By Rich Harvey, Founder & CEO propertybuyer
Located just over 8km north east of Sydney’s CBD, the Northern Beaches is accessible, convenient, and a popular place to live. The Northern Beaches feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD due to the relaxed beachside lifestyle on offer, yet it’s easily accessible by ferry or car and is only a 30 minute bus trip from Dee Why outside peak hour.
It’s also surrounded by exquisite National Parks including Garigal and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Parks and waterways such as Pittwater, Narrabeen Lakes and Manly Dam, all of which are less than an hour’s drive from the city.
The Northern Beaches is an ever popular lifestyle choice and real estate in the area is in high demand. Blocks of land are relatively large and good value compared to their eastern suburbs peers.
The median house price on the Northern Beaches is $1.4 million according to CoreLogic RP Data, however real estate prices vary significantly between suburbs. Around $2 million will buy you an average house in Seaforth, while you will need $3 million in Whale beach but only $1.26 million for property in Wheeler Heights and Narraweena.
There are some charming period homes in the Manly area, however the majority of homes on the Northern Beaches were constructed post-World War II and built to capitalise on possible views. Some properties in Palm Beach, Narrabeen and Manly are even fortunate enough to have both ocean and still water views.
Apartments are also popular on the Northern Beaches as they appeal to a variety of demographics including downsizers, first home buyers and investors due to their low maintenance nature and spectacular elevated ocean views. Many people are also realising that suburbs such as Seaforth and Forestville are actually not that far to the city and are great locations to raise a family. Whatever your needs as a buyer, the Northern Beaches has property available for just about every demographic.
With so many options available in the Northern Beaches it’s helpful to have a buyer’s 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 buyer’s agents it’s our job to help you find the property which fulfills your requirements on every level. Northern Beaches price growth in 2016 is likely to revert to its long term average of around 5% in the absence of any major surprises, due to the strong run it’s enjoyed over the past few years.
The famous L90 bus route runs from Palm Beach to the city along Pittwater Road. Construction has started on the Northern Beaches Hospital Road Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project, which will include an underpass and new priority bus lanes. From late next year, double decker busses will run every five minutes in peak hour to encourage more people to use public transport as part of the NSW Government Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan.
Ferries will also be faster and more frequent and more bus services will run from Mona Vale to Macquarie Park and Manly to Chatswood. In the meantime, 480 additional weekly bus services will be added to meet demand. Longer term, ‘Beaches Link’ will connect WestConnex to the Northern Beaches via Seaforth and the new Western Harbour Tunnel.
These transport upgrades bode well for buyers who work in the city but wish to buy property in the Northern Beaches. Having such easy access from the Northern Beaches to the CBD and surrounds also expands the pool of interest.
The Northern Beaches certainly has no shortage of dining opportunities. During the day, most cafés, restaurants and pubs are happy for you to stroll in wearing board shorts and thongs. Others keep the relaxed beach vibe but have an upmarket twist with gourmet food, such as the popular ‘Boathouse’ restaurants in Manly and Palm Beach.
At night, many of these venues turn a little more formal. There is also a growing number of higher end restaurants on the Northern Beaches as restauranteurs realise there is demand for their product.
The major shopping centre in the region is Westfield Warringah Mall in Brookvale, which is currently being expanded to offer more than 340 stores and additional parking.
Several schools on the Northern Beaches consistently rank highly in NSW such as Northern Beaches Secondary College in North Curl Curl and St Luke’s Grammar School in Dee Why.
The Northern Beaches Campus of The Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) provides courses in HSC and business as well as practical subjects such as automotive mechanics and building. Northern Beaches Community College in Narrabeen is not for profit and also runs a variety of courses.
Having a selection of schools in the area adds to the value of property for sale in the Northern Beaches and makes it a smart move for investors and popular with those who have families.
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Residents love the relaxed atmosphere of the northern beaches, largely owing to the surfing culture and choice of 32 beaches and 19 rockpools and ocean baths from Manly to Palm Beach. Each beach is unique and
Locals love sporting and physical activities, as noted by a recent study which found that Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Beaches had the lowest obesity rate in Australia. Popular sports including cycling (particularly around the bends of Church Point and West Head), golf, tennis, running, hiking and a variety of water sports such as swimming, sailing, kayaking and kitesurfing.
Manly is also the only location in Sydney with permanent volleyball nets and spotlights provided by the council. There are also many gyms to choose from and personal training/
Buying a home in the Northern Beaches 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 buyer’s agents love helping people find property in the Northern Beaches as there are some truly wonderful properties to be found, some of which go for surprisingly realistic prices.
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If you’re looking for real estate in the Northern Beaches region it’s worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with the various suburbs as they each have different personalities.
The Northern Beaches contains three major council areas: Manly, Warringah and Pittwater.
The suburbs within Manly Council include:
Prestigious homes and apartments are filtered throughout these suburbs alongside more affordable terraces and art deco apartments. These suburbs are renowned for quality family homes, recreational lifestyle and excellent harbour and beachside views.
The suburbs within Warringah Council include:
Suburbs in the City of Willoughby include:
Many of these suburbs are located along the beachside while others just back from the beach contain affordable options for raising a family or for retirees. The semi-rural areas of Terrey Hills and Ingleside are great for those wanting extra outdoor space or acreage, while the Forest area contains some excellent schools and village shopping centres.
The suburbs within Pittwater Council include:
The upper Northern Beaches has some gorgeous suburbs with superb beaches and a variety of housing options. Palm Beach and Whale Beach contains some super prestige real estate and is a playground for the rich and famous. Suburbs adjacent to the Pittwater get stunning Northerly views over the water up the coastline and attract boaties of all persuasions.