Despite rising property prices there are suburbs that offer quality, brand new apartments for under $500,000; perfect for the astute investor, first-home buyer or if you’re looking to downsize. Here we take a look at five suburbs where you can still buy value for money.
1. West Melbourne VIC 3003
Melbourne has ranked as the world’s most liveable city for six consecutive years by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Approximately four minutes from the CBD is West Melbourne which offers a little bit more elbow room when it comes to city fringe living with the relaxing green space of Flagstaff Gardens.
The suburb is located close to everything that matters. Whether the destination is within the city centre, Melbourne’s education precinct (less than five minutes to RMIT University and the University of Melbourne), or one of its cultural or sporting attractions – an easy walk, effortless bike ride or short tram trip is all it takes to get there. Access to the freeway network and airport is just as convenient.
Residents of West Melbourne are primarily singles (75%) aged between 20 – 39 years of age with 61% renting. The median apartment price is $388,250 – $409,000 for a one-bedroom with a median rental income of $390 per week.
2. Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Varsity Lakes is a suburb of the Gold Coast located on the banks of the magnificent Lake Orr and close to all major amenities. It is minutes to Robina Town Centre’s unique entertainment, dining and retail experience, public schools, Bond University, Robina Hospital and CBus Stadium which is home to the Gold Coast Titans. Varsity Lakes is also only 20 minutes to Gold Coast airport and one hour to Brisbane airport.
With the Gold Coast set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games (4 – 15 April), major infrastructure projects are underway, or recently completed, creating thousands of new jobs and drawing new residents to the area – the population is expected to double in the next 35 years.
Residents of Varsity Lakes are primarily singles (60%) aged between 20 – 39 years of age with 48% renting. The median apartment price is $294,000 – $315,000 for a one-bedroom, $389,000 – $390,000 for a two-bedroom and $420,000 – $430,000 for a three-bedroom; whilst the weekly median rental income is $395, $475 and $485 respectively.
Want to buy or invest in Varsity Lakes? Take a look at Varsity Waters.
3. Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Fitzroy North is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne located four kilometres north-east of the city’s central business district. It adjoins Fitzroy to the south, Clifton Hill to the east, Princes Hill to the west and Northcote to the north.
It is bordered by a main road, Queens Parade, which provides residents with a plethora of local shops, cafes and supermarkets as well as multiple tram and rail stops. The centre of the suburb houses the enormous 24 hectare Edinburgh Gardens. Fitzroy North is home to five schools whilst the acclaimed University of Melbourne lies just one kilometre from the suburb.
Residents of Fitzroy North are primarily singles (69%) aged between 20 – 39 years of age with 53% renting. The median apartment price is $360,000 – $362,000 for a one-bedroom with a median rental income of $350 per week.
Learn more about Fitzroy North with our Suburb Profile Report.
Want to buy or invest in Fitzroy North? Take a look at Patch.
4. Hamilton QLD 4007
Hamilton is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane lying on the north bank of the Brisbane River. It is an elevated area with views of the Brisbane central business district.
The suburb is located approximately 6km to the Brisbane CBD and 5km to Brisbane’s International and Domestic airports. It offers an array of public transport options with two railway stations (Ascot and Doomben), two CityCat terminals (Brett’s Wharf and Northshore Hamilton) and a number of bus stops.
Residents of Hamilton are primarily singles (58%) aged between 20 – 39 years of age with 46% renting. The median apartment price is $465,000 – $493,000 for a two-bedroom with a median rental income of $470 per week.
Want to buy or invest in Hamilton? Take a look at Hercules.
5. Abbotsford VIC 3067
Perched on the city fringe, the suburb of Abbotsford offers a spirted inner-city lifestyle mixed with a laidback, organic, outdoorsy element courtesy of the arts precinct and expansive river-side park.
The suburb is located approximately 15 minutes to the Melbourne CBD and within close proximity to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Royal Botanic Gardens. It offers easy access to the Eastern Freeway as well as public transport including trams, trains and buses. Abbotsford is also located within 15 minutes of three universities: Swinburne, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
Residents of Abbotsford are primarily singles (71%) aged between 20 – 39 years of age with 44% renting. The median apartment price is $388,000 – $390,500 for a one-bedroom with a median rental income of $375 per week.