McGrath earmarks Toowoomba for growth

McGrath earmarks Toowoomba for growth
McGrath earmarks Toowoomba for growth

Queensland’s Toowoomba, Australia’s second largest inland city, has been identified by McGrath Estate Agents chief executive John McGrath as an important growth area.

“Toowoomba is an area that has all the hallmarks for growth," McGrath said, indicating his confidence in the South East Queensland property market.  

"We believe its strong focus and investment on infrastructure, retail, and lifestyle precincts will have an impact on both interstate migration and employment opportunities.  The relatively new airport is having a positive effect on the accessibility of the region, both domestically and into Asian markets. 

“With a median house price of $350,000, the affordability of housing will not only be attractive to treechangers and downsizers but also to the investor market, as Major construction is currently underway on several multi-million dollar projects."

The median house price was $364,000 towards the end of 2015, according to RP Data, while for units it was $256,000.

Major projects include the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the $500 million Grand Central Shopping Centre.   

The transformation of Toowoomba Parkland’s Railway Precinct into an urban village and parkland is also ready to begin, with the Toowoomba Regional Council expecting up to 3,300 jobs during construction and a further 1,800 jobs in retail and service industries.

Toby Sandell, principal of McGrath Toowoomba, echoed the same confidence.

“We have seen fewer investors due to the tightening of lending criteria by the banks, however on the flipside, there are more and more first home buyers and upgraders, taking advantage of affordable buying and lower interest rates. There is good demand for quality properties in the right areas.”

Sandell said that younger families have been targeting South Toowoomba and Centenary Heights due to proximity to the shops and schools, with homes selling in the $350,000 to $500,000 range. 

At the higher end, East Toowoomba and Rangeville fetch $500,000 to $800,000.

The dwelling composition of the city was made up of about 81% houses and 12.5% for apartments, while the semi-detached or terraced townhouses made up the rest, RP Data showed.

The population of Toowoomba was 99,482, according to the last ABS Census. 

The city also remains a hotspot for residential property investors, according to valuation firm Herron Todd White's recent report.

Unit construction is on at a rapid pace, adds HTW.

Last year, Property Observer had also reported on Toowoomba topping Queensland's property market recovery.

Author and blogger Pete Wargent has also spoke about Toowoomba's success story.

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