PHOTO: A three-bedroom/one-bathroom brick home at 2 Dawson Street, Thornleigh, sold for $1.21 million.

Sydney’s more affluent and desirable regions flashed signs of a return to steady growth in real estate prices at the weekend despite a sluggish start to the year’s auction market.

On Saturday, the Domain Group reported an auction clearance rate of 57.5 per cent from a small sample of 112 reported auctions. The weekend auction list was skewed to the city’s outer western suburbs, rural locations and seaside towns, with on-trend areas such as Sydney’s lower north shore, the northern beaches, the inner-west and the eastern suburbs under-represented in the figures.