Café culture, close to the city, character homes, Paddington ticks all the boxes

Paddington certainly has a vibe all of its own. From humble beginnings it has been gentrified significantly over the past 40 years to become one of Brisbane’s most sought-after inner-city suburbs.
Domain’s 2019 Liveable Brisbane study* ranked Paddington as Brisbane’s 4th most liveable suburb. For access to cafes, schools, public transport, and employment, airport noise, traffic congestion, crime rate, walkability, open space, tree cover and accessibility to the beach or coast it scored an incredible 10 out of 10.
From the beautifully restored Queenslander homes and charming worker’s cottages to the mix of cafes, bars, pubs, shops, and galleries…Paddo residents have got it all on their doorstep. Only moments from the city (2km west to be exact) with a good bus service it’s no wonder Paddington is incredibly popular with professionals, young people, and families.

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Renovating has always been a favourite pastime of Paddington residents and in the year to May 2021 they led the way in Brisbane spending $28.6m (ABS data) on home renovations, evidence that the gentrification of Paddington is an ongoing pursuit.

Compared to the Queensland average of 849 visits per property on, properties in Paddington see around 1,646 visits per property. The average house price for a five-bedroom property in Paddington is sitting at $2,300,000. Houses in Paddington are in demand and in the five-bedroom category has seen a 9.5% growth from 2020 to 2021.

Why We Love Paddington

There really is nowhere like Paddington. Here a list of our top reasons why we love it so much:

1 It is a fabulous dining and entertainment district. The dining scene in Paddington has always been a thriving one with no shortage of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options. Hot spots with the locals include Darling & Co for lunch or weekend drinks, the Paddo Hotel for a Sunday afternoon sesh, Anouk for brunch and King Tea for a modern Chinese dining experience.

2 It has boutique shops galore. Given Terrace and La Trobe Terrace are the heartbeat of Paddington and attract shoppers and art lovers from all over Brisbane. With an interesting mix of boutiques, jewellers, florists, vintage stores, art galleries and Paddington’s famous Antique Centre, Paddington is a haven for shoppers.

3 It oozes charm. Paddington’s heritage architecture, colourful flowering tree-lined streets and cool vibe is what gives Paddington its x-factor. It’s a picturesque suburb and will never be out of style or demand.

4 If it’s good enough for the Governor and royalty then it’s good enough for us. ‘Fernberg’, Queensland’s Government House is in Paddington. This heritage-listed mansion on a 15-hectare estate was built in 1865. Home to the Governor of Queensland and visiting royal family members such as Prince William, Government House is a Queensland landmark and undoubtedly Paddington’s most exclusive residence.

5 It has world-class entertainment on its doorstep. Just a stroll from Paddington, in neighbouring suburb, Milton, is Brisbane’s state-of-the art, world-class stadium, Suncorp. Paddo residents can take their pick of entertainment from Rugby League State of Origin, Rugby Union International Tests, World Cup Soccer, International Concerts and even the Olympics in 2032!

6 Not only can you walk to the city from Paddington but you can also walk to the best theatres in town. Paddington residents are just a stone’s throw from some of Brisbane’s best cinema experiences – Cinebar at Rosalie (a boutique cinema with in-theatre waiter-service), Red Hill Cinema (a converted roller rink and quirky boutique theatre) and Palace Cinema (state-of-the-art, upmarket cinema) at The Barracks on Petrie Terrace.

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