Real Estate suburbs across Australia to watch in 2022
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Property markets will soon roar back to life following the seasonal summer lull, with buyers turning their attention to where they should buy.

Data from has identified suburbs to watch this year, based on the average number of highly engaged buyers – a metric indicating a serious intention to purchase – looking at each listing in an area the final months of 2021.

And coming out on top is a leafy pocket in Adelaide’s outer suburbs.

Aldgate, located 21km from the centre of the South Australian capital, had 227 highly engaged buyers per listing on average in the final quarter of last year.

The area, a favourite among families and young couples, saw its median dwelling price rise 24% in the 12 months to November 2021.

“Aldgate is a quiet little village only 20 minutes to the CBD, giving families the perfect lifestyle of space and convenience and a real sense of community,” local agent Josh Biggs from Harris said.

“Given the last two years of uncertainty, suburbs like Aldgate have become more sought-after as we are spending more time at home, away from busy cosmopolitan living.”

Locally relocating families, as well as those migrating from interstate, have led the charge for well-located homes, Mr Biggs said.

“We are seeing many expats moving back to the Hills, and Aldgate in particular, to provide the upbringing that they experienced [here] as kids.”

Adelaide dominated the list of real estate suburbs to watch in 2022. Picture: Getty

Also appearing on the overall top 10 list were fellow Adelaide suburbs Unley, with an average 210 highly engaged buyers per listing, Malvern with 197, Eden Hills with 182, and Belair with 162.

Warrandyte in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs was in the national list of areas to watch with 196 highly engaged buyers on average per listing.

Also making an appearance were Park Orchards, just down the road, and Lower Plenty in the city’s northeast, each with an average of 176 highly engaged buyers per listing.

Leafy Warrandyte in outer Melbourne has been named a suburb to watch in 2022. Picture: Getty

Just two Sydney suburbs made the national list of suburbs to watch – Burraneer in the Sutherland Shire with 175 highly engaged buyers on average per listing, and Abbotsbury in the city’s southwest with 173.

The national top 10 list

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Aldgate, SA                                                                     227
Unley, SA                                                                     210
Malvern, SA                                                                     197
Warrandyte, VIC                                                                     196
Eden Hills, SA                                                                     182
Park Orchards, VIC                                                                     176
Lower Plenty, VIC                                                                     176
Burraneer, NSW                                                                     175
Abbotsbury, NSW                                                                     173
Belair, SA                                                                     162

Highlights from the state lists

Outside of the national top 10, the data highlighted some of the top picks in each state and territory.

Holland Park in Brisbane’s south ranked highly, with an average of 133 highly engaged buyers per listing.

Local agent Sim Gill from Ray White said demand has been consistently high in recent times, reflected in the 18% median home price increase in the year to November.

“The great local schools, including Cavendish State High School, Holland Park Primary and Loretto College, have been a huge driver of this demand, but so too has the location – it’s just 8km from the CBD,” Mr Gill said.

“It makes it a great suburb for inner city professionals as it only takes around 15 to 20 minutes to get to the city. There’s great access to highways and its close to two major Westfield shopping centres.”

Brisbane’s property market is forecast to perform strongly this year. Picture: Getty

A big trend last year was buyers snapping up older homes for knock-down and rebuilds, with the shortage of available land in the area seeing many pay a premium for a good block where they can build a dream home.

“We’ve sold older homes recently that are now being knocked down and the prices for these can range from $850,000 all the way up to $1.2 million, depending on the street.”

The Melbourne suburb of Hampton East is another to watch this year, with 140 highly engaged buyers on average per listing.

Bordering some higher priced pockets and located just 15km from the CBD, it’s a sought-after area favoured by families and young professionals, local agent Noel Susay from Buxton said.

“It has large parks and it’s close to the beach, with exclusive private schools on the south roads,” Mr Susay said.

“Its continued gentrification, along with plenty of families moving into the area from suburbs closer to the city, has seen an almost $300,000 increase in the median price in the past 12 months. It’s a highly sought-after suburb with most homes selling very quickly.”

A diverse range of property types, its location and the more affordable comparable price tag to ritzier neighbouring areas makes Hampton East “special”, he said.

