School Zones – is the home you want to buy in the right school catchment area?

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Domain school zone launched to provide information on real estate listings

I read about this is the newspaper about a month ago, they profiled a family and asked the reason for paying so much to live in a particular suburb and the reason was because it was within the boundary to a high performing school. It’s true, one of the deciding factors of buying a home is its proximity to a good school. I remember the days of having to catch a bus, then a train and then walk to my high school and I vowed that my children would never have to waste as much valuable time as I did getting to and from school. Now we live in an area with plenty of good school choices. Here’s some more information about the new Domain School Zone feature.

  • Domain’s new feature lists over 4,000 public schools all over Australia
  • Intense competition for real estate in sought-after school areas
  • A property located in a good school catchment area may add 10%-15% to its price
  • High-performing government schools are as much a real estate drawcard as en suites,
    pools and bedrooms.
  • Approximately 4 million Google searches on schools every month
    The data is exclusive to Domain.

Real estate agents say securing a home within a boundary to a high performing school can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to a purchase price.

Many buyers now say, “Zone first, postcode second”. To help assist property searchers, Domain has now launched the new Domain School Zone feature where parents can search for their property knowing which school catchment it falls into.

Domain School Zone is a first for the Australian real estate industry and it is the culmination of significant research and data collection.

Domain School Zone enables parents to see whether the property they are interested in falls within the catchment zones of particular schools. The type of school is also clearly represented– whether it is primary, secondary, a special school, co-ed, years K-6 or K-12.

Domain School Zone is a first for the Australian real estate industry and it is the culmination of significant research and data collection by the Domain Product and Technology team.

Domain Executive Editor Stephen Nicholls said the ability to easily discover whether homes fall in the catchment zones for leading schools was a “game-changer” for both buyers and sellers. “Agents say the difference between one side of the street and the other can be 10 per cent, based purely on schooling,” said Mr Nicholls. “And much more than 10 per cent if buyers are fighting over specific properties at auction.”
Some capital city current hot spots are:

Adelaide: Zones for Adelaide High School, Brighton Secondary School, Marryatville High School, Glenunga International High School, Unley High School, The Norwood Morialta High School, Westbourne Park Primary and Colonel Light Gardens

Brisbane: Zones for Ascot State School, Eagle Junction State School, Brisbane State High School, Ironside State School (St Lucia), Bardon State School, and Indooroopilly State School

Melbourne: Zones for Balwyn, Camberwell and McKinnon secondary schools, Glen Waverley Secondary College and University High School

Perth: Zones for Rossmoyne, Churchlands, Mt Lawley and Willeton Senior High Schools, Shenton College and Como Secondar College

Sydney: Zone for Willoughby Girls High School, Killara High School, Cherrybrook Technology High School, Epping Boys High School (Eastwood), Cheltenham Girls High School, Epping West Primary

In addition to being available on the Domain website, parents on the go will find School Zone on Domain’s mobile-site and Australia’s favourite apps* for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The Domain School Zone feature has a vast number of schools listed – data from schools and government sources has been researched manually. The only situation where a school may not appear under a listing is if the school in the area doesn’t actually require students to come from within the local catchment or if a property listing doesn’t have a full address.


*By highest consumer ratings for iPhone, iPad and Android as at 18/9/14

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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