New house on small block or renovated old house on larger block?

Hi all,
I'm about to spend $500k on an IP, around 15km from Brisbane CBD. I have choices within this budget of a newer house (15 years old) on a 450sqm block or a renovated older house (pre 1985) on a 650sqm block. Current regs in Brisbane are than you can subdivide on an 800sqm block and also on a block in excess of 600sqm if you are 200m from shops.

Which would people prefer? Is there any point in buying a larger block you cannot develop on? The newer house will I expect have higher depreciation benefits and therefore lower holding costs.

I appreciate value is in land, but tenants rent bedrooms and not high maintenance blocks/gardens. So is it better to avoid the larger block you cannot develop on or is it still better because the land will have higher value than the smaller block.

Thanks
GG
 
Hi all,
I'm about to spend $500k on an IP, around 15km from Brisbane CBD. I have choices within this budget of a newer house (15 years old) on a 450sqm block or a renovated older house (pre 1985) on a 650sqm block. Current regs in Brisbane are than you can subdivide on an 800sqm block and also on a block in excess of 600sqm if you are 200m from shops.

Which would people prefer? Is there any point in buying a larger block you cannot develop on? The newer house will I expect have higher depreciation benefits and therefore lower holding costs.

I appreciate value is in land, but tenants rent bedrooms and not high maintenance blocks/gardens. So is it better to avoid the larger block you cannot develop on or is it still better because the land will have higher value than the smaller block.

Thanks
GG
The problems with the 405 blocks is the 10 metre frontage.
Long term you will find a 600 block more desirable

You may not be able to subdivide it but I guarantee you will be able to develop it in the future

Or someone else will

On the new house old house debate , in 30 years what will be the better house?
I think the old high sets will be in favour- the design will stand the test of time
 
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