Zhuhai's proximity to Hong Kong and Macau should make it one of the best-performing property markets in Greater Bay Area

By Zheng Yangpeng yangpeng.zheng@scmp.com / https://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/3009883/zhuhais-proximity-hong-kong-and-macau-should-make-it-one?utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=contentexchange&utm_source=EdgeProp | May 14, 2019 10:48 AM SGT
Zhuhai, one of the two destinations of the world's longest sea bridge from Hong Kong, has the biggest potential upside for homebuyers out of the nine mainland Chinese cities that form the Greater Bay Area, according to Hong Kong-based Real Estate Foresight.
Although new home price growth in Zhuhai was one of the weakest in the bay area cities over the past 12 months, it has outperformed the rest in sales transactions in the same period, the research firm said.
The bridge connecting the city to Hong Kong has been a catalyst for surging sales in districts close to the newly opened infrastructure, according to the consultancy CRIC.
The Greater Bay Area refers to the Chinese government's scheme to link the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing into an integrated economic and business hub.
Residential and commercial buildings in the Luohu district of Shenzhen, the most expensive Greater Bay Area city on the mainland for buying property. Photo: Bloomberg
The forecast is not without merit. In April, new home prices in Zhuhai rose 1.9 per cent, beating all other bay area cities, while it ranked third overall among 100 Chinese cities monitored by SouFun, the data provider for Foresight.
In the three months since February when Beijing unveiled its blueprint for the bay area plan, Zhuhai's property sector has topped the list with a 1.8 per cent increase, closely followed by Dongguan's 1.7 per cent rise.
In absolute price terms, Shenzhen remained the region's most expensive city for buying property, with average new home prices hitting 54,320 yuan (US$7,955) per square metre. That is 2.5 times more expensive than Zhuhai, and seven times more than in Jiangmen, the most affordable city in the bay area scheme.
Foshan, meanwhile, has emerged as the favourite city among developers because of its robust industrial base, proximity to Guangzhou and land availability.
In 2018, land sales in Foshan amounted to...