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Limitless Lodges Medi-Hotel Plans

Limitless Lodges Medi-Hotel Plans

Developer Limitless plans to build a 173-room medi-hotel in Brisbane as health-focused developments ramp up in the wake of Covid.

The eight-storey development in Chermside, 9km north of the CBD, will provide temporary accommodation for people visiting the nearby Prince Charles Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Medical developments have proven popular in the state’s capital during the pandemic, with Barber Property lodging plans for a combined medical facility and hotel in Spring Hill, and Gansons planning a Bowen Hills medical precinct.

Meanwhile, real estate investors are also setting up health-focused funds, with strong performance during Covid driving new portfolios including those from Centuria and Elanor Investors Group.

The medihotel has a green wall, golden fins and white window boxes.

▲ Limitless plans to build a medihotel designed by Cottee Parker in Chermside to service staff, patients and visitors to nearby hospital and health facilities.

The Brisbane-based developer plans to build 159 standard rooms and 14 larger suites on the 1,950sq m site along with a cafe, function area, pool, gym and rooftop seating at the 3-5 Zenith Avenue and 523 Hamilton Road, Chermside property.

Currently on the site, which is near Westfield Chermside, are two low-set and one high set houses typical of the Brisbane region.

“There are very few short-term accommodation options within Brisbane outside of the inner city area and airport and therefore this development presents the opportunity to broaden the short-term offering in a well-located position,” according to the application.

The hospital-focused hotel designed by Cottee Parker features a lobby, window boxes to shade the building and a vertical green wall as well as 619sq m of landscaping.

Limitless has worked on a spate of residential developments in the surrounding area, including Parkside Kedron, Pandana and 37 Norman Drive, Chermside, however this will be the developer’s first hotel.

Medi-hotels are emerging across the country, including the $200 million development of the first stage of Perth’s Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct in an effort to “free-up” hospital beds.

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‘Flicked a switch’: Buyers bid big at South East Queensland auctions

Flicked a switch Buyers bid big at South East Queensland auctions

A four-bedroom home in Mermaid Waters garnered so much interest that buyers from Denmark, Saudi Arabia and the United States inspected the property on FaceTime.

But it was a Queensland buyer who snapped up the waterfront home at 20 Tequila Court for $1.71 million.

20 Tequila Court, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218

20 Tequila Court, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218

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It was the first time the home, on the Gold Coast close to Broadbeach, had been offered for sale since being built 36 years ago.

Ray White Mermaid Beach co-principal Conner Malan said the buyer, a woman from Toowoomba, was one of 14 registered bidders on the day.

“She used an advocate, who was very flamboyant,” Mr Malan said. “He was bidding in eights trying to convince the other bidders he was bidding for a Chinese buyer.”

The winning bidder would now be calling the property her forever home, and was planning on some renovations, he said.

The property was one of almost 50 auctions held at the weekend across South East Queensland.

Brisbane’s preliminary auction clearance rate sat at 52 per cent, after 46 auctions were scheduled and 25 results reported. Five properties were withdrawn from auction on Saturday.

In Brisbane’s western suburbs, 23 buyers registered to bid on a very popular property.

The property, at 7 Salisbury Street, Indooroopilly, had a four-bedroom removable home on a double block of land, which many buyers were interested in.

7 Salisbury Street, Indooroopilly QLD 4068

7 Salisbury Street, Indooroopilly QLD 4068

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The home was snapped up by a developer/investor for $1,191,000 after an action-packed auction.

Doug Disher Real Estate director Doug Disher said bidding opened at $1 million, setting the scene for other buyers.

“There were some people there because they wanted to be close to schools,” Mr Disher said.

So many people turned up for the auction that some had to be asked to move onto the street or a safe distance away to allow for COVID-19 social distancing.

The vendor, who lives overseas, watched the action unfold through a live stream, Mr Disher said.

“They were selling because the home was surplus to their needs,” he said. “[They] were delighted with the result.”

In Bulimba, in Brisbane’s north-east, a four-bedroom Queenslander on a low-maintenance block at 7 Birkalla Street sold under the hammer for $1,452,500.

