Newstead’s Unstoppable Gentrification

Aerial view of Newstead. Image source: Chester, Kokoda Property.

Once an industrial powerhouse, now one of the most desired places to live in Brisbane.

Nowhere in Brisbane has seen such a gentrification in such a short timeframe than Newstead, which is now Brisbane’s new lifestyle hub.

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The newest entrant to Newstead’s growing list of high-end residential developments is Chester which will soon hit the market.

Developed by Kokoda Properties, the project has been named after the two intersecting street names, Chester and Ella Street.

Artist’s impression of Chester, Newstead

The first stage release ‘Chester’ comprises of 170 apartments across 18 storeys.

The 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses range from a minimum of 60sqm and come with a seven-day concierge service which will offer residents access to amenities, often only seen with high-end international hotels.

Positioned on the corner of Chester and Ella Streets with Nodo Donuts, Chester Street Bakery, and the Emporium Hotel and restaurant precinct on the doorstep.

Architecturally designed by globally renowned firm, Hayball, the building’s exterior draws inspiration from the folds and canyons of the iconic Brisbane River, with its striking and sculptural façade designed to make a positive contribution to Newstead’s growing ‘street style’.

Inside the apartments, the project has a luxury-edge and has been designed by Ministry of Design Singapore.

The ground floor lobby has been designed with a warm and modern entrance adorned with custom lighting, herringbone oak flooring and soaring ceilings.

Artist's impression of Chester lobby
Artist’s impression of Chester lobby

Within each apartment, monochromatic palettes of bold matte-black are contrasted against cool-white marble finishes, ensuring a sense of space and freedom, further accentuated by decadently high ceilings.

Full length doors slide open on to private balconies, giving way to views of the city skyline and horizon framed by strikingly angled concrete panels and bronze balustrades.

Elba marble benchtops, designer under-mount black sinks, matte-black tapware and Miele appliances featured throughout the kitchens are complemented by copper and concrete detailing.

The bathrooms mirror the designer appeal with recessed timber shelving, penny round feature wall tiles and textured surfaces that balance the high-gloss mirror custom vanities.

Many of the apartments boast coveted butler’s pantries to create a true entertainer’s kitchen.

The project offers a large amount of residential amenity which includes a rooftop facility complete with a swimming pool, spa, outdoor cinema, kitchen and barbeque areas, along with a putting green. A further three levels of amenity abound on the lower levels of the building with an additional outdoor courtyard terrace and fire pit.

Private lounges, a theatre, karaoke room, pool table and residents’ bar, can all be booked through the on-site concierge. Private access to two entire levels linked by a stunning golden spiral staircase to the private dining room can be arranged, enabling residents to host intimate dinners crafted by a personal chef and catering team.

The rooftop will boast panoramic views over the city, accentuated by lush exotic greenery and sub-tropical landscaping. Chester will also feature a round-the-clock, hotel-style concierge offering where residents can arrange transport, dry cleaning, pet grooming and more.

Kokoda Property’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Sam Tucker said the building’s unique design would cater for residents seeking a home that spoke of effortless luxury and designer ‘cool’ in one of Brisbane’s most in-demand locations.

“Chester’s sophisticated design will blend seamlessly into the classic architecture and exposed brick buildings seen throughout Newstead, while the elements of modern indulgence and bespoke personal service will be the envy of everyone,” Tucker said.

“The building’s central location, just a five-minute drive from the CBD, ensures the best of Newstead and Teneriffe, plus a short ferry ride to Bulimba are at each resident’s door step.

“We are really excited to bring the Chester development to life in this vibrant suburb and offering a level of amenity never seen before in Brisbane,” Tucker said.

One and two bedroom apartments at Chester range in size from 60 to 94 square metres and are priced from $415,000 to $755,000 with secure car parking and storage.



  1. Hello, good to see the Newstead neighbourhood performing well in terms of cafes and “lifestyle” options. However, the title is misleading for two reasons:
    1) Gentrification isn’t associated with increased neighbourhood amenity and is usually related to the unwanted displacement of inhabitants;
    2) The bulk of the article focusses on another set of average units

    Unstoppable gentrification sounds eerily like a housing crisis.