Monaco Was the World’s Top Luxury Property Market in 2023
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Monaco Was the World’s Top Luxury Property Market in 2023

Buyers paid €51,418 per square metre in the city-state, which only grew in popularity during the pandemic

By ELAINE PAOLONI QUILICI
Wed, Mar 20, 2024 8:41amGrey Clock 2 min

Monaco’s prime real estate market remained strong despite global macroeconomic challenges and became the most expensive prime property market in 2023, according to a report Monday from Savills.

The price per square metre in the principality may have grown just 0.9% during 2023, but that increase, however slight, left the average price per square metre at €51,418 (US$55,852).

In comparison, the price per square metre was €39,100 in Hong Kong, €25,300 in New York, €18,900 in London and €8,400 in Dubai.

There were 416 transactions across the principality in 2023, which represented a decline of nearly one-fifth compared to the previous year. However, the total transaction value declined by a smaller amount than the number of transactions, which indicated that fewer but higher value transactions were recorded in 2023.

In examining the total sales by price point, the proportion of apartments selling for more than €5 million increased 2% in 2023, while the share of apartments sold priced below that same threshold  fell by an equal amount, according to the report.

Interest in Monaco has risen since the pandemic, contributing to space constraint issues in the principality. Residence card applications also now require a property’s size to match the intended occupying family’s size, which has resulted in greater scrutiny, Savills said.

In response to this rule, many new-build projects are offering larger apartments. The sales of more spacious apartments with three or more bedrooms accounted for over 60% of new-build sales and 22% of the resales across the principality in 2023.

“The number of resales in Monaco has returned to pre-pandemic levels, and this rebound has largely been driven by the increase in sales of larger apartments,” Kelcie Sellers, associate director of world research at Savills, said in the report.

Potential buyers don’t just want to live in Monaco. They are very specific when it comes to choosing a particular district or even development. Together, Monte Carlo and La Rousse comprise over 40% of the total housing area in the principality, yet they accounted for more than 60% of resale transactions in 2023.

In fact, the mean price for resales increased to an all-time high in five out of seven Monaco districts in 2023. Jardin Exotique and La Condamine saw the highest price-per-square-metre growth of 19% and 22%, respectively. Larvotto maintained the top spot for most expensive district by square metre, according to the report.

In an effort to meet the high demand for real estate in this principality, which is smaller than New York’s Central Park, construction projects are in progress. Two large communities are expected to launch this year: Mareterra and Bay House Monaco. These projects will add a combined 166 new apartments and 15 villas to the Monaco market.

Prospective buyers around the world are approaching the current market with caution as they wait to see how macroeconomics, inflation and interest rates play out. However, as Monaco offers somewhat of a safe haven, it may attract buyers who would have purchased property elsewhere, which would continue to drive demand in the coming months, Savills said.



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Mackay is a tropical coastal area located in north Queensland. It’s known for its closeconnection to the Great Barrier Reef. The median house price is $462,750, up 8.9 percent in 2023. Mackay attracts a lot of interstate migrants and is home to more than 120,000 people. It has a healthy economy with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent and $1.7 billion worth of projects due to commence this year.

Toowoomba, QLD

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Townsville, QLD

Townsville is a coastal city in north-eastern Queensland. The median house price is $420,000, up 5 percent in 2023. It is home to more than 200,000 people. Unemployment is very low at 2.5 percent and there is $3.2 billion of projects commencing this year.

Dubbo, NSW

Dubbo is located west of Newcastle in the Orana Region and is home to the Western Plains Zoo. The median house price is $530,000, up 11.6 percent in 2023. The population has exploded in recent years to more than 56,000 people. The unemployment rate is just 2.2percent and the economy is thriving. There is a pipeline of $4.7 billion in projects commencing this year.

Tamworth, NSW

Located in north-east NSW, Tamworth is known for its popular annual Country Music Festival. It’s also the largest retail centre for the New England and Northwest Slopes regions. The median house price is $490,000, up 14 percent in 2023. With a population of more than 65,000 people, the economy is strong with unemployment of just 2 percent and $112.4million worth of projects commencing this year.

Griffith, NSW

Located west of Sydney and northwest of Canberra, Griffith is known for its prime produce production and wine cultivation. The median house price is $531,000, up 2.1 percent in 2023. Griffith’s population is about 27,000 people. The city boasts high economic resilience with a 2 percent unemployment rate and $258.7 million in projects in the pipeline.

Ballarat, VIC

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Ballarat is a 1.5hour drive west of Melbourne. It’s popular with city commuters who move here for housing affordability and a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to the city via train. The median house price is $570,000, down 4.2 percent in 2023 but up 92.9 percent over the past decade. The city has the third highest population in Victoria at about 118,000. Ballarat has an unemployment rate of 3 percent and a total projects pipeline worth $2.3 billion for 2024.

Shepparton, VIC

Shepparton is a rural area about two hours north of Melbourne. It is popularly referred to as the food bowl of Australia. The median house price is $475,000, up 4.4 percent in 2023. The population is about 70,000. The unemployment rate is just 2 percent and there is $1.8 billion in projects for 2024.

Wodonga, VIC

Wodonga is located on the border of NSW on the southern side of the Murray River. It is approximately 320km from Melbourne and 345km from Canberra. The median house price is $567,250, up 4.7 percent in 2023. With a population of about 44,000, the city’s jobless rate is 3 percent and there is $388.2 million in development set to commence in 2024, primarily new infrastructure.

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