7 Birkalla Street, Bulimba QLD 4171

7 Birkalla Street, Bulimba QLD 4171

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Ray White Bulimba’s Jonathan Peck said the vendors, who had owned the property for 10 years, undertook a full renovation four years ago.

“They’re delighted to be able to move onto their next chapter,” Mr Peck said.

Eight buyers registered to bid on the property that had been inspected by more than 60 people in the past four weeks, Mr Peck said.

“The Brisbane property market continues to be red hot and Bulimba has now been on an upward trajectory for some time – it’s great to see so many buyers out and about,” he said.

Another fully renovated Queenslander at 19 Gordon Street, Hendra, sold under the hammer on Saturday, for $1,058,000.

19 Gordon Street, Hendra QLD 4011

19 Gordon Street, Hendra QLD 4011

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The four-bedroom home, also in Brisbane’s north-east, attracted four registered bidders, who fought it out for the keys.

Ray White Metro North’s Jon Finney said in the end it came down to two bidders, both young professionals, wanting to buy the home, which included large, decked outdoor entertaining areas.

“The winning bidder had missed out on three previous properties so they were determined to buy it with a capital D,” Mr Finney said.

The vendors, meanwhile, offloaded the home to make a full-time move to the Sunshine Coast, he said. Such sales showed how strong Brisbane’s auction market had become in the latter part of 2020.

“The confidence is here as strongly as it was lacking last year,” Mr Finney said. “There’s been a massive turnaround – it’s like a massive light switch has been flicked on.”

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Brisbane’s Top 20 Major Development Projects

Brisbane’s Top 20 Major Development Projects

Brisbane is preparing to add a spate of new major development projects to its ever-changing skyline.

Australia’s third-largest city recently welcomed the completion of the $1.1 billion second runway at the Brisbane International Airport and has been boosted by a now-$50 billion infrastructure and transport pipeline. The city is also lining up an Olympic bid.

While Brisbane’s infrastructure backlog has finally started to move, the Queensland capital is still coming to terms with a stagnant apartment market.

The city’s resources-dependent economy has been thriving in recent years with rental growth across the commercial sector growling steadily within the A-grade asset class.

Despite the increase in new supply over the half-year period, Brisbane is still in for a lean period of new office buildings.

Sizeable residential masterplans and commercial precincts have added to the city’s burgeoning development pipeline, with strong population growth prior to Covid-19 unlocking development opportunities.

From the city-shaping cross river rail, to a new multi-billion-dollar casino as well as a number of high-profile high-rise commercial, hotel and residential projects, the city is primed for major development projects and growth.

Waterfront Place


Property giant Dexus is pushing ahead with plans for a $2.1 billion transformation of Eagle Street Pier and its Waterfront Place commercial precinct in Brisbane’s CBD.

The country’s biggest office landlord lodged plans in June for its 9,000sq m riverfront site which includes two new commercial towers, riverfront dining, public plazas, extended riverwalk and ferry terminal.

If realised, the existing Eagle Street Pier building will make way for two towers, the 75,300sq m north tower reaching 49-storeys and the 43-storey south tower comprising 60,000sq m of office space, sitting above 4-levels of underground car parking.

Another key feature will be the widened and upgraded Riverwalk for pedestrians and cyclists.

If approved, Dexus plans to commence construction on the Eagle Pier site in 2022 with the first stage to be delivered by 2026.

Key facts:

• Dexus plans for the riverfront promenade to be closed between 2022 to 2024
• The project will create more than 1,000 construction jobs during the next decade, with an additional circa 900 operational support jobs once completed.

205 North Quay


Super fund developer Cbus Property, in conjunction with its local partners Nielson Properties and the Raniga family, is moving ahead with plans for a $600 million office tower in Brisbane’s fast-growing North Quarter precinct.

The development, a 37-storey A-grade office tower, is slated for a 3000sq m riverfront corner site, created from the amalgamation of properties at 205 North Quay and 30 Herschel Street.

The development will be known as 205 North Quay and, if approved, will add 50,000sq m of net lettable area to the Brisbane CBD office market in the fast-growing North Quarter precinct.

