Coffs Harbour promises quality homes in $500,000 range: HTW

Coffs Harbour promises quality homes in $500,000 range: HTW
Coffs Harbour promises quality homes in $500,000 range: HTW

Approaching the halfway mark of the year with record low interest rates and consumer confidence back sees the market remaining strong with increases in values through several sectors of the market, including the real estate market in NSW's Coffs Harbour, say valuation firm Herron Todd White in their July 2016 residential market report.

Buyers in the $500,000 bracket can expect to purchase good quality five to 20 year old 3- or 4-bedroom, 2- or 3- bathroom homes on varying size sites located within two to three kilometres of the Coffs Harbour CBD and local beaches.

Standard new project style 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes range between $450,000 and $550,000 in the smaller central Coffs estates and southern suburbs of Bonville and Boambee East.

The more modern upmarket estate known as The Lakes at North Boambee Valley (two kilometres from the CBD) starts at around $500,000 for new 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes.

"If you are after more bang for your $500,000, the older established areas south of Coffs Harbour at Boambee East and Toormina will get you a five to 30 year old larger better quality 4- to 5-bedroom home with double garage and pool," says HTW.

Traditionally, these areas are of a more modest standard with values in the $300,000 to $450,000 range. These areas are well located close to the Pacific Highway for access north and south and are also located within two to three kilometres of the popular Sawtell Beach and shopping precinct. The major shopping centre at Centro Tormina is underpinned with K-Mart, Woolworths and Coles. Schools include primary and public high schools plus nearby St Josephs College and Southern Cross University.

The older homes within the northern beaches suburbs of Korora, Sapphire Beach, Moonee Beach and Emerald Beach have always been solid investments in the $500,000 to $600,000 bracket which buys 20 to 30 year old properties of good size located close to beaches and not far from major facilities in Coffs Harbour.

One area to watch is the beach side township of Woolgoolga, 30 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour. A traditionally strong agricultural area with good infrastructure, the recent bypass upgrade of the Pacific Highway and opening of Woolworths shopping centre only adds to the appeal.

Look to the southern side of Woolgoolga at Sandy Beach for the cheap beachside properties. Price points are generally under $450,000 for one to 30 year old homes of modest construction, with esplanade position properties going between $500,000 and $650,000. This area is still under developed with easy access to Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour. The recent purchase of a large beachside development site will see substantial future residential development taking place which will lead to better infrastructure.

The Coffs Coast locality saw little capital growth over the GFC period, however the past 12 to 18 months has seen the market bottom and the start of the recovery.

"Traditionally we have not experienced the high levels of capital growth of the major cites due to the fairly low economic base within the region. Limited job opportunities does put a cap on the growth experienced in the mid to upper price brackets, while the majority of growth is centred under the $500,000 mark," HTW concludes.

As an example of recent affordable sales, Property Observer found a three-bedroom house at 15 Sunnyside Cl, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 (above) which traded hands for $365,000. To put things in perspective, the median house price in Coffs Harbour was $425,000, according to CoreLogic 

Residential Market Coffs Harbour

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