Thanks to the booming property market, some Australian suburbs not only broke their house sale records but absolutely smashed them.
Rather than being areas known for their ultra-luxury properties, the biggest record-breakers were in outer, rural or waterfront suburbs where demand has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The properties responsible for smashing suburb records in 2021 were an eclectic mix: a $15 million-plus art gallery home, an 1800s inn, an idyllic rural paradise, a 10-bedroom waterfront home and houses sitting on huge blocks.
In a year when when property records for the Australian market and individual suburbs tumbled, here are the top 10 record-breaking suburb sales for houses nationally in 2021. The suburbs were ranked by PropTrack based on the percentage difference between the record-breaking house sale price in 2021 and the previous most expensive sale.
27 Buckingham Road, Baulkham Hills, New South Wales
Topping the list was this development site in the outer Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills.
It featured a spacious four-bedroom house with a five-car garage and salt water pool, but the real drawcard was the 5697sqm site itself.
The listing noted there was a proposed six-lot subdivision subject to council approval, adding the raw site represented a unique opportunity for redevelopment.
The November sale price was not publicly disclosed, but PropTrack estimated it represented an 126% increase on Baulkham Hills’ previous record of $3.06 million, set in June 2021.
9 Temple Island Circuit, Oxenford, Queensland
Marketed as a “sophisticated paradise in a prized waterfront position”, this five-bedroom, six-bathroom home set a new record for the Gold Coast suburb of Oxenford.
Positioned on a large 1000sqm lake-front block, the home offered “luxury living and grand entertaining in a private setting”.
It features an all-weather outdoor room overlooking the water, a pool and large yard.
The home in May sold for $2.715 million, 112% higher than Oxenford’s previous house sale record of $1.28 million set in January 2021.
49-57 Blaikie Road, Jamisontown, NSW
The land – all two hectares of it – was the main attraction of this property in the outer Sydney suburb of Jamisontown.
There was a four-bedroom, double-storey home, but the property was pitched as an ideal investment opportunity in a premium location near Penrith.
The property sold in February for $3.4 million, double the previous suburb record of $1.67 million set in March 2016.
650-652 Main Road, Granton, Tasmania
The Gothic architecture, stone construction and history of this 1800s property – the Black Snake Inn – attracted the interest of hundreds of potential buyers when it went up for sale.
“It is so unusual. For a lot of people it has been a mystery, a property that rarely changes hands,” Fall Real Estate agent John Soundy said at the time.
Some buyers saw its potential as a commercial venture, others as an opportunity to return a “magnificent, if faded” home to its former glory.
The sale price was not disclosed, but PropTrack estimated it was double Granton’s previous record of $1.325 million, also set in September 2021.
257 South Arm Road, Lauderdale, Tasmania
No ordinary home, this sprawling, six-bedroom, five-bathroom abode on a 2.03ha prized waterfront estate offered resort-style living.
“From the road, it sits into the landscape quite nicely,” Harcourts Hobart property representative Ben Vance said when the home went on the market. “But coming in from the water, that is when you really get an idea of the scale of this spectacular home.”
The property in Lauderdale, on Hobart’s outskirts, sold for $3 million in July – double the previous suburb record of $1.505 million set in January 2015.
It is now advertised to rent, for $2500 a week.
45 Junction Road, Leumeah, NSW
This spacious four-bedroom family home was advertised as a rare opportunity, offering lots of options such as a renovation or possible dual occupancy subject to council approval.
On a 1.32ha block, the property backs onto natural reserve and bushland in the outer Sydney suburb of Leumeah.
The property sold in August for $2.1 million, double the $1.057 million record set for Leumeah just two months earlier.
19 Curtis Parade, The Entrance North, NSW
Boasting uninterrupted 180-degree vistas, it’s easy to see the appeal of this beachfront home.
Situated in a tightly-held pocket of the coastal village of The Entrance North on the NSW Central Coast, the 696sqm property offered “a beachside lifestyle ready for endless days on the sand”.
The six-bedroom, three-bathroom home featured open plan living and a vast waterfront deck, along with direct beach access.
It sold for $4.4 million in November, nearly double The Entrance North’s previous record house sale of $2.25 million set in January 2017.
311 Myers Road, Merricks North, Victoria
Featuring the highest price tag on the national record-breaking top 10 list, this art gallery-inspired home broke the record for rural Merricks North by an estimated $7 million.
The Mornington Peninsula property, on a 27.11ha block, was listed with an upmarket $15 million price tag.
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