Key facts:

• Designed by Hassell, New York-based REX and Brisbane’s Richards & Spence
• Proposal features a whole-floor wellness facility, 25-metre lap pool, childcare facilities, a public realm auditorium, outdoor terraces on every level plus rooftop facilities
• Targeting 6 Green Star and 5.5 Star NABERS Energy ratings

Griffith University

Griffith University Roma Street

Griffith University is moving forward with $1 billion plans to leave Mount Gravatt Campus, lodging a development application in September to create a new vertical campus at Roma Street Station.

New and existing students will be welcomed at the new 55-storey tower in Brisbane’s CBD as well as the growing Logan campus.

The ground floor of the building includes a public auditorium to be used for presentations on scientific developments, debates and community services.

Key facts:

• The uni plans to take up 15 of the 55 floors
• Will help accommodate 4,000 students transitioning from Griffith’s Nathan Campus
• Will act as a hub for the uni’s IT, business and law schools and student accommodation

60 Queen Street

60 Queen Street Brisbane major development project Charter Hall

Fund manager Charter Hall has a major Brisbane development in the works, lodging plans for a 35-storey office tower in August.

The project is slated for a 1,850sq m corner site at the top of the CBD’s Queen Street Mall, created from the amalgamation of three properties at 217 George Street, 231 George Street and 60 Queen Street, ranging from three to eight storeys in height.

The development will be known as 60 Queen Street and, if approved, will add 29,000sq m of net lettable area to the Brisbane CBD office market.

Key facts:

• Charter Hall purchased the site for $94 million mid-2018
• Proposal designed by Brisbane-based architecture firm Blight Rayner
• The development is targeting 6 Green Star and 5.5 Star Nabers energy ratings.

251 Wickham Street


Brisbane-based developer Cornerstone has plans in front of council for a major commercial project in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

The proposal, for a high-rise commercial tower alongside the landmark McWhirters building, calls for a 28-storey development spanning 14,500sq m of net lettable area.

The development is slated for a 1,357sq m site running between 251 to 253 Wickham Street, together with part of 47 Warner Street, currently occupied by a derelict and dilapidated former building.

Plans feature meeting and recreation spaces on levels 15 and 27, a gym with lap pool, sky terraces and balconies.

The building will offer 55 car parking spaces across three basement levels as well as 108 bicycle spaces and end of trip facilities.

Key facts:

• Designed by Brisbane-based firm Bureau Proberts
• The site currently holds approval for an 11-storey proposal.

Cross River Rail

Cross River Rail Brisbane Major Project

Construction on Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project, the fully funded $5.4 billion Cross River Rail being built by a consortia of several government agencies and the private sector, is well under way.

The major project will comprise a 10.2 kilometre rail line which will run from Dutton Park in Brisbane’s southern suburbs to Bowen Hills in the city’s north, with a 5.9 kilometre-tunnel under the CBD.

The development will see the delivery of four underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, as well as eight upgraded stations across Brisbane’s fringes and three new Gold Coast stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac.

The Pulse consortium—a partnership led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella—is set to deliver the tunnels, stations and above-ground development.

Key facts:

• Early works for the project began in August 2017
• At peak, the Cross River Rail will create 7,700 construction jobs
• First trains are expected to be running in 2024.

Queens Wharf

Queens Wharf Brisbane major development project

Brisbane’s $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development—which has taken more than a significant footprint of the CBD—has moved ahead with construction, and is now well under way.

Destination Brisbane Consortium—which includes the Star Group, developers Far East Consortium and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook—is responsible for the integrated resort, after being selected by the Queensland Government to transform the riverfront site.

The project, the largest private sector development in Queensland, is spread over 12 hectares of land and 15.3 hectares of water and will eventually comprise a total gross floor area of 390,000 square metres.

The precinct, being delivered by builder Multiplex, is located between William and George streets and will offer four new luxury hotels, 2,000 residential apartments and a casino.

The development, earmarked for completion by late 2022, has also earned a 6-Star Green Star Communities rating.

