Downsizers flock to Brisbane for prime properties

By Gerv Tacadena

Brisbane cracked the global prime cities list by Knight Frank for the first time

Cashed-up downsizers flocking to Brisbane for high-end properties have put the Queensland capital on the map, joining Knight Frank's Prime Global Cities Index for the first time in the seven-year history of the list.

The city's 3.6% annual price change for prime properties in the first quarter of the year has earned it a ticket to the 19th spot in the list, ahead of Tokyo.

Knight Frank Australia head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski told The Courier-Mail that Brisbane's premium market benefitted from the growing demand from downsizers looking for easy-to-maintain homes.

"Demand for truly exceptional properties in sought-after positions have outweighed the supply coming to the Brisbane market, including new builds. Retirees continue to downsize and look for properties that offer high security while they travel abroad and low maintenance living with an array of amenities, including technology," she said.

Ciesielski noted that the market is well-placed not only for the ageing population but also for families and couples seeking for prestige properties which are reasonably priced when compared to other East Coast cities.

It is also Perth's time to be included in the list, taking the spot just outside the top 20 with its 2.8% premium home price growth.

Meanwhile, Sydney and Melbourne still ranked high, taking the ninth and tenth spots, respectively.

"Sydney and Melbourne are following a similar narrative with supply constraints supporting prime prices," Knight Frank international residential research's Kate Everett-Allen said.

Check out the first thirty cities included in the list below:

Knight Frank Prime Global City Index

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