Frenchs Forest is located 13 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD in the local government area of Warringah. It is about a 15 minute drive to the beaches and a 25 minute drive outside peak hour to the city. Commuting to the city takes around 40 minutes via regular bus services. Bus services running between Dee Why and Chatswood along Warringah Road are due to be bolstered to coincide with the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital in 2018.
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. Due to the strict planning laws imposed by Warringah Council, apartments are not very common in the area.
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.
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).
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 cycling mountain biking paths also extend all the way up to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There is a popular Organic Food Market every Sunday at 5 Frenchs Forest Road East. 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.
Surrounded by a number of parks and wildlife reserves, Frenchs Forest is an ideal family friendly environment for growing kids. Proximity to the beach, recreation areas and relative affordability are the key drivers.
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