Key facts:

• Designed by Cottee Parker
• Will offer 50 bars and restaurants and a 24-hour, 100m-high ‘sky deck’
• The total project covers an area equivalent to almost 20 percent of the city centre.

360 Queen Street

360 Queen Street Charter Hall major development project

Charter Hall and Investa Commercial Property Fund’s $650 million Queen Street tower is quickly taking shape.

Development plans for the $650 million building consisting of 50,000sq m of office space, a retail component and childcare centre were approved in 2018.

Sitting in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle in Queen Street, three existing buildings including Mineralogy House will be demolished to make way for the new 41-level tower.

Key facts:

• The joint venture acquired the 2,147sq m site in June 2017 for $53.75 million
• Designed by Brisbane-based architecture firm Blight Rayner
• The building is targeting a 5-Star Green Star design and As Built rating, 5 Star NABERS Energy Base Building rating and WELL Core and Shell Gold Certification.

117 Victoria Street


Sydney-based developer Crown Group has rebooted plans for its controversial $460 million residential development in Brisbane’s West End.

Crown Group originally submitted an application in January 2018, soon after picking up the 1.25-hectare site—the former home of Computershare—at 117 Victoria Street for $35 million.

The application, comprising four 12-storey buildings, originally called for 463 dwellings, a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as terraces and four-bedroom penthouses, across a common podium adjacent to the Brisbane river.

Crown Group is now planning to provide for larger apartments with a greater project gross floor area in response to market conditions, and aims to take its amended application to council later this year.

Key facts:

• Original proposal designed by FJMT
• Amenities include a 25-metre pool, cabana and poolside lounges, barbecue facilities, a gym and 4,200sq m of communal open space.

RNA Showgrounds

Major development projects Brisbane RNA Showgrounds Lendlease

Lendlease’s $2.9 billion redevelopment of the 22-hectare RNA Show Grounds in Bowen Hills is a vast mixed-use development comprising residential, commercial office and retail.

The urban renewal development has been under way since 2010 and work is set to continue through to 2025.

The project includes 340,000sq m of new residential, commercial and retail buildings, together with an additional 76,000sq m of new development on RNA retained land.

Since construction commenced in 2011, Lendlease has delivered 30,000sq m of office space—including 25 King Street, Australia’s largest timber tower—700 residential units and 3,000sq m of retail, equating to 21 per cent of the completed masterplan.

Once complete, Lendlease anticipates that more than 15,000 people will live, work and play each day at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Key facts:

• The development has also seen the delivery of the Royal International Exhibition Centre, a state-of-the-art convention and meeting facility for hosting events and festivals
• Upwards of 60,000sq m of office space, an additional 2,300 units and 7,000sq m remains to be built.

Albion Exchange

Brisbane's 0m Albion Exchange major development project

Geon Property will soon break ground on the first stage of its $750 million Albion Exchange project in Brisbane’s inner north, after winning approval for the two-tower mixed-use development earlier this year.

The transit-oriented development, which will be delivered over 15 years, will revitalise a 4,900sq m state government-owned development site running adjacent to the existing Albion train station.

Stage one of the Albion Exchange masterplan also includes a $28.7 million upgrade of transport facilities and access to the Albion Train Station.

Key facts:

• Designed by Hames Sharley
• The four hectare state-owned site is bordered by Mawarra Street, Albion and Hudson Roads.

Brisbane Live

Major development projects Brisbane - Brisbane Live

The $2 billion Brisbane Live arena, a 17,000-seat entertainment venue pegged for Brisbane’s CBD, has been touted since 2007.

The 65,000sq m arena, now part of the wider Roma Street Cross River Rail precinct, is still shrouded in uncertainty, with state government recently tapping the private-sector for investment.

If realised, the open-air precinct, likened to Melbourne’s Federation Square, would be built above the existing Roma Street rail lines under the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in partnership with AEG Ogden’s Harvey Lister.

The entertainment centre, serviced by underground rail and busway infrastructure, would have outward-facing retail opportunities on the Roma Street frontage as well as a “Sky Lounge” operating as a function space during non-event times.

