8.9 out of 10

Arundel

Ranked 23rd best suburb in Gold Coast
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3/5
Feb 21, 2017

"Don't be fooled!"

Arundel is a nice suburb on the outskirts of the Gold Coast.
It's affordable but the majority of the developments are small blocks on tight narrow streets.
If you like to surf it will take aprox half hour to the nearest beach. Not bad for a first home buyer.
Pros
  • Friendly locals
  • Quiet area
  • Close to Harbourtown
Cons
  • Needs live entertainment, even in the park area of the Broadwater.
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Dec 22, 2016

"Arundel - a little slice of paradise!"

I've moved to Arundel and absolutely love living here. It is a very peaceful, quiet and safe neighbourhood and only 4km from the beach. I love walking my dog along marine parade & the broadwater parklands (all within easy access). Surfer's paradise is only 10km away and Harbourtown is less than five minutes. Most of all I love the quiet, neighbourly feel of the streets surrounded by beautiful trees and golf courses. If you're looking to move you really can't go past Arundel - we're very happy here!
Pros
  • Close to Harbourtown
  • Very family friendly neighbourhood
  • very close to golf courses, beaches, hospitals and M1
  • close to the main city of the Gold Coast and all amenities
  • Friendly locals
  • Quiet area
Cons
  • There are some nightlife options but whatever's missing here can be found ten minutes south in Surfers
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"This is home!"

I love Arundel, close to everything and public transport always nearby. Their is neighborly spirit and everyone looks after each other and always up for a chat. A great place to call home with the family or for those retiring and love a good game of golf or shopping.
Pros
  • close to the main city of the Gold Coast and all amenities
  • Friendly locals
  • Quiet area
  • Variety of Restaurants
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A central suburb offering everything"

On the Gold Coast, where it can be all about the haves and have nots, its refreshing to see a 'normal' suburb, central to everything and offering a nice diverse mix of housing and people. Arundel offers expensive golf course homes as well as two bedroom duplexes, townhouses for rent as well as luxury houses on large blocks of land. Southport is 5 mins away, Surfers is 10. People are friendly and range from families occupying houses to students at the Griffith University up the road. With the Gold Coast Light Rail project well underway at Arundel's doorstep and the huge new Gold Coast hospital being built right next to it, this relaxed unpretentious suburb that's less than 5kms from the beautiful Broadwater should certainly remain popular with home buyers and property investors alike.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great cheap properties by the Beautiful Broadwater"

I love the fact I can walk all along the stunning Broadwater to Southport for work and by the time I arrive I'm at peace. This location is the hidden palace, it's just Labrador has a bad reputation from many many years ago and has not recovered to the full extent it should. The name needs changing (to reflect the Broadwater) as it sounds like an uninviting suburb when infact we are surrounded by water, water sports and a great handy location to Surfers. Labrador is undervalued, so many bargains, just ridiculous. The suburb is becoming very trendy in certain locations. I can see when the new Gold Coast Hospital opens in December 2012 properties will skyrocket as Doctors & Nurses like to live close to the Hospital incase of Emergencies. Coming from Lennox Head/Byron Bay I feel this area has still many opportunities in the horizon. It's wonderful as we are so spoilt, with a great variety of different restaurants on Frank Street and all within walking distance from home, stroll along Marine Parade and look at the spectacular view of Surfers especially the Night lights - just sensational.
Pros
  • Variety of Restaurants
  • close to the main city of the Gold Coast and all amenities
  • Friendly locals
  • Quiet area
Cons
  • Needs live entertainment, even in the park area of the Broadwater.
  • There are some nightlife options but whatever's missing here can be found ten minutes south in Surfers
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A dinky di beachy suburb"

I love Labrador. It's so close to the main parts of the Gold Coast yet is very quiet and laid back. Locals are down-to-earth and the streets are quiet and safe with plenty of parking space. Everything is close by from the best fish and chips on the Gold Coast to coffee shops and bbqs on the grassy shores of the glorious Broadwater. Labrador has a real friendly locals feel and people are very smiley and chatty when you meet them in the shops.
Pros
  • Quiet area
  • Friendly locals
  • close to the main city of the Gold Coast and all amenities
Cons
  • There are some nightlife options but whatever's missing here can be found ten minutes south in Surfers
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4/5
2yrs+

"Investor special"

Great place for investors that want a small low maintenance home and a reasonable price. Good transport links, future potential of growth, the broadwater and close proximity to the city centre.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Labrador "The Place to be""

A great place to live just moments to the Broadwater and only 10 Minutes from Sufers Paradise. A very " up and coming" area with some new Developments and Infrastructure. House prices set to rise after the new Grifith University Hospital is complete and Light Rail are complete.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Gold Coast's "best kept secret""

