Containing the best of both worlds’ metropolitan amenities with beautiful bush views as the suburb is next door to the Cumberland State Forest. West Pennant Hills is just 25km from the City, in the local government area of the Hornsby Shire Council.
Big houses are the most common dwelling style with grand older homes dominating the suburb along with a small variety of older & newer semi-detached dwellings. Less than 1% of dwellings in the area are units. 85% are Houses, 7% semi-detached and 7%other/commercial.
Age mix for the suburb is 0 to 29yo is 38%, 30 to 49yo is 24%, 50 & above is 36% so it’s a very attractive suburb for families and retirees.
The locals of the area are high income earners and are most likely to be managers or professionals who live here because of its proximity to nature and is abundance of trees. Locals and tourists alike flock to the area’s State Forest all year round.
According to Residex, West Pennant Hills experienced market growth of around 19% from September 2015 to September 2017. While dropping back the last couple of years by 3.5% it is predicted to have an annual growth rate of 4% to 5% over the next 8 years.
West Pennant Hills closest train station is the new Cherrybrook station on the Sydney Metro line and being surrounded by trees and so close to a State Forest there are a number of environmental initiatives. For example, the IBM office located in West Pennant Hills has a regeneration plan to assist in the preservation of "nationally protected remnant 'Sydney Blue Gum High Forest' and Remediation and Protection 'Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Margin Forest' located on site".
West Pennant Hills may be known for its idyllic leafy location, but the Sydney suburb’s café’s and restaurants offer quiet a variety of great fare, Located just a in Pennant Hills, there are all sorts of great eats from Thai and Asian through to café eats and Italian; all of which sit a stone’s throw away from some of Sydney’s best nature walks.
Westfield at Castle hill is located close by, offering an array of boutique shops and entertainment options for a great day or night out.
The Area has all the usual gyms with a Fernwood, Plus 24/7 and an anytime fitness. But the real draw is the Cumberland State Forest there are a number of walking tracks can be explored by visitors who can enjoy the onsite cafe or use the picnic and barbecue facilities.
The number of schools in West Pennant Hills is a little lower than some other suburbs around Sydney. In fact, there’s just one primary school and one Steiner Rudolph school (although there are several pre-schools and kindergartens). The surrounding postcodes have several more primary schools and high schools, both public and private.
House prices showed slightly more resilience in West Pennant Hills during the slowdown in Sydney in fact, prices dipping 4.2% which was smaller than the Sydney wide average of 5.8%. Residex notes Only 0.39% of properties in the suburb are currently on the market with an average time of 20 x days on the market and Growth has been consistently healthy for houses averaging at 10.8% p.a for the last 10 x years.
Residex notes the median house price now sits at around $1.54m, although sales prices do vary dramatically depending on features and land/property size. Around $2.8m to $3.2m will buy you a 5-bedroom 3x bathroom home, on 1400m2 with its own tennis court and swimming pool. Or for a standard home 4-5 bedroom house on 800m2 $1.5m - $1.6m but the suburb also has many excellent value for money homes & a 3 bed unrenovated brick home with 2 bathrooms and 1 lock up garage space on 900m2 recently sold for $1,290,000 with a large yard and space for the kids to play.
Starting its days in 1796 when Andrew Thompson received a grant of 100 acres 'Pennant Hills', applied to the range of hills stretching north from Parramatta. The Pennant refers to a flagpole erected on the area’s highest point overlooking Sydney that was raised when the governor was on his journey from the CBD to Parramatta.
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