Suburb Profile Report for Middleton SA (5213)

Middleton House: Median price $376,500, Annual capital growth 3.08%, Number of sales 70, Weekly median advertised rent $275

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Property investors who have had real estate in Middleton, 5213 should be unhappy with this SA suburb’s performance compared to the rest of the country. Over the last year it has seen median house prices decrease in value by -15.39%

Across a shorter period, Middleton, 5213 has seen a median price increase of 5.46% over the last quarter.

At number 124th of SA’s most discounted properties, Middleton is in the bottom 40% of the state/territory when listing in order of most discounted to least.

The SA suburb of Middleton, 5213 is in the Alexandrina local government area.

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Middleton's population of roughly 1,300 has more than doubled from the 505 permanent residents in 2001 as the town has grown from a South Australian beach popular with surfies to a more diversified investment destinationFull summary

Middleton is located 63km south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, halfway between Port Eliot and Goolwa. It's a smallish town, with minimal amenities but a population in the region of 1,300 people (according to the 2006 census) – however, this had more than doubled from the 505 permanent residents in 2001. It's known for good surf and excellent whale watching between June and September.

The area has seen relatively steadily impressive capital growth throughout the last 10-15 years – a fact local real estate agent Enid Simpson, of Elders Goolwa, puts down to its relatively recent discovery by sea changers and weekenders.

“About 20 years ago, Middleton was just beach: surfies went there and that was it. There wasn't much more than a few shacks there,” says Simpson. “However, over the last 10-15 years, it's been discovered by more and more people, especially due to the whales. People seem to love it down here, because it feels like being on holiday while only being an hour's drive from the Adelaide CBD.”

Property buyers are evenly divided between sea changers, retirees, investors and weekenders, adds Simpson, and she reckons that the lack of amenities is a bonus.

“It just makes it feel more like you're getting away from everything,” she comments. “Besides, Goolwa and Port Elliot are only 10 minutes up the road, and they have more amenities.”

There's a significant amount of building work going on in the town, with farmland  subdivided into 800-1,000m2 blocks selling for between $350,000 and $450,000. Simpson stresses that this isn't the limit of growth, though: she comments that a beachside land-only block recently sold for $995,000. However, she does warn that maintenance can be expensive, due to the exposed nature of the terrain to high winds from the Great Australian Bight.

What really sets Middleton apart from the rest of the high performers in South Australia is the fact that its growth is accelerating. According to Residex, median prices leapt by over $15,000 between June and September 2010 – the fastest growth seen in the town since 2004, in the middle of a supposed property slump. Simpson agrees that the indications are that Middleton – along with the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula – could well be set to take over from the Yorke Peninsula as the sea-changer's location of choice.

$376,500 N/A
5.46% N/A
-15.39% N/A
3.08% N/A
$275 N/A
70 N/A
3.80% N/A
109.57 N/A

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DSR Score for property investment : Balanced (H), Good (U)
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Total population 1074
Median household income ($/weekly) 821
Median age of persons 46
Median housing loan repayment ($/monthly) 1560
Average household size 2.2
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    5-14 years 137 12.7
    35-44 years 153 14.2
    45-54 years 167 15.5
    55-64 years 176 16.4
    65-74 years 128 11.9
    Others 314 29.2
    Age Group
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Registered Married 441 56.9
    Not Married 264 34.1
    Defacto Relationship 70 9.0
    Social Marital Status
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Australia 858 83.9
    Greece 8 0.8
    New Zealand 10 1.0
    Papua New Guinea 10 1.0
    United Kingdom 108 10.6
    Others 29 2.8
    Country of Birth
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Christianity 533 55.2
    No Religion 403 41.8
    Buddhism 18 1.9
    Other Religious Groups 8 0.8
    Islam 3 0.3
    Others 0 0.0
    Religious Affiliation
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    $300-$399 40 10.0
    $400-$599 60 14.9
    $600-$799 64 15.9
    $800-$999 49 12.2
    $1,500-$1,999 44 10.9
    Others 145 36.1
    Gross Household Income (Weekly)
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Not in the labour force 340 40.9
    Employed, worked full-time 230 27.7
    Employed, worked part-time 204 24.5
    Unemployed, looking for work 31 3.7
    Employed, away from work 26 3.1
    Person Characteristics
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Managers 73 15.8
    Professionals 91 19.7
    Technicians & trades workers 81 17.6
    Sales 42 9.1
    Labourers 63 13.7
    Others 111 24.1
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Pre-school 16 8.0
    Infants/Primary 97 48.5
    Secondary 49 24.5
    Technical or Further Educational Institution 22 11.0
    University or other Tertiary Institutions 13 6.5
    Others 3 1.5
    Type of Educational Institution Attending
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Separate house 972 98.9
    Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse 5 0.5
    Flat, unit or apartment 3 0.3
    House or flat attached to a shop, office 3 0.3
    Caravan, cabin, houseboat 0 0.0
    Others 0 0.0
    Dwelling Structure
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Fully owned 190 43.8
    Being purchased 129 29.7
    Rented 111 25.6
    Other tenure type 4 0.9
    Tenure Type
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