When other people always talk about Labrador, the comments I always hear are 'old', 'run down', 'crime ridden'. Whenever I walk around our neighbourhood I see some older homes of which most are being or have been renovated. With the upgrade of Frank Street, all the drug houses have been pulled down, and crime has been drastically reduced (it wasn't that bad to start off with, provided you didn't live within cooeee of Frank street). Lots of nearby restaurants no matter where you live in Labrador. The Broadwater and park lands are just at the end of the street, anywhere in Labrador.
To me the best part about living in Labrador is: IT'S CLOSE THE EVERYTHING!!!! No matter where you want to go, the drive is only minutes. No matter where you work, driving home late afternoon is easy. No traffic jams trying to get into the back suburbs. If you like quality living without the 'prestige', have a look at Labrador. I'm sure you'll love it!
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Recent drove through Labrador"

I had heard that things had changed, but I did not see any evidence of that, except right along the water. I wouldn't want someone to get the wrong impression of Queensland, when they see this suburb so highly rated. The nicer areas around here are Arundel and Parkwood. Just telling it the way it is.
seabreezes
seabreezes I don't think a drive through Labrador is a fair and accurate way to judge Labrador. You need to live in the area and experience the lifestyle and amenity of the area first. I have lived in Arundel, Parkwood and Labrador whilst a student at Griffith Uni. The homes at Arundel are lovely but I was depressed living there away from the water and the heat over summer was stifling. Parkwood was walking distance to Uni so that was a bonus. Labrador by far was a much nicer place to live due to the ocean breezes and Broadwater access. I could live anywhere on the Gold Coast but I love living at Labrador. Labrador is a very good area to invest in and reside in.
2yrs+
GCLucy
GCLucy Labrador has an old rugged charm to it. I have lived in both Parkwood and Arundel and whilst the houses are modern (albeit they look almost identical), and somewhat large, I felt the homes we had there lacked character. It's magic being able to see the glistening Broadwater from a deck above our leafy garden. And to feel the sea breezes through open french doors on a summer night is divine. Oh - and the old style wooden floors warmed by the afternoon sun on a winters day is another treat.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live/invest"

Lived in labrador 3 years. Purchased a property here in 2008 which has risen in value by 70K so investment is fantastic. Some parts have a bad name but so do all suburbs no matter where you are i suppose. Some reviews say its got huge problems ! but i dont know where this comes from as i have not seen them. Never had a problem day or night. Some in my block only have a carport and have stuff stored there years and NEVER had any of it stolen. Restaurants are everywhere and southport teh gold coasts CBD is walking distance or if you like transport to anywhere is great. I believe a bad reputation from many years ago is something that others still apparently dwell on i dunno? So we are actually investing in another unit as arental property right now . Hope this all helps. Troy
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sea breezes and great location"

The coast-hugging part of Labrador is fantastic to live in. I love the peace and quiet, the early morning bike rides along the Broadwater, easy access from this end of the coast to Brisbane, and the fact that it is not overrun by duplexes...there is a balance.

Southport is growing and growing with lots of facilities being put in place, so for me owning a house in Labrador is also a good investment in more than a lifestyle. (Not that I am moving!)
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"East of Government Road is Excellent."

I have lived all over the Gold Coast & love living in Labrador. East of Government Road (the beach side) is the best area (west of Government Road is too high density). It is one of the oldest suburbs on the Gold Coast. The Broadwater is walking distance & Labrador is far enough away from Surfers Paradise but still close enough to visit if you wish. There are some lovely streets in the hilly areas with character homes still remaining. There are a lot of homes screaming for renovation or demolition but that's great as it is still an affordable area to buy into & benefit from huge capital growth in the future.
Since several expensive high rises have been built along Labrador's Broadwater, Labrador has become quiet a trendy place to live. Most of the dingy 3 storey walkups have gone & with them all the rif raff. Labrador has lots of character & I believe in the future it will be the jewel of the Gold Coast.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best Place on The Gold Coast"

Perfect Location and large land.. Try and get a property that backs on to the Country Club Golf Course. These are very sought after
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Gold Coasts best kept secret."

Labrador is a fantastic place to live. Not only are you close the the beach and broadwater, but there are heaps of options for dining out. Chirn park and aqua are great for dinner. When you drive around the suburb, notice the number of homes that are being renovated. Labrador is one of the last parts of the coast the has not had its heart ripped out by developers looking to make a quick buck with duplex homes.

I can recommend the area (beach side of government road) as a great place to live
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to Everything"

I have lived in Labrador for almost 3 years and it is great. We choose Labrador to buy because we wanted to be close to the Broadwater, Southport and Surfers Paradise.

