Lifestyle apartment markets lead recovery: Tim Lawless

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said 70 per cent of the best-performing apartment markets are located in lifestyle markets

Lifestyle apartment markets lead recovery: Tim Lawless
Lifestyle apartment markets lead recovery: Tim Lawless

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said 70 per cent of the best-performing apartment markets are located in lifestyle markets.

CoreLogic found 14 suburbs had seen 20 per cent growth in the past year.

Lennox Head on NSW's north coast topped the list with a 27.6 per cent increase in values.

The next biggest growth in values was in Victoria's Ocean Grove and Torquay, with 26.3 per cent and 25.8 per cent gains respectively.

Gold Coast suburbs Palm Beach, Bilinga, Currumbin and Tugun saw an average growth of 22.8 per cent. 

There was also strong demand in Brisbane's bayside suburbs Cleveland and Wynnum where apartment values up by 25.1 per cent and 18.6 per cent respectively.

Apartment values in Sydney's northern beaches suburb Avalon rose by 12.9 per cent.

Lawless noted the best-performing apartment markets were located in "lifestyle" markets, including tree change locations such as Bowral and Jindabyne.

"The common theme for the strength in the unit market is the lifestyle factor, with additional demand from buyers looking for a sea change or tree change, as well as a lift in buyers seeking out holiday homes," he told The Australian Financial Review.

"Units obviously are still underperforming compared to houses but we are seeing some growth returning to the sector.

"I think because we've seen such strong price increases in detached housing, affordability constraints have become more challenging, so it's natural to look towards higher density options."


 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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