Coffs Harbour prestige market seeing pandemic spike: HTW

Coffs Harbour prestige market seeing pandemic spike: HTW
Coffs Harbour prestige market seeing pandemic spike: HTW

Being a regional area, the Coffs Coast realistically sees the prestige market as starting at the $1 million mark which is predominantly driven by out of town buyers, according to the November report from valuation firm Herron Todd White.

HTW found that the largely discretionary type buyer to whom prestige property greater than $1 million appeals can be greatly impacted by changed economic conditions. Plus this market is also heavily influenced by the performance of the capital city markets as these areas traditionally provide the majority of buyers for prestige housing on the Coffs Coast.

Market conditions have continued to swell for properties over $1 million in recent years as confirmed by the increased sales numbers for both beachside and rural residential properties over $1 million, however the majority of sales occur within the $1 million to $1.5 million price bracket.

However, the higher the value, the thinner the market and historically there have been very limited sales over $2 million.

"Sale volumes for prestige beachside property in the Coffs Harbour region (encompassing the beachside suburbs and townships including Coffs Harbour, Korora, Sapphire Beach, Emerald Beach, Sawtell, Woolgoolga, Safety Beach, Arrawarra Headland, Moonee Beach, Boambee and Mullaway) show a total of 11 sales recorded over $2 million since 2007 and we recently cracked the $3 million mark for 147 Edinburgh Street, Coffs Harbour at $3.25 million (multi level, architectual dwelling with ocean and harbour views located within the sought-after Jetty precinct)," according to HTW Property Valuer Grant Oxenford.

"Notwithstanding this figure, we are now experiencing a spike in the prestige market which has been fuelled by the COVID pandemic."

"The changing face of the way we live and work plus the willingness of city dwellers to relocate to regional areas to escape COVID restrictions has created a definite increase in demand."

"The majority of this prestige activity has been in the rural residential sector with notable sales including 1-9 Tidal Crescent, Moonee Beach for $2.4 million (five dwellings set on 1.22 hectares with extensive estuary views), 123-125 Featherstones Road, Sherwood for $2.4 million (five dwellings on 70 hectares with extensive infrastructure), 606 Valery Road, Valery for $2.1 million (two dwellings on 51 hectares, fully renovated and landscaped) plus the most recent transaction which has broken all records for rural residential property at $3.3 million for 110 North Island Loop Road, Upper Orara (prestige architectural dwelling with second original cottage set on 42 hectares)," he added.

The rural township of Bellingen (35 kilometres south-west of Coffs Harbour) has been a historically strong performer with the 'out-of-town' market and has seen four rural residential sales in excess of $1.5 million within the past four months.

It is interesting to note that the majority of the properties mentioned above have been marketed for in excess of 12 months and in some cases three years which is also an indicator of the traditional thinness of this market and the recent increase in demand as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Mr Oxenford said, "the question one must ask is whether these values are sustainable or is this a bubble created by a false market driven by the pandemic. The answer to that is not simple and without a crystal ball, no one really knows, other than to comment that this is not a normal property cycle."

"As a result of the market primarily being driven by out of town buyers, personal preferences, presentation and motivation of both the purchasers and vendors will impact the ultimate sale price and can result in wider market parameters than those experienced for lower priced properties."

"At this point in time, we can only hang on and enjoy the ride; great if you are a seller, not so good for the buyers," he concluded.

Prestige Market Coffs Harbour

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