Dutton Park is an inner suburb of Brisbane, located only 4km from the Brisbane CBD.
Residential housing in Dutton Park ranges from old style workers cottages (many of them beautifully renovated) through to modern architecturally designed homes and apartments.
A combination of the river frontage and proximity to Brisbane city ensures that Dutton Park is an attractive location for professionals and families alike. It also means the median house price isn't exactly low at $624,000, but it is quite competitive compared to other more established Brisbane suburbs with the same features.
Dutton Park is home to the notorious former prison, Boggo Road Gaol. The prison has been closed for twenty years now and one of the last remaining buildings has been heritage listed.
In 2006 the Brisbane City Council announced that the old Boggo Road Gaol site would become the new Boggo Road Urban Village. The new development will contain a mixture of residential, retail and commercial use development, as well as recreational facilities. The development also aims to retain the historic significance of the magnificent old gaol building.
The new development will no doubt add to the attractiveness of Dutton Park.
Another recent addition to Dutton Park is the Eleanor Schonell Bridge which links the suburb to one of Queensland's most prestigious universities, the St Lucia campus of the University of Qld (UQ). As with the Urban Village, development like this only increases the allure of Dutton Park.
Suburbs surrounding Dutton Park include Buranda (which also has some urban renewal development in the pipeline), Woolloongabba (home to the famous Gabba cricket ground), South Brisbane (the location of the Southbank Parklands) and Highgate Hill (home to some of Brisbane's most impressive properties).
Dutton Park is well serviced by public transport, with its own train station and busway station at the new Boggo Road Urban Village.
There are a number of smaller shops dotted throughout the suburb, but the closest shopping centres are located in nearby Annerley (Annerley Shopping Centre) and Fairfield (Fairfield Gardens).
Dutton Park has a number of its own restaurants, but it's close proximity to the city and the Southbank Parklands mean there is no shortage of excellent restaurants within a few minutes drive.
There are many other businesses also located in Dutton Park. Everything from doctors to insurance brokers can be found in the local area.
While Dutton Park may not be the first name that springs to mind when thinking of Brisbane's best suburbs, that will no doubt change over the coming years thanks to Brisbane's ever increasing appreciation of riverfront property, and the evidence that urban renewal has done amazing things for suburbs such as New Farm and Teneriffe. Throw in the excellent public transport, proximity to the city and the university, and Dutton Park is looking like a real winner.