Hi there I have just returned from a 4 week holiday to look around Brisbane. Having an Australian girlfriend has enabled me to obtain a permanent VISA and we are deciding if we should look to make the big move in 2012. The property prices to me looked extremely high but I do keep reading that they are on there way down and will continue to fall for some time.. who knows but for me and anyone renting I hope they do!! Anyway, one of the areas outside of the City (we stayed with family in Ashgrove) we took a look at was Springfield Lakes. The two houses we looked at (370,000 AD & 400,000 AD) looked to be great value compared to the Ashgrove area. (for obvioius reasons) Can anyone tell me the type of area this is (crime / leisure activities etc) as there looked to be a lot of plans including a train station in 2013. I fear the drive could be an hour to the City or does anyone know if you could drive to a nearby station for the commute into the CBD. I would not want to travel more than an hour door to door. Please help... Thanks all.