The demolition of the original Brisbane Transit Centre on site moved ahead earlier this year with the first of three buildings taken apart level by level to make way for the new Cross River Rail Roma Street station.

Key facts:

• The arena would have outward-facing retail opportunities on the Roma Street frontage
• A ‘sky lounge’ will operate as a function space during non-event times.

443 Queen Street

443 Queen Street major development project Brisbane

Cbus Property’s 47-storey apartment building at 443 Queen Street is rapidly taking shape.

The $375 million residential tower, consisting of 264 apartments, will include a private dining room, catering kitchen, outdoor lounge cabanas, a gymnasium and 25m pool perched on the river’s edge.

The building was recently awarded a 6 Star Green Star design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the first residential building in Australia to be recognised with this rating.

Originally scheduled for completion this year, the building won’t be finished until at least August 2021.

Key facts:

• Designed by Singapore-based WOHA and Brisbane-based Architectus
• Construction is being overseen by Probuild
• The building includes a boardwalk level restaurant
• Cbus Property acquired the site for $49 million in 2014.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park masterplan Brisbane

masterplan for the transformation of Victoria Park golf course into a 45-hectare public parkland in Brisbane’s inner north is moving forward.

The masterplan includes a 1.4-hectare lake, boardwalks and trails, a high-ropes course, children’s water park, skate park and tennis courts.

A cultural hub with indigenous art, a community garden and urban farm is also slated for the 45-hectare park.

While costs to convert the 18-hole golf course are yet to be released, the existing park—located two kilometres from the CBD—will start the transition into a parkland in 2021.

Key facts:

• The draft vision was released in January 2020
• The park would be double the size of the City Botanical Gardens.

Brisbane Quarter

The One Brisbane Quarter major development projects

Taiwanese-backed Shayher Group officially launched its $1 billion precinct, known as Brisbane Quarter, at 300 George Street in the city’s CBD in 2016.

The major development encompasses a complete city block along the Brisbane river and features three towers, including Australia’s first purpose-built W Hotel.

The One, an 82-storey residential tower being delivered by Multiplex, comprises 467 apartments and is set to become Brisbane’s second tallest building when completed early next year.

The precinct also includes two levels of riverside dinning and high-end retail across a shared podium beneath all three towers.

Key facts:

• The first of the three towers, The 32-storey W Hotel, marked Brisbane’s first five star hotel in 20 Years, and was completed in late 2018
• The precinct’s recently completed second tower, 300 George Street, comprises 58,000sq m of net lettable area and floorplates of 1,400 square metres.

80 Ann Street

80 Ann Street Major development project Brisbane

Listed developer Mirvac last year broke ground on its $836 million 80 Ann Street Brisbane CBD tower.

Mirvac acquired the 5,500sq m site between Turbot and Ann Streets adjacent to Brisbane City Hall from Singaporean group Wee Hur for $79 million in late 2017.

The commercial project, spanning an entire block, will reach 35-storeys and offer 60,000sq m of net lettable area across some of Brisbane CBD’s largest floor plates at 2,200 square metres.

Financial services giant Suncorp will anchor the tower, taking 66 per cent of the total space.

Along with the 10-year pre-commitment from Suncorp, Mirvac has also closed a deal to build the tower with M&G Real Estate, which will own a half stake for $418 million, reflecting a yield of 5 per cent.

Key facts:

• Designed by Woods Bagot
• The project, scheduled for completion in 2022, is targeting 6 Star Green Star, 5 Star NABERS Energy and Gold Shell and Core WELL ratings

Greater Springfield

Greater Springfield masterplan development Brisbane

Billionaire developer Maha Sinnathamby is pressing forward with plans for a $88 billion residential and commercial masterplan in Springfield, near Brisbane.

Planning approval for 2,685,600sq m of mixed-use development is in place, making Springfield Australia’s largest masterplanned city.

The masterplan, located about 26 kilometres south of Brisbane, is projected to be home to 140,000 people and 50,000 jobs by 2030.

Earlier this year, Sinnathamby appointed investment bank Moelis Australia to find a partner with deep pockets to help complete the masterplanned city.

