Upper North Shore
About the Upper North Shore
The Upper North Shore encompasses suburbs on the North Shore rail line between Chatswood and Hornsby (or less strictly, Berowra). Real estate in these areas is preferred by well-heeled families due to the availability of quality schools, good transport and larger houses on large blocks of land in quiet, leafy streets. Property in the region is surrounded by reserves and National Parks, which provide a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Upper North Shore Property Market
The Upper North Shore contains the full gamut of architectural styles, from grand 19th and early 20th century homes to multi-storey triple fronted houses and more contemporary apartments. These properties are favoured by families that either seek the extra space or would be priced out of real estate in the Lower North Shore. While new homes in other areas may sacrifice quality for a low price, houses on the Upper North Shore often use the highest quality materials in their construction such as double brick, imported stone and luxury fittings and fixtures.
There is also growing demand for real estate from professionals or downsizers that want to stay in the area and live close to amenities but have a low maintenance property. Developers have met this demand with a number of modern homes and apartments, predominantly along the Pacific Highway that are situated within walking distance to shops and a rail station. Note, however, that some are better quality than others and you should take care before purchasing one of these properties off the plan.
Logically, houses and other properties are more expensive closer to the city. As such, areas within very close proximity to the the CBD, like Killara and Lindfield, tend to be more expensive per square meter, while suburbs further afield (such as Turramurra, Pymble and St. Ives) can go for less. There are also specific pockets in some suburbs that are highly valued or shunned for various reasons, which can sometimes be difficult to determine without checking with the locals.
With such a variety of different options for sale on the Lower North Shore, 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 house that is both a financial asset and a wonderful place to live. As buyers agents it’s our job to help you find the property which fulfils your requirements on every level. Lower North Shore price growth will moderate in 2016 in line with the broader Sydney trend, however, it will likely be the stand-out performer due to its relative value.
Location and Transport Links
One of the most attractive features about owning a house or apartment on the Upper North Shore is the ease of commuting to the CBD and North Sydney via the North Shore rail line. It also benefits from easy access to the M1 freeway up to the Central Coast and beyond, and the M2 if you’re heading to the South Coast.
Shops and Restaurants
Westfield Shopping Centre at Hornsby is a major drawcard which features a wide range of amenities including a cinema and gym, as well as hundreds of stores for those that love to shop. Each suburb also has its own village or strip shopping centre with local bakeries, specialty shops as well as numerous small cafés and restaurants plus supermarket’s to make shopping locally easy and convenient.
Schools and Educational Facilities
Homes on the Upper North Shore are very popular with families, primarily because of the range of reputable and sought-after schools in the region. These include Knox Grammar, Pymble Ladies’ College, Barker, Abbotsleigh, Brigidine, Ravenswood School for Girls and Roseville College.
Recreation and other Amenities
The outdoors is what makes the Upper North Shore such a pleasant place to be. There are a large number of great parks located in the area, and several suburbs adjoin the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. There are endless places to go for a jog or bike ride and take in the scenery, or scenic golf courses for a leisurely game.
Buying a home on the Upper North Shore offers a great lifestyle and appeals to a number of buyers. There is a nice variety of property for sale and the area caters for everyone from families and investors. Our buyers’ agents love helping people find property in the Lower North Shore as there are some truly wonderful properties to be found, some of which go for surprisingly realistic prices.
Suburbs and Areas within the Upper North Shore:
If you’re looking for real estate in the Upper North Shore region it’s worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with the various suburbs, as they each have different personalities.
While areas like Waitara, Killara and Lindfield are always popular, in recent months we’ve seen quite a lot of movement in areas such as Pymble, Castle hill, Eastwood, Brooklyn, Epping, Berowra, Carlingford, Cherrybook, Beercroft and Glenhaven.
Suburbs in the Upper North Shore generally score well for ‘liveability’ (determined by factors such as transport, education, traffic, views and proximity to employment hubs). A recent livability study performed by Tract Consultants and Deloitte Access Economics ranked the North Shore Suburbs as follows:
1st: Waitara (located close to Hornsby, Normanhurst and Wahroonga) wins the prize for most liveable suburb on the upper north shore, thanks primarily to it’s proximity to train links, shops, business hubs, cafes and restaurants and schools.
2nd: Second place goes to Killara, which is a beautiful and conveniently located suburb between, Gordon, Lindfield and Macquarie Park.
3rd: Leafy Lindfield scores third place, located just 10 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.
4th: The beautiful asquith – close to North Wahroonga, Mount Colah and Hornsby – comes in fourth place.
5th: Fifth place goes to Roseville, which scores brilliantly for mobile and internet coverage, proximity to employment hubs, tree cover, low crime rate and education.
The Upper North Shore comprises two local government areas: Ku-ring-gai Council and the Hornsby Shire Council. Below are a full list of the suburbs you’ll find there.
The Municipality of Ku-ring-gai Council includes the suburbs of (and which our buyers agents service):
- East Gordon
- East Killara
- East Lindfield
- East Roseville
- East Wahroonga
- North Turramurra
- North St Ives
- North Wahroonga
- Roseville Chase
- South Turramurra
- St Ives
- St Ives Chase
- West Killara
- West Lindfield
- West Pymble
The Upper North Shore has homes with a vast array of style, elegance and charm in some pockets. It’s a family friendly community neighbourhood with sprawling backyards with BBQ’s and a pools and an enviable Sydney lifestyle.
The Hornsby Shire Council includes the suburbs of (and which our buyers agents service):
- Berowra Heights
- Berowra Waters
- Carlingford (shared with The Hills Shire and City of Parramatta)
- Castle Hill (shared with The Hills Shire)
- Eastwood (shared with City of Parramatta and City of Ryde)
- Epping (shared with City of Parramatta and City of Ryde)
- Glenhaven (shared with The Hills Shire)
- Hornsby Heights
- Mount Colah
- Mount Ku-ring-gai
- North Epping
- Pennant Hills
- Wahroonga (shared with Ku-ring-gai Council)
- West Pennant Hills (shared with The Hills Shire)
Upper North Shore Schools
- Gordon East Public School
- Ravenswood School for Girls
- Barker College
- Hornsby Girls High School
- Hornsby Heghts Public School
- Hornsby North Public School
- Hornsby South Public School
- Beaumont Road Public School
- Killara High School
- Killara Public School
- Holy Family Catholic Primary School
- Lindfield East Public School
- Lindfield Public School
- Masada College
- Newington College Prep
- Gordon West Public School
- Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary School
- Pymble Ladies College
- Pymble Public School
- Sacred Heart Catholic School
- West Pymble Public School
- Roseville College
- Roseville Public School
- Brigidine College
- Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
- St Ives High School
- St Ives North Public School
- St Ives Park Public School
- St Ives Public School
- Sydney Grammar St Ives Prep School
- Ku-ring-gai High School
- Turramurra North Public School
- Turramurra High School
- Turramurra Public School
- Warrawee Public School
- Knox Grammar School
- Prouille Catholic Primary School
- St Edmund’s School
- St Leo’s Catholic College
- St Lucy’s School
- Wahroonga Adventist Primary School
- Wahroonga Public School
- Waitara Public School