The rise and rise of Adelaide's property market: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder

Two-thirds of suburbs across the Adelaide metropolitan area now have rising sales activity

The rise and rise of Adelaide's property market: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder
The rise and rise of Adelaide's property market: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder


Adelaide is the best story in Australian real estate that never gets told. It’s our most under-rated market and one that is delivering big time to those smart enough to see its potential.

For any investor who likes great value for money, high rental yields driven by ultra-low vacancy rates and great potential for growth underpinned by a rising economy, then Adelaide needs to be on their list of prime considerations.

My latest quarterly survey of sales activity and prices confirms that Adelaide is the big improver among the city markets. The previous quarterly survey found a record number of rising markets, but this new survey has topped that by a big margin.

Two-thirds of suburbs across the Adelaide metropolitan area now have rising sales activity. The number of rising markets identified in my five most recent quarterly surveys have been 52 62 93 104 125.

The continued rise of the Adelaide market has been led by several municipalities which increased the number of rising suburbs in this survey: Charles Sturt, Campbelltown, Tea Tree Gully, Marion, Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Holdfast Bay and Playford.

But the leading LGA continues to be Port Adelaide Enfield, which has 14 suburbs with rising sales activity, including Blair Athol, Broadview, Croydon Park, Greenacres, Klemzig, North Haven, Windsor Gardens and Royal Park.

Close behind is the City of Marion, where the number of rising suburbs has increased from 8 to 13 in this latest survey. Growth markets include Park Holme, Plympton Park, Glengowrie, Dover Gardens, Mitchell Park and Morphettville.

Another big improver is Charles Sturt, where the number of upwardly-mobile suburbs has jumped from 6 to 12.  Tea Tree Gully has almost matched that, with 11 rising suburbs, compared to 6 three months ago.

The LGA of Onkaparinga in the far south of Adelaide continues to feature, with 10 suburbs with improving sales activity, led by Happy Valley with quarterly sales of 38 54 60 79.

There is growing demand in the affordable regions in Adelaide’s north: the Playford LGA has rising sales activity in 12 of its 13 suburbs, while nearby Salisbury has 9 rising suburbs.

In the Playford LGA, quarterly sales in Andrews Farm have been 42 54 63 88 while Blakeview has recorded 38 46 49 48 54 67. In the Salisbury LGA, Mawson Lakes has recorded 67 80 87 115 122 and Paralowie has done 41 72 62 80 101.

Other improvers include the LGAs of Campbelltown (7 growth suburbs), Burnside (5), Holdfast Bay (5) and Mitcham (7). In the suburb of Campbelltown, quarterly sales have been 56 60 66 66 86 80 97, while in Somerton Park in Holdfast Bay sales have been 31 40 41 45 59.

Overall, there are 12 municipalities across the Adelaide metro area with at least five growth suburbs.

Prices in Adelaide have responded to the steady uplift in the number of rising suburbs, with 90% of locations across the city recording increases in their median house prices over the past 12 months. A similar number have risen in the most recent quarter.

The most prolific municipality for price growth is the Onkaparinga LGA, noted earlier as an area with growth in the number of suburbs with rising activity: 12 suburbs in this LGA have delivered double-digit growth in their median house prices, led by Seaford (up 19% to $420,000) and Huntfield Heights (up 17% to $335,000). Most of these growth markets have median house prices below $450,000.

The Port Adelaide-Enfield, the leading LGA for the number of rising suburbs based on sales activity, is also seeing strong growth in median prices. Dernancourt ($530,000) and Largs Bay ($655,000) have both increased 18%, while Largs North ($515,000) has grown 17% and Kilburn ($475,000) 16%.

Charles Sturt, noted earlier as an LGA where the number of rising markets has doubled, has good price growth, headed by Henley Beach South (up 20% to $1,060,000), Brompton (up 18% to $595,000) and Grange (up 16% to $830,000).

Suburbs with strong price uplift are distributed right across the Adelaide metropolitan area. Notable performance has occurred in Seacliff (Holdfast Bay), up 25% to $865,000; Toorak Gardens (Burnside), up 23% to $1,600,000; Craigburn Farm (Mitcham), up 22% to $860,000; Lockleys (West Torrens), up 24% to $810,000; and Fullarton (Unley), up 21% to $1,105,000).

In the cheaper areas of the city, Salisbury Downs ($355,000), Salisbury Heights ($455,000), Elizabeth Downs ($210,000) and Munno Para ($295,000) have all risen 16-17%.

But the No.1 suburb for annual growth in median house prices is Walkerville, which has increased 31% to $1,490,000.

Terry Ryder

Terry Ryder

Terry Ryder is the founder of

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