Properties within sought-after public school zones continue to fetch huge premiums

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Six-figure premiums continue to be paid for homes within Melbourne’s top public school zones. In February 2020, the REIV released the results of an analysis of 2019 residential property sales. The analysis revealed that families can expect to pay up to $425,000 more to reside within a school zone “when compared with the median price for houses outside those school catchments”.

An array of houses with one standing out due to it's green roof

Securing property within Melbourne’s most sought-after school zones usually means paying a six-figure premium    Image source: Envato Elements

Many families choose early on to invest in housing within these zones, rather than send their children to expensive private schools. As reported in April 2019 by the REIV, “houses in sought-after school zones had A+ price growth in the past decade, with huge demand from families in Melbourne’s east”. In November 2020, Domain released its Domain School Zones Report which revealed that “three quarters of primary school zones and 85% of secondary school zones posted positive annual house price growth” based on sales within catchment zones in the 12 months to October 2020.

Just last week, Jayitri Smiles from published a summary of the 14 most exclusive school zones within Melbourne. Albert Park topped the list, with a huge $495,000 difference in the median price between houses on either side of the Albert Park College school zone.

With the Victorian government pledging to open 100 new schools between 2019 – 2026, homebuyers would be smart to invest where new school zones will exist in the years ahead.

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