Sunshine Coast infrastructure projects continues attracting investors in 2020: HTW residential

Sunshine Coast infrastructure projects continues attracting investors in 2020: HTW residential
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

In 2019, the Sunshine Coast property market was a tale of two halves, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The report notes that the first half of 2019 saw a slow down on the back of the slowing Sydney and Melbourne markets, the effects of the banking royal commission and the lead up to the federal election in May.

Move ahead a few months and all these concerns appeared to be turned around. An election result perceived by the market to be favourable, improvement in the Sydney and Melbourne markets and passing effects of the Banking Royal Commission all led to an injection of confidence. The end of 2019 finished very well.

"As always, the first quarter will be a good indicator on how the year will unfold. Should the Sydney and Melbourne markets continue to perform well, this will be a good sign for the coast market.

"Unfortunately, like 2019, 2020 has the dark cloud of not one but two elections looming. The local government election is set down for the end of March and the state election set for the end of October. Uncertainty always presents a challenge to the market," the valuation firm stated. 

The report notes coastal areas with proximity to the beach are always highly sought after. The coast lifestyle is a major driving factor and there is no reason this will not continue. The coastal strip from Noosa to Caloundra in the sub-$800,000 price range is expected to continue to be in demand.

A beachfront three bedroom apartment in Caloundra was sold for $870,000 in February. 

The apartment at 415/10 Leeding Terrace (pictured below) located right on Bulcock Beach. 

It comes with master bedroom with ensuite, two bathrooms and two car spaces.

Sunshine Coast infrastructure projects continues attracting investors in 2020: HTW residential

"It is expected that the larger estates of Aura located to the south of Caloundra and the Harmony Estate at Palmview will continue to generate good interest from both owner-occupiers and investors.

"We also expect to see good interest in the hinterland subdivisions in the railway townships such as Habitat in Palmwoods, with larger land sizes being the driver," the valuation firm said. 

There are a number of unit complexes under construction with some due for completion this year.

"From what we have seen, the majority of interest is in owner-occupier style units and complexes that directly target this market are going well. Smaller, investment grade units have been lagging, especially if they suffer from high body corporate fees making it difficult to make a return. The established unit product is also influenced by this," the valuation firm said. 

The prestige markets across the coast have been operating at a number of different speeds.

The areas in and around Caloundra to the south and Mooloolaba and Maroochydore to the central parts of the coast have been turning over and have been pretty steady with some good prices. The headline continues to be the Noosa Heads region on the northern coast, which finished off the year well with some record prices being recorded.

"An example of this is the recent sale of a Hastings Street beachfront unit, Unit 6, Noosa Court (pictured below) for $9 million or $37,500 per square metre and this wasn’t even the best unit in the complex!

Sunshine Coast infrastructure projects continues attracting investors in 2020: HTW residential

"We have initial reports of a beachfront unit that is under contract for circa $42,000 per square metre. This market is heavily influenced by the Sydney and Melbourne markets, so the improved confidence there has helped as well as ex-pat and international buyers becoming more active on the back of the weak Aussie dollar," the valuation firm said. 

The report notes the good news stories continue to be the considerable infrastructure projects underway that should attract new investment to the coast.

The Maroochydore CBD and Sunshine Coast Airport expansions have been moving along with the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable project dovetailing in beautifully. Providing Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States is an unbelievable opportunity for a regional centre.

"2020 is still expected to see some good activity across the residential market. Will it be as strong as 2019 is anyone’s guess given the two looming elections. There is one thing for certain - the Sunshine Coast appears to be positioned well for the future." 

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