Balmoral is Gaelic for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle’ and is the name of one of the Queen’s castles in Scotland. It has been said that it was John Watson, whose career varied from builder to State Member, who gave the area the name Balmoral, after the town of his birth in Scotland. Balmoral is a beautiful suburb in Brisbane's east, sitting just back from the river. Many homes have city views and there are stately old Queenslanders sitting comfortably alongside contemporary designs.
Balmoral is about 5km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 38% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, 17% are single parent families and 12% are lone person households. Units account for only 19% of dwellings in this area, while stand alone houses account for over 70%. This suburb has a lively café precinct and offers quality housing close to the city.
The suburb has a lively cafe and local cinema precinct and Cannon Hill Shopping Centre compliments local stores in the suburb. Although Balmoral doesn't have its own rail station (the closest are Cannon Hill and Morningside), regular bus services, as well as the City Cat, ensure residents can access the city and other major centres easily.
Balmoral housing is also characterised by the older worker’s cottage and Queenslander styles. There has been a transformation once again with larger blocks of land developed to manage large family homes on smaller blocks.