With Melbourne’s median house price swelling to a record high of $726,962 this month, for many first home buyers and renters home ownership can seem even more unattainable than ever.
Never fear, there are still affordable options for less than half the median house price for those looking to pick up their first home, a rentvestment or an investment for under $350,000, you just have to know where to look!
Whether you want to get out of town, live in a trendy inner city suburb or move bayside, here are eleven different types of Melbourne properties you can get for under $350k currently on the market.
Designer one bedroom apartment in Southbank
Distance to CBD- 1km
Details- A perfect entry level home to get onto the Melbourne property ladder for a young professional or city slicker. This one bedroom apartment has all the necessities of apartment living including a euro laundry, covered balcony, video intercom, a dishwasher and air conditioning. You also get all the luxury facilities you could desire from inner-city tower living, like a gym, outdoor entertaining deck area, two spas, a plunge pool and BBQ.
Trendy renovated apartment in Richmond
Distance to CBD- 3km
Details- The ever popular entertainment precinct adjacent suburb of Richmond still has some affordable gems. Like this airy refurbished one bedroom top floor apartment, featuring open plan living, bamboo timber floors, dishwasher, washing machine and a car space- a Melbourne apartment must-have.
Bargain three bedroom townhouse in Meadow Heights
Price- $270,283- $308,000
Distance to CBD- 18km
Details- For a location so close to the city, it doesn’t get much better or cheaper than this double storey three bedroom home. A great opportunity for the savvy investor or family home buyer, the property is next to the Broadmeadows Valley Trail and a short drive from Coolaroo train station.
Spacious three bedroom unit in Broadmeadows
Distance to CBD- 16km
Details- One of three on the block, this light and bright three bedroom unit allows its residents to leave their car at home. The location offers a great family-friendly lifestyle, with schools, parks, local shops and public transport all within easy walking distance.
The property last sold in February 2009 for $237,000.
Modern shopping strip apartment in Footscray
Distance to CBD- 5km
Details- For the ultimate in convenient living, this new one bedroom apartment is located above Footscray Plaza, a quick walk to Footscray Market and Victoria University, and just a 15 minute train ride from the CBD. An added bonus, the building also offers residents a private garden, lounge and BBQ area.
A fixer-upper in Sunshine West
Distance to CBD- 13km
Details- This neat three bedroom weatherboard is ideal for a budding renovator wanting to do up their own home or an investor looking to fix and flip a home. A great location, the home is walking distance to Glengala Road shopping strip, parks, schools and public transport.
Tidy two bedroom solid brick home in Noble Park
Distance to CBD- 25km
Details- A bargain buy for a first home buyer or an investor, according to the listing it could be rented out for $1343 a month. The complete package, the home features two large bedrooms, spacious lounge, gas heater, a car space and polished timber floorboards throughout.
The home last sold in January 2013 for $210,000.
A delightful family home in Pakenham
Distance to CBD- 56km
Details- Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this charming low maintenance single storey red brick home is the ideal prospect for a family or couple. Highlights include ducted gas heating, evaporative cooling, internal garage access, huge open plan living, roomy kitchen with island bench and shiny floor tiles.
Parkside one bedroom unit in Chelsea
Distance to CBD- 30km
Details- This cosy one bedroom unit is an enticing prospect for investors, downsizers and first home buyers alike. Only moments from the beach, Chelsea Fire train station, cafes and Bicentennial Park, the location couldn’t get any better.
Ultramodern townhouse in Frankston
Distance to CBD- 41km
Details- This cool freestanding townhouse is geared towards retirees or young couples that love entertaining and take pride in their home. Close to schools, public transport, the beach and shopping options, what more could you wish for.
Contemporary off the plan townhouse in Point Cook
Distance to CBD- 27km
Details- An off the plan townhouse is the simplest way to build your own home without the fuss. All you need is a 10 per cent deposit to get underway with no progress payments required. The fixed price package includes SMEG kitchen appliances, ducted heating, Caesarstone benchtops, front landscaping, driveway, hot water service, clothes line and even the letterbox.
Buying a home in Melbourne may be tricky and competitive, but there are some more affordable options out there once you know where to look. For more areas to keep an eye on for good investment opportunities in Melbourne check out these 10 investment hotspots.
Happy house hunting!