Balmoral was named after the country residence of Queen Victoria in Scotland. The name ‘Balmoral’ is actually an anglicisation of Baile Mhoireil which stands for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle’ in Scottish Gaelic. The name once denoted a larger area, however, Balmoral is now only a small 1.3 square kilometres. Until 1856, the absence of a bridge crossing hindered the suburb’s development. Early European settlers established farms for growing cotton, bananas, and sugar. A period of subdivision and growth was triggered by the land boom of the 1880s and in 1888, the Balmoral local government division was established, comprising an area of approximately 62 square kilometres and included some of the local suburbs of Bulimba, Morningside, Cannon Hill, Hemmant, Wynnum West as well as Norman Park. Balmoral Shire included approximately fourteen kilometres of river frontage as well as several industries. Prospective residential areas as well as established industrial areas were accessed by the railway line from Dutton Park to Cleveland.
Residential settlement, in an area previously thought to be too far from central Brisbane, was finally stimulated after the extension of the tram service to Oxford Street and the provision of power through the Bulimba power station in 1926. Children attended school in either the neighbouring suburb of Morningside, or Saints Peter and Paul’s Catholic School which was located in Balmoral itself. The Balmoral Shire had been incorporated into Greater Brisbane by the mid 1920s. Some of the better residential sites had been built on which left the less desirable sites for post-World War Two housing.
Family Friendly Suburb
Balmoral is filled to the brim with great homes, facilities, and people that are very family friendly. It is an excellent suburb to raise a family in. Firstly, there are many schools within Balmoral as well as its neighbouring suburbs. Some of these schools include Balmoral State High School, Cannon Hill State School, Saint Oliver Plunkett School, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Bulimba State School, Saints Peter and Paul’s School, Lourdes Hill College, Morningside State School, Norman Park State School, Seven Hills State School, and many more. These schools provide students with an excellent education and provide Balmoral residents with a vast variety to choose from.
As well as excellent schools, Balmoral is home to some fantastic parks and recreational activities. Some of these parks include Aloomba Street Park, Andrew Street Park, Balmoral Sports Park, Fisherman’s Bend Park, Kuranda Street Park, and Quinn’s Street Park. These parks are home to some amazing facilities such as playgrounds, a Youth Space skate park, off-leash dog areas, shared pathways and much more. As well as parks, there are many clubs and communities that people can join. Another great aspect is that Balmoral is home to the Cineplex cinemas that show all the latest movies on a big screen, great for outings with the kids.
The real estate located in Balmoral is some of the best and it has a fairly high demand market when compared to the Queensland average. The lifestyle of a suburb can be heavily influenced by the type of people living there. A study showed that the most common types of people living in Balmoral included maturing and established independence, established couples and families, and older couples and families. This is testament to just how well suited Balmoral is for families while also being a perfect place for independents to reside in as well. Many residents praise the amenities that Balmoral has to offer. They describe Balmoral as a quiet and tidy community that is conveniently located in close proximity with Brisbane City.
Like most of Australia, Balmoral is a multicultural area and is welcoming of everyone. According to data, approximately 74% of Balmoral residents were born in Australia, while the next most common countries of birth include England, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, and India. As well as this, data indicates that approximately 88% of people living in Balmoral spoke only English at home. The next most common languages included Spanish, Mandarin, Greek, Italian, and German. This multiculturalism is only one of the factors that makes Balmoral a great suburb to reside in.
Balmoral is no doubt a great place to reside in, especially for families. There are heaps of great amenities all within one convenient location. If this sounds like the place for you, whether you are looking to buy, rent, or sell, contact the team here at Reval Estate Agents for quality advice and service.