Tokyo apartments reach peak prices in 10 years

Tokyo’s luxury property market has skyrocketed as developers capture demand for high-end homes 

Developers and brokers have a significant number of buyers queued up to purchase high-end homes, without needing to publicise on the open market. 7maru/Shutterstock

As stated by the Real Estate Economic Institute, brand-new apartments priced over JPY100 million (USD955,922) released for sale across greater Tokyo mounted up to 1,818 in 2020. The most expensive was a penthouse in Proud Daikanyama Front, valued at JPY690 million, as reported by Japan Property Central.  

Today’s luxury listings in Tokyo include a JPY500 million (USD4.8 million) penthouse in Grand Hills Meguro 1-Chome, a JPY530 (USD5 million) million apartment in Shirokane The Sky, as well as a JPY520 million (USD4.9 million) apartment soon to be sold in Foretseine Shibuya Tomigaya 

In January, many tenants started moving into the recently completed 39-storey Park Court Shibuya The Tower located near Yoyogi Park. Apartments were quoted like new freehold construction; despite being built on the land of the former Shibuya Ward Office.  

The most expensive room was a 200 square metre penthouse worth approximately JPY1.5 billion (USD14.3 million). Other apartment units were priced from JPY1,685,000-2,735,000 per square metre off-the-plan, varied by the room’s floor, size, and views.  

On the resale market, Tokyo Kantei mentioned a total of nine buildings with apartments priced over JPY3 million per square metre were listed for sale in 2020, five buildings more than 2019.  

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Developers and brokers have a significant number of buyers queued up to purchase high-end homes in selected areas, which they can easily sell without needing to publicise on the open market.  

According to Nomura Research Institute, the net financial assets of Japanese households have consistently grown since 2013. Despite the pandemic, the Nikkei Stock Average ended the year with a 16 percent increase – a 30-year high. Wealth Japanese have been, to a degree, shielded from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.