Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW
Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle has many fringe residential options for the savvy buyer or investor, according to HTW's latest residential property clock.

The NSW city was also at the peak of the market position on the clock for both houses and units.

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Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

With positive capital growth and increasing values of inner city residential properties, Newcastle’s outer fringe suburbs including Fletcher and Cameron Park have provided investors with improved contemporary options and value for money.

For example, a contemporary four-bedroom and two-garage dwelling on 600 square metres of land in Fletcher may be found for around $550,000, however a dwelling with similar features in the inner suburbs of Newcastle may sell for $800,000 plus. As a result, anecdotal evidence is showing that more families are choosing to live in fringe suburbs where families will enjoy more space, while dwelling capital growth in suburbs such as Fletcher has also been in positive territory for three consecutive years (2013 to 2015).

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Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

Unlike Australia’s larger cities, traffic in Newcastle is rarely problematic and subsequently, suburbs on the Newcastle city fringe allow commuters easy access to CBD-based careers, services and social activities. A trip from Newcastle’s fringe suburbs to the Newcastle CBD may only take 20 minutes, as opposed to Australia’s larger capitals where a similar journey could take at least an hour.

According to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment’s Demographics Unit, in 2011 there were 70,750 existing residential dwellings in the Newcastle LGA and 84,150 in the Lake Macquarie LGA. By 2031, this is projected to grow by 24.5% to 88,050 in the Newcastle LGA and 15.3% to 97,000 in the Lake Macquarie LGA. Many of these dwellings will be built in the fringe suburbs of Newcastle where land will continue to be made available for a growing population.

Newcastle’s fringe suburb investments of good quality residential assets will provide sound investments over the long term provided access to the CBD and Newcastle’s service industry remain straightforward and Newcastle’s population continues to grow. 

Of course, with a low buy in price comes affordable rental, so outer edge suburbs usually have reasonable tenant demand too. Traditionally, the gross return is strong compared to those blue bloods closer to the CBD as well. 

Property Observer found a couple of examples of recent sold dwellings on realestate.com.au:

Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

1. A four-bedroom house at 34 Konara Crescent, Fletcher (above) recently sold for $580,000

Newcastle's fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW

2. A two-bedroom unit at 7/84 James St Hamilton NSW 2303 (above) fetched $385,000

 

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