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Australia’s million-dollar club grows by 218 suburbs

By Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
18 June 2021 | 1 minute read
Eliza Owen

Australia now boasts a further 218 suburbs where the median price of residential dwellings has exceeded the million-dollar mark.

Australia’s housing boom has led to significant property value increases, with an additional 218 suburbs joining the million-dollar club in just 12 months, new data from CoreLogic has revealed.

“Australia’s current housing boom has led to property value increases ranging from 5.0 per cent across Greater Melbourne dwellings to a 20.3 per cent rise in values across Darwin, pushing a more vast range of markets up to, and beyond, the million-dollar mark,” said Eliza Owen, CoreLogic’s head of research.

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According to CoreLogic, in the 12 months to May 2021, 198 house markets and 20 unit markets saw their median price breach $1 million, with a majority or 24.8 per cent located in Sydney.

This hefty addition now means Sydney boasts 340 house and 79 unit markets with a current media value of $1 million or higher, an increase of 25.4 per cent on last May.

Despite bearing the brunt of the COVID lockdowns, Melbourne, too, saw a sizeable increase in its million-dollar club, with the number of markets with a media value exceeding $1 million growing by 34.3 per cent on the year to 194.

Hobart was the only capital city in Australia not to welcome any newcomers to the $1 million club.

Expectedly, regional NSW and Victoria both clocked unprecedented capital growth. Namely, 55 regional suburbs joined the exclusive club in NSW, up 267 per cent on the year, while in Victoria, the number of regional club participants ballooned from four to 11 in just 12 months.

As for the most expensive market, Bellevue Hill houses in Sydney’s eastern suburbs took the crown with a current median house value of $7,616,288.

In the regions, Byron Bay houses snagged the win with a median value of $2,343,546.

In terms of the most impressive million-dollar newcomers across the country, they included NSW’s North Avoca with a median value of $1.5 million, Victoria’s Mount Macedon with a $1.3 million median and Queensland’s Ashgrove with $1.2 million.

While the growth of the million-dollar club is cause for celebration for home owners looking to accumulate wealth, Ms Owen flagged several downsides.

“For first home buyers, who tend to be more price sensitive, higher house prices and the volume of suburbs becoming million-dollar markets are likely building on the challenges already faced by these prospective buyers around home ownership and affordability,” Ms Owen said.

“The latest ABS finance data reinforced this, showing April marked the third consecutive month of decline in finance secured for the purchase of property by first home buyers.”

New South Wales

  • In Sydney, there are 340 house and 79 unit markets with a current median value of $1 million or higher at May 2021, 25.4 per cent more than one year earlier.
  • In regional NSW, 55 suburbs (53 houses and two units) have a median value more than or equal to $1 million, 267 per cent higher than a year ago.

Victoria

  • In Melbourne, there are 184 house and eight unit markets with a current median value of $1 million and above, 34.3 per cent more than one year earlier.
  • Regional Victoria now has 11 house markets reaching the million-dollar median value list, compared to only four a year ago.

Queensland

  • Queensland is the only state where the combined regionals have a similar number of million-dollar suburbs to its capital city.
  • There are 51 suburbs across Brisbane with a median house value of at least $1 million, compared with 46 house and unit markets across regional Queensland, driven by the popularity of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Western Australia

  • In Perth, there are 42 house markets with a current median value of $1 million or higher at May 2021, 61.5 per cent more than one year earlier.

Adelaide

  • Adelaide currently has 45 markets with a median house value over $1 million, more than double the number from a year earlier.

ACT

  • The ACT saw 27 markets make the million-dollar median house and unit list.

Hobart

  • There are two markets across Hobart with a median house value of at least $1 million, but no newcomers in the past 12 months.
Australia’s million-dollar club grows by 218 suburbs
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