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FRENCHS FOREST 2086, NSW

    Where is Frenchs Forest located?

    Frenchs Forest is located 13 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD and is part of the amalgamated Northern Beaches Council region. It is about a 12 minute drive to the beaches and a 25 minute drive to the CBD outside peak hour to the city. Significant road upgrades are currently being completed to reduce congestion around Forest Way and Wakehurst Parkway.  The proposed Northern Beaches Tunnel is in the planning and community consultation stage, which will connect up with existing freeways to remove any traffic lights from Frenchs Forest to the CBD, Airport, Inner West and Western Suburbs.

     

    Commuting to the city takes between 35 and 45 minutes (depending on the time of day) via direct bus services. New bus routes from Manly, Warringah Mall and the city to the new Northern Beaches Hospital were announced in June this year in anticipation of the Hospital’s opening last month (October 2018). Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council, is also pushing the State Government for an express ‘turn up and go’ bus service from Dee Why/Warringah Mall to Chatswood Station via the hospital. This would then link up with the express Northern Beaches B-Line bus service running from Mona Vale to the CBD.

     

    What housing types are predominant?

    Frenchs Forest is a predominantly low density housing area featuring many older homes dating back to the 1960’s on medium sized blocks of land. Knock down and rebuilds have also been popular over the last decade. Going forward, high density buildings up to 40m (the same height as the hospital) will likely be permitted in the new town centre next to the hospital and the surrounding area will act as a transition zone where higher density housing with varying height limits will be permitted. Work on the new town centre is expected to begin within two years.

     

    In the meantime, smaller townhouse and aged care developments have sprung up near Warringah Road and Forest Way and more are likely in future as demand for a variety of housing types increases. A new hotel is also planned on the site of the existing Parkway Hotel.

     

    Shops and Restaurants

    Forestway Shopping Centre is where the locals go for their main shopping needs. The shopping centre currently offers Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets, the major banks and a host of variety stores and cafés, but has recently been sold and will likely be redeveloped to include apartments and an expanded retail area, however no plans have been announced yet.

     

    Schools and Educational Facilities

    Local primary schools include Frenchs Forest Public School and Mimosa Public School. Local high schools include Davidson High School and The Forest High School. Arranounbai School offers places for moderate to high needs students at both primary and secondary levels. Combined primary/secondary independent schools in the area include Covenant Christian School in Belrose, Forestville Montessori School, Oxford Falls Grammar and Aspect Vern Barnett School (which caters for autistic children).

     

    What attracts home buyers & investors to Frenchs Forest?

    Frenchs Forest is relatively affordable compared to neighbours such as North Balgowlah or Roseville Chase despite all the new hospital and planned infrastructure. The new 488 bed hospital will be able to cater for approximately 2,000 patients per day and will generate significant demand for improved local amenities and housing.

     

    Surrounded by a number of parks and wildlife reserves, Frenchs Forest is an ideal family friendly environment for growing kids. Freestanding homes on relatively large block sizes with proximity to the CBD, beach, recreation areas and relative affordability (for the time being) are the key drivers. 

     

    Restaurants, shops & amenities

    Forestway Shopping Centre is where the locals go for their main shopping needs. The shopping centre currently offers Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets, the major banks and a host of variety stores and cafés. The Centre sold in 2015 following approval of plans to redevelop the site into a mixed use development, although the plans are on hold until there is more certainty around local rezoning. Frenchs Forest Organic Food Market is very popular and operates every Sunday on Frenchs Forest Road East.

     

    Sports & fitness

    Manly Dam Reserve (also known as the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park) covers 376 hectares and offers a variety of recreational activities including bushwalking, mountain biking, water skiing, fishing, kayaking, swimming and 45 picnic tables which have scenic views and most have wood fired barbeques. Walking, running and mountain biking paths also extend all the way up to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Local off-leash dog parks include Frenchs Forest Showground and the reserve on Currie Road just before Forestville Park. Local gyms include CrossFit, Virgin Active and Anytime Fitness.

     

    Schools & education

    Local primary schools include Frenchs Forest Public School and Mimosa Public School. Local high schools include Davidson High School and The Forest High School. Arranounbai School offers places for moderate to high needs students at both primary and secondary levels. Combined primary/secondary independent schools in the area include Covenant Christian School in Belrose, Forestville Montessori School, Oxford Falls Grammar and Aspect Vern Barnett School (which caters for autistic children).

     

    What can my money buy in Frenchs Forest?

    With an average of 13 days on the market, properties in Frenchs Forest are still in hot demand. This compares to 47 days for Metro Sydney. The vast majority of properties in Frenchs Forest (92%) still consist of freestanding houses. The median house price in Frenchs Forest currently sits at $1.55m, which will buy you a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom brick veneer house with parking on over 700sqm land. The house will be in good condition, although some cosmetic updates may be required. Accurate information on unit sales is not available due to the lack of sales (but this will change in coming years as more units will be built in the new rezoned areas).

     

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