Top 10 school catchment zones for house price growth

The top 10 primary and secondary school catchment zones across Australia all reported house price growth of more than 25% year-on-year, reveals a new report by Domain. We’re sure if you already own a home in one of these areas, you’re patting yourself on the back for choosing so wisely.

When it comes to the greatest house price growth, Perth ranked first in both primary and secondary school catchment zones, recording the greatest house price growth, up 35.6% and 32.7%, respectively. The national overview shows Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney schools zones also ranked in the top 10 list.

Domain’s senior research analyst Dr Nicola Powell says the boundary of public school catchment zones has a huge influence on property decisions.

“And the data suggests certain ones can have a positive effect on house prices,” Powell said. “School zone price growth performance varied enormously, with neighbouring catchments providing very different outcomes for homeowners.”

Top 10 primary school catchment zones

Como Primary SchoolWA$901,750+35.6%▲
Dudley Park Primary SchoolWA$276,000+30.8%▲
Bald Hills State SchoolQLD$675,000+29.2%▲
Newport Public SchoolNSW$2,000,000+29%▲
Wynnum West State SchoolQLD$547,500+28.8%▲
Rainworth State SchoolQLD$1,150,000+27.8%▲
Elwood Primary SchoolVIC$1,730,000+27.2%▲
Ipswich Central State SchoolQLD$365,000+27%▲
Avalon Public SchoolNSW$2,562,500+26.5%▲
Cannon Hill State SchoolQLD$755,000+25.8%▲
Domain’s 2020 School Zone Report

School catchment zones have long been an important factor in deciding where to purchase a home. 2020 has heightened this importance, according to Domain’s report, as with flexible working arrangements now becoming the norm for many, additional pressure will be placed on home values – particularly in desirable regional and outer suburban locations. For families with younger children, this is particularly important as many families enjoy spending this time with their children (before they’re swept up into the “big-person” world of high school and the many extra-curricular activities they can do).

Top 10 secondary schools catchment zones

Armadale Senior High SchoolWA$325,000+32.7%▲
Epping Boys High SchoolNSW$1,565,000+32.3%▲
Colo High SchoolNSW$600,000+31.9%▲
Applecross Senior High SchoolWA$1,030,000+28.9%▲
Willoughby Girls High SchoolNSW$3,115,000+28.6%▲
Staughton CollegeVIC$480,000+28%▲
Ryde Secondary CollegeNSW$1,530,000+27.5%▲
Rosebud Secondary CollegeVIC$796,000+27.4%▲
Belconnen High SchoolACT$707,600+26.4%▲
Albert Park CollegeVIC$1,695,000+25.6%▲
Domain’s 2020 School Zone Report

Domain sorted the school catchment zones based on the annual house price growth in each school catchment. It then calculates annual house price growth by comparing the median sale price of all houses sold in a school catchment zone from November 2019 through to October 2020 to the median sale price from November 2018 to October 2019 using APM data.

When it comes to education, the Domain School Zones Report notes it is not implying that any school is a “top-performing” school. The rankings is not a list of top-performing schools based on NAPLAN or testing results, rather top growth zones for housing.

“Parents should do their own research when deciding which schools to consider,” Powell said.

A full list of the school zones report for each capital city across Australia, can be accessed here.

Written: 16 December 2020, Updated: 26 November 2020

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