The proximity of Hampton East and level of amenity make it one to watch. Picture: Getty

Trends in the data

Watching which areas perform well this year will be interesting given the COVID-induced shift away from metropolitan areas in recent years, PropTrack economist Angus Moore said.

“A key question for 2022 is whether in-demand regional and lifestyle areas will stay red hot or whether people will start to shift back to the inner-city when – and if – they return to the office permanently,” Mr Moore said.

He believes we could be starting to see that shift already.

“Data from shows that many of the suburbs with the most interested buyers per listing are in metro, not regional, areas.”

The exponential price growth seen throughout 2021 in vast parts of the country, both city and regional, is unlikely to continue this year.

“Conditions are likely to remain competitive over the start of 2022, but we are already starting to see an ease from the frenzy we were seeing in October last year,” Mr Moore said.

“Measures of buyer demand have eased a bit and we’ve seen record levels of new supply coming to market in late 2021. That’s given buyers more options to choose from than has been the case for much of the past year.”

10 Victorian suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Warrandyte, VIC                                                              196
Park Orchards, VIC                                                              176
Lower Plenty, VIC                                                              176
Alphington, VIC                                                              155
Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC                                                              143
Hampton East, VIC                                                              140
Wonga Park, VIC                                                              140
Research, VIC                                                              136
Montmorency, VIC                                                              134
Fitzroy, VIC                                                              130

10 New South Wales suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing
Burraneer, NSW                                                              175
Abbotsbury, NSW                                                              173
Farmborough Heights, NSW                                                              150
North Avoca, NSW                                                              141
Kanahooka, NSW                                                              139
Bronte, NSW                                                              123
Sylvania Waters, NSW                                                              121
Bulli, NSW                                                              121
Kareela, NSW                                                              120
Lake Heights, NSW                                                              119

10 Queensland suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Holland Park, QLD                                                              133
Alderley, QLD                                                              128
East Brisbane, QLD                                                              126
Enoggera, QLD                                                              122
Gordon Park, QLD                                                              118
Merrimac, QLD                                                              114
Murarrie, QLD                                                              111
Stafford, QLD                                                              108
Holland Park West, QLD                                                              108
Toowong QLD                                                              107

10 South Australian suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Aldgate, SA                                                              227
Unley, SA                                                              210
Malvern, SA                                                              197
Eden Hills, SA                                                              182
Belair, SA                                                              162
Parkside, SA                                                              161
Burnside, SA                                                              158
Marino, SA                                                              148
Bridgewater, SA                                                              143
Largs Bay, SA                                                              127

10 West Australian suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Glen Forrest, WA                                                                 71
Mount Hawthorn, WA                                                                 67
Wembley Downs, WA                                                                 64
Floreat, WA                                                                 59
Leederville, WA                                                                 59
Palmyra, WA                                                                 52
Mount Lawley, WA                                                                 50
Bateman, WA                                                                 49
Victoria Park, WA                                                                 49
Fremantle, WA                                                                 48

10 Tasmanian suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
West Hobart, TAS                                                              120
Blackmans Bay, TAS                                                              117
Howrah, TAS                                                                 99
New Town, TAS                                                                 90
East Launceston, TAS                                                                 89
Launceston, TAS                                                                 87
Riverside, TAS                                                                 85
Trevallyn, TAS                                                                 85
South Launceston, TAS                                                                 79
Kings Meadows, TAS                                                                 79

10 Australian Capital Territory suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Evatt, ACT                                                                 48
Monash, ACT                                                                 41
Ainslie, ACT                                                                 38
O’Connor, ACT                                                                 37
Narrabundah, ACT                                                                 37
Wanniassa, ACT                                                                 36
Weston, ACT                                                                 36
Casey, ACT                                                                 35
Holt, ACT                                                                 34
Red Hill, ACT                                                                 34

10 Northern Territory suburbs to watch

Suburb Highly engaged people / listing 
Rapid Creek, NT                                                              114
Virginia, NT                                                                 54
Alawa, NT                                                                 53
Malak, NT                                                                 28
Muirhead, NT                                                                 21
Bakewell, NT                                                                 19
East Side, NT                                                                 16
Durack, NT                                                                 16
Braitling, NT                                                                 14
Gillen, NT                                                                 12