American Buyers Zero In On Sydney Australia’s Eastern Suburbs

Sydney Australia’s Eastern Suburbs continue to draw buyers from around the world, including many high-net-worth individuals from the United States (PRIVATE PROPERTIES GLOBAL).

Sydney Australia’s Eastern Suburbs—located east of Sydney and extending to the coast—continue to attract interest from buyers worldwide, with an increasing segment coming from the United States.

Once Australia’s strict travel restrictions (currently a 10-day compulsory hotel quarantine when entering Australia) are relaxed Ken Jacobs of Sydney-based Private Property Global expects a boom in sales. “Over the last year, we have been getting lots of inquiries from high-net-worth Americans. Once they can, I expect to see serious buyers flying over to look and buy,” predicts Jacobs, who previously handled the country’s three top-dollar residential sales.

syndey eastern suburbs home at 7 Hillside Avenue, Vaucluse Sydney, New South Wales

The quiet life in the big city, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs are coveted for their large lots and low-key, suburban neighborhoods (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

“You need to treat the Eastern Sydney suburbs almost as a different country from Sydney. For years trophy sales there were undervalued,” explains Jacobs. “Compare a $10 million (AUD) trophy sale with a $10 million home in Beverly Hills, and you could see the difference,” Jacobs said. “Now prices have escalated in the Eastern Suburbs for prestige properties.”

sydney eastern suburbs estate with the finest views 7 Hillside Avenue, Vaucluse

This hillside estate in Vaucluse, listed for AUD 41 million (USD $32 million), is on par with the same standard of luxury home you would find in global hotspots such as Beverly Hills (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Those Eastern Suburbs include the waterfront suburbs of Elizabeth Bay, Darling Point, Double Bay, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, and Bellevue Hill, located inland from the harbor behind Double Bay and Point Piper.

living room taking in a view of sydney harbour from home at 7 Hillside Avenue, Vaucluse

The Eastern suburbs are located east of Sydney and extending to the coast, which often makes for spectacular views like the ones seen at 7 Hillside Avenue in Vaucluse (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Jacobs provides an insider’s perspective on the current market. “There is a shortage of stock here. Owners are scared to sell, thinking they may not find somewhere else they like and can buy.” The picture painted mirrors many of the hot markets currently seen in the U.S.

Waterfront Estate with World-Class Boating Facilities at 21 coolong australia syndey

Properties near or on the coast, particularly those with water access and dockage, often command a premium in the Syndey’s Eastern Suburbs (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

These days, blue-chip properties are hard to find in the Eastern Suburbs. One current listing is a hillside estate in Vaucluse. The listing price at AUD 41 million (USD $31,991,286) is on par with Beverly Hills. The seven-bedroom, 7.5 bath property has 360-degree views of Sydney’s Harbour. It boasts a ten-car garage, a wine cellar and a guest house.

aerial view of a luxury home in sydney's eastern suburbs 21 Coolong Road Vaucluse, NSW

The blue-chip offering at 21 Coolong Road takes in northerly harbor views and comes with on-sight boating amenities (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

One side of the Eastern suburbs is the ocean and on the other side is the Harbour. The lack of land for new development is keeping prices strong there. “At the top end of the market, there are unique trophy properties with buyers who are the right fit at the right price. Some are sold off-market while others can linger until the right buyer profile appears,” Jacobs explains.

dining patio and spa on the harbor at 21 Coolong Road Vaucluse, NSW

A harbor-adjacent dining patio and spa are among perks of properties on the water (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Another current listing in Vaucluse that speaks to high-net-worth U.S. buyers is on the market for AUD 55 million (USD $41,523,350) This waterfront estate on Coolong Road has unobstructed northerly harbor views and world-class boating facilities. Coolong Road is considered one of Sydney’s premier addresses. This is a boater’s paradise with a private jetty, slipway, boathouse, deepwater mooring, barbecue pavilion, and heated saltwater pool on the water’s edge.

living room by andre porebski and thomas hamel 21 Coolong Road Vaucluse, NSW

The waterfront estate on Coolong Road was designed by architect Andre Porebski. The interiors were done by Thomas Hamel (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

According to Jacobs, the foreign buyer market has changed. “A few years ago, we were seeing buyers coming from mainland China and Hong Kong. Now, there are more U.S. and European buyers. In addition, we have expat Australian buyers coming back.”

dock on the water sydney harbor private estate 21 Coolong Road Vaucluse, NSW

n addition buyers coming from Mainland China and Hong Kong, Australia’s prized pockets are in high demand among U.S. and European buyers (PRIVATE PROPERTY GLOBAL).

Australia’s mild climate, friendly people and cities with relatively low crime rates (Sydney is considered one of the world’s safest cities) have long attracted U.S. visitors. Expect some of those high-net-worth visitors to turn into buyers in the next year.

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I have covered the business of real estate (both residential and commercial) for over 25 years, including more than a dozen years working in the Forbes Los Angeles bureau reporting and writing about as I call it, Adventures in Real Estate. From the first tear-downs turning into mega-mansions in Beverly Hills to luxury condos as investments in Las Vegas, I follow the ups and downs of real estate markets around the country just for the fun of it.

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