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Why I love Ascot: Interview with Director and Lead Agent Patrick McKinnon

Thursday December 16, 2021 ● By Grace Holgate // Place Estate Agents

Patrick McKinnon

Known as one of Brisbane’s finest residential areas, Ascot is an affluent suburb just 7km from the CBD. Renowned for its heritage estates and the family friendly lifestyle, Ascot has been described as having a small town feel in the middle of a city.

We recently spoke with Place Ascot Director and Lead Agent, Patrick McKinnon to discuss what he loves about this inner-city suburb.

What is Ascot known for?

Ascot is known for so many unique suburb features! It is home of Brisbane’s Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourse which welcome thousands of eager racegoers each year.

Additionally, the schools in Ascot are highly sought after, making the area great for young families.


Residential perks?

Set along wide, tree-lined streets, Ascot has some truly breathtaking homes including a combination of large family estates and grand-scale traditional Queenslanders.

Fun fact about Ascot?

If you’re an Ascot local, you’d be familiar with the hilarious Ascot Facebook page, Career? I’ve got one, I’m an Ascot mum. This page never fails to make me laugh!

Favourite Café in Ascot?

I can’t simply choose just one so I would have to say Swalk Café and Hamlet on Charton!


Favourite Ascot restaurant and go-to dish?

The Breakfast Creek Hotel (Albion) is the best spot for the Spanish Gardens Steak. Just outside of the suburb is Sunny Doll Japanese – everything on the menu is amazing. Taro’s Ramen has the best ramen on Racecourse Road and Veranda on Racecourse make the best Duck Pancakes. Was I only meant to choose one restaurant?

Something only the locals would know?

Bartley’s Hill Reserve has a beautiful lookout that takes in views of the city skyline. This lookout is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets and is easy to access via car.

Best way to get around the suburb?

Would highly recommend walking around this beautiful suburb. During the Springtime, the streets are lined with blooming Jacarandas.

Local attractions and places to visit?

Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Go-to shopping spot in or around Ascot?

Toombul Shopping Centre is great for your weekly shop and has some great restaurants and entertainment options and DFO Brisbane is the perfect place for some retail therapy!


Local community shoutouts?

The Ascot Aquatics Centre is a great spot for fitness and the Brisbane Racing Club is the place to be for all things racing!

Interesting facts?

Located on Henry Street, hillside home Nyrambla, was formerly used as a United States-Australian intelligence base for codebreakers during the Second World War.

Today, Nyrambla is a beautiful nine-bedroom, six-car garage home with an interesting tale!

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