Sydney’s most-searched suburbs for home hunters

But it also reflects strong levels of buyer interest, she added, noting it tied in with further property search insights that showed waterfront and views were among the top keywords Sydney buyers searched for.

Powell said many areas on the list were smaller suburbs with a limited supply of homes, which could increase demand for available properties. Only suburbs with a minimum of five listings over the three-month period were included.

“There’s obviously high interest there, and they could be hard suburbs to break into because they are smaller,” she said.

The views on offer in Lavender Bay made it a popular choice for buyers.

The views on offer in Lavender Bay made it a popular choice for buyers. Credit:Domain

Buyers’ agent Henny Stier, of OH Property Group, said north shore suburbs like Kurraba Point, Northwood and Lavender Bay were small and tightly held.

“Not much supply comes up, and they are considered premium suburbs,” she said, adding that out-of-area buyers and local upgraders often waited years for their dream home to come onto the market in these areas.

Most buyers looking to these suburbs were executives and professionals, generally upgrading to their third or fourth house, Stier said. Views or water access were key for most.

“These are really your blue chip areas, with blue ribbon real estate that is out of reach for average buyers,” she said.

It was a similar story in Whale Beach, said Peter Robinson of LJ Hooker Palm Beach. Homes were tightly held, with a limited number hitting the market each year, and even fewer listings than usual available over the past six to 12 months.

“Then the ones that do come up are pretty wow … so there are a lot of clicks,” Robinson said. “In the past I would have said it was a lot of sticky beaks or buyers … dreaming of what they could one day own, but saying that, in the last 12 months I’ve never had more buyers with $10 million-plus to spend in this area.”

Third most popular: Whale Beach on Thursday.

Third most popular: Whale Beach on Thursday. Credit:Jessica Hromas

Demand also outstripped supply in more affordable Patonga, Robinson said. Both it and Whale Beach had experienced increased interest from holiday home buyers and sea changers throughout the pandemic, as the rise of remote working boosted demand for lifestyle locations, particularly those still in proximity to the city.

Meanwhile, suburbs like Vineyard and Carramar in the city’s west, and Marsden Park in the north-west – where there are more than 300 properties on the market – had the lowest average number of views per listing.

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