• Perth’s inner-city suburbs are a bargain compared to Sydney and Melbourne

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    Sydney CBD with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in view.

    Perth remains one of the most affordable places in the country to buy a house, which is especially evident when comparing the most affordable suburbs within 10 kilometres of the Perth CBD to the equivalent suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne.

    CoreLogic data shows the ‘cheapest’ suburb within 10 kilometres of the CBD in Melbourne is Maidstone with a median house value of $922,681, whilst in Sydney, the most ‘affordable’ suburb within 10 kilometres of the city is Arncliffe, with a median house value of $1.455 million.

    Comparatively, in Perth, the cheapest suburb within 10 kilometres of the CBD is Westminster with a median house value of $404,577.

    REIWA President Damian Collins said the dream of home ownership was still very much alive in Perth, which was clearly illustrated when comparing Perth’s inner-city house prices to those on the east coast in places like Sydney and Melbourne.

    “There are plenty of affordable options close to the city in Perth, whereas in places like Sydney and Melbourne you’d likely need to spend over a million dollars to get your foot in the door close to the city,” Mr Collins said.

    CoreLogic data shows you could effectively buy 3.5 properties in Westminster, which is Perth's most affordable suburb within 10 kilometres of the CBD, for the cost of just one in Arncliffe, which is Sydney's most affordable within 10 kilometres of the CBD.

    Perth is the most affordable capital city in the country

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia’s latest Real Estate Market Facts report shows that Perth's median house price in the June 2021 quarter was $515,000, which is the lowest median of any capital city in Australia and 43.7 per cent lower than the national average.

    Comparatively, the median house price in Sydney and Melbourne during the June 2021 quarter was $1.41 million and $1.01 million respectively.

    “There is a significant difference between what is considered ‘affordable’ in Sydney and Melbourne, versus the equivalent in Perth. A million dollars goes a long way in our local property market, whereas on the east coast you’ll most likely have to fork out close to a million dollars for your first home, which is why prospective buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to get on the property ladder in these cities,” Mr Collins said.

    “We are very lucky in WA that housing is still so affordable and that, even amidst a market recovery, home ownership remains within reach for so many West Australians,” Mr Collins said.

    How Perth, Sydney and Melbourne's cheapest inner-city suburbs compare

    Perth suburbs Median house value Melbourne suburbs Median house value Sydney suburbs Median house value
    Westminster $404,577 Maidstone $922,681 Arncliffe $1.455 million
    Nollamara  $417,614  Footscray  $1.023 million  Waterloo  $1.502 million 
    Queens Park  $473,922  Coburg North  $1.044 million  Sydenham  $1.530 million 
    Redcliffe  $482,891  West Footscray  $1.056 million  Tempe  $1.635 million 
    Cloverdale  $490,121  Spotswood  $1.115 million  St Peters  $1.660 million 
    Bentley  $520,432  Preston  $1.173 million  Mascot  $1.689 million 
    Kewdale  $527,961  South Kingsville  $1.183 million  Erskineville  $1.713 million 
    Belmont  $539,686  Maribyrnong  $1.195 million Earlwood  $1.715 million 
    Morley  $549,745  Yarraville  $1.197 million  Eastlakes  $1.771 million 
    St James  $576,564  Flemington  $1.207 million  Newtown  $1.789 million 
    *Data supplied by CoreLogic

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