Newport is a waterfront suburb located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, 25km northeast of the CBD. The suburb is bounded by water on two sides; the Tasman Sea to the east and the stunning Pittwater estuary to the west. Mona Vale is located to the south, which is the main commercial district for the region and includes the three major supermarkets. Bilgola Plateau and Bilgola Beach are located to the north. Beyond that is Avalon Beach, Whale Beach and the famous Palm Beach.
Transport to the city is via car along Pittwater or Mona Vale Roads (to be upgraded shortly from two to four lanes). The new express B-Line bus service also runs from Mona Vale which has an adjoining commuter car park with up to 18 hours free car parking. Another option for commuters or weekenders is the ferry service which Church Point ferry service which runs hourly and connects several destinations around Pittwater or the Palm Beach ferry service which runs conveniently runs directly to the Central Coast.
Freestanding houses on larger blocks are the most common housing type. In fact, the minimum lot size in the majority of Newport is 700sqm, which ensures the kids have plenty of space and parents have plenty of privacy! One of the first buildings in the area was Bungan Castle, which was built on the very pinnacle of the cliff over Bungan Beach in 1919. Holiday shacks were constructed in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, however residential development didn’t really take off until the 1950’s. With transport to the area gradually improving and prices increasing on the Northern Beaches, Newport became an attractive area for families seeking a relaxed and affordable beach lifestyle. Many of the original houses have now been extended or redeveloped, with many having amazing ocean or Pittwater views (or both!).
Most people are drawn to the area due the fantastic lifestyle. Some key features include the selection of great surfing and swimming beaches nearby, picturesque walking trails to Palm Beach and Manly and the community atmosphere facilitated through boutique shops, the surf club and the golf club. There is a variety of homes to suit all buyers including affordable over 55 villas for retirees.
The waterfront Newport Hotel is a landmark in the area and has ‘one of Australia’s largest waterfront beer-gardens.’ The pub was extensively renovated in 2016 following its purchase by Merivale and is a weekend go-to spot for locals all up the Northern Beaches. The ferry wharf is visible from the pub, so it’s also extremely convenient for Pittwater locals!
The main shops are located on Barrenjoey Road though, including Coles supermarket and a variety of cafés and restaurants including local favourites Indian, Thai and Japanese. A small cinema (previously family run) is located in Avalon and provides a more intimate experience compared to the traditional cinema chains.
Newport is all about the beaches and walking trails. Newport itself has two beaches (Newport and Bungan) and there are a further four beaches to the north and Mona Vale/Basin Beach to the south. The 36km coastal walk from Manly to Palm Beach is nearing completion with the final section between Newport and Avalon expected to be operational in early 2021. If you need some company to get motivated though, there are plenty of local yoga, pilates and fitness studios.
Newport conveniently has its own kindergarten and public school. Depending on what part of the suburb you’re located in, students can attend either Pittwater High School in Mona Vale or Barrenjoey High School in Avalon. Mater Maria College just south of Mona Vale provides an alternative Catholic option for secondary students.
While the median house price in Newport sits well over the Sydney median at $1.85 million, the area is still in demand. Realestate.com.au reports that there are 1,245 online visits per property compared to only 764 per property on average in NSW. House prices increased 0.4% over the past 12 months and 21.8% over the past 3 years. Prime waterfront properties on over 1,000sqm land with their own jetty still sell for under $5 million, which is a bargain compared to neighbouring Bayview or traditional upmarket haunt Mosman. If you’re looking to upsize and have around $1.8 million though, you can buy a renovated four bedroom, three bathroom home on over 700sqm land or a larger, 5 bedroom home with district and water views in need of a renovation.
If you’re looking to downsize, a relatively reasonable median unit price of $825,000 will buy you large two bedroom, two bathroom security apartment with a secure car space and storage cage. Not many need the car space though, because you’ll be right near the shops and bus stop!
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