Sunshine Coast prestige market continues its strong performance: HTW residential

Sunshine Coast prestige market continues its strong performance: HTW residential
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

Across the Sunshine Coast, the prestige market has been running at a couple of different speeds, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The report notes this has been dependant on the location of the property and its type.

Generally, the prestige market has fared well through 2019 with trophy properties still being sought after.

"In the first half of the year we experienced a slowing in the market 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," the valuation firm said. 

Agents have reported that the result of the federal election has had a significant positive effect on the market.

The election result combined with the recently reported improvements in Sydney and Melbourne markets and passing effects of the Banking Royal Commission have seen increases in both enquiry and sale volumes.

The report suggests the improvement in the prestige or higher end properties has historically been influenced by a high percentage of capital city buyers from Brisbane and interstate investors from Sydney and Melbourne.

"With the low Aussie dollar, international buyers have come onto the scene. This is especially the case in the Noosa region," the valuation firm added. 

"The relative affordability when you compare Sydney and Melbourne prices to those of the Sunshine Coast demonstrates pretty good value."

It also appears that the Sunshine Coast is pretty high on a number of the lists of the baby boomers who have started to retire.

An indication of the improvement in the prestige market is that in 2007, the highest sale on the Sunshine Coast was $8 million.

Since 2017, there have been a number of sales beating previous records, with the highest sale in this cycle being $18 million at 23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach in 2018.

The Noosa area is still the region on the Coast that experiences most of the activity with 54 Noosa Parade (pictured below) recently selling for $7.1 million, providing a north facing, absolute riverfront property within walking distance of Hastings Street.

Sunshine Coast prestige market continues its strong performance: HTW residential

The central and southern Sunshine Coast waterfront markets haven’t reached the same levels as the Noosa markets but there are still some good prices being achieved, with a deepwater riverfront property at 31 Carwoola Crescent, Mooloolaba currently under contract for $4.725 million.

"For units, the larger permanent occupancy style product remains most popular," the valuation firm said. 

The most recent sale of Unit 2, 23 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads (pictured below) is a record unit sale, being a three-bedroom, three- bathroom, one per floor unit in a three-unit beach front complex selling for $8.25 million ($33,119 per square metre) in August.

The report notes this is the highest unit sale in Hastings Street since 2006.

Sunshine Coast prestige market continues its strong performance: HTW residential

Just recently, Unit 6, Noosa Court in Hastings Street was listed for sale with a price guide of $11 million.

In the prestige rural residential market, Magnolia at 566 Reesville Road, Reesville is under contract for $5.25 million, sold fully furnished with additional chattels.

This 38 hectare property is one of the larger high quality rural residential dwellings on the Coast.

"Overall, the prestige market has been pretty good. The question is, how long will it last?" the valuation firm said. 

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