Case study: COVID-proof markets

Celia and Tim Johnston — pictured with their youngsters, Lachie, 13, Oliver, 9 and Indi, 11 — at their Northcote house, which is on the market in a COVID-proof suburb. Image: Jake Nowakowski

Victoria’s “COVID-proof” markets, the place house costs have risen towards the chances through the depths of lockdown, have been revealed.

Costs surged over the previous three months in cities in Victoria’s northwest and southwest, lots of which nonetheless supply cut price shopping for even after double-digit rises, in keeping with

The Loddon Shire, comprising cities like Inglewood, Boort and Wedderburn, skilled the state’s largest quarterly home value enhance of 44 per cent.

It was adopted by the Queenscliffe Borough, house to Queenscliff and Level Lonsdale (38 per cent) and Hindmarsh Shire, containing Dimboola, Nhill and Rainbow (28 per cent).


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Within the Loddon area, 40 Sullivan Avenue, Inglewood, offered for $205,000 in June.

30 Hobson Avenue, Queenscliff secured a $2m sale in July.

Mildura notched Victoria’s highest unit value features of 39 per cent, with Horsham (32 per cent) not far behind. chief economist Nerida Conisbee mentioned some housing markets had remarkably “carried out higher because the pandemic” — nearly all of them regional.

She added Melbourne fringe areas had been resilient amid powerful circumstances, with Nillumbik, Moorabool, Mitchell and Murrindindi every notching 6 per cent quarterly home value features.

“These are areas the place folks can get much more house, and dwell extra simply in the intervening time (whereas) not travelling into the workplace for work,” she mentioned.

The Nillumbik area’s 3 Yarra View Courtroom, North Warrandyte fetched $1.4m in August.

Darebin, within the metropolis’s internal north, joined Melbourne’s COVID-proof home markets with 5 per cent development, whereas Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Casey led the way in which for items, rising 9 per cent.

“In items, areas which are much less uncovered to overseas college students and haven’t seen excessive ranges of growth are comparatively secure,” Ms Conisbee mentioned.

She tipped a lift in listings throughout Melbourne to observe final weekend’s easing of key real estate restrictions, particularly the ban on bodily house inspections.

Jellis Craig Northcote director Sam Rigopoulos mentioned multimillion-dollar gross sales had continued all through the coronavirus-period in Darebin, which regardless of being so near the CBD, provided loads of the open, inexperienced house pandemic-period patrons have been looking for.

“Our market is a very fashionable market at one of the best of instances. On the worst of instances, the inventory has dried up, however the purchaser pool hasn’t,” he mentioned.

“Darebin is a reasonably inexperienced wedge of the internal metropolis and on this time of lockdown, having someplace lovely to stretch your legs (has) grow to be so essential.”

He mentioned the area had patrons’ post-lockdown wishes lined too, boasting prime eateries, bars, colleges and public transport hyperlinks.

This spectacular Darebin house at 5 Wilmoth Avenue, Northcote offered for $2.05m in July.

165 Westgarth Avenue, Northcote is on the market asking $1.8-$1.9m following a renovation and extension.

Mr Rigopoulos mentioned his workplace had been “loopy” busy since non-public inspections have been revived final weekend.

“By shut of enterprise Tuesday, our Northcote workplace had booked in simply shy of 200 non-public inspections for the week,” he mentioned.

“We’re making an attempt to stability that with the variety of (would-be sellers) who want us to do value determinations.

“I feel the market might be operating sizzling via Christmas-January.”

Celia and Tim Johnston purchased a home in Darebin throughout lockdown to upsize into. They’re now looking for a purchaser for his or her renovated and prolonged Edwardian house of 13 years at 165 Westgarth Street, Northcote, which has a $1.8-$1.9m value information.

Ms Johnston mentioned her household had cherished the “village really feel” the Westgarth pocket provided, in addition to being surrounded by “lovely parklands” for bike driving, mountain climbing and operating.

“We’re additionally in a position to stroll to cafes, eating places, bars, outlets (and) Westgarth cinema,” she mentioned.

“There’s a well being meals retailer in Westgarth I do know folks journey an hour to get to — it’s simply down the highway for us.”

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Nillumbik: 6% quarterly median value development to $950,000

Moorabool: 6%, $563,000

Mitchell: 6%, $510,000

Murrindindi: 6%, $455,000

Darebin: 5%, $1,047,500


Moonee Valley: 9% quarterly median value development to $575,000

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Maribyrnong: 9%, $527,000

Casey: 9%, $475,000

Manningham: 8%, $727,000

Bayside: 6%, $826,000

Regional Victoria


Loddon: 44% quarterly median value development to $180,000

Queenscliffe Borough: 38%, $1,282,500

Hindmarsh: 28%, $150,000

Moyne: 22%, $453,000

Pyrenees: 19%, $320,000

Swan Hill: 18%, $300,000

Corangamite: 15%, $289,500

Hepburn: 14%, $570,000

Campaspe: 14%, $368,000

Colac-Otway: 13%, $451,000


Mildura: 39% quarterly median value development to $255,000

Horsham: 32%, $239,500

Higher Shepparton: 16%, $256,000

Warrnambool: 14%, $300,000

Wodonga: 11%, $237,750

Latrobe: 9%, $202,500

Supply:, for the three months to August 31. Areas needed to have a minimal 10 gross sales.


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