Suburb Profile Report for Kensington VIC (3031)

Kensington House: Median price $821,750, Annual capital growth 7.22%, Number of sales 129, Weekly median advertised rent $500

Kensington Unit: Median price $462,500, Annual capital growth 4.48%, Number of sales 110, Weekly median advertised rent $390

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Source: CoreLogic RP Data
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Source: CoreLogic

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Investment property in Kensington has done around average for investors when compared to the country as a whole over the last 12 months, with an increase in the median house price of 7.42%

While Kensington,3031 ranked number 588th in VIC for increase in median house value (annualised) increase, it is ranked 240th over the last 5 years.

Vendor discounting in Kensington is giving property investors an average Vendor Discount of around -1.67%. This puts suburb at number 604th in VIC when ranking the most discounted suburbs.

Often selling an investment property can take time, and in Kensington the average time real estate has been on the market is 46.08 days.

Property value increases in Kensington have tracked just higher than the VIC average of 4.09% over the last 12 months.

If we look at median property appreciation over just the last three months, Kensington has given property investors a paper return of 0.54%. This puts Suburb as 163 on a list of fastest fasting appreciating suburbs in VIC

Property buyers and investors in Kensington 3031 should be seeing an average reduction in asking price of around -4.69% . This means that Kensington is holding prices well when compared to other suburbs in VIC.

Kensington is 160th on a list of best yielding suburbs for rents in VIC with a 4.38% return

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Kensington’s just a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, and has been a strong performer historically. But WBP’s Sean Thomson points out that nowadays investors need to be quite selective with their property choices.Full summary

Kensington’s just a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, and has been a strong performer historically. But WBP’s Sean Thomson points out that nowadays investors need to be quite selective with their property choices.

“Kensington’s getting hard to buy into, and there are only a few streets that you’d consider. I would suggest buying a two- or maybe three-bedroom period style single-fronted Victorian or Edwardian home with a good floor plan as an investor,” he says. “Stay close to transport and main road access.”

He highlights the area around Macaulay Road as one to target for its excellent real estate and direct access to the city: “Off that area there are some nice well-positioned streets with beautiful period homes,” he explains. “I’d be looking for streets with consistent homes.”

Macaulay Road is also where a large proportion of Kensington’s excellent amenity options lie, including various shopping, eating and drinking establishments. Kensington’s train station is also just a short walk north of Macaulay.

The median price for houses in Kensington is over $650,000 according to RP Data, but for period properties prices head towards the $1m mark – so certainly not one for first time investors.

Its rental market now accounts for around 50% of residents, while the vacancy rate sits at around the 1% mark.

Selling Points: Kensington's housing is primarily medium density, with a mixture of semi detached row or terrace housing, apartments and public housing. Along with a number of well preserved Victorian and Edwardian residences.
Kensington offers a mixed range, from modern contemporary apartment styles to Period style dwellings.
Most common properties: Period style dwellings, As is or renovated.
Top amenities: Mixture of Primary Schools, Churches, recreational and sporting facilities. 
Local industry and business: Mixture of retail, cafe's and commercial precinct, fast food stores and supermarkets. 
Recent changes: National tenants relocating into retail strip, whilst retaining the Village characteristics.
Best streets: Bellair Street, Woolsley Parade, McCracken Street, McConnell Street & Ormond Street.
Public Transport: Infrastructure, there are three train stations which service Kensington and two bus routes.
Main arteries: CityLink
$821,750 $462,500
-2.17% 0.54%
7.42% 6.20%
7.22% 4.48%
$500 $390
129 110
3.16% 4.38%
46.08 63.13

Source: CoreLogic

DSR Score for property investment : Very good (U), Good (H)
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Total population 9718
Median household income ($/weekly) 1720
Median age of persons 32
Median housing loan repayment ($/monthly) 2167
Average household size 2.2
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    20-24 years 957 9.8
    25-34 years 2861 29.4
    35-44 years 1779 18.3
    45-54 years 1012 10.4
    55-64 years 734 7.6
    Others 2375 24.4
    Age Group
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Not Married 3725 49.1
    Registered Married 2464 32.5
    Defacto Relationship 1394 18.4
    Social Marital Status
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Australia 6050 66.2
    Croatia 360 3.9
    United Kingdom 379 4.1
    Viet Nam 334 3.7
    Other 559 6.1
    Others 1463 16.0
    Country of Birth
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Buddhism 491 5.6
    Christianity 4118 47.2
    Islam 292 3.3
    Other Religious Groups 84 1.0
    No Religion 3659 41.9
    Others 84 1.0
    Religious Affiliation
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    $1,250-$1,499 295 7.7
    $1,500-$1,999 489 12.8
    $2,000-$2,499 376 9.9
    $2,500-$2,999 510 13.4
    $3,000-$3,499 300 7.9
    Others 1846 48.4
    Gross Household Income (Weekly)
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Employed, worked full-time 4183 53.4
    Not in the labour force 1767 22.5
    Employed, worked part-time 1299 16.6
    Employed, away from work 308 3.9
    Unemployed, looking for work 281 3.6
    Person Characteristics
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Managers 880 15.2
    Professionals 2376 41.0
    Technicians & trades workers 414 7.1
    Community & personal service workers 514 8.9
    Clerical & administrative workers 832 14.4
    Others 778 13.4
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Pre-school 122 5.8
    Infants/Primary 451 21.4
    Secondary 292 13.8
    Technical or Further Educational Institution 220 10.4
    University or other Tertiary Institutions 917 43.4
    Others 110 5.2
    Type of Educational Institution Attending
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse 3977 43.8
    Separate house 2855 31.4
    Flat, unit or apartment 2242 24.7
    House or flat attached to a shop, office 8 0.1
    Caravan, cabin, houseboat 0 0.0
    Others 0 0.0
    Dwelling Structure
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Rented 2090 50.9
    Being purchased 1356 33.0
    Fully owned 644 15.7
    Other tenure type 16 0.4
    Tenure Type
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