Suburb Profile Report for Bruce ACT (2617)

Bruce House: Median price $853,000, Annual capital growth 5.53%, Number of sales 23, Weekly median advertised rent $600

Bruce Unit: Median price $410,000, Annual capital growth 1.31%, Number of sales 133, Weekly median advertised rent $400

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Source: CoreLogic RP Data
  • Median price
  • Number of sales

Source: CoreLogic

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Bruce is in the bottom 10% in ACT when comparing median price capital growth over the last year. Bruce gave property investors a dismal capital gain figure when compared to the rest of the state, with -2.51%.

A 31.23% growth in median value for property investors in Bruce,2617 puts this suburb at number 64th in terms of best performing suburbs in ACT

LACK OF BUYER INTEREST may well be the reason that Bruce is offering property investors an average of -4.22. This rate of discount on properties puts Suburb at number 21th in terms of most discounted suburbs in ACT

Often selling an investment property can take time, and in Bruce the average time real estate has been on the market is 52.8 days.

Situated 5.18km from the CBD, Bruce is one of Unincorporated ACT localities in the postcode 2617.

Investment property in Bruce has done pretty poorly for investors when compared to the country as a whole over the last 12 months, with an increase in the median house price of -3.53%

When looking at the potential capital gains offered to property investors over the last 3 years, Bruce comes in at number 55th in ACT.

The most recent median price for Bruce is $410000, with sellers offering an average of -4.25% off the asking price.

With the median price for a house in Bruce being $410000 and the advertised rent reaching $400 the gross rental yield for property investors calculates out to be 5.07%

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February 2016


Located within the popular Belconnen district northwest of Canberra, Bruce is a prominent suburb 9km from Canberra’s CBD, featuring family homes of different sizes and styles and pockets of high-density apartment blocks and townhouses.Full summary

Located within the popular Belconnen district northwest of Canberra, Bruce is a prominent suburb 9km from Canberra’s CBD, featuring family homes of different sizes and styles and pockets of high-density apartment blocks and townhouses.

Enveloping a business hub dominatedby the University of Canberra, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Canberra Instituteof Technology, Bruce is home to thousands of students, ensuring ongoing rental demand.

And its recent price growth has seen developers scrambling to meet the needs of the influx of renters.

Real estate agent Peter Norton-Baker from Century 21 Capital in Forrest says that while Bruce’s growth over the past 12 months has been admirable, the new apartment developments haven’t had a positive impact, evidenced by a flatlined unit value in the past year.

This is despite the fact that the average age of Bruce’s residents is 26, and half its population attend one of Bruce’s many educational institutes.

“It’s firm for houses but not so good for apartments. There’s a glut of apartments,” confirms Norton-Baker.

That said, he believes the market will be strong in 2016. Bruce’s top-billing homes have a price tag of $1.5m, while at the entry-level end properties are priced from the low $300,000s.

Metrics i HOUSE UNIT
$853,000 $410,000
0.77% -1.68%
-2.51% -3.53%
5.53% 1.31%
$600 $400
23 133
3.66% 5.07%
52.8 87.07

Source: CoreLogic

DSR Score for property investment : Above average (U), Above average (H)
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Total population 6389
Median household income ($/weekly) 2080
Median age of persons 26
Median housing loan repayment ($/monthly) 2167
Average household size 2.4
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    15-19 years 658 10.3
    20-24 years 1683 26.3
    25-34 years 1505 23.5
    35-44 years 560 8.8
    45-54 years 475 7.4
    Others 1510 23.6
    Age Group
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Not Married 1742 46.1
    Registered Married 1553 41.1
    Defacto Relationship 487 12.9
    Social Marital Status
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Australia 3426 62.7
    Croatia 489 9.0
    Indonesia 171 3.1
    United Kingdom 135 2.5
    Other 394 7.2
    Others 846 15.5
    Country of Birth
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Buddhism 256 4.9
    Christianity 2585 49.5
    Hinduism 174 3.3
    Islam 224 4.3
    No Religion 1911 36.6
    Others 73 1.4
    Religious Affiliation
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    $1,500-$1,999 233 13.8
    $2,000-$2,499 190 11.2
    $2,500-$2,999 228 13.5
    $3,000-$3,499 168 9.9
    $4,000 or more 198 11.7
    Others 676 39.9
    Gross Household Income (Weekly)
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Employed, worked full-time 2181 44.4
    Not in the labour force 1308 26.6
    Employed, worked part-time 1003 20.4
    Employed, away from work 230 4.7
    Unemployed, looking for work 192 3.9
    Person Characteristics
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Managers 488 14.3
    Professionals 1183 34.6
    Community & personal service workers 437 12.8
    Clerical & administrative workers 510 14.9
    Sales 337 9.9
    Others 460 13.5
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Infants/Primary 219 9.6
    Secondary 177 7.7
    Technical or Further Educational Institution 157 6.9
    University or other Tertiary Institutions 1623 71.1
    Other type of educational institution 56 2.5
    Others 52 2.3
    Type of Educational Institution Attending
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Separate house 2076 47.0
    Flat, unit or apartment 1172 26.5
    Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse 1171 26.5
    Caravan, cabin, houseboat 0 0.0
    Improvised home, tent, sleepers out 0 0.0
    Others 0 0.0
    Dwelling Structure
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Rented 922 49.4
    Being purchased 524 28.1
    Fully owned 375 20.1
    Other tenure type 44 2.4
    Tenure Type
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