New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis

New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis
New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis

Melbourne's apartment market is showing signs of maturing, with more new sales occurring outside the CBD than in the city centre.

It was for the first time, the latest figures from consultancy Urbis show.

As many as 267 unit sales, or 58 per cent of the March quarter's total, were in the middle ring of the Victorian capital.

Within the city's inner ring most sales were outside the central precinct, Urbis's Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q1 2017 report calculated.

One-bedroom, one-bathroom, one-car product accounted for 18% of total sales.

The advisory noted Victoria has undershot NSW in the number of new apartments over the past decade.

The southern state approved 227,500 new units over the decade to April while north of the border the equivalent figure was 255,150.

Melbourne's apartment boom has been more concentrated in the city centre while Sydney's growth has always been more dispersed across the metropolitan area.

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 New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis

Uris suggest the picture in Melbourne is changing.

"Apartment living is no longer just for CBD dwellers," said Urbis director of property economics and research Mark Dawson.

"Moonee Ponds, Heidelberg and Footscray are all markets that we have seen emerge over the past few years."

Mr Dawson expects project launches, and sales volumes, to drop back as the market continues to self-regulate.

“We expect to see fewer project launches which will ensure the market maintains a healthy balance of supply and demand.”

“Of the projects we monitor, 82% of stock has been sold.

"At this stage of the market it is not about a large reduction in sales or drop in price, but a change in the type of sales we are seeing and where apartments are selling.”  

The apartment spread is changing within inner-city Melbourne as well. Sales in suburbs, such as Carlton in the inner north, exceeded those in the city's centre for the first time, the report also shows.

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New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis

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New apartment sales in Melbourne suburbs beat CBD deals: Urbis

"Precincts like the inner north, which captured 43 per cent of total inner Melbourne sales, are well set up for apartment living," Dawson said. "They provide residents with easy access to transport and neighbourhood character, as well as an affordable entry-point to the market."

Melbourne apartment sales are down, Urbis said.

Four new projects launched during the quarter, for a total 1471 units, while a year earlier 2878 units were launched across 14 projects.

The average weighted sales price of apartments in the March quarter gained $44,476 from December to $706,391, boosted by an increase in the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. This reflected a growing demand by owner-occupiers compared with investors, Mr Dawson said.

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