Only 1 out of 100 apartments has 4 bedrooms in Melbourne’s CBD

By CoreLogic RP Data on 17 Mar 2015
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It will come as no surprise that there are very few three or four bedroom apartments in the CBD, Docklands or Southbank.

Key points:

  • Across 2013 and 2014 only 1 per cent of apartments advertised for sale in Melbourne had 4 bedrooms
  • Two bedroom apartments are more likely to be found in Southbank and Docklands than Melbourne
  • In Brighton only 9 per cent of apartments had one bedroom

Developers frequently cite market demand as the reason why they don’t build larger high-density dwellings.

A review of data from the apartments advertised for sale in the past two years shows that the size of dwellings does vary between the three inner city suburbs of Melbourne, Docklands and Southbank.

Across those three suburbs, 43 of the 3,966 homes had four or more bedrooms.

Three bedroom apartments where rare but slightly more plentiful with 434 advertised for sale. They were mostly found in Southbank and Docklands.

Almost one in two apartments in the suburb of Melbourne were one bedroom but they are far less plentiful in Docklands and Southbank, accounting for around 25 per cent of the housing.

If you are looking for a four bedroom unit then it will take a very long time.

It is interesting to see the differences in the type of apartments between Melbourne and Docklands/Southbank.

From the perspective of the number of bedrooms Docklands and Southbank are the home to larger apartments than Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments accounted for 23 per cent of apartments in Docklands and 28 per cent in Southbank. In the suburb of Melbourne the comparable number is 47 per cent.

Clearly, developers are providing different dwellings in different suburbs. This is also obvious when a comparison is made to a very different apartment market such as bayside Brighton where 9 per cent had one bedroom, three bedroom apartments comprised 34 per cent of the market, and two bedroom apartments were the majority at 53 per cent.

What is also clear is that if you are looking for a four bedroom unit then it will take a very long time.

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RP Data is the largest provider of property information, analytics and risk management services in Australia and New Zealand with a database of 220 million property records. RP Data services customers ranging from real estate agents and consumers to banks, mortgage brokers, financial planners and government bodies.

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