Realestate.com.au director of economic research Cameron Kusher said the high cost of living in Sydney meant homeowners in other capitals were often better off financially even if they earned less.
“Sydney incomes tend to be higher but you will have less left over after housing costs than in (smaller) capitals,” he said.
This Adelaide house sold at the Sydney median house price.Source:Supplied
Mr Kusher said Sydney’s higher prices were from a mix of factors, including less space for urban sprawl and historically higher migration from overseas.
Property listings reveal $1.2 million represents the upper end of the housing market in every capital bar Melbourne and Canberra.
That price in Adelaide would secure a sizeable house with a pool and tennis court in the suburb of Seacombe Heights – roughly five minutes’ drive from the beach.
In Perth, $1.2 million would buy a two-level, modern house in the inner suburb of Subiaco or a historic mansion on a 6000sqm block in the Darling Ranges east of the city.
GOLD COAST: this house in Burleigh Waters is priced near the Sydney median.Source:Supplied
SYDNEY: This one-bedroom house in Paddington is for sale around the $1.2m mark.Source:Supplied
Brisbane houses for sale at close to Sydney’s median include a two-level “Queenslander” in the coastal suburb of Manly.
By comparison, most of Sydney’s $1.2 million houses are more than 30km from the CBD.
Among the only houses within that price point in the eastern suburbs was a boxy, one-bedroom house in Paddington.
In the inner west, $1.2 million could secure an uninhabitable terrace in St Peters. The agent revealed the price for the crumbling house represented “land value”.
Most northern beaches houses were well over $1.2 million, while buyers on the north shore could get a few houses near Ryde or north of Hornsby for that price.
This Reservoir house in Melbourne’s northern suburbs sold for $1.2m.Source:Supplied
SYDNEY: This house in West Ryde has a guide price of $1.2m.Source:Supplied
In the west, $1.2 million would often secure a modern, four-bedroom house in an outer suburb such as Box Hill, or an older three-bedroom house in a more established suburb such as Kings Langley in the Blacktown area.
And down south, some duplexes in the outer suburbs of the Sutherland Shire were priced at about $1.2 million, as were older houses needing a renovation.
Apartments available at the median unit price also varied but the differences across city regions were not as large as with houses.
Among the units available at the median was a neatly-presented one-bedroom apartment a short walk from the coast in Vaucluse.
Seller of the Isabel Ave unit Jacqui Thompson said the suburb was an “undiscovered gem” for apartment buyers, who often dismissed the area thinking it was too expensive.
This Isabel Ave apartment is priced at close to the Sydney median unit price.Source:Supplied
The unit is a short walk from the Vaucluse dramatic coastline.Source:Supplied
“People just think of the luxury houses and think the area is too expensive but the units are good value and it’s a truly amazing location,” she said.
The Agency’s Brad Gillespie said there was a misconception about Vaucluse and much of the eastern suburbs when it came to units. “Buyers don’t research the location because they think there are only multimillion dollar houses but there is value there,” he said. “It’s has become a hidden treasure because people think it is worth more.”
Mr Kusher said more Sydney buyers would have to accept unit living as house prices continued to climb. “There is no more space to build houses outside of a few areas,” he said. “The only direction Sydney can really build is up.”
Originally published asWhat average home price actually buys you