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These are the cheapest suburbs to buy within 10km of Australia’s capital cities

ASSA | 2021-02-23 10:01:10

Rising house prices in almost every corner of Australia has seen buyers scramble to find properties offering the best value for money.

While the pandemic has shifted the need to be close to the city, many are seizing on opportunities to buy property within a stone’s throw of central business districts.


The cheapest suburb that falls within 10 kilometres of the harbour city’s centre is Arncliffe, where the median is $1.196 million.

It comes in below the city’s new record median house price of $1,211,488, as revealed in Domain’s latest House Price Report.

McGrath San Souci’s Bill Tsounias said the south Sydney suburb was “extremely good value” for Sydney buyers interested in the area.

“Most of the buyers we’re getting through the open homes are coming from the inner west or the eastern suburbs,” Mr Tsounias said. “It’s close to where they’re from, and it’s still achievable. They’re getting a lot more for their money … it has got lots of nice period homes and is close to the [train] station,” he said.

It was followed by inner west’s Tempe where the median house price was $1.25 million and just eight kilometres from the city centre.

Property TypeMedianPriceYOY growthDistance to CBD (in Km’s)


The western suburb of Maidstone topped the list in Melbourne for the cheapest suburb within 10 kilometres of the city centre.

The median house price was $750,000 – well below the city wide median of $936,073.

Compton Green’s Lachlan Bishop said the postcode was an up-and-coming area.

“You’re a suburb away from a million-dollar suburb and minutes away from Flemington racecourse and Highpoint shopping centre,” Mr Bishop said, adding that buyers from across the city were interested in the area.

He said buyers were drawn to proximity to amenities and the value for money of land sizes in Maidstone.

Its neighbouring suburbs followed closely, with West Footscray and Footscray being the next two cheapest suburbs to buy a house within 10-kilometre distance of the CBD, at $820,000 and $849,500..

SuburbMedianPriceYOY growthDistance to CBD (in Km’s)
West Footscray$820,0006.5%9


The northern suburb of Keperra topped the list of the cheapest suburbs with 10 kilometres of Brisbane’s CBD, with a median house price of $565,650. It was followed closely by eastern suburbs hotspot Tingalpa, where the median price is $570,000 – but the secret’s out – house prices there have risen by a massive 14 per cent over the past year.

The once blue collar suburb of Salisbury came in as one of the cheapest suburbs in which buyers can purchase a home within 10-kilometres of Brisbane.

The median house price came in at $625,000, according to Domain data, well below Brisbane LGA’s median house price of $738,000.

Place Annerley’s Nick Bekker said the suburb was attracting a lot of young professionals.

“Because of the relative affordability of the suburb and and because of the proximity to the cityyoung professionals are buying in,” he said.

The suburb is also close to a brewery, schools, a shopping centre and Toohey Forest.

SuburbMedianPriceYOY growthDistance to CBD (in Km’s)

The northern suburb of Westminster topped the list in Perth.

The median house price came in at $330,000 – well below the city’s median house price of $563,214.

Abel Property’s Dominic Ferraro said buyers were getting good value for money.

“If that was 10 kilometres of out Sydney that would be over a million dollars; that does represent good value,” Mr Ferraro said.

While the infrastructure was not fully “there yet” he said the suburb boasted a shopping centre and schools.

“It’s attracting a younger demographic these days,” he said. “You had your traditional quarter-acre block in the 1950s and the zoning there is for high density.”

The neighbouring suburb of Nollamara followed with a median house price of $370,000 and just eight kilometres from Perth’s CBD.

SuburbMedianPriceYOYDistance to CBD (in Km’s)