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Land Price Surges to 16-Year High

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Land prices are escalating as supplies dwindle nationally, with prices going up 32 per cent in Greater Sydney in the past 12 months.

The HIA-Corelogic Residential Land Report data showed land prices nationally had increased 12.6 per cent in the past year—the strongest surge in prices since 2006.

HIA economist Angela Lillicrap said the result had been expected given the meteoric rise in new building approvals over the period in the wake of the federal government’s HomeBuilder stimulus package.

“A significant increase in the price of land indicates that supply is not keeping pace with demand,” Lillicrap said.

“Over the year to September 2021, the median price of land in Australia increased by 12.6 per cent. This is the strongest annual increase since 2006.”

“In Greater Sydney alone, the median price of residential land increased by 32.2 per cent over the year to September 2021.

“Land will be the biggest constraint on building activity over the next couple of years. The current shortage of land will impact the industry at a time when the broader economy needs construction to help pull it forward.”

Across the combined capital cities there was a 14.7 per cent increase, while regional price increases were at 8.6 per cent across the year, indicating the constrained land supplies in capital cities nationally.

Corelogic’s head of research Tim Lawless said the record levels of building approvals in concert with the constraints involved with bringing newly subdivided land to market had made land price surges inevitable.

“What is more counter-intuitive is the trend towards fewer land sales through 2021, a pattern that is evident across each of the state capitals despite strong demand,” Lawless said.

“Softer volumes are more a reflection of short supply rather than a lack of demand, which helps to explain the sharp rise in land values at a time when the volume of land sales is reducing.”

And in good news for construction firms, the pipeline for new house builds is galvanising in 2022 off the back of a boost in new home sales in December.

HIA economist Tom Devitt said sales of new detached homes increased 11.3 per cent in December, and it was the fifth consecutive monthly increase, despite the end of HomeBuilder in March 2021

“This is the highest level of new home sales since 2011, excluding the three largest spikes associated with HomeBuilder,” Devitt said.

“Sales in the final quarter of 2021 were also 25.5 per cent higher than the previous quarter.

“Underlying demand for housing remains exceptionally strong as the pandemic continues to push households toward lower density living. It appears that the more time people spend under lockdown and working from home, the higher is the demand for detached housing and renovations activity.”

Devitt said the market was in a “super cycle” of housing demand across the country.

“The constraint on home building is not demand but the availability of land, labour and materials. The shortage of labour and materials has led to construction timeframes increasing significantly,” Devitt said.

“As a result, the volume of approved-but-not-yet-commenced work is at its highest level in over a decade.”

Queensland enjoyed a bumper three months to December 2021 with sales figures 49 per cent higher than the previous quarter. Victoria recorded a 36.8 per cent increase across the quarter, followed by New South Wales (30.2 per cent) and South Australia (11.2 per cent).

Western Australia chalked up a minor downturn, falling 8.8 per cent in the December quarter.


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Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home just got cheaper

Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home, Casa Campana

One of the most beautiful homes in Australia is now $500,000 cheaper.

Casa Campana, in Nunderi, between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay in New South Wales, has an asking price of $3.5 million.

Agents have revised the figure on the listing from $4 million, which was quoted when it came onto the market, according to Domain.

The Mediterranean-style rainforest retreat, owned by creative agency founder Sophie Bell and her husband Michael, has been one of Australia’s most highly-sought homes for photoshoots.

Australian and international businesses and magazines have staged shoots at the eye-popping estate, which is on the books of LS Properties’ Brent Savage and Ethan Price.

Casa Campana has more than 18,000 followers on its own Instagram account.

The home has a bohemian flourish and crisp undertones, and was a collaboration between Sophie Bell’s Peppa Hart studio and Three Birds Renovations.

Highlights include steps from the house to a perfectly-paved pool pavilion, and the main bedroom’s luxe open-plan bathroom, which faces a sweeping terrace, surrounded by Tweed Coast hinterland.

Cabarita Beach is an easy drive away, if there was ever any desire to leave the pool…

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Casa Campana, Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home

The kitchen and dining area connects to greenery. Photo: Domain


Casa Campana, Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home got cheaper

A glamour living area with the Tweed Coast hinterland beyond. Photo: Domain

Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home, Casa Campana bedroom

The bedroom and en suite are configured as one breezy, open-place retreat. Photo: Domain


Australia’s most Instagram-worthy home, dining Casa Campana

The dining room with pool pavilion and rainforest views. Photo: Domain



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‘Urban jungle’: inside the jaw-dropping Coast home named best in Australia

Urban jungle Coast home

A multimillion-dollar Noosa Heads home draped in lush plants and with a sparkling pool submerged in the middle has been named Australia’s best.

