10 most tightly held suburbs in Australia revealed

By Gerv Tacadena | 09 Nov 2021

Homes in one Sydney suburb have an average hold period of 22 years.

Some of the most tightly held suburbs in Australia have hold periods of at least 20 years.

According to a report from CoreLogic and Ray White, the average hold period across Australia is 11.4 years for houses and 10.6 years for units.

Owners in Melbourne hold on to their houses the longest at 12.6 years while units in Perth stay occupied the longest at around 10.8 years.

Of all suburbs, the most tightly held is Sadleir, where homes have an average hold period of 22 years, more than double the hold period in Sydney.

Sadleir is in south-western Sydney and has a median price of $680,000.

Melbourne's Tullamarine had the second-highest average hold period at 21.8 years.

Houses in Tullamarine have a median price of $705,000.

Suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne comprised the 10 most tightly held markets across Australia.

Suburbs with the longest hold periods



Median Price ($)

Average Hold Period




22 years




21.8 years

Vermont South



20.8 years




20.6 years




20.6 years

Cambridge Gardens



20.4 years




20.2 years

Keilor Downs



19.9 years

Kings Park



19.8 years

St Johns Park



19.8 years

Why people rarely sell in these suburbs

According to the report, several factors can explain why homes in the suburbs above almost never sell.

One factor is affordability - of the 10 suburbs in the list, three have a median price above $1m, with houses in Malabar coming in the most expensive at $2.68m.

"The suburbs aren’t particularly expensive which shows that you don’t need to live in the most expensive suburbs to enjoy living there," the report said.

Another factor is the high proportion of older residents in these suburbs.

The report said long hold periods often reflect the general sense of lifestyle of a suburb.

"Many of these areas contain older people that would have bought when the suburb was just being developed. Over a long time period they have become attached to the suburb and have decided not to move.”

Furthermore, many suburbs with long hold periods have large homes on decent-sized blocks.

"It doesn’t include very large homes which could explain why older people are able to stay in the suburb," the report said.

"Many of the suburbs on the list are pretty nice places to live; they include established retail precincts and parkland and most of them have decent public transport."

Photo by Matt Donders on Unsplash

Top Suburbs : belmont , st marys , newtown , harris park , willoughby east


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