The $600,000 premium paid in Melbourne’s school zones

by | Jun 26, 2016 | property

First published 27 JUNE 2016 www.propertyobserver.com.au


New REIV data shows that homes located within the catchment area for some of Melbourne’s best public secondary schools are fetching close to a $600,000 premium compared to those outside the zone. 


It found that in 2016, the median house price of properties with more than two-bedrooms in desirable public school zones is significantly higher than the median price of similar homes that border the zone.


The analysis, undertaken in the 12 months to March 31, shows that the largest price difference was recorded for homes zoned for University High in inner northern Parkville. 


Homes within the school zone had a median house price of $1,395,000 while homes within a one kilometre radius of the school zone had a median of $799,000 – a difference of $596,000. 


Homes zoned for McKinnon Secondary College also achieved sale prices significantly higher than those located outside the catchment area. The median house price for homes within the zone was $1,500,000 compared to a median of $1,195,000 for homes in the same suburb but outside the school zone. 


Vendors of homes within the school zone for Cheltenham Secondary College could also expect higher sale prices than those located outside the zone. A difference of $150,000 was recorded for homes that sold within the school zone.


The REIV new CEO Geoff White said access to high-quality amenities and services – particularly schooling and education – is a key driver of price growth across Melbourne.


“Rather than paying private school fees, parents of school-aged children are increasingly investing that money in the family home and buying into areas zoned for top performing public schools,” he said.



Bordering Zone Median

In Zone Median

Price Difference

University High School




McKinnon Secondary College




Cheltenham Secondary College




Frankston High School




Box Hill High School




Mount Waverley Secondary College




Balwyn High School