About the Northern Suburbs
The “Northern Suburbs” is not a clearly defined area, but is generally considered to be bordered by the Parramatta River to the south, Lane Cove National Park to the east, Pennant Hills to the west and Cowan to the north.
The real estate was previously typified by large blocks of land with bush outlooks, however many areas (particularly those south of the M2 with proximity to the train line) are rapidly increasing in density as older houses are redeveloped into townhouses and apartment blocks. Fortunately many parks and reserves remain close to houses in the region including Pennant Hills Park, Lane Cove National Park and numerous parks along the banks of the Parramatta River.
There is a strong and growing Asian population around Carlingford, Epping, Eastwood and Ryde that initially chose to live in the area due to the above average results from nearby schools and proximity to a rail line. Now that there is a large community, this is reason enough for many to purchase property in the area, which continuously supports price growth.
Northern Suburbs Property Market
The Northern Suburbs contain a mix of old and new architecture and property styles. Ryde is the third oldest settlement in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta, and therefore has many heritage listed 19th century dwellings. The opening of the railway between Strathfield and Hornsby in the late 19th century boosted the population at the time but most growth took place following World War II, aided by industrial and commercial growth. Many apartments were built in Ryde and the surrounding areas in the 1960’s, supporting further population growth which has continued to the current day.
Today detached houses make up 50% or less of the dwellings in hubs such as Ryde and Hornsby, but they still make up the vast majority in areas that have been less developed such as Thornleigh and Mount Colah. Particularly in Ryde and the surrounding areas, the Asian community tend to prefer new or modern properties, which further supports new apartment and townhouse developments. As a result, many of the older houses present excellent value and some properties may be able to be developed in the near future.
With so many real estate options for sale in the Northern Suburbs, it’s helpful to have a local buyers’ agent who is aware of the current area trends and can help you make the best decision based on your individual needs. While the area is full of beautiful homes, it’s equally important to factor in the investment potential and buy a home that is both a financial asset and a wonderful place to live.
As buyers agents, our job is to help you find the property which fulfils your requirements on every level.
Northern Suburbs price growth will moderate in 2016 in line with the broader Sydney trend, however it will likely still show strong medium term growth due to the completion of Sydney Metro Northwest train line in 2019 and the rapid development and expansion of Parramatta and Macquarie Park in line with “A Plan for Growing Sydney.”
Location and Transport Links
As mentioned above, houses in northern suburbs will benefit from the completion of Sydney Metro Northwest in 2019 which will have stops at Epping, Macquarie Park, Macquarie University and North Ryde. In addition, the light rail line from Strathfield to Carlingford and Westmead Hospital via Parramatta will also provide an economic boost to the area.
The light rail will support a strong existing public transport network, including the Strathfield to Hornsby train line, the Carlingford train line and an extensive bus network including express bus services to Denistone East via Ryde. A ferry service also operates from Circular Quay to Parramatta via Huntleys Point, Putney, Meadowbank and Rydalmere.
Shops and Restaurants
There is an abundance of shopping options in the Northern Suburbs. Major shopping centres include the Macquarie Centre, Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Pennant Hills Market Place and Carlingford Court, as well as Stockland Baulkham Hill, Stockland Merrylands, Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre, the Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Westfield Hornsby and Westfield Chatswood. Other areas such as Hunters Hill (next to Gladesville) have lovely shopping villages if you prefer more of a local village feel.
The Northern suburbs is probably best recognised for its large selection of quality Asian restaurants to choose from, particularly in the areas mentioned above with Asian communities.
Schools and Educational Facilities
The Northern Suburbs and neighbouring North Shore and Hills Districts are known for their highly regarded schools. Some of these include Cherrybrook Technology High School, Epping Boys High School and Carlingford High School as well as nearby Castle Hill High School Baulkham Hills High School.
Macquarie University was recently ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia.
Recreation and other Amenities
As mentioned above, the Northern Suburbs are fortunate to have access to several large parks and reserves including Pennant Hills Park, Lane Cove National Park and many reserves fronting Parramatta River.
Suburbs to the north such as Asquith and Mount Colah also have direct access to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the extensive Pittwater waterway via Bobbin Head. Once you’re at Bobbin Head, there is a scenic picnic ground, café and paddle boat hire. The area is also fantastic for cycling and hiking.
Golfers can try North Ryde or Ryde-Parramatta Golf Clubs. There are also many other options on the North Shore.
Event Cinemas has locations at both Ryde and Macquarie Park and small suburbs like Eastwood, Beecroft, Gladesville, Hornsby and Epping offer some great restaurant options.
Downsizers are well catered for by a range of amenities and local hospitals including Ryde, Macquarie and Macquarie University Hospitals. Towards Parramatta, the Children’s Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Cumberland Hospital are also easily accessible.
Buying a home in the Northern Suburbs offers access to great amenities, shopping and transport to the CBD. The range of property styles and sizes for sale ensures there is something to suit everyone.
Most budgets are catered for and capital growth is almost guaranteed, particularly south of the M2 due to its prominent position between the CBD and Sydney’s second and rapidly expanding city – Parramatta. Our buyers’ agents love helping people find property for sale in the Northern Suburbs as there are some truly wonderful properties to be found, some of which go for surprisingly realistic prices.
Suburbs and Areas within the Northern Suburbs:
If you’re looking for real estate in the Northern Suburbs it’s worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with the various suburbs, as they each have different personalities.
Some of the fastest growing suburbs include Oatlands, Henley, Beercroft, Carlingford, Cherrybook, Dural and Dundas, with honorable mentions going to Hunters hill, Meadowbank, Lane cove, Riverview, West Pennant and Ryde.
The Northern Suburbs comprises localities in three local government areas; Hornsby Shire, City of Ryde and the City of Parramatta.
The suburbs within the Northern areas that our expert buyers agents service include:
- Denistone East
- Denistone West
- Dundas Valley
- East Ryde
- Hunters Hill
- Huntleys Cove
- Huntleys Point
- Lane Cove
- Linley Point
- Macquarie Park
- Melrose Park
- Mount Colah
- North Epping
- North Ryde
- Pennant Hills
- Tennyson Point
- West Pennant Hills
- West Ryde