About the Area
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Named after the 19th century ship SS Fortitude, there was a time in the not too distant past when Fortitude Valley was synonymous with brothels, gambling dens and unsavory characters. How times have changed! Gentrification has had its way with this shady suburb and it's now one of Brisbane's most popular destinations.
It's not a suburb for those who like peace and quiet - there's far too much going on for that. This is a place for those who want to get away from suburbia and live in a groovy new apartment, close to clubs, restaurants and dance beats.
Don't despair if you like your nightlife a bit grungy, there are still hole in the wall establishments where you can get a feel for the old, more alternative Valley. The Valley has a chequered and fascinating history and is slipping quite easily into its new role as an alternative CBD location.
With its thriving Chinatown, fabulous restaurants, popular nightclubs and bars and The Judith Wright Centre, it's easy to see why young people especially are flocking to live in Fortitude Valley.
The median unit/townhouse price in the Valley in 2009 was $390,000.
Eating and drinking