[NEW VIDEO]: The best Melbourne school zones to buy into in 2021

by | Aug 18, 2021 | property

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Families are ditching private schools and forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure homes inside Melbourne’s best public school catchments instead.

Top-quality school zones are attracting premium property prices almost half a million dollars more than homes just 1km from the border, exclusive Real Estate Institute of Victoria data has revealed.

Houses zoned to the revamped Albert Park College boast a $1.75m median price – a whopping $495,000 mark-up on property prices outside the catchment.

Beaumaris Secondary College and Glen Waverley Secondary College zones had house price premiums of $430,000 and $380,000, while Balwyn High, Box Hill High and Melbourne Girls College also had inflated property prices.

REIV president Leah Calnan said Melbourne families were investing in areas with quality public school rather than funnelling money into the city’s most expensive education options.

“They’re weighing up the cost of putting children through private schools for more than $20,000 a year, or investing in buying opportunities in good zones instead,” Ms Calnan said.

“It’s creating demand for both primary and secondary schools, with newer catchments in Beaumaris and Albert Park following the trends we’ve seen in Balwyn, McKinnon and Glen Waverley.

“Time has proven that house prices in these zones have never gone down.”

Greg Hocking Holdsworth director Simon Gowling said he had noticed growing demand for Albert Park College.

“Word has gotten out that it has a really good reputation and a lot of families have decided they won’t worry about private school and save tens of thousands of dollars a year instead,” Mr Gowling said.

“Whether a house is in the school zone is a question we get asked a lot, which we didn’t get before … it’s a big factor for buyers and it’s naturally pushing the price up.”

He said his Port Melbourne vendors Nancy and Ian, who did not disclose their surname, were enjoying high demand for their family home in the zone.

The couple said they were staying in the area to keep their children at the college.

“We’d often thought about leaving Port Melbourne, but we can never actually go because sending our own kids to this school makes so much sense,” Ian said.

“There are not many four-bedroom homes with a double garage in the area, which I think will attract a lot of families.”

In Melbourne’s southeast, property prices were already rising wit anticipation of a second McKinnon Secondary College campus.

Buxton Bentleigh director Chris Hassall said houses zoned to the new school facility, which is due to open in 2022, were already flooded with demand and selling well above price expectations.

“Parts of Bentleigh East, Murrumbeena and Carnegie were caught completely off-guard by the good news,” Mr Hassall said.

“Developers are also looking to capitalise on big blocks where they can build townhouses for families, while investors are also buying rental properties that suit families too.”


  • Albert Park College: $1.75m median house price in zone vs. $1.255m in 1km border = $495,000 difference
  • Beaumaris Secondary College: $1.68m vs. $1.25m = $430,000 difference
  • Glen Waverley Secondary College: $1.615m vs. $1.235m = $380,000 difference
  • Balwyn High School: $2,005,500 vs. $1,807,500 = $198,000 difference
  • Box Hill High School: $1,410,500 vs. $1,217,500 = $193,000 difference
  • McKinnon Secondary College: $1,582,500 vs. $1.415m = $167,500 difference
  • Prahran High School: $1.72m vs. $1.573m = $147,000 difference
  • Camberwell High School: $2.168m vs. $2.075m = $93,000 difference
  • East Doncaster Secondary College: $1.303m vs. $1.22m = $83,000 difference
  • Mount Waverley Secondary College: $1.275m vs. $1.2m = $75,000 difference
  • Frankston High School: $785,000 vs. $720,000 = $65,000 difference
  • Mill Park Secondary College: $690,500 vs. $652,500 = $38,000 difference
  • Melbourne Girls’ College (Richmond): $1.85m vs. $1.82m = $30,000 difference
  • Mordialloc College: $1m vs. $988,000 = $12,000 difference

Source: REIV, for year to December 20