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8 Best Investment Suburbs in Melbourne in 2024

By May 13, 2024 No Comments
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best-investment-suburbs-melbourneWith one of the most competitive property markets among Australia’s capitals, Melbourne has historically fostered a favourable environment for property investment — and 2024 is set to be a year of opportunities for strategic investors. 

Melbourne property values in 2023 showed slow growth; with average house prices rising by 3% over the year and average unit prices by 2.5%. With prices still below their previous high in March 2022, there is a high growth potential for the rest of 2024. 

With rising demand in Melbourne’s housing market supporting growth expectations, many investors are looking to stake their claim on the market and reap the rewards. Here are our picks for the 8 best Melbourne suburbs for investment in 2024. 

1. Flemington

Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Flemington offers incredible value for investment with house prices that are now just breaking the million mark. On top of its proximity to the city centre, it offers great connectivity with a network of public transport links as well as a range of conveniences and amenities that make it such a popular choice among investors and tenants alike. 

Population: 9,065

Number of private dwellings: 5,167

Median house price: $1,095,000 (+3.6% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $650 per week 

Average house rental yield: 3.5%

Median unit price: $385,000 (-9.5% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $435 per week

Average unit rental yield: 5.8%

2. Elsternwick

One of Melbourne’s most sought after suburbs, Elsternwick sits nine kilometres away from the city centre. It’s an ideal location for young families and professionals, offering quality options for schools, shopping centres, and even a nearby beach for recreational activities. Current dips in property prices present an opportunity for investors who are looking for a way into the lucrative value that Elsternwick can deliver. 

Population: 10,887

Number of private dwellings: 5,250

Median house price: $2,015,000 (-10.0% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $885 per week 

Average house rental yield: 2.8%

Median unit price: $615,000 (-9.2% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $540 per week

Average unit rental yield: 4.7%best-investment-suburbs-melbourne

3. Brighton

Brighton is a bayside suburb 11 kilometres away from the CBD, with a reputation for hosting some of Melbourne’s wealthiest residents. This is reflected in its high house prices of over $3 million, which may turn away investors with a more modest budget. That being said, the value of potential returns far outweighs the upfront cost of investment, especially since the suburb offers a whopping three railway stations, a vibrant strip of shopping and dining options, and some of the best schools available.

Population: 23,252

Number of private dwellings: 10,536

Median house price: $3,152,000 (-2.0% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $1,350 per week 

Average house rental yield: 2.6%

Median unit price: $1,195,000 (-5.8% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $675 per week

Average unit rental yield: 3.8%

4.Narre Warren South

Narre Warren South is located in Melbourne’s outer southeast area, but still retains convenient access to the city via a range of transport options. The suburb has seen rapid growth in recent years with the addition of major retail centres and recreational facilities in the neighbourhood, and is now highly favoured among families for its convenience and relatively affordable housing options. 

Population: 30,909

Number of private dwellings: 9,229

Median house price: $835,000 (+3.7% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $550 per week 

Average house rental yield: 3.8%

5. Moonee Ponds

Moonee Ponds is an inner-city suburb located  six kilometres from the CBD, boasting a mix of heritage and modern housing options for professionals that form the majority of the market. Its attractiveness as a location is further bolstered by its offering of vibrant lifestyle and recreational facilities from cafes to the Maribyrnong River. 

Population: 16,224

Number of private dwellings: 8,081

Median house price: $1,500,500 (-2.6% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $700 per week 

Average house rental yield: 2.8%

Median unit price: $540,000 (-5.0% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $500 per week

Average unit rental yield: 5.6%

best-investment-suburbs-melbourne-26. Cheltenham

Rapidly-gentrifying Cheltenham is a popular choice among investors looking for good value in terms of amenities. The suburb offers all the expected conveniences of city living alongside easy access to the CBD via the express train at 19 minutes. Some other highlights of Cheltenham include stunning golf courses and close proximity to the beach. 

Population: 23,992

Number of private dwellings: 10,468

Median house price: $1,215,000 (+3.1% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $695 per week 

Average house rental yield: 3.2%

Median unit price: $677,500 (+10.2% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $500 per week

Average unit rental yield: 4.5%

7. Parkdale

Parkdale is sandwiched between its own local beach and the bustling side of the Nepean Highway offering the best of both worlds for residents and families in the area. The urban side of Parkdale features a whole host of amenities including several top schools, great kindergartens, multiple parks and reserves for recreation, and more. Coupled with relatively affordable house prices that are showing consistent growth, Parkdale is ripe with opportunity for investment. 

Population: 12,308

Number of private dwellings: 5,195

Median house price: $1,480,000 (+9.0% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $750 per week 

Average house rental yield: 2.8%

Median unit price: $760,000 (+9.7% on May 2023)

Median unit rental price: $500 per week

Average unit rental yield: 4.0%

best-investment-suburbs-melbourne-38. Burnside Heights

The staggeringly low house prices in Burnside Heights makes it a hidden gem on this list, especially for investors looking for a prudent investment opportunity. With a rapidly growing population and rising development of essential amenities, Burnside Heights offers increasing residential appeal for families and young couples. 

Population: 6,377

Number of private dwellings: 1,808

Median house price: $741,500 (-1.2% on May 2023)

Median house rental price: $520 per week 

Average house rental yield: 3.8%

Note: The above data insights are courtesy of the 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data and Real Estate.com.au.