35 years of Sydney’s property evolution – 1980-2015 [video]

Here’s a short video to help investors understand the history of the Sydney property market.

Onthehouse.com.au analysis of historical house price data has revealed just how high Sydney’s property prices have soared in the last 35 years, pinpointing the suburbs that have seen the most median value growth since 1980.sydney

The research revealed that eastern suburb Bellevue Hill was the most expensive postcode region back in 1980 and that it has come full-circle to reclaim that title today, however the difference in value is staggering.

The median house value in Bellevue Hill was just over $200,000 in 1980. Today, the median value is $4.2 million.

Using historical data, the video below demonstrates the peaks and troughs of Sydney’s house values over the last 35 years.

Sydney City was the first postcode region to reach a median house value of $1 million in 1989, although its median value dropped to $980,000 one year later due to the onset of the recession.

Over the last 35 years there is a reoccurring trend of the inner west areas being the last regions near the city to pick up in value.

Watch the 90 second video here:

Some details:

The north shore suburbs of Gordon and Killara have led each historical upswing, while suburbs west of the CBD tended to lag behind.  

You can see from 1980 to today that there is now a significantly higher range of values across Sydney. 

What may come as the biggest surprise to people looking back at the last 35 years is the reoccurring trend of the inner west areas being the last regions near the city to pick up in value.

This is partly due to being under the flight path, because you have the airport just to the south of the inner west, and historically it is a low socio-economic area relative to the north shore and eastern suburbs.”

By 2011, most of North Sydney, the eastern suburbs and the north shore were worth well over $1 million.

The median values in these areas contrasted starkly against so many other regions, particularly in the south west where house values were still under $400,000.sydney

It wasn’t until Australia’s largest housing boom in 2013 that Southwest Sydney almost doubled in value.

You can see that since 2011, south west Sydney nearly doubles in value as a result of spill-over from the inner west, and spill-over from Badgerys Creek on the other side of Sydney.

On this note, it is interesting to see Badgerys Creek as another separate growth centre, which is seeing higher values in surrounding postcodes as well. The reason for the higher values can most likely be put down to properties sitting on acreage or really large plots of under-developed land.

If you’d like more, here’s the full 6 minute video:

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Eliza Owen


Eliza is head Of Residential Research Australia for Corelogic and a respected property market commentator. Eliza holds a first class honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney

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