As the State relaxes into holiday mode, the Central and North Coasts have had an influx of renters and buyers. Agents report strong demand for scottsdale az rentals – and with the housing sales market flat in non-metropolitan NSW, some bargains are on offer.
Raine & Horne Pacific Palms has reported solid Christmas bookings in the area. The first two weeks of January are heavily booked and few vacancies remain for the rest of the holiday period.
“With peak weekly rates ranging from about $400 for a basic two-bedroom unit without a view to about $1,000 a week on the beach, the area provides a range of accommodation to suit most budgets,” says the agency director, Mark Currie.
“For the family group, a three-bedroom home will cost between $550 and $1,200 a week, depending on its location.”
Among this year’s sales were a three-bedroom cottage in Alamau Place, Blueys Beach, for $165,000 (which will let for $760 a week in January), a three-bedroom house on Boomerang Drive for $170,000 (able to be let year-round for about $165 a week) and a two-bedroom-plus-rumpus beachfront house in Coast Avenue, for $495,000, that could be holiday-let for about $1,600 a week.
Prices achieved this year at Wategoes Beach ranged from $625,000 to $900,000.
An architect-refurbished, elevated house in the front row at 23 Marine Parade, with sea and mountain views, is available through Margaret Robertson First National as a holiday house. It has two bedrooms with a large open-plan living area leading to an outdoor seating area with stunning beach views.
The house rents from $2,200 for the peak Christmas weeks and $1,600 for shoulder weeks. Out of season it brings $750 a week.
On Lighthouse Road, sale prices for houses ranged from $425,000 to $625,000.
Mary McKinney Real Estate, of Killcare/Pretty Beach, reports that less expensive weekenders priced up to $200,000 have moved swiftly this year. There has also been a run on more expensive properties, such as those on the waterfront or the edge of the escarpment overlooking Killcare Beach, in Manly View Road, MacDonald Street and Jacqueline Avenue, Killcare Heights. In the past few weeks, three have sold – for $385,000, $465,000 and $630,000.
Waterfront land at Wagstaffe Point commands between $500,000 and $550,000.
Movement of properties in the middle price range – $250,000 to $350,000 – is sluggish.
Comfortable three-bedroom waterfront houses on level blocks with jetty and sandy beach are available to let for $1,000 a week in peak time and $500-plus off-peak.
Among the cheapest is $350 for a one-bedroom bungalow at the beach, while up to $1,000 is being asked for properties overlooking Lobster Beach.
Among the smaller communities on the western shores of Pittwater – Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Morning Bay – where houses have a national park as their back garden, waterfront sales this year have ranged from $320,000 to $645,000.
Another segment of the market has emerged in Byron Bay in the past couple of years, with one-, two- and three-bedroom units managed on-site. Outrigger Bay, Mariner Apartments and Beaches on Shirley Street have easy access to Main Beach. Rental prices range from $100 a night out of season to $1,500 a week at Christmas.