Australia’s luxury real estate capital revealed


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The Gold Coast is officially the luxury real estate capital of Australia, according to new figures ranking premium property growth in cities around the world.

The Gold Coast has also bucked the trend worldwide by recording positive growth over the COVID-19 pandemic period.

The $25 million sale of 2 Heron Ave, Mermaid Beach set a new Queensland record.

Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index Q2 2020 tracks movement in prime residential prices in local currency across 45 cities worldwide.

Prime property is defined as the most desirable and expensive property in a given location, generally including the top 5 per cent of each market by value.

A resort-style mansion at 1-3 La Scala court, Isle of Capri fetched $11.75 million in May.

Five Australian cities – the Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne – were ranked in the top 24, with the Gold Coast coming in at number 10.

The Gold Coast was the strongest performing city in Australia, recording annual price growth of 3.4 per cent followed by Sydney and Perth (3.0 per cent), Brisbane (2.5 per cent) and Melbourne (1.2 per cent).

Over the past quarter, the Gold Coast’s luxury property market recorded positive growth of 1.2 per cent, tracking ahead of Brisbane and Sydney with 0.3 per cent.

The sale of 15 Southern Cross Dr, Cronin Island for $12.45m was the second-highest on the Gold Coast this year.

Knight Frank National Head of Residential Shayne Harris said demand for luxury property was likely to continue, with cashed-up individuals wanting more spacious homes.

“During the pandemic we’ve seen the ultra-wealthy make their next residential property purchase decisions based on liveability, so places like southeast Queensland will become more attractive in a post-COVID world,” he said.

“It is unlikely we will see significant volumes of distressed prime sales as we saw in 2008, during the global financial crisis.”

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The red roofed house at 10 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads sold for $7 million.

Manila was the world’s top performing city, with annual luxury residential price growth of 14.4 per cent, followed by Tokyo (8.6 per cent) and Stockholm (4.4 per cent).

“Manila, Tokyo and Seoul are Asia’s top performers year-on-year, with Stockholm, Geneva and Paris leading Europe’s rankings,” said Knight Frank’s Head of Residential Research Australia Michelle Ciesielski.

“However, five of these six cities registered flat or falling prime prices in the three months to June.

“We expect the index to display muted growth in the second half of 2020 before recovering in 2021.”

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