Upper Mount Gravatt is shaping up to be one of Brisbane’s top performers in 2017, with new research showing apartment values have almost tripled since 2000, with investors also rewarded by strong rental increases.
The report by The National Property Research Co. shows Upper Mount Gravatt’s median apartment price has jumped 183 per cent, from $159,000 in 2000 to a record high of $450,000, equating to a solid 7.19 per cent annual growth. Demand for property in the leafy suburb has also resulted in a 70 per cent increase in median rental rates for one bedroom apartments, which currently achieve $255 per week, compared to $150 per week in 2010.
The National Property Research Co. director Matthew Gross says Upper Mount Gravatt has been a stand out suburb because of its diverse urban economy and broad demographics. He says he expects the growth trends identified in the report to continue over the coming years assuming that strong population growth and sound economic fundamentals remain. “To get a complete picture of a suburb’s potential it’s important to look at both the capital growth and median rent increases over a long-term period of at least five to ten years,” said Mr Gross.
“The Mount Gravatt region has a proven track record of consistent growth – median apartment prices even continued to rise throughout the Global Financial Crisis (2008-2011), which shows that it is a resilient market backed by strong underlying demand. “This demand stems from Upper Mount Gravatt’s proximity to two Griffith University campuses – in Mount Gravatt and nearby Nathan, which host more than 17,000 students.
“It is also home to one of Brisbane’s largest shopping centres – Westfield Garden City – and there’s easy access to the Sunnybank Private Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital, all of which are major regional employers.
“Proximity to education and employment hubs is part of what gives a location its competitive edge over surrounding areas. By comparison to some other Brisbane suburbs, there are fewer new properties being made available for people to buy or rent.
“For the Postcode 4122 which includes Upper Mount Gravatt has one bedroom apartments renting in as little as 18 days, compared to the average 31 to 39 days that Brisbane apartments are sitting vacant, which is partly due to the higher than usual supply levels the inner city is experiencing. “There are only a handful of brand new developments in Upper Mount Gravatt, just 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, and these projects are attracting the attention of purchasers looking for a more affordable and reliable new home or investment.”
One of the latest developments to be launched in Upper Mount Gravatt is the Lacey Group’s Bodhi Apartments, which will feature 78 one, two and three bedroom apartments across eight levels on a prime corner site, fronting Mascar and Everett Street. Lacey Group director Adam Lacey says Bodhi had been designed to match the lifestyle of those buying and renting in Upper Mount Gravatt.
“Our first step was to pinpoint the right location and we chose Upper Mount Gravatt not only because it is a star performer, but for its fantastic lifestyle, with parklands, sporting facilities, restaurants and entertainment precincts nearby,” he said. “The people who choose to live here are looking for convenience and liveability, which is exactly what Bodhi delivers. The apartments are just 300 metres from public transport, minutes from the motorway and a short walk from Westfield Garden City, which has been transformed by a recent $400 million upgrade.
“For semi retirees downsizing and young professionals looking for an executive apartment, liveability means extra space and room to entertain, so we have designed Bodhi with oversized rooms, plenty of storage and generous balconies. “Students and retail workers searching for a place to rent will also find Bodhi offers plenty of privacy for multiple occupants, with some apartments offering two dedicated car spaces, which is a rare find so close to the CBD.”
Bodhi Apartments are now selling from $355,000, with construction expected to commence in mid 2017. For more information phone 1300 957 888 or visit bodhibylacey.com.