At about 7 kilometres up north of Brisbane’s Central Business District, you will find one of the most prestigious suburbs, Ascot. It is bordered by two of Brisbane’s ‘old money’ suburbs, Hamilton and Clayfield. There are two dominant landmarks in Ascot – Eagle Farm racecourse and Doomben racecourse. The name of this suburb was taken in reference to royal Ascot which is found in England.
If you go around Ascot you are likely to note that most homes are prestigious looking ranging from Old and really extravagant Queenslander homes to the more modern ones which took the place of those less-impressive ones. It is for this reason that up to this day the entry price for land and property in Ascot is still quite high.
In 2011, Ascot holds a record of 5,730 population according to the census conducted. Of the total number given there are 48% males and 52% females. The median age of an average Ascot resident at that time is the same as the national median which is 37 years old.
- Income ($/weekly): For an individual living in ascot, the median income as per 2011 census is $898 weekly. As for its household, the median income comes at $1,697 a week.
- Employment: Employment in Ascot is looking fine with their unemployment rate of only 4.5%. Among its working residents, 65.6% come with full time employment and 25.4% are employed on a part time basis.
- Lifestyles and People (top 5): Ascot residents come with the top 5 results when considered their lifestyles – Maturing & Established Independence (19.6%); Independent Youth (17.6%); Older Couples & Families (14.0%); Established Couples & Families (13.2%); and Older Independence (10.9%).
Public transport comes less popular in Ascot as in 2006 it was recorded that only 359 residents travel to work by train, bus, tram or ferry. This was compared to those driving in private vehicles regardless whether they are the driver or simply a passenger which reflected a number of 1,662 residents. Data comparing it to Brisbane LGA resident-commuters show that public transport in Ascot is only being patronized by 13.7% with the remaining 63.2% using private vehicles as opposed to the 14.9% and the 61.9% using private vehicles in the former.
Ascot is also home to great education. Residents especially families with kids to send to school need not worry as they have access to a kindergarten in Kitchener Road and a preschool in Barlow Street. There is also a primary school located in Pringle street. The Ascot State School in Anthony Street also offers education for primary and preparatory until year six. If you are apt to send your kids to a private school, there is St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School for them from pre-prep until they reach year 12.
This suburb is obviously evidence of what makes Ascot highly popular for – its racecourses. Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses are both famed for their excellent facilities whether its for race day or non-race day corporate events. Great restaurants and bars are strategically aligned in the street known as ‘Racecourse Road’. This particular street is split between Ascot and Hamilton.