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How to best advise your clients as apartment construction booms

05 October 2018 Sasha Karen

Apartment supply is beginning to top out in some areas, so knowing which areas have the highest density could increase your clients’ chances of renting their apartment out more quickly. Do your clients own in any of these areas?

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Apartment supply is beginning to top out in some areas, so knowing which areas have the highest density could increase your clients’ chances of renting their apartment out more quickly. Do your clients own in any of these areas?

The latest Property Pulse analysis from CoreLogic has revealed the top 20 suburb areas with the highest population density across the country — and they’re all located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Data from CoreLogic shows that Australia is in the middle of an apartment construction boom, with nearly 97,000 medium- to high-density projects completing construction in the last 12 months ending March 2018; that’s 84 per cent higher than the decade average.

Most of these projects are based in inner-city areas of Australia’s largest capital cities to meet the demand of increases in population growth.

According to CoreLogic, the suburb with the highest population density is Melbourne, with a population of 45,231 and an area of 2.4 square kilometres; a population density of 19,107 per square metre is a tightly packed area. With a median unit value of $443,681, the suburb’s property is reasonably affordable for investors to meet rental demand.

Taking out the second place were the Sydney suburbs of Potts Point and Woolloomooloo, featuring a smaller area of 1.5 kilometres and a population of 23,681, resulting in a population density of 16,220 per square metre, but a significantly higher median unit value of $858,387.

In third place were Pyrmont and Ultimo. Also rocking an area of 1.5 square kilometres and a similar population to Potts Point and Woolloomooloo of 24,118, this third-place area has a population density of 16,170 per square metre and an even higher median unit value of $929,308.

The first suburb not to be based in Sydney or Melbourne was Kangaroo Point in Inner Brisbane, which ranked in at 34 with an area of 1.3 square kilometres, a population of 9,152, a population density of 6,822 per square kilometre and a median unit value of $493,358.

These higher-density areas are geared more towards students and typically single people who need to get in and around city centres, the Property Pulse noted.

It’s important to note that the most recent population figures come from 2017 ABS data, so these areas could be even denser than the Corelogic analysis indicates.

The top 20 high population density areas in Australia, according to CoreLogic, are:

Rank

Surburb(s)

State

Area in square kilometres

Population

Population density (per square kilometre)

Median unit value

1

Melbourne

VIC

2.4

45,231

19,107

$443,861

2

Potts Point - Woolloomooloo

NSW

1.5

23,681

16,220

$858,387

3

Pyrmont - Ultimo

NSW

1.5

24,118

16,170

$929,308

4

Darlinghurst

NSW

0.9

12,504

14,585

$909,109

5

Surry Hills

NSW

1.3

18,048

13,707

$848,565

6

Carlton

VIC

1.8

21,794

11,993

$361,173

7

Redfern - Chippendale

NSW

2.2

25,204

11,650

$911,129

8

Waterloo - Beaconsfield

NSW

3.6

37,918

10,585

$896,624

9

Bondi Beach - North Bondi

NSW

2.5

23,261

9,451

$1,187,723

10

Glebe - Forest Lodge

NSW

2.3

21,692

9,422

$913,340

11

South Yarra - East

VIC

2.5

23,642

9,396

$596,614

12

Randwick - North

NSW

1.9

18,018

9,302

$917,035

13

Neutral Bay - Kirribilli

NSW

2.2

19,311

8,735

$1,048,187

14

Newtown - Camperdown - Darlington

NSW

3.3

27,627

8,418

$791,470

15

Kingsford

NSW

2

16,921

8,400

$843,197

16

Fitzroy

VIC

1.4

11,478

8,337

$729,539

17

Lakemba

NSW

2.2

18,144

8,294

$420,236

18

Bondi - Tamarama - Bronte

NSW

2.5

19,949

7,988

$1,121,283

19

Wiley Park

NSW

1.4

10,877

7,806

$433,952

20

Collingwood

VIC

1.3

9,824

7,758

$611,261

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