How much of a premium to school zones attract?

How much of a premium would you be prepared to pay to live in a school zone?

Clearly some people are prepared to pay a lot according to new REIV data shows that homes located within the catchment area for some of Melbourne’s best public secondary schools are fetching close to a $600,000 premium compared to those outside the zone.  location map house suburb area find

In 2016, the median house price of properties with more than two-bedrooms in desirable public school zones is significantly higher than the median price of similar homes that border the zone.

The analysis, undertaken in the 12 months to March 31, shows that the largest price difference was recorded for homes zoned for University High in inner northern Parkville.

Homes within the school zone had a median house price of $1,395,000 while homes within a one kilometre radius of the school zone had a median of $799,000 – a difference of $596,000. 

Homes zoned for McKinnon Secondary College also achieved sale prices significantly higher than those located outside the catchment area.

The median house price for homes within the zone was $1,500,000 compared to a median of $1,195,000 for homes in the same suburb but outside the school zone.

Vendors of homes within the school zone for Cheltenham Secondary College could also expect higher sale prices than those located outside the zone.

A difference of $150,000 was recorded for homes that sold within the school zone.

Bordering Zone Median In Zone Median Price Differential
University High School $799,000 $1,395,000 $596,000
McKinnon Secondary College $1,195,000 $1,500,000 $305,000
Cheltenham Secondary College $950,000 $1,100,000 $150,000
Frankston High School $462,000 $576,000 $114,000
Box Hill High School $1,099,000 $1,189,800 $90,800
Mount Waverley Secondary College $1,200,000 $1,267,000 $67,000
Balwyn High School $1,947,500 $2,012,000 $64,500

Source: REIV

REIV CEO Geoff White said access to high-quality amenities and services – particularly schooling and education – is a key driver of price growth across Melbourne.

“Rather than paying private school fees, parents of school-aged children are increasingly investing that money in the family home and buying into areas zoned for top performing public schools,” he said.

“These areas also experience a high number of sales indicating the level of buyer demand within these zones.”

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Bryce Yardney


Bryce is a property development specialist, having successfully completed many development projects for Metropole's clients. Initially working as a Project Manager at Metropole since completing his Bachelor of Project Management in 2011, Bryce now acts as a buyers agent for clients, sourcing and evaluating properties with development potential.Visit

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