With 2019 now firmly behind us, it's time
to take a closer look at the decade that was. In order to put the current
property market into some perspective, and see why some areas are moving much
faster than others, it's important to analyse the biggest movers and shakers
over the past 10 years. Using data from realestate.com.au, let's take a look at
the top growth suburbs across Australia over the last decade.
Some suburban markets in Sydney and
Melbourne have exploded over the last 10 years, as have certain rural areas
such as Byron Bay. While most significant growth areas are located in
inner-city neighbourhoods, there are examples of solid growth across the country
in a number of diverse locations. The data collected is based on a change in
median price over 10 years, which is calculated as the percentage difference
between the median sale price in a 12 month period.
North Melbourne led the way for growth in Australia
over the decade, with a massive increase of 240% recorded. Located just 2.5 km
from the Melbourne CBD, the median price in North Melbourne grew from $348,000
to $1.2 million between 2009 and 2019. Cabramatta led the way in NSW, from
$360,000 to $820,000 over the decade, or a rise of 128%. The trendy areas of
Melbourne's inner-north also saw tremendous growth over the decade, as did
Newtown, Petersham, and Bondi Junction in Sydney just to name a few.
While most of the top growth spots were in
NSW or Victoria, somewhat surprisingly, Rosebury in the Northern Territory was
the next best performing location by state at $238,000 to $500,000, or 110%.
The next highest growth suburb by state was Kingston Beach in Tasmania at 81%,
Paddington in Queensland at 72%, Campbell in the ACT at 70%, Somerton Park in
SA at 68%, and Trigg in WA at 34%. As you can see, there is still a two-speed
market in Australia at the top of the table, or even a three-speed market if
you consider the weak results in Western Australia.
According to Nerida Conisbee, chief
economist at realestate.com.au, there has been significant changes across
Australia over the past decade: “The most exciting one was seeing western
Melbourne take off – that was great... I’ve been away from Melbourne for nearly
five years and it’s really dramatic how more working class suburbs like
Sunshine have now become popular suburbs for younger people, and as a result,
we are starting to see early signs of gentrification."
Not all of the growth has been restricted
to trendy neighbourhoods in big cities, with some regional towns also seeing
some action. “Many regional areas have also taken off – places like Geelong,
Ballarat, Bendigo, and Hobart, we have seen huge amounts of change over the
years." said Consibee, adding "Northern New South Wales and southern
Gold Coast have also seen a very high increase in levels of demand.” While
forecasting growth over the next decade is certainly not easy, Consibee
recommends looking "for the suburbs switching from elderly people to young
people, at least for capital cities."