Freshwater is located on the Northern Beaches, 13 kilometres north-east of Sydney’s CBD. It is part of the Warringah local government area. Until 2008, Freshwater was formally known as Harbord. Buses are the primary form of public transport for the suburb however some residents also choose to utilise the scenic Manly ferry to Circular Quay or the fast ferry that travels to Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, Kirribilli and Watsons Bay as well as Circular Quay. The E36 express bus travels from North Curl Curl via Freshwater to Manly Wharf in the morning peak hour and connects with ferry services departing for circular quay (and vice versa in the afternoon).
The dwelling types in Freshwater are evenly split between apartments and houses. The majority of homes and apartment complexes were built post war and have experienced a rapid change in the last ten years, as there has been a large influx of young couples and families choosing to either renovate older properties or knock them down and rebuild. There are also a number of new apartment complexes which have been constructed within the last few years as developers had also taken advantage of the lower price point for land. Walking around the streets now there is a variety of architecturally designed homes and apartment blocks, renovated Californian bungalows and original red brick homes.
Freshwater Village offers a wide choice of cafe’s and restaurants. From, casual dining of a variety of cuisines to fine dining at Pilu (awarded 2 chef hats). There is also the local Harbord Beach Hotel (“The Hilton”) situated 100m from the beach, that has an award winning bistro and also is a venue for entertainment. The Harbord Diggers Club, which has views up and down the Northern Beaches (as far as the eye can see), also is an entertainment venue and includes a bistro and sports bar.
There are two Primary Schools in Freshwater; Harbord Public School which has a strong involvement with the community and also St John Baptist Catholic Primary School, both are for year’s kindergarten to 6. There is a wide choice of high schools in neighbouring suburbs from public to private and also the Freshwater Senior Campus for Years 11 to 12 (including on-site course provision through TAFE).
Due to the beach lifestyle, outdoor activities are very popular such as walking and running along the purpose built coastal walks, cycling, soccer, cricket and much more. Personal Training is quite popular and there is also a gym at the Freshwater Fitness which takes in the panorama of the beaches whilst you run on the treadmill (great for whale watching)!
Freshwater has a unique beach lifestyle where you feel you are away from it all yet only a short distance from the city. Everything is in close walking distance from Freshwater, such as Manly, the beaches and harbour and local shopping centres. Freshwater beach often gets voted as the best family beach as it is safe and has picturesque aqua water. The incredible ocean views up north and down south to the Manly St Patricks Church on the headland are breathtaking. Freshwater is incredibly attractive to families, investors and young professionals.
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