Suburb Profile: Torrington
Just a few short years ago, many Toowoomba residents would never have even heard of Torrington unless they worked in one of the many industrial buildings in the area.
But all that is changing thanks to several residential communities popping up and welcoming new residents – from young families to retirees and everyone in between.
A little history
Torrington is an up-and-coming suburb that has its own contemporary, modern charm.
Take a drive along Carrington Road, which bisects Torrington from east to west, and you’ll understand why so few residents may have heard of this suburb. Despite it being next-door to popular Wilsonton and just seven kilometres from the centre of town, Torrington has mostly been home to industrial buildings. Within a few hundred metres of each other there’s a large ALDI, the famous RM Williams Toowoomba store, and the IKEA collection point. However, turn off the main road and you’ll find pockets of residential beauty, with all the charm of laid-back living and generous modern homes.
Where does the name come from?
The name Torrington is quite new, with the area being given the title just 21 years ago, in February 2000 by the then-Minister for Natural Resources. However, the origin of the name remains unclear and unrecorded – all we know is that Torrington is an ancient name, being recorded as far back as the 11th century in England. There is also another Torrington in northern New South Wales, which was named after its English counterpart in Devon.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Torrington’s appeal lies in its proximity to the surrounding inner suburbs and its laid-back lifestyle with great homes on large blocks of land.
Residents can enjoy quick access to some of the most popular freestanding shops in Toowoomba. RM Williams, for example, draws excited shoppers from much further afield than just the Garden City. There are plenty of amenities nearby, while major supermarkets and shopping centres are all within a five-minute drive.
And, of course, there are gorgeous country views of the surrounding countryside.
Does Torrington have a good lifestyle?
Torrington’s history as a purely industrial area is quickly changing. Winding suburban streets are welcoming as soon as you turn off the main road, and homeowners can enjoy much larger land sizes than in some of the more established Toowoomba suburbs. That means it’s perfect for first home buyers, growing families and retirees who want to enjoy more space in a relaxing suburb.
According to data from the 2016 Census, there were fewer than 900 people living in Torrington. With land being released for sale, we expect this will change dramatically in the coming years.
What schools are nearby?
Torrington doesn’t have any schools within its boundaries, but it’s close enough to other populous suburbs to give residents easy access to schools on all sides. Those living near the western side of town can send their children to Wellcamp State School, while on the other side of Torrington the closest state school is Fairview Heights.
What’s the Torrington property market like?
Because Torrington is such a young residential suburb, it’s property market is still emerging. However, according to the latest data, the median house price in Torrington is $537,500, dropping slightly to $522,000 for four-bedroom homes because there are a number of properties that are even larger. Renters may not have much luck finding a home in Torrington – at least until the neighbourhoods grow more. At the time of writing, there was only one house for rent in Torrington – a three-bedder at $420 per week.
Buyers looking to get into Torrington before it explodes should do so promptly. We’re already seeing inspection numbers surge, with almost 600 visits per property, on average. New residential land releases in Torrington are popular, with buyers keen to take advantage of first home owner and HomeBuilder grants.
Take a chance on Torrington
If you’re looking for a modern home built on generous land that’s just a short drive from the bustling city centre, Torrington is the suburb you need to explore. Contact an experienced local agent today to find your dream property in Torrington.