Parramatta the future of Sydney: Savills

Parramatta the future of Sydney: Savills
Parramatta the future of Sydney: Savills

Parramatta is set to become Sydney’s future, according to Savills’ latest report.

“Forecast to be vital to Sydney’s future, Parramatta is now a city in transition with significant residential and commercial development activity taking place.

“The centre of Parramatta is already considered Sydney’s second CBD with an extensive commercial centre with substantial retail amenities.

“The suburb has benefitted from a number of private sector companies relocating or opening new offices in the area.

“These moves mean there is a greater number of high earning professionals, not just working, but often living in the area as well as utilising the retail, dining and leisure facilities.

“Aside from the ongoing development activity and popular dining precinct, Parramatta will continue to evolve into more of a destination due to the infrastructure improvements due to take place.

“The State Government has committed $10 billion for infrastructure investment for Parramatta and Western Sydney, which includes the new Sydney Metro West, Light Rail network, integrated and upgraded roads, rail, buses and ferry services,” the report stated.

Property values in Parramatta have experienced strong growth over the past decade.

“House prices have increased by 136 percent and apartment prices by 118 percent, outperforming the average growth seen across Sydney as a whole.

“However, over the past year, the rate of annual growth has slowed to 3 percent and 5 percent for houses and units respectively, reflecting a more subdued housing market seen across Sydney.

“Despite this rise in value, Parramatta remains a relatively affordable location to buy residential property.

“The median price of a house in the suburb of Parramatta in December 2016 was $1.19 million.

“This is slightly higher than average across all of greater Sydney but offers a substantial discount when compared to Central Sydney, the Inner West and the north western suburbs.

“Units in Parramatta have a medium price of $592,000, which is a discount of 16 percent compared to the Sydney average.

“This is due to a higher concentration of units in central, more expensive locations.

“Across the wider area of the City of Parramatta, prices can vary significantly.

“Oatlands, a suburb with high quality, family housing stock, is the most expensive location with the average house price nearly reaching $1.5 million.

“By comparison, areas to the south east of Parramatta such as Granville and Rosehill are cheaper with an average price for a unit of around $500,000,” the report advised.

A two bedroom unit at 11/88 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill (above) has been listed for between $570,000 to $600,000.

Similarly a two bedroom unit at 11/9-11 Boundary Street, Granville (below) has been listed for between $589,950 to $629,950.

Parramatta the future of Sydney: Savills

Large-scale unit block developments are now common in Parramatta according to Savills.

“In response to the increased demand and changing demographics of the area, there has been a significant amount of residential development activity in Parramatta including a number of large-scale unit blocks.

“These apartments are popular with investor buyers and have increased the number of rental properties available.

“The proportion of private renters in Parramatta is already significantly higher than average, accounting for half of the population compared to a quarter across Greater Sydney.

“Tenants are attracted to the cheaper rents available. The median weekly rent in December 2016 was $550 for houses and $470 for units, around 15 percent cheaper than the Sydney average, resulting in average yields of 2.4 percent and 4.1 percent respectively.

“Unsurprisingly, given this new stock coming to the market, vacancy rates in Parramatta are slightly higher than the average across Sydney but the rental market remains active and the median rent has remained relatively stable over the past two years, following large increases,” the report commented.

Parramatta has one of the fastest growing populations of any local government area in Sydney, according to Savills.

“From 2011 to 2016, estimates show the population across the city of Parramatta has increased 17.6 percent, twice the rate of growth seen across Greater Sydney.

“This has significantly added to the demand for real estate in the area, equating to 7,150 new residents a year.

“Employment opportunities are a key reason people are drawn to live in an area.

“The City of Parramatta provides a wide range of employment options for both residents and surrounding locations.

“There are currently 92,000 residents of the city who are employed, but there is a daily work population of over 157,000, indicating at least 40 percent of the workforce lives outside Parramatta.

“Health care and social assistance is the dominant employment industry, with almost 25,000 employees, primarily driven by the Westmead health precinct.

“Across the city of Parramatta, there is a similar breakdown of household type to the Sydney average.

“There are higher numbers of lone person and group households which reflects the increasing number of young people moving to the area.

“Across the suburb, nearly half of residents are aged between 20 and 34 compared to a quarter across greater Sydney.

“Parramatta is a culturally diverse city and has a large international community.

“In the suburb, 21.3 percent of residents describe their ancestry as Indian and a further 21.2 percent as Chinese.

“Just 19.3 percent describe it as Australian or English compared to over half across Greater Sydney.

“As such, many international buyers are attracted to the area, providing an important source of demand for the housing market as both owner-occupiers and investors,” the report stated.

Parramatta’s landscape is expected to change if project development continues Savills says.

“The Parramatta CBD has seen a surge of residential and commercial development in recent years.

“If the projected development pipeline is realised, the Parramatta landscape is expected to continue this significant transformation over the next decade.

“This should contribute to strong population growth for the region and an increase of much needed supply of both commercial and residential properties.

“Forecasts suggest the population is set to increase by 74.5 percent over the next 20 years, to 416,750 people compared to a 37 percent increase across Greater Sydney.

“This is the third largest increase forecast of all Sydney’s Local Government Areas (LGA) following Camden and The Hills.

“The major investment in infrastructure and the ongoing commercial development is expected to create more jobs in the area and therefore an increase in demand for residential property.

“By 2021, Parramatta’s economic growth rate is anticipated to nearly double from 2.4 percent to 4.6 percent, taking the total employment to 186,000 people.

“The financial and insurance services sector is projected to see the most concentrated economic growth.

“The increased residential supply in Parramatta, combined with substantial government investment in infrastructure has increased general awareness of the Parramatta region.

“Whilst many buyers are still expected to be local to the western suburbs of Sydney, the ongoing changes and development activity are expected to broaden the range of interest and appeal to a larger catchment area, which is already starting to take place," the report stated.

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