Rockhampton prestige market saw a minor pandemic induced decline: HTW

Rockhampton prestige market saw a minor pandemic induced decline: HTW
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020
The overall market in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast area has seen positive improvement throughout 2020, despite the ongoing COVID situation, however activity in the prestige property market, priced over $1 million in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast area, has seen a decline in overall sales numbers compared to 2019, according to the November report from valuation firm Herron Todd White.
HTW found that this sector of the market tends to be sporadic with only two residential sales above $1 million in Rockhampton and three sales on the Capricorn Coast in 2020. 
Properties in the Rockhampton prestige market are generally in the older areas of Rockhampton consisting of renovated Queenslanders on good sized allotments that generally have extensive ancillary improvements. This was evident in the highest sale for 2020, a property in Queen Street, The Range consisting of a fully renovated, two-storey Queenslander with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two-car garage.
Further improved with an inground pool, half-court basketball court and extensively landscaped, the property sold for just over $1.5 million. The only other sale in Rockhampton was also a renovated Queenslander also on The Range for $1.1 million.
The Capricorn Coast has also seen limited sales numbers of prestige property in 2020. The highest sale was a very well presented beach front house for just under $2.2 million. The property features a semi-modern home that had been fully renovated and extended to provide five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a single lock-up garage. The property was further improved with an inground pool, extensive landscaping and solar panels and has direct beach access with sweeping ocean views. 
The two other prestige sales on the Capricorn Coast were for larger modern homes in elevated positions that provided strong ocean views. 
"Listings of prestige homes in Rockhampton are currently extremely limited. One property going to auction in November is 265 Archer Street, The Range (pictured in title). The property is unique in this suburb due to it being a modern dwelling constructed in the past five years as opposed to the older style homes in the area. The house provides modern five-bedroom, four-bathroom accommodation with a two-car garage. Given the location and age of the dwelling, interest is expected to be strong," Cara Pincombe, HTW Property Valuer said.
"Buyers looking to enter the prestige market generally have more options available on the Capricorn Coast, with listing numbers being strong in this price bracket. Buyers have the options of either beach front homes or homes in elevated positions providing good ocean views."
"One beach front home currently listed is 24 Rosslyn Street, Rosslyn for just under $1.8 million. The property features a semi-modern, renovated dwelling with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage on a 1722 square metre allotment. The home has a pool, detached shed, ocean views and direct beach access."
"Coming into the warmer months, the coastal listings may become more popular," Cara Pincombe concluded.

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