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Melbourne’s best, worst performing suburbs revealed

24 January 2018 | 10 minute read
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New data collected by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria has revealed the highest performing Melbourne suburbs for the December quarter of 2017.

REIV data showed that, across the entirety of metropolitan Melbourne, house prices rose for the seventh quarter in a row, up by 1.1 per cent to a median of $821,000, which had a knock-on effect on the whole city, raising its annual price growth to 13.2 per cent for 2017, the highest since 2010.

According to REIV president Richard Simpson, this growth was due to auctions, with 25 auction-related records being broken over the last year.

“While price growth slowed in the December quarter due to increased supply and reduced investor activity, 2017 was a record-breaking year for Melbourne’s property market,” the REIV president said.

“High levels of interstate and overseas migration, new government initiatives for first home buyers and record low interest rates have contributed to significant double-digit price growth last year.”

The highest performing suburbs over the December quarter were at what REIV highlighted as the premium end of the market, which included Toorak, South Yarra, Surrey Hills and Canterbury.

“Demand for houses in the city’s most exclusive suburbs continues to outstrip supply, with increased competition delivering exceptional results for vendors in these areas,” Mr Simpson said.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s affordable outer suburbs saw a 2.4 per cent rise in their medium house price to $666,500.


“Increased participation from owner-occupiers is driving values in the city’s outer suburbs, with these areas offering buyers the ideal combination of affordability and space,” Mr Simpson noted.

“Strong price growth over the past year has meant that houses within 20km of the CBD are almost out of reach for many first home buyers. These buyers are now looking for new entry points to the market, especially in established suburbs with infrastructure, amenities and services.”

Melbourne’s apartment market rebounded in December, with the citywide median price increasing by 1.2 per cent to $594,500.

Apartments also saw rises in median prices, with a rise of 1.2 per cent up to $594,000, and regional Victoria also saw a rise of 2.6 per cent for the quarter and 10 per cent up to $396,5000 compared to the same quarter last year.

“Regional cities and towns within commuting distance of the CBD have certainly benefitted from strong price growth in Melbourne, with a number of these areas now recording median house prices higher than those in the outer ring,” Mr Simpson concluded.


Top 10 Melbourne suburbs for growth

Ranking Suburb Median price Quarterly change
1 Toorak $4,600,000 43.3%
2 South Yarra $2,280,500 26.7%
3 Mentone $1,200,000 19.7%
4 Surrey Hills $2,285,000 18.4%
5 Essendon $1,715,000 18.3%
6 Hawthorn $2,718,000 18.2%
7 Malvern $2,370,000 17.7%
8 Keysborough $885,000 16.4%
9 Canterbury $3,300,000 14.8%
10 Rosebud $624,000 13.0%

Top 10 most affordable Melbourne suburbs

Ranking Suburb Median price
1 Kurunjang $387,000
2 Melton South $420,500
3 Melton West $439,500
4 Wyndham Vale $500,000
5 Werribee $511,250
6 Sunbury $520,000
7 Pakenham $520,000
8 Cranbourne West $526,500
9 Tarneit $542,500
10 Cranbourne $550,000

Top 10 most expensive Melbourne suburbs

Ranking Suburb Median price
1 Toorak $4,600,000
2 Canterbury $3,300,000
3 Hawthorn $2,718,000
4 Brighton $2,700,000
5 Balwyn $2,450,000
6 Caulfield North $2,405,000
7 Malvern $2,370,000
8 Camberwell $2,303,000
9 Surrey Hills $2,285,000
10 South Yarra $2,280,500


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