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Luxury Apartment Spending Sky High

Spending on super-prime apartments has surged in the first half of 2021.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Oct 14, 2021 1:26pmGrey Clock 2 min

Sales of luxury apartments worth more than $10 million have risen nearly eightfold during the first half of 2021 when compared to the decade average according to Knight Frank research.

Ultra-rich buyers have splurged more than $650 million in Sydney alone with 67 super-prime luxury apartments changing hands around the country – a steep rise from the 8.7 average annual sales over the past 10 years. Of note, the majority of the transactions were at Crown Residences at One Barangaroo.

Knight Frank defines super-prime properties as the top 1% of each market by value. Around the country that sees a threshold of more than $10 million in Sydney and Melbourne and $7 million in Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast.

The recently coined ‘rightsizer’ – those downsizing from stately homes to luxury apartments – tended to target newly built or off-the-plan apartments. However, Sydney differed from the rest of the country where the lack of new stock forced buyers to look at existing builds according to Michelle Ciesielski, Knight Frank’s head of residential research.

“The surge in demand was driven by ultra-wealthy buyers looking for a low maintenance apartment with house-like proportions for entertaining, as well as those seeking a secured luxury apartment residence that can be easily locked up when they jet off for long periods of international travel again next year,” she said.

Higher demand for luxury apartments has lifted values for new apartments by 46% since June 2015 – outperforming the established apartment market which recorded a strong, 31% increase in major cities.

Sydney was the only city that didn’t follow the trend, with the older stock soaring by 48% compared to 30% for new apartments.

Ms Cieselski said apartment values should continue to rise further in the years ahead, with a falling supply forecast.

“In contrast to increasing demand, the pipeline of new apartments in prime regions around Australia will fall by 39% over the next three years across low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise projects, which will mostly be felt in Brisbane and Sydney,” she said.


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