Qld grandma gifts house to help family beat the odds


Carrissa Ahern with her sons Torryn 12, and Kian 15, at their Arana Hills home which is up for sale. Arana Hills has been named the most family friendly in Greater Brisbane. Picture Lachie Millard

Carrissa and Sean Ahern consider their family among the lucky ones after being gifted a house by his mother to help them raise two children who live with disabilities.

“There is no way we could have afforded to do it on our own,” Mrs Ahern said. “We have two kids with disabilities so I am a full-time carer. Banks don’t look at you when you don’t work. We are very grateful to Sean’s mum.”

Their home sits in one of the hottest markets in South East Queensland – Arana Hills – which has been named the most family-friendly suburb in Greater Brisbane after seeing the capital region’s largest rise in houses for sale with three bedrooms or more. Listings in Arana Hills have jumped by 68 per cent in the lead-up to spring.

Loads of activities in the backyard of 4 Yootha Avenue, Arana Hills, to keep children busy.

“We were gifted this house by my husband’s mother about three years ago but we have lived here close to 10 years,” Mrs Ahern said. “We like the area because it is close to the kids’ schools and sports teams. It is also close to shopping centres and public transport.”

The Aherns are on the hunt for a bigger property to meet their children’s needs.

“We are needing to upsize due to our children growing so rapidly but we are trying to stay in the Hills District.”

4 Yootha Avenue, Arana Hills, is being marketed at offers over $680,000.

The Ahern family home is listed at offers over $680,000, with PropTrack data showing that is about $65,000 less than Brisbane’s median house price in August.

RE/MAX Northern Albany Creek agent Robert Russell said most of the enquiries on the home were coming from couples in their 40s with children in pre-to-mid-teens.

“I’m finding people that are coming to talk to me are from within Brisbane, moving from the southside to the north,” Mr Russell said.


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