookfield. Picture: Patria Jannides. Ashleigh and Alastair McLeod with their daughter Clancy and dogs at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.He loves using the fresh produce available to him in the local area and stretching west to the Lockyer Valley.Celebrity chef Alastair McLeod lives in this house in Wights Mountain.Some of the state’s highest-profile businesspeople also own homes in Brisbane’s acreage suburbs, including tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery and billionaire businessman and former Federal MP Clive Palmer, who recently paid $7.5 million for a mansion in Fig Tree Pocket, just 9km from Brisbane’s CBD.United Australia Party leader Clive Palmer recently bought a home in Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: Kym Smith.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe riverfront home owned by Clive Palmer in Fig Tree Pocket.The premium suburbs of Chandler and Gumdale to the south and Bridgeman Downs to the north also offer acreage lots measuring up to 4ha.Former Australian test cricketer Matthew Hayden has also embraced the tree change.He lives on a huge estate with his family in Chandler, only 14km from Brisbane’s CBD.Australian cricket legend Matthew Hayden. Image: AAP/Paul Miller. Broncos star Sam Thaiday at his home in Samford. Picture: Tara Croser.SOUTHERNERS in search of a sea change might be flocking to our beaches, but Queenslanders in the know are heading for the hills — less than half an hour from the city.The tree change is making a comeback, but time-poor professionals and local celebrities want the lifestyle without the commute.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThey’re heading to suburbs like Brookfield, Samford and Wights Mountain in Brisbane’s northwest, where the blocks of land are big, home prices still surprisingly affordable and the CBD is just a 25 minute drive away.This so-called green belt offers sprawling homes on giant estates with recreational facilities such as equestrian fields on blocks of more than 4000 sqm.Queensland Firebirds player Laura Geitz now calls Brookfield home. Picture: Peter Wallis.Some of the state’s most loved and well-known faces have embraced the area; most recently netball star Laura Geitz, who just settled on her dream home in leafy Brookfield — a historic Queenslander on acreage with a pool, tennis court and lush manicured grounds.QUEENSLAND’S GOLDEN GIRL LAURA GEITZ FINDS FOREVER HOMENetball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.The median house price in the suburb is around $1 million and it’s only 12km from the city.Brisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday will soon be enjoying plenty of backyard bliss at his home on acreage in Samford when he retires from rugby league at the end of the year.Broncos prop Sam Thaiday with his wife, Rachel, and two children at home in Samford. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.He and wife, Rachel, bought their five-bedroom house on 6000 sqm for just $1 million in 2013.It reminded him of the countryside around his hometown of Townsville.PRESTIGE HOME SELLS IN JUST TWO DAYSBrisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday lives in this house in Samford.Former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug lives in Camp Mountain, where he also has a music recording studio.Members of the band Powderfinger (L to R), Darren Middleton, Jon Coghill, Ian Haug, Bernard Fanning, and John CollinCelebrity chef Alastair McLeod has lived all over the world working in some of the finest restaurants, but calls home the rural suburb of Wights Mountain, 20km from Brisbane’s CBD.Alastair McLeod, cooking at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.center_img This property in Savages Rd, Brookfield, is under contract.Ben Jacobs of Ben Jacobs Real Estate has also noticed an increase in people wanting to swap their penthouse in the city for a plot of acreage in the suburbs.“They could afford to buy anywhere, but they want the tree change,” Mr Jacobs said.“It’s a lifestyle choice.”TREE CHANGE SUBURBS WITHIN 20KM OF BRISBANE CBDSuburb Distance from CBD Median house priceBrookfield 12km $1.02mCamp Mountain 15km $950,000Pullenvale 15km $1.21mSamford Village 17km $668,000Anstead 18km $840,000Moggill 19km $590,000Wights Mountain 20km N/ASamford Valley 20km $1.025mFig Tree Pocket 9km $1.006mChandler 14km $1.49mGumdale 13km $830,000Bridgeman Downs 13km $740,000(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more