12 frequently dismissed suburbs with high capital growth

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While most of last year’s best performing suburbs were in mining towns and inner cities, some of the areas that have seen massive increases in rents and property prices are markets that were once predicted to struggle.

Golden Beach, one of the country’s top 30 best performing capital growth markets last year, remains one of the biggest surprises, being on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – a property market most property pundits predicted at the beginning of last year to remain in free fall.

The Sunshine Coast area, a major tourist destination, was seen to be particularly hard hit by the strength of the Australian dollar, which was discouraging international tourist flows into the region.

Following the October building commencement of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Kawana, which is now expected to reinvigorate the Sunshine Coast property market, places such as Golden Beach are looking up and the property indicators look promising.

RP Data figures show that in the 12 months to January 2013, Golden Beach unit prices spiked 26%, although rents increased just 1.6%.

It has been a similar story in Cairns suburbs Holloway Beach and Mooroobool. Also relying heavily on the international tourist industry, most of Cairns property prices were expected to remain flat, with deep dips forecast for areas on the outskirts of the city.

Holloway Beach proved such forecasts wrong over 2012 as unit prices jumped 15% and rental yields hit at an attractive 6%.

Mooroobool experienced house price growth of 13%, a $41,000 increase in the median price.

Other surprises included North Booval, a suburb within Ipswich, Queensland. Home to one of the highest mortgage default rates in the country, few Ipswich markets were expected to see growth. However, North Booval house prices climbed 46% in the 12 months to January 2013, according to RP Data.

What affect recent flooding will have on Ipswich property prices over 2013 will be a source of debate over coming weeks.

The 12 suburbs:

 

State

Suburb

Median Price

12 month Growth

Gross Rental Yield

QLD

NORTH BOOVAL (H)

225000

46%

6%

NSW

WEE WAA (H)

140000

33%

n.a

QLD

COOMERA (U)

418650

31%

6%

NSW

GULGONG (H)

282500

31%

6%

QLD

GOLDEN BEACH (U)

315000

26%

5%

VIC

SHEPPARTON (U)

225000

16%

5%

QLD

HOLLOWAYS BEACH (U)

195000

15%

6%

TAS

HUONVILLE (H)

296500

14%

5%

QLD

NAMBOUR (U)

258500

13%

5%

QLD

MOOROOBOOL (H)

370000

13%

5%

TAS

QUEENSTOWN (H)

77000

12%

9%

QLD

JUBILEE POCKET (H)

435000

12%

5%

Source: RP Data, Jan 2013. **Results excluded markets with yearly sales of less than 20 houses or units.

Top Suburbs : rockville , murdoch , springwood , eagle vale , werribee

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Comments
  • Tony says on 12/02/2013 03:54:27 PM

    Maybe your title should read '12 Frequently Dismissed Towns or Villages', because i can tell you now Wee Waa is not a suburb of any city i'm aware of and neither are the others.

  • Jenny says on 12/02/2013 04:01:53 PM

    Suburbs and localities are the names of geographic subdivisions in Australia, mainly for address purposes. The name locality is used in rural areas, while the equivalent in urban areas are suburbs.
    Thus, I'd hardly write off Wee Waa as not being a suburb in it's own right (semantics aside). Wee Waa is Australia's Cotton Capital, a dynamic rural community situated in the rich agricultural heartland of the Lower Namoi Valley in North West NSW. It even has its own website! weewaa.com.au

  • frank says on 12/02/2013 06:22:11 PM

    looks like nobody pays rent in Wee Waa (from the n/a) ...

    otherwise - it looks like a totally awesome investment opportunity !

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