Land value rockets to $1.12 trillion

The average land value in NSW rose a staggering 11 per cent to $1.12 trillion in 2014, with one suburb overtaking Mosman to become the state's most expensive.

Woollahra, in the eastern suburbs, boasts the highest median residential land value of $1.4 million – a 13.8 per cent increase from 2013.

Over the Bridge, Mosman's median land value stands at $1.39 million (a seven-per-cent increase). Waverley was next with $1.12m, followed by Hunters Hill ($1.09m), Willoughby ($1.08m) and Manly ($1.05m).

Willoughby recorded the biggest median increase, with average land values up a whopping 37 per cent from $788,000 to $1.08 million in the last year.

Residential land in Bankstown shot up 29 per cent to a median price of $519,000, while Hornsby, the Hills Shire and Canterbury all recorded rises of 21 per cent or more.

Many of the rises have been linked to new infrastructure projects, including the North West Rail Link, due for completion in 2019.

“In the last 12 months or so, the NSW property market has kicked on pretty strongly,” said NSW Valuer General Simon Gilkes.

“Seeing places like the Hills Shire in the list, that is at least partly due to the development of the rail link, which will make that area much more accessible.”

There were also big increases, for the first time in years, in the value of coastal land — including a 9.6 per cent rise in Wyong, an 8.2 per cent rise in Shellharbour and an 8.1 per cent rise in Gosford.

Newcastle recorded the biggest rise in land values outside of Sydney, rocketing 10.3 per cent to $255,000.

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