Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential

Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential
Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential

Being one of the more affordable regional locations in Australia, Toowoomba and surrounding suburbs offer an opportunity for many different types of home owners, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The report notes with various industry and job opportunities, a central hub location, a diverse property market and varying segments, there are many different home owners, whether first home owners, families, upgraders, renovators or prestige buyers.

"Older, smaller property in need of some TLC remains popular with first home buyers as they offer a blank canvas opportunity to add value and are at a much lower price point than a brand new larger house in a newly developed area. Many of these properties are located in the western suburbs and close to the CBD," the valuation firm commented. 

The HTW report provides an example of a 1950s property in the fringe CBD suburb of Newtown that sold in March 2019 for $222,500 (pictured below). 

Situated on a 615 square metre lot, the property at 33 Gordon Avenue, Newtown is providing three-bedroom, one- bathroom accommodation in original condition.

Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential  

Families generally seek slightly different properties to the first home buyers, with a focus on more space (ie. four bedrooms), bigger back yards and close proximity to schools.

This type of housing is found throughout Toowoomba, Highfields and Westbrook, generally in the sub-$600,000 segment.

The report provides an example of a circa 1900s, renovated, property at 214 Geddes Street, South Toowoomba that sold in October 2018 for $580,000 (pictured below).

The property is situated on a 1,093 square metre lot providing four-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation and located within 500 metres of Centenary Heights State High School.

 Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential

Renovation has always been popular in the Toowoomba area with the market dominated by owner-occupiers.

The market for potential renovation projects is quite broad across the area.

Older character style homes in the circa 1900s to 1940s range have always seemed popular to buyers looking for a renovation project.

These homes are predominantly character timber with detailed decorating throughout, high ceilings, timber floors and VJ walls.

The majority of this product type will be found in close proximity to Toowoomba’s CBD in areas such as South, East and North Toowoomba and Newtown.

Below is an example of a circa 1930s property in original condition at 21 Ipswich Street, East Toowoomba that sold in December 2018 for $425,000.

 Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential

Suburbs encompassing the prestige sector include Middle Ridge, Rangeville, Redwood, Prince Henry Heights, Mount Lofty and East Toowoomba.

These suburbs are located towards the eastern escarpment of Toowoomba, some enjoying larger lots and valley views as well as being within many of Toowoomba’s private school catchment areas.

The typical prestige property comprises open plan four plus bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and multiple floor levels on large lots.

They are generally large, highly renovated or extended older timber and brick homes, and modern architectural homes with detailed finishes, quality landscaping and some with escarpment views.

The report provides an example of a property at 30 East Street, Redwood that sold in July 2018 for $1.25 million (pictured below).

The property is situated on a 1,722 square metre lot, providing four bedroom, three bathroom accommodation featuring open plan living, a modern kitchen and Lockyer Valley views to the east.

The property is located within 700 metres of Toowoomba Anglican School and Fairholme College.

Toowoomba properties offer plenty of chance to add value: HTW residential

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