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The Australian cities where luxury home values have more than doubled

A new property report reveals an ‘unprecedented surge’ in luxury home values as demand continues to outstrip supply

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, Apr 30, 2024 11:40amGrey Clock 3 min

Australia’s luxury home market is experiencing an “unprecedented surge in prices” due to a limited supply of large homes close to beaches, bays and rivers and strong demand from Australia’s growing high-net-worth population, according to Ray White senior data analyst Atom Go Tian.

The inaugural Ray White Luxury Report reveals luxury homes have risen in value at a much faster rate than median-priced properties across the capital cities over the 10 years from 2014 to 2023. Luxury house prices rose by 84 percent over the decade compared to 70 percent for median-priced houses. Luxury apartment prices soared 58 percent while median apartment prices rose 31 percent.

However, there was a change last year when median prices grew faster than luxury prices for the first time in the decade. CoreLogic analysis shows higher interest rates, which limited people’s borrowing capacity, and rising prices appeared to turbocharge buyer demand in more affordable markets across Australia, with Perth experiencing the most growth among the capital cities in 2023.

Mr Go Tian said some key trends in Australia’s luxury market over the past decade included Brisbane booking the fastest rise in prestige transactions among the major cities, as well as the emergence of the Gold Coast as a “rapidly growing” luxury apartment market. Sydney is the largest prestige market, accounting for 64 percent of national luxury house sales and 51 percent of luxury unit sales.

Interestingly, Australia’s second-smallest capital city – Hobart – recorded the highest luxury house price growth over the decade at 122 percent and the highest luxury apartment price growth at 101 percent.

Here is a summary of the report’s findings on the price growth of Australia’s luxury homes.

Sydney

The luxury house price median is $3.9 million, up 93 percent over the decade, while the median house price is $1.4 million, up 72 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that recorded the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Mosman, Vaucluse and Bellevue Hill. The luxury apartment price median sits at $2.1 million, up 72 percent, while the median apartment price is $794,000, up 25 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were Mosman, Darling Point and Pyrmont.

Melbourne

The luxury house price median is $2.5 million, up 71 percent over the decade, while the median house price is $933,000, also up 71 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that had the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Toorak, Brighton and Kew. The luxury apartment price median is $1.3 million, up 51 percent, while the median apartment price is $603,000, up 27 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were Toorak, Melbourne CBD and Brighton.

Brisbane

The luxury house price median is $1.8 million, up 103 percent over the decade, while the median house price is $838,000, up 82 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that recorded the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Hamilton, Park Ridge and New Farm. The luxury apartment price median is $1.1 million, up 51 percent, while the median apartment price is $554,000, up 35 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were New Farm, Newstead and Brisbane City.

Perth

The luxury house price median is $1.7 million, up 49 percent over the decade, while the median house price is $676,000, up 25 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that had the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Cottesloe, Dalkeith and Mosman Park. The luxury apartment price median sits at just over $1 million, up 15 percent, while the median apartment price is $453,000, up 0.7 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were South Perth, North Fremantle and West Perth.

Adelaide

The luxury house price median is $1.6 million, 2.2 times higher than in 2014, while the median house price is over $700,000, up 78 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that had the most luxury house sales above $5 million were North Adelaide, St Peters and Medindie. The luxury apartment price median is $994,000, up 52 percent, while the median apartment price is just under $500,000, up 44 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were Dulwich, Adelaide CBD and Glenelg.

Hobart

The luxury house price median is $1.5 million, up 122 percent over the decade, while the median house price is $742,000, up 112 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that recorded the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Sandy Bay, Old Beach and North Hobart. The luxury apartment price median sits at $1.04 million, up 100 percent, while the median apartment price is $564,000, up 102 percent. The suburbs with the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were Sandy Bay, Battery Point and Hobart.

Darwin

The luxury house price median is just over $1 million, up 18 percent over the decade, while the median house price is just over $600,000, up 5 percent. In 2023, the suburbs that recorded the most luxury house sales above $5 million were Larrakeyah, Darwin City and Palmerton City. The luxury apartment price median is $724,000, down 0.6 percent, while the median apartment price is $388,000, down 12 percent. The suburbs that had the most luxury apartment sales above $3 million were Fannie Bay, Darwin City and Larrakeyah.



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The cost of owning a home in an LGBTQ-friendly area in the U.S. comes with a hefty price premium of almost 50%, according to a report Wednesday from Redfin.

In a metropolitan area with state laws protecting LGBTQ people from housing discrimination, a home buyer needs to earn an annual income of $150,364 to afford a median priced home. That’s 46.8% more than the $102,435 buyers need to earn to afford a home in places without such protections, the online property portal said.

For the purposes of their report, a metro is considered to have protections if the state it’s located in prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, Redfin explained. In the case of metro areas which span multiple states, Redfin considered the metro to have protections if at least one of the states it’s located in prohibits such discrimination.

“LGBTQ+ Americans face disproportionately large barriers to homeownership,” said Redfin senior economist Elijah de la Campa in the report. “On top of paying a premium to live somewhere that feels safe, many LGBTQ+ house hunters are earning less than the typical U.S. worker, and face discrimination while shopping for homes despite laws that prohibit it.”

The locales where individuals identifying as LGBTQ make up the largest share of the adult population are also those where housing is the least affordable, the report found.

In San Francisco, where 6.7% of the adult population identifies as LGBTQ—the highest share of any of the 54 metropolitan areas Redfin analyzed—only 5.1% of listings last year were affordable based on the median local income, one of the lowest shares in the country.

In Portland, Oregon, which had the second highest share of LGBTQ adults at 6%, only 6.7% of homes for sale were affordable; in Austin, Texas, where 5.9% of the adult population identifies as LGBTQ, 2.9% of listings were affordable.

And in Seattle and Los Angeles, where LGBTQ adults make up 5.2% and 5.1% of the population, 4.8% and 1.9% of homes for sale were affordable, respectively.

All but one of those top LGBTQ metros—Austin—has state-level protections, the report said.

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