The architecturally designed concrete and timber property brings the “jungle” to riverside living, with masses of greenery tumbling over the building’s angular lines.

Among the most unique features of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home (which also has two powder rooms) are the window-framed pool in the courtyard and luxurious glass-encased wine cellar.

The property on Witta Circle, in the Noosa River, was named Australian Home of the Year at the 2022 HIA-CSR National Housing Awards. It also won the national Custom Built Home title.

It’s beauty has been captured by architectural photographer Christopher Frederick Jones of

Urban jungle,inside the jaw-dropping Coast home

Overlooking the pool which is framed by leafy gardens.

The skilful design and construction, which connects the natural and built environments, undoubtedly caught the judging panel’s attention.

Built by Sunshine Coast-based company JW Constructions, the holiday home was designed by Brisbane firm Lockyer Architects. The landscaping was completed by the Conlon Group.

The home boasts an understated street frontage, but upon walking inside visitors are swept away to an exotic location.

JW Constructions managing director Jason Warren said the “urban jungle” vibes of the mansion met the client’s brief.

Located overseas during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the home owner was unable to oversee construction.

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“For them to put faith and their vision in our hands is rewarding,” Mr Warren told Sunshine Coast News.

“It was about conveying the architect brief and the client’s brief and bringing that to fruition. The landscaping played a big role in bringing the whole project together.

“It’s hard work when you’re doing it as you are focused on the process and getting everything right.

“It’s fantastic when you finally hand over to the client… and you sit back and look.

“I feel privileged to be able to work on such an amazing design and be a part of bringing a person’s dream to life, people who have worked their whole lives to build their dream home.”

The home centres on biophilic design principles bridging the gap between the indoor and outdoor environments.

The combination of board-formed concrete paired with warm wood-grained accents creates an inviting interior.

Outside, the natural greenery that drapes from the upper-level gardens softens the angular lines of the home.

At its heart, the central courtyard and swimming pool evoke a sense of tranquility.

This theme continues inside. The main bedroom has a lush private garden and privacy screens cantilevered over the courtyard.

Technology has not been overlooked. The home has been fitted with a cutting-edge  automation system and a self-sustained battery generator.

Urban jungle-inside the jaw-dropping home

Witta Circle, located on the Noosa River, has its own sandy river bank.


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The Block’s 2018 fan favourites selling St Kilda penthouse

The Gatwick penthouse built by The Block

The Block penthouse in St Kilda’s iconic Gatwick building that was transformed by fan favourites Norm and Jess has hit the market for the first time since completion in 2018.

The stunning abode at 301/34 Fitzroy Street sold for $2.895 million during the notoriously stressful Block auctions. Three-and-a-half years later, it’s now listed with expectations of $3.4 million to $3.7 million.

Renovated by the Sunshine Coast couple, the three-bedroom penthouse turned heads for its luxurious kitchen, soaring ceilings and floating fireplace.

Of course, being a penthouse on a prime corner position, the pad captures panoramic views of CBD skyscrapers, even from the barbecue zone.

The pair received a 30/30 score from the judges for their spacious outdoor terrace, with the rooftop sanctuary also featuring a louvred roof, decking, paved seating area and serene water feature.

Norm and Jess included high-end details throughout the residence, including a concrete bathtub, a marble hearth under that suspended fireplace, herringbone oak floors, Alexa voice-controlled technology (which can even be used to turn on the shower) and a state-of-the-art security system.

concrete bath of The Block penthouse

The concrete bath is still in the apartment, which has come up for sale.CREDIT:BELLE PROPERTY BRIGHTON


 main bedroom of The Block penthouse in St Kilda

The main bedroom in the Gatwick penthouse apartment built by Norm and Jess.CREDIT:BELLE PROPERTY BRIGHTON


The Block penthouse - outdoor

Their outdoor area received top marks from the judges.CREDIT:BELLE PROPERTY BRIGHTON

The main bedroom suite has its own balcony plus an en suite with double shower and a walk-in wardrobe. The three-oven Neff and Bosch kitchen with soft olive-toned cabinetry hides a butler’s pantry.

The penthouse was previously listed for rent during the pandemic, with a discounted price of $2200 per week, down from $2700.

Despite the penthouse being beloved by fans of the juggernaut renovating show, the Queensland couple came last on auction day, with the smallest profit margin.

They made $209,000, partly due to a high reserve price. Expressions of interest for the penthouse close May 16 at 5pm.


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