Anyone for tennis?
The thwack of a tennis ball on racket rings around some of the Northern Beaches’ super-prime properties – with the pandemic leading to a rise both in those playing tennis and those looking for properties with enough land to comfortably hold a court.
Like many others the world over, here in Australia we’ve transformed the way we live and work over the past couple of years. Continued lockdowns and travel restrictions have meant we’ve reassessed the way we live, and those who can afford it are choosing super-prime properties with large plots able to hold fabulous amenities like tennis courts. The Northern Beaches is no different, with Sydney’s ultra-wealthy focusing their spending on building property portfolios at home with a potential to enhance their quality of life.
Just a few months into the pandemic, Knight Frank's research reported that 66% of global residential buyers listed outdoor space, including a large garden and access to land, as their number-one must-have when buying a property. This trend doesn’t seem to have gone away, with large prime Northern Beaches properties being quickly snapped up for impressive prices.
Across the Northern Beaches, those lucky enough to have a private tennis court had an enviable position even during the worst months of lockdown. Our climate means that we can play outdoor tennis year-round, no matter what the surface, and those with a court in the garden can take advantage of almost any day of the year.
The pandemic also saw a marked rise in social tennis, with a growing number of people taking to the courts to play the non-contact sport. Many people were opting for private tuition on their own courts at home. Tennis coaches and court maintenance and resurfacing companies have also thrived over the past couple of years.
Of course, for a standard-sized tennis court, which measures 23.77m x 10.97m, you need a sizable portion of land. Across all Australia’s major cities, the average land area for a super-prime property with an outdoor tennis court was 2,870 sq m (based on sales from 2011-2020) – up from 1,510 sq m for one without a tennis court.