First home buyers and investors find the suburb of Stafford – located 7 km from the Brisbane CBD west of Lutwyche Road – a popular choice of residence, with some original Queenslander-style homes and a significant number of Queensland Housing Commission homes on good-sized quarter-acre blocks constructed in the 1940s and 1950s. Many older-style houses in Stafford have benefitted from upgrades and renovations as a result of this interest.
There is very little vacant land remaining in the area and Stafford has enjoyed a steady growth in property prices. Streets in Stafford between Appleby and Webster Roads are prime properties with good elevation, and some homes enjoy city views and substantial size. Most of the dwellings are stand alone, with a few unit complexes and townhouses. The southern border being along Kedron Brook and the lovely easterly views from Sparkes Hill are enjoyed by local residents. More than 31% of homes in Stafford are occupied by couples with children, 40% by couples with no children and 24% are occupied by single parent families. 85% of all dwellings in this area are stand alone, with units accounting for 11% of homes.
Shopping is convenient with the Stafford City Shopping Centre, Brookside and the Westfield Shoppingtown in Chermside both also sporting Cinema complexes. Amenities are also available at nearby Everton Plaza in Everton Park. Walkways, bikeways and parks are popular family recreational and fitness facilities, with sporting grounds in Stafford including the Brothers Junior Rugby League Football Club and Stafford Bowls Club. The Stafford Roller Skating rink originally for skating and now a popular place for roller-blade skating is enjoyed by the younger Stafford community. There are both public and private schools in the area including Stafford Heights Primary School, Padua College, Stafford Primary School and, Everton Park High School.
Chermside offers the nearest hospital services from the Prince Charles and Holy Spirit Hospitals and the Royal Brisbane Hospital is about 20 minutes from Stafford.
The public transport services in Stafford include railway stations at nearby Enoggera and Alderley and a well-organised bus service for use by city workers and local travellers who commute or travel to or from the garden suburb of Stafford.