Key facts:

• About 25 per cent of Springfield’s development has been completed so far
• At least $18 billion has already been invested, with a further $70 billion needed to fully realise the masterplan.

West Village

West Village West End Brisbane major development project

Japanese developer Sekisui House has broken ground on the third stage of its West Village project in Brisbane’s West End, featuring the heritage-listed former Peters Ice Cream factory as its centrepiece.

The $800 million mixed-use precinct, which is the company’s first inner-city masterplanned project in Queensland, is broken up into three stages and includes seven residential buildings.

Upon completion, West Village, will have up to 1,200 apartments, townhouses and heritage residences, two commercial buildings, just under one hectare of open space, a playground, a Woolworths supermarket, carparks, a gym, theatre precinct, medical precinct and 35 retailers.

Key facts:

• Plans for residential masterplan were first lodged in April 2015
• The development spans the 2.6-hectare former Absoe site
• Construction being overseen by Hutchinson Builders
• The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Brisbane Metro

Major development projects Brisbane Metro

The Brisbane City Council’s “congestion-busting” Brisbane Metro project will see the delivery of a new transport system along 21 kilometres of existing busway between the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and Eight Mile Plains.

The transport project was initially proposed as a subway line to supersede the Northern and Southern Busways, taking hundreds of the council’s yellow-and-blue buses off the road and replacing them with 24 metre long electric bi-articulated buses capable of carrying up to 150 people.

A new underground station will be built at the Cultural Centre in South Brisbane as well as new busway tunnel underneath Adelaide Street in the CBD connecting to the Central Busway near King George Square underground station.

The project, which will be split into two parts and include 18 stations and 11 interchanges, was recently approved by the Queensland government with preliminary site works now occurring with services expected to start running by the end of 2023.

Key facts:

• The project was originally proposed during the 2016 council election
• Brisbane Council has committed $644 million to the major transport development while the federal government has chipped in $300 million.

Brisbane Cruise Terminal

Brisbane Cruise Terminal major development project

Construction of Brisbane’s first cruise ship terminal is closing in on completion.

At peak operation, the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessels and at 1.8 million passengers within its first five years.

The new terminal will accommodate some of the biggest cruise ships in the world, including Royal Caribbean International’s 293m-long “Radiance of the Seas”.

Key facts:

• Construction is being overseen by Hindmarsh
• Expected to support 3,750 jobs
• Anticipated to welcome more than 760,000 visitors annually (pre-Covid figures)
• Estimated injection of $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy.

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Units take price hit as rental value decreases

Units take price hit as rental value decreases

Domain’s Q3 2020 Rental Report has sparked concern for some unit owners, with prices in Australia’s two largest property markets – Sydney and Melbourne – dropping to some of the lowest points seen in recent times.

“Fragmented conditions in the rental market remain evident in the September quarter, with weaker unit rents compared to houses,” said Domain senior research analyst Dr Nicola Powell.

“This is particularly so in inner-city areas, which are more susceptible to changes in overseas migration and international students, tourism and job losses associated with COVID-19.

“Nationally, house rents have regained all of last quarter’s fall. National unit asking rents dropped further over the September quarter. Prices are 4.2 per cent lower than March, equating to a $20 a week reduction. This is the deepest fall over two consecutive quarters and steepest annual fall since the start of Domain’s Rent Report in 2004.”


Domain’s research found that unit asking rents dropped further over the September quarter, representing a 4.8 per cent decline since March, or $25 taken from the median weekly asking rent.

“This is the deepest fall over two consecutive quarters since the start of Domain’s Rent Report in 2004. Unit rents have now fallen $55 a week from peak prices in 2017 and are now the lowest in six years,” Dr Powell noted.

“Since March, house and unit asking rents in the city and east region have had the largest decline in Sydney – by $125 and $80 a week, respectively. This is followed by a $70 a week reduction to unit asking rents in the lower north shore. These are the only areas in Sydney to record double-digit percentage falls over this six-month period. Tenants are now paying the same price they were in 2013.”


The Victorian capital has seen the greatest decline in unit rents of all the capital cities – no doubt a result of the stage 4 lockdown. According to the research, unit asking rents dropped another $15 a week over the September quarter.

