Australia's most popular retirement neighbourhoods

A survey has uncovered the most popular Australian neighbourhoods for retirees and the average property value in each.

Analysing ABS data, property research company CoreLogic found the most popular area for retirees is Victoria’s Queenscliffe, with 40.3 per cent of dwellers being retirees over 65 years old.

Meanwhile, the area experiencing the largest house value growth was Quairading in Western Australia, with 28.2 per cent of over 65 retirees, which experienced a 21.5 per cent rise over the last year.

 This was followed by a 15.3 per cent rise in Shoalhaven in NSW, with 25.4 per cent of over-65 retirees.

Meanwhile, areas that experienced the largest falls over the last year include Mount Remarkable in South Australia at 7.1 per cent and Flinders in Tasmania at 5.2 per cent.

Cameron Kusher, CoreLogic research analyst, pointed out that none of the areas are located in a capital city.

“In fact, if we list all councils nationally by their proportion of residents aged at least 65, the first capital city area listed is Holdfast Bay in Adelaide with 23.1 per cent  of its residents at least 65 years old,” Mr Kusher said.

“Council areas within NSW and South Australia also dominate the list with each of these states having 13 entries on the list.”

Mr Kusher also pointed out the top 50 areas typically have lower median house values when compared to their respective capital city.

“This could be due to retirees moving to areas where housing is more affordable in order to free-up capital for them to enjoy their retirement; it could also be out of necessity due to the high cost of housing within most capital cities,” he explained.

“The locations are also likely to be linked to lifestyle preferences, with a large number of the top council areas located in regional coastal areas.”

Looking at the value growth performance for houses across these top 50 regions, the data shows that generally the rate of growth has been lower than that of the larger capital cities. Thirty-one of the 50 council areas listed have seen house values rise over the past year.

The top 50 areas with the highest proportion of over-65 retirees are:

Area
Percentage of over 65
Median house value
Change over last year
Queenscliffe, Vic
40.3%
$768,529
2.5%
Victor Harbor, SA
37.7%
$371,204
4.2%
Barunga West, SA
32.9%
$284,881
1.3%
Wyalkatchem, WA
31.5%
 
 
Yorke Peninsula, SA
31.3%
$254,347
-2.6%
Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Tas
31.0%
 
 
Eurobodalla, NSW
29.4%
$455,656
10.8%
Mid-Coast, NSW
29.0%
$482,066
11.9%
Tasman, Tas
28.8%
$252,200
3.7%
Quairading, WA
28.2%
$210,196
21.5%
Yankalilla, SA
27.9%
$372,094
1.5%
Berrigan, NSW
27.8%
$220,269
1.6%
Tumby Bay, SA
27.8%
$290,942
-2.0%
Alexandrina, SA
27.6%
$359,181
2.6%
Weddin, NSW
27.5%
$181,215
-0.9%
Central Goldfields, Vic
27.4%
$207,531
-2.6%
Strathbogie, Vic
27.4%
$279,912
2.8%
Break O'Day, Tas
27.4%
$251,288
3.0%
Copper Coast, SA
27.3%
$272,552
2.1%
Orroroo-Carrieton, SA
27.3%
 
 
Buloke, Vic
27.2%
$144,117
0.0%
East Gippsland, Vic
27.2%
$304,595
3.1%
Federation, NSW
27.0%
 
 
Yarriambiack, Vic
26.8%
$120,470
-0.9%
Peterborough, SA
26.7%
$113,535
2.2%
Bass Coast, Vic
26.7%
$411,796
4.9%
Nambucca, NSW
26.6%
$373,318
10.2%
Port Macquarie-Hastings, NSW
26.6%
$535,874
9.8%
Kingston, SA
26.6%
$271,676
2.0%
Gannawarra, Vic
26.4%
$188,349
-0.6%
Hindmarsh, Vic
26.4%
$128,254
4.1%
Hinchinbrook, Qld
26.3%
$243,470
-4.2%
Murray River, NSW
26.3%
 
 
Tenterfield, NSW
26.3%
$229,083
0.8%
Wagin, WA
26.2%
$195,227
-1.8%
Loddon, Vic
26.1%
$191,199
8.1%
Beverley, WA
26.0%
$259,340
-0.7%
Nannup, WA
26.0%
$309,542
-0.5%
Franklin Harbour, SA
26.0%
$261,921
5.2%
Gwydir, NSW
25.8%
$203,193
2.9%
Mount Remarkable, SA
25.6%
$182,953
-7.1%
Karoonda East Murray, SA
25.6%
$150,430
-4.7%
Warrumbungle Shire, NSW
25.5%
$195,423
0.9%
York, WA
25.5%
$327,992
-1.7%
Shoalhaven, NSW
25.4%
$529,762
15.3%
Fraser Coast, Qld
25.4%
$314,133
2.4%
Flinders, Tas
25.3%
$262,830
-5.2%
Brookton, WA
25.3%
$207,300
9.5%
Towong, Vic
25.2%
$221,856
0.6%
Glen Innes Severn, NSW
25.0%
$213,610
1.8%


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