Australia’s $3 million suburb club has doubled again


Australia’s $3 million suburb club has doubled again in 2021 thanks to the housing market boom, as the luxury property market powers ahead during the pandemic.

The hot pace of property price growth this year has led to more suburbs cracking the $3 million median house price, senior economist Eleanor Creagh said. Property 2“The luxury market has continued to power full steam ahead in 2021

“The luxury market had a very strong year last year in 2020 and managed to shake off the recession, and this year has managed to shake off the Delta variant as well.” Ms Creagh said.

We know from Corelogic that Australia’s residential housing markets are now with more than $9 trillion, up to $1 trillion in the last six months alone.

But the more expensive end of our property markets has outperformed during the pandemic as record low interest-rate drive significant buyer demand and more Aussies are prioritising lifestyle and putting money into their homes rather than traveling overseas.Chart1

According to the number of suburbs with median house sale prices over $3 million doubled during 2020 and has doubled again this year amid boom conditions in the overall housing market and the luxury sector.

Sydney suburbs account for all but a few of the 70 suburbs where the median house price is at or above $3 million.

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More coastal and lifestyle suburbs join the $3million club

Ms. Creagh explains:

“While the rapid increase in prices this year is the main reason so many suburbs have joined the $3 million club, buyers have also been looking for larger homes and a sea change during the pandemic and the latest lockdowns.

Coastal suburbs like Bondi Beach ($3.55 million median house sale price), Curl Curl ($3.3 million) and Coogee ($3.18 million) joined the club.

Many of the new entrants were also in Sydney’s north.

Sydney’s eastern suburbs historically had higher median prices, but the exceptional price growth recently had pushed more northern suburbs into the $3 million-plus category.”

Ms. Creagh said the COVID-driven desire for coastal living and holiday homes plus the continued growth in property prices were likely to see more suburbs cracking the $3 million medians.

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Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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