“Tenants will find asking rents are $30 a week lower than the March peak, before the pandemic. The median weekly asking rent now sits at $400 a week, the lowest in roughly three years. This is the first time Melbourne and Hobart unit rents are the same,” Dr Powell said.

“Units in Melbourne’s inner-ring have had the biggest reduction in asking rents. Since pre-pandemic March, unit asking rents in the inner city, inner east and inner south slipped by $65, $35 and $30 a week, respectively. This marks the deepest fall over two consecutive quarters since the start of Domain’s Rent Report in 2004.”


Upwards towards the sunshine state, house and unit rents are now at record highs, with a strong gain of $15 a week over the September quarter, Domain’s research found.

“House rents are now at $415 and unit rents $395 a week. Brisbane is the fourth most affordable capital city to rent a unit. Brisbane unit rents could overtake Melbourne in the coming months, as Melbourne unit rents tumble pushing the rent price gap to $5 between the two cities – a four-year low,” Dr Powell added.

“Amid the pandemic, the estimated number of vacant rentals has returned to expected levels following a dramatic bounce in April. Brisbane’s vacancy rate is on par with pre-pandemic March, with the volume of empty rentals down marginally compared to this time last year. The reduction in available vacant rentals aligns to the easing of restrictions.”


The city of churches also saw a new record over the September quarter, with Domain noting Adelaide asking rents reached $405 a week for houses and $340 for units.

“Unit rents posted the strongest quarterly gain out of all capital cities, along with Perth. Affordability is becoming stretched – rental prices have recorded the highest annual growth since 2007 for units and 2010 for houses,” Dr Powell said.

“Adelaide’s vacancy rate is once again on par with pre-pandemic March, as the estimated number of vacant rentals declines following a strong April bounce. The reduction in empty properties aligns to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, perhaps reflecting the conversion of rentals back to holiday lets as short-term demand increases.”


Moving across to Australia’s west coast, Domain found there has been a “stark turnaround” in Perth’s rental market over the September quarter, as asking rents surge and mark the strongest gains out of all capitals.

“House rents jumped $25 to $395 a week, the highest asking rent since early 2016. Units are back to mid-2016 asking rents, increasing by $20 to $340 a week,” Dr Powell said.

“This is the steepest quarterly gain since 2012 for houses and 2013 for units. This is a significant turnaround and unfamiliar territory for tenants who have been in the driving seat, following many years of falling rents.”


Hobart has seen stable house rents over the quarter and annually, “but remain $20 per week, or 4.3 per cent, below the record achieved in March”, Domain found.

“Hobart has had the largest fall in house rents of all the capitals since March. This has resulted in gross rental yields deteriorating from the highest yielding capital city to the fourth highest,” Dr Powell said.

“Following a steep decline last quarter, unit asking rents have regained half of the loss over the September quarter. Unit rents are $20 a week lower than the March price peak. This 4.8 per cent drop makes it the second hardest hit unit rental market over the past six months, along with Sydney but behind Melbourne. Unit rents are now $400 a week.

“This is the first time Melbourne and Hobart unit rents are the same price since the start of Domain’s Rent Report in 2004.”


Australia’s capital has seen house and unit rents regain all of the fall from the previous quarter over this one, with asking rents back at pre-pandemic highs.

“Canberra remains Australia’s most expensive city to rent a house, at $580 a week, and second most expensive to rent a unit, at $480, behind Sydney, though the difference in unit rents between the two cities has hit an eight-and-a-half-year low,” Dr Powell said.

“If Sydney rents continue to fall and Canberra grows, the nation’s capital could soon become the most expensive capital city for unit rents.”


Last but not least, Domain’s report show house and unit rents increased by $10 over the September quarter to $490 a week for houses and $390 for units in Darwin.

“Unit rents are also $10 higher than the same time last year,” Dr Powell said.

“This is the first time unit asking rents have increased annually since mid-2014, and it is the first time house rents have remained stable over the year since late 2017. This marks a significant turning point following a multi-year deterioration of asking rents.”

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