An Academic’s Hallmark
Previously just an unsubdivided part of Sunnybank, Robertson was formed in 1967, and the name it got also has a strong affinity with the academe. This suburb was named after Dr. William Robertson, whose career was highlighted by his 12-year stint as Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland from 1926 to 1938. After its 1967 split from Sunnybank, a State Primary School and a State Preschool Centre were opened in Robertson in 1980.
Other schools near this suburb include St. Thomas Moore College and the Sunnybank State High School. Both are just a few blocks from McCullough Street defining the southern border of Robertson.
Joys of the Outdoors
Many playgrounds and recreational parks are within Robertson, thus further enhancing the value of its real estate properties. Off the southeast corner of Musgrove Road and Troughton Road marking the western edge of Robertson lies the Johnson Flora Reserve, a cultural heritage site with a picnic and barbecue area, as well as a playground. Leisure-time facilities are also offered at Lawrence Close Park, Alcheringa Place Park, Didbrook Street Park, John Henley Park, and Western Outlook Park.
For more outdoor activities, there are several linear parks just southwest of Robertson, with Beryl Roberts Park, Brittain Park, and Maughan Park amongst them. Northwards past the Griffith University Nathan campus, the 200-hectare Toohey Forest Conservation Park offers nature trails and bike tracks. The facilities of the Queen Elizabeth II Track Club are just across Kessels Road as well to further broaden the recreational options available to Robertson residents.
Seats of Commerce
Commercial establishments near Robertson further make its residences attractive on the real estate market. At the southeast corner of Robertson, a neighbourhood shopping centre, the Sunnybank Plaza, opened in 1975. This retail hub was refurbished and expanded in 1989 and 1995, eventually covering 30,000 square metres, featuring a Kmart and supermarkets as well as 122 other shops plus movie theatres.
Kessels Road, moreover, opens easy access to other local points of interest. These include the popular Westfield Garden City shopping mall only about one and a half kilometer east of Robertson via the Kessels corridor. Immediately across Robertson’s northwest boundary, health care services are conveniently accessible at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital.
Additionally, Kessels Road links to major motorways that open convenient access to the life and leisure attractions of central Brisbane. Via public buses, it will take just approximately 20 minutes from Robertson to reach the city’s central business district. Notably, bus trips to central Brisbane are available every 10 minutes.
With all these attractions in place, it’s no wonder that Robertson has emerged amongst the popular suburbs south of Brisbane. The predominant households in Robertson are couples with children, which is but logical given this suburb’s proximity to local schools.
But what’s more striking is that Robertson, along with its neighbours MacGreggor and Sunnybank Hills, has grown to become a multicultural hub in recent years. In one report, it was estimated that more than one for every two residents in these Brisbane suburbs were born overseas.
Most of these overseas-born residents were from China, India, and Southeast Asia. The percentage of international students in these outer areas south of Brisbane is also remarkably high, no doubt due to the presence of academic institutions around Robertson.
Mostly, Robertson houses are owner-occupied, though rental properties are also significant, their numbers driven by the demand from students in the nearby university campuses. Searching for a house sale or rental in this suburb will involve selecting from a rich mix of family homes, apartment units, townhouses and some villas. Sales listings of vacant lots come few and far between, as Robertson is nearly all built-out.
The choice properties in this suburb are those residences with an elevated location and a leafy setting. Buying interest would also be high on real estate listing located in Robertson’s inner streets, as these areas are comparatively quieter than those near the major road corridors of the suburb. Also favored are those that are walking distance to the local shops and restaurants.
Learn more about the finer details of buying, selling or renting a house in Robertson. Promptly contact any of our real estate agents by phone or e-mail. Given the dynamics of this market, prime opportunities can surface at any given time and as quickly be under contract.