Pop culture icons on the Melbourne property market
Dr Karl Kennedy’s proven himself to be a good neighbour over the years, but how would you go living next to Tony Soprano? Or James Bond? The Brady Bunch would be a bit of fun.
Some of TV and film’s favourite characters would have no problems getting in to the Melbourne property market, but unfortunately cherished on-screen battlers including Darryl Kerrigan and the hardworking Joyce Byers from Stranger Things would feel struggling first-home buyers’ pain, creative new Canstar research has found.
The comparison website has calculated a selection of pop culture icons who could and couldn’t afford to buy real estate in Melbourne, based on salary estimations.
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Mad Men’s Don Draper has his foot firmly a few rungs up the property ladder, with an estimated 2019 salary of $580,219 ensuring he’d be a likely find around the streets of Melbourne’s inner southeast.
Iron Man’s Tony Stark, $324,581, and Philip Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, $269,506, would comfortably secure homes in affluent suburbs, but it’s the humble Dr Karl who’s closest behind Draper, with a salary of $350,000 meaning he could easily kick on from Ramsay St if things took a turn — or he wanted to pursue his music career in the inner north.
The real house from The Castle might have been found in Strathmore, but the Kerrigans would struggle to enter the market with Darryl’s salary of $46,192, according to the estimate.
Joyce Byers, at $30,689, is the lowest paid out of Canstar’s selections, while Mrs Doubtfire would find it the second toughest with $37,313.
Even Sherlock Holmes would struggle on a private investigator salary of $67,306, according to Canstar, and Dexter’s murderous Dexter Morgan would as well (luckily) at $71,918.
The Bradys would be in though, on Mike’s wage of $129,250, despite plenty of mouths to feed, and Modern Family man Jay Pritchett would also be similarly set up with $162,166.
Melbourne has a median house price of about $655,000, according to Canstar, which based its estimations on a character having a 20 per cent deposit and spending 30 per cent of their income each month on repayments, meaning they would need to earn at least $105,500 a year.
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Who can afford Melbourne
Don Draper, Mad Men, $580,219
Dr Karl Kennedy, Neighbours, $350,000
Michael Bluth, Arrested Development, $324,581
Tony Stark, Iron Man, $324,581
Dr Michael Mancini, Melrose Place, $312,614
Philip Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, $269,506
Tony Soprano, The Sopranos, $172,714
Jay Pritchett, Modern Family, $162,166
Hank Moody, Californication, $148,569
Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch, $129,250
James Bond, Spectre, $118,126
Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle, $105,519
Who can’t afford Melbourne
Joyce Byers, Stranger Things, $30,689
Euphegenia Doubtfire, Mrs Doubtfire, $37,313
Darryl Kerrigan, The Castle, $46,192
Mick Carter, Eastenders, $46,338
William Thacker, Notting Hill, $51,264
Guinevere Beck, You, $53,225
Kevin Webster, Coronation Street, $53,337
Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, $67,306
Dexter Morgan, Dexter, $71,918
David Budd, Bodyguard, $83,430
Malorie Hayes, Bird Box, $93,348
Marty Byrde, Ozark, $96,377
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