Is it a coincidence that Australia’s most in-demand suburbs for new apartments are almost all connected to the nbn network?

Perhaps, but those in the know say nbn network connectivity is now a major factor when it comes to people choosing where they want to live.

REA Group data shows that the most searched-for suburbs for new apartments in every state on realestate.com.au are almost universally connected to the nbn network.


Apartment buyers now expect to have high-speed internet.

Julian Nachmias, nbn General Manager of Build Partnerships, says for buyers of new apartments, access to the nbn network has become a non-negotiable.

“For the first time we’re starting to see people actually walk into a sales display office and ask the question: has this got high-speed broadband or the nbn network available here? Because they know once they move into their home, if everyone’s going to be happy they need to have high-speed broadband,” Nachmias says.

“We’ve done a lot of surveys and one of those surveys found that 80% of buyers say that a reliable broadband connection is a key consideration when searching for a property. A few years ago you wouldn’t have seen that all that much.

“We’re seeing that about 65% of home buyers would consider negotiating a lower price if they can’t get the broadband that they need. They’re seeing it as almost like a detractor – if I’m going to buy this new property and it’s not going to have high-speed broadband, then why on earth am I paying this price?”

So where can you expect to find the nbn network when you’re scouting out your dream apartment?

Read more: Find out if your desired suburb is nbn ready

New South Wales

If you’re apartment hunting in New South Wales’ most in-demand areas, you’re in luck. All of the top suburbs in the new apartment market are ready for the nbn network.

Top searched suburbs RoseberyAlexandria, Waterloo, Epping, Zetland, Parramatta, Ryde, Pymble, Mascot, Kensington, Redfern, Macquarie Park and Burwood are all able to access the nbn network.

Victoria

Melbourne’s inner-city hotspots enjoy the largest volume of new apartment searches in Victoria, and they’re all able to access the nbn network.

North MelbourneMelbourne, South Yarra, Richmond, Southbank, Hawthorn, West Melbourne, Carlton, East Melbourne, Kew, Malvern East, Brunswick, Fitzroy, Camberwell and Brunswick are all on board.

Western Australia

WA has well and truly kept pace with the eastern seaboard on access to the nbn network, with 93% of its most in-demand apartment locales also connected.


The 19-storey Pinnacle development in South Perth will have nbn.

Project manager Andrew Wilkinson from ZoneQ Investments, which is building the 19-storey, 102-apartment Pinnacle development in South Perth, says it’s no longer a question of whether or not to have the nbn network installed in new residential developments.

“It (nbn) certainly allows a broad range of options for the residents to access anything that want to watch,” Wilkinson says.

“We’re future-proofing the (Pinnacle) building, in that we’re putting the infrastructure in for it now. I’d expect most people to take up the nbn when they move in.”

JoondalupEast Perth, South Perth, Rivervale, West Perth, Mount Lawley, North Perth, Leederville, Burswood, Como, Maylands and Scarborough all have access to the nbn network.

Northbridge was the only high-demand suburb not yet connected to the nbn network.

Queensland

If you’re hunting around Murarrie  South Brisbane, West End, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Surfers Paradise, Woolloongabba, New Farm, Bowen Hills, Hamilton, Bulimba, Broadbeach or Indooroopilly all have excellent access to the nbn.

New Farm was the only suburb among Queensland’s most sought-after apartment locations not yet connected to the nbn network.


Urbex’ Minnippi apartments near Murarrie boast nbn access.

South Australia

Four of South Australia’s top nine searched suburbs for new apartments currently able to access the nbn network.

Those with the service available are ProspectAdelaide, Kensington and Bowden.