Suburbs with rising rates of interest from Chinese buyers

Sydney’s affluent east is popular with property seekers for its proximity to local schools, beautiful elevated homes and spectacular views.

As the Chinese ring in the Year of the Monkey, Mandarin-speaking buyers looking at properties with a harbour view are growing.

4/71 O'Sullivan Road Rose Bay NSW.
This two-bedroom Art Deco style Rose Bay apartment sold for $1.013m in December 2015.  

Rose Bay and Darlinghurst are among the top suburbs where Chinese buyer interest increased from November 2014 to 2015, according to search data from, a sister site to

Rose Bay has proven to be a key area of interest throughout the year for Chinese buyers.

Mark Meyer, Director of LJ Levi Real Estate in Rose Bay says the past year has seen significant increase in the amount of enquiries for properties in Rose Bay as a result of advertising on

This block of flats in Balfour Road Rose Bay sold for $10.055m last November. 

Relaxed lifestyle a priority for Chinese after Melbourne’s south-east

Chinese buyers looking in Australia aren’t exclusively fixated on upmarket Sydney.

Chinese-based property searches have also grown in Sydney’s west (Merrylands), Melbourne’s south-east (Rowville), Melbourne’s outer-west (Werribee) and Brisbane’s outer suburbs (Sunnybank and Carindale).

Dennis Shi, of Ray White Box Hill says there’s a lot of interest from both onshore and offshore Chinese in Box Hill North, which came in at number 17 on the national list.

Shi says high demand on Box Hill is pushing Chinese property seekers out to peripheral suburbs, such as Box Hill North.

“Most of the properties in Box Hill North are in the general residential zone, that means there’s more development potential (compared to Box Hill and Box Hill South),” he says.

This three-bedroom Box Hill North house sold in January for $1.145m
This three-bedroom Box Hill North house sold in January for $1.145m.

“There’s a lot of demand for Box Hill North – infrastructure is very good. Box Hill North is in the Box Hill High School zone, one of the top-performing government schools in Victoria.”

Demand on Box Hill has pushed buyers out to Box Hill North.

The median price for a property around 600sqm rose to above $1 million last year but is now beginning to steady.

Rowville, a burgeoning green pocket in Melbourne’s south-east, was fifth on the national list and number one in Victoria.

Barry Plant – Rowville Director Brenton Wilson says he has noticed an increase in enquiry from offshore Chinese in the past 12 months, particularly at the higher end of the market.

Wilson says largest percentage of Chinese buyers were local, while offshore purchases were definitely dominating the top end of the market.

This five-bedroom Rowville home sold for $2.07m
This five-bedroom Rowville home sold for $2.07m in January.

“Our medan sold price in Rowville is currently at $711,775. Last year we sold 30 properties for more than a million… in Rowville and Lysterfield that’s a lot,” Wilson says. “A large contingent came from offshore Chinese buyers.”

In many cases, local Chinese buyers are being funded by offshore money.

“We did have quite a few first home buyers that were being funded by the parents overseas.”

He says the suburb is attracting those after more land space and a family-friendly atmosphere.

“Last week we sold a property of an offshore Chinese buyer for $2.4 million. They’re more your prestige, lifestyle acreage properties.”

For Melbourne’s suburbs previously popular with Chinese buyers the attraction has been largely good schools, particularly for Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley which sit in the Balwyn High zone. In Rowville, the attraction is more in the lifestyle.

This four bedroom home in Rowville sold for $1.31m.
This four bedroom property on a 2766 sqm block in Rowville sold for $1.31m last September.

“They want the lifestyle properties more than they want the Balwyn High school zone,” Wilson says.

“You do have The Knox School and Caulfield Grammar, which are 10 to 15 minutes away… so you’ve still got good access to schools.”

Where was the biggest growth in interest from Chinese buyers?

The data listed below shows the top 10 suburbs in Australia – nationally and state-by-state – that have had the largest growth in property views from Mandarin-speaking audiences on between November 2014 – November 2015.

There was insufficient data returned for Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.


1. Rose BayNSW
2. DarlinghurstNSW
3. MerrylandsNSW
4. West RydeNSW
5. RowvilleVIC
6. FitzroyVIC
7. GuilfordNSW
8. ToorakVIC
9. WerribeeVIC
10. SunnybankQLD
11. GlebeNSW
12. Darling PointNSW
13. Forest LakeQLD
14. Box Hill NorthVIC
15. Port MelbourneVIC
16. WoolloomoolooNSW
17. Balwyn NorthVIC
18. MelbourneVIC
19. CarindaleQLD
20. PrestonVIC


1. Rose BayNSW
2. DarlinghurstNSW
3. MerrylandsNSW
4. West RydeNSW
5. GuilfordNSW
6. GlebeNSW
7. Darling PointNSW
8. WoolloomoolooNSW
9. Potts PointNSW
10. Surry HillsNSW


1. RowvilleVIC
2. FitzroyVIC
3. ToorakVIC
4. WerribeeVIC
5. Box Hill NorthVIC
6. Port MelbourneVIC
7. Balwyn NorthVIC
8. MelbourneVIC
9. PrestonVIC
10. North MelbourneVIC


1. SunnybankQLD
2. Forest LakeQLD
3. CarindaleQLD
4. West EndQLD
5. Hope IslandQLD
6. Sovereign IslandsQLD
7. RobinaQLD
8. Eight Mile PlainsQLD
9. CalamvaleQLD
10. SouthportQLD