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Affordable homes still exist in Melbourne, despite price rises: report

This article was originally published by SAMANTHA LANDY, Property reporter, Herald Sun, December 3 2016 | Image: Leanne Heywood with partner James Murray and dog Scarlett outside their Jacana house, which goes to auction today. Picture: Mark Wilson


JUST three suburbs within 20km of the Melbourne CBD still offer affordable median house prices below $400,000, a new report shows.

And househunters wanting to live within 10km of the city face medians above $700,000 and even $800,000, unless they opt for Braybrook or Maidstone.

But the report by Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic shows that while the affordable portion of Melbourne’s market is shrinking as house prices rise, the city’s situation is far less dire than Sydney’s.

Aussie chief executive James Symond said Melbourne’s median house price of $693,886 was $300,000 cheaper than its northern rival, where there were only two suburbs left within 20km of the CBD with medians below $800,0000.

The report names Melton, 34km west of the CBD, as the cheapest place to buy a house in metro Melbourne with a median value of $284,915.

Those wanting to live a little closer to the action would be best to buy in the Hume region, with Coolaroo (median value of $338,598), Dallas ($346,688), Meadow Heights ($379,207) and Broadmeadows ($404,546) boasting the best value houses 20km from the city.

And the Maribyrnong area offers four of the five most affordable suburbs within 10km — Braybrook ($613,399), Maidstone ($697,649), West Footscray ($763,177) and Footscray ($774,319).

Albion, 13km west, is the cheapest suburb for units in Melbourne at a median of $230,454.

And Kingsville’s units are the most achievable within 10km of the city at $363,296, followed by West Footscray ($372,646), Carlton ($381,544) and Travancore ($389,321).

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said Melbourne unit prices had risen by just 3.9 per cent this year, keeping them more achievable than houses, which boomed 12.2 per cent.

The fact Melbourne property values dipped “for the first time in ages” last month should also be encouraging for buyers, she said: “We may see more moderate conditions going forward. And if prices start to grow more in line with wages, affordability with improve.”

YPA, Glenroy, agent David Taylor said buyers seeking a bargain in Hume had better get in quick, as developers, Sydney-based investors and homebuyers from Melbourne’s east had been pushing up prices in Broadmeadows, Jacana and surrounds.

“Two and a half years ago, our median house price was about $350,000. In the last two months, we’ve started to see $500,000 being achieved,” he said.

Longtime Jacana resident Leanne Heywood said her suburb was “the perfect place” for young families to enter the Melbourne market, as it was quiet, close to schools, and just “25 minutes to town on the Ring Rd”.

Ms Heywood is auctioning her three-bedroom brick house at 52 Hales Cres at 2.30pm on Saturday, with price expectations in the low-$400,000 range.


Ms Heywood said Jacana was the perfect suburb for entry-level buyers to purchase in. Picture: Mark Wilson


For houses within 10km of the CBD:

Braybrook: median value $613,399

Maidstone: $697,649

Melbourne: $708,134

West Footscray: $763,177

Footscray: $774,319

Preston: $836,046

Pascoe Vale South: $837,911

South Kingsville: $842,964

North Melbourne: $864,320

Yarraville: $869,251


For houses within 20km of the CBD:

Coolaroo: median value $338,598

Dallas: $346,688

Meadow Heights: $379,207

Broadmeadows: $404,546

Laverton: $407,553

Albanvale: $412,094

Kings Park: $412,838

Deer Park: $415,795

Jacana: $418,262

Campbellfield: $421,530


For units within 10km of the CBD:

Kingsville: median value $363,296

West Footscray: $372,646 

Carlton: $381,544

Travancore: $389,321

Footscray: $397,661


For units within 20km of the CBD:

Albion: $230,454

Meadow Heights: $296,404

Sunshine: $304,854

Broadmeadows: $313,156

St Albans: $327,917


For Melbourne overall:

Melton (houses) $284,915

Albion (units): $230,454

Source: CoreLogic and Aussie Home Loans

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