One in five Aussie homes sold for $1 mil or more

CoreLogic's Million Dollar Markets report has shown that more than 20 percent of Aussie homes have sold for $1 million and over in th epast year. (iStock)

Elle Cecil

A recent report from CoreLogic has shown that a record number of Australians spent $1 million or more to secure a home in the past year.

CoreLogic’s annual Million Dollar Markets report collated 596,733 national sales over the year to March 2022, which was up 19.8 percent from 497,923 sales recorded the previous year. Of these sales, 23.8 percent sold for $1 million or more.

CoreLogic research analyst Kaytlin Ezzy says Australia’s bullish economic and property performance during the second half of 2021 led to a record result for the volume of transactions as well as the proportion of multi-million dollar sales.

An additional 487 markets, comprising 450 house and 37 unit markets, joined the million dollar club in the year to May. A total of 1,367 or 30.4 percent of house and unit markets analysed in May recorded a median value of $1 million or more.

“High consumer sentiment, high advertised supply and low interest rates fuelled strong home value growth throughout 2021, resulting in a new record high annual growth rate of 22.4 percent over the 12 months to January,” says Ms Ezzy.

“Despite values having risen across all capital cities and rest of state areas annually, we have seen a divergence in growth conditions across markets over the year to date.

“Since January, dwelling values across Melbourne and Sydney have started to decline, while values have continued to rise across South Australia and Queensland,” Ms Ezzy says.

In Melbourne, a five bedroom home in Orrong Road, Toorak sold for $28.5 million in February, while the most expensive regional sale of 2022 has been a six bedroom beachfront home on Hedges Avenue at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, which sold in May for $21.5 million.

Regional housing markets have shown a stronger growth trend through the pandemic to date compared to capital cities, with values increasing 41.4 percent across regional Australia since March 2020. This is compared to a 21.8 percent increase across the combined capital city markets.

In regional Victoria, 22 house markets made the million dollar list, with most of these around Geelong, where Aireys Inlet houses had the highest median at $2,189,874.

212 house and 11 unit markets across Melbourne had a median value at or above $1 million in May. Of these, 39 were located in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, 42 in the inner south, 30 in the inner east and 30 in the outer east.

Inner southern suburb of Melbourne, Brighton, recorded the highest median value across the cirt at $3,778,312. Throughout the year to May, 34.6 percent of sales had a price of $1 million or more, up from 26.5 percent the year before.

To view the complete Million Dollar Markets report, visit