Willoughby is a family suburb located 7 kilometres north of the CBD on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Buses are the main form of public transport and reach the city in around 20 minutes depending on traffic. Artarmon or Chatswood stations are the closest rail stations if that is more convenient though.
Californian bungalows, Federation and Art Deco houses are treasured in Willoughby, however many new large two storey homes are springing up that are often preferred by families that need the extra space. Similarly, there are many period and Post-World War II apartments, however many residents prefer the newer apartments in larger complexes located on Willoughby Road within walking distance of the shopping village.
The quintessential north shore leafy streets and
The main shopping strip is on Willoughby Road which has a number of restaurants, cafés and The Bridgeview Hotel. There are more shops on Penthurst Street including the post office and Dan Murphy’s, while Harris Farm and other cafés and restaurants are located on High street in North Willoughby. Nearby Northbridge Plaza has another 35+ shops. Westfield Chatswood shops and Crows