Home buyers should look north of the Brisbane River, according to new report. Picture: AAP/David Clark.FORGET the southside, savvy home hunters wanting to invest in property in 2020 should look north of the Brisbane River, new analysis reveals.Almost all of the city’s most affordable and liveable suburbs are on the northside, according to the PRDNationwide Affordable and Liveable Property Guide for the second half of 2019, released today.Taking into account property trends, investment potential, affordability, project development and liveability factors, PRDNationwide has identified six star suburbs within 20km of Brisbane’s CBD. This house at 70 Falconglen Place, Ferny Grove, is for sale.When it comes to houses, Ferny Grove, Boondall and Griffin are the suburbs to invest in, while Everton Park, Bracken Ridge and Springwood are the picks for apartments. These suburbs have the best possible median price growth while also satisfying criteria such as low vacancy rates, high yields, large infrastructure spending, low crime and proximity to amenities. Ferny Grove, about 15km north of Brisbane’s CBD, had median price growth of 2.6 per cent in the past 12 months, according to PRDNationwide. Ferny Grove Village shopping centre.Brisbane’s Most Affordable and Liveable House Hot Spots in 2020HOUSESSuburb Median Price Rental Yield Projects Radial distance Price Growth 2019 from CBDFerny Grove $622,000 2.6% 4.3% $91.8m 15.3kmBoondall $521,250 0.2% 4.2% $17m 18kmGriffin $471,000 2.4% 4.4% $45.8m 20kmUNITS Suburb Median Price Rental Yield Projects Radial distance Price Growth 2019 from CBDEverton Park $512,500 25.8% 5.3% $38m 10kmBracken Ridge $321,000 0.3% 5.6% $8.1m 20kmSpringwood $276,500 1.7% 6.3% $49.1m 20km (Source: PRDNationwide) This house at 70 Falconglen Plc, Ferny Grove, is for sale.PRDNationwide chief economist Diaswati Mardiasmo said investors were benefiting from solid rental yields of 4.3 per cent, which was above the Brisbane average of 3.8 per cent.Dr Mardiasmo said it was an ideal time for first home buyers to get in to the suburb.Boondall also offers entry level prices for houses and meets the criteria for an affordable and liveable suburb for first home buyers and investors.Dr Mardiasmo said the suburb’s proximity to entertainment amenities, shops, and public transport ticked all the right boxes. “Investors are currently benefiting from great rental yields of 4.2 per cent, and a low trending vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent, which is well below Brisbane metro’s average of 2.5 per cent,” Dr Mardiasmo said. “About $17 million worth of developments are planned for the second half of 2019. “These projects will stimulate local jobs and economic growth, having a positivemultiplier effect on the property market in the future.” PRDNationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo.When it comes to units, Everton Park is a standout in terms of price growth, having increased nearly 26 per cent in the past year to reach a median unit price of $512,500.Only 11km north of the CBD, the suburb’s 5.3 per cent unit rental yield is a major drawcard for investors. 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North West Plaza shopping centre in Everton Park.Dr Mardiasmo said the research found the Brisbane property market continued to be a prime market for first home buyers, with the under $500,000 price bracket reaching a record high percentage of available suburbs at 44 per cent.That’s a significant increase compared with a year ago when buyers with a budget of $500,000 or less could only access 12.4 per cent of the market.“First home buyers now have a better chance of entering the market, and homeowners can sell with confidence,” Dr Mardiasmo said.Other suburbs that met PRDNationwide’s affordability and liveability criteria, but did not make the top six were Nudgee, Doolandella and Upper Kedron.The top performing suburbs based on price growth and total estimated value of projects commencing in the second half of 2019 include Griffin in the north, Fairfield in the south, Seven Hills in the east and Indooroopilly in Brisbane’s west.Allan and Catherine Turton have lived in Ferny Grove for the past 15 years, but are now reluctantly selling their house at 1 Teviot Close. “For us as a family, it was the schools, the green spaces, the parks, that made it so appealing,” Mr Turton said.“It pretty much has everything we need as a young family.”Mr Turton said it was a suburb that was often overlooked because of its location. This four-bedroom house at 1 Teviot Close, Ferny Grove, is for sale.Marketing agent Karen McBryde of Place – Newmarket said she was not surprised Ferny Grove had been identified as one of Brisbane’s most liveable and affordable suburbs.“I often get feedback from buyers who say they are keen on the area because it has such a low crime rate,” Ms McBryde said. “Ferny Grove High School and Ferny Grove State School are quite highly regarded on the northside, so lots of families want to get into the catchment. “And because it’s on the trainline, mums and dads can drive less than five minutes to the station and still have a reasonably short commute to the city for work.” Ferny Grove has lots of parks that make it a liveable suburb.Mr McBryde said the suburb was also appealing because of its entry level house prices.“For what you get — a big block of land and a very modern house for mid $600,000s, it’s very good value for money compared to Mitchelton, Gaythorne and Enoggera, and only another 10 minutes out,” she said.