Our street is very quiet and we know most of the people in our street, we even look out for each others properties when someone is on holidays.

We have a lot of green open spaces and parks for kids and dogs to run free. Pathways to all streets and good bus service.

Labrador does have some areas that are a little on the not taken care of / rough side but you get that in most high rental apartment areas.

The Broadwater is right there for walking, swimming, fishing and boating.

Harbour Town is the main shopping center. There is also Coles and Aldi.

Whether looking to rent or buy Labrador is a great option.
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2yrs+

"Labrador or Scabrador?"

There are just so many nicknames for Labrador and just so much crime its absurd. I remember going into a retail cafe and they sold ice pipes it was disgusting. Now days drugs in labrador is an epidemic and its a known fact. Several shootings have also happend in recent year so you know crime is on the rise. Having said that the 'Chirn Park' labrador side is very beautiful and has some great homes.

Either way probably best to buy some crimsafe and put on all your doors and windows and you will have now problem.
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Tmsl
Tmsl I think this person has had a bad experiance at some stage. I for one do NOT agree with anything he has said about labrador. However chirn park is an ok place .
2yrs+
seabreezes
seabreezes I think petejames has not been to Labrador for a few years. 20 years ago when the area was full of old fibros and 3 storey walkups along Frank Street, there was a drug problem. Just about all these buildings have now gone and so have the problems. East of Government Road down to the Broadwater is really very nice. Since the developers have pumped millions of dollars into Labrador over the past few years, the town has turned into a desirable place to live. Labrador is one of the few seaside spots along the Gold Coast with hills. I think Labrador has lots of character & huge potential.
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2yrs+

"Arundel - Good area for families"

Arundel is on the Gold Coast in between the famous coastal strip and the beautiful hinterland. Ideal for its location, Arundel offers the best of both worlds in a quiet residential area. Many of the homes in this area and fairly new and in good condition and prices although creeping up are still within reach for working couples. These is a good shopping centre with supermarket, butcher, fruit and veg shop as well as specialty shops and restaurants and take away food. The Arundel Tavern offers meals, cold drinks and gaming rooms with live entertainment at certain times. Close to many sporting venues as well as the large Westfield Shopping Centre at Helensvale.
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2yrs+

"Labrador or lockyadoor?"

Labrador is increasingly becoming known for its criminal activity with crimes such as breaking and entering and car theft on the increase. This has prompted the nickname Lockyadoor. There are plenty of cheap housing options with apartments and houses regularly coming up for rent. The fabulous retail centre, Harbour Town has great bargains and there are some wonderful dining options as well. There is a readings cinema and the beach as ready entertainment and the people seem friendly enough. All in all, I find it more of a tourist destination and personally wouldn't want to live there.
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Tmsl
Tmsl I do not agree with lockyadoor as a name at all. Have never had a problem here in 3 years and neither have any of my neighbours in my street! only problems are some of the people who holiday here (just like anywhere which is a holiday destination) some have no respect for the people that live where they holiday. Im sure they dont act this way in their home town. However we like labrador so much that we are presently buying another property as a rental investment. T
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seabreezes
seabreezes I have lived in Labrador for over 20 years & never had a problem either. Most of my neighbours own their own homes so do take care of their properties and watch over each other properties. Labrador is actually quite a safe place to live compared to Surfers Paradise. I have friends who have been broken into on several occasions into Surfers & now want to move further north to escape.
2yrs+
CaitlynH
CaitlynH I live in labrador, every street has a drug dealer, and crime happens every night, NOT A SAFE AREA
2yrs+
seabreezes
seabreezes I don't agree with CaitlynH. The high density streets west of Government Road may not be the best parts of Labrador but the rest of Labrador (East of Government Road) is quite OK. The Gold Coast has drug dealers everywhere and it is a bit of an exageration to say every street in Labrador has a drug dealer. You can spend millions of dollars on a house at Mermaid Beach or Sovereign Islands and you will find drug dealers there. Wherever there is high density housing there will be problems.
2yrs+
jamesr11
jamesr11 I thought the same being an old snob from the south end of the GC, then I found myself living in Labrador, closer to Parkwood side and it was so comveniently close to shops in all 4 directions from Harbourtown, Runaway Bay Shopping Village, Crestwood Plaza, Parkwood shopping centre, Aldi at both Labrador and Ashmore, Australia Fair shopping centre. So close to the new hospital, broadwater and gorgeous dog park. Oh and the Sharks Football club. Plus endless takeaway restaurants! Great location, never saw any crime and neighbours had lived there for 25 years and said the same. Great neighbourhood watch with many retired people close by. Friendly neighbourhood and great nature walks. Plenty of native bird noises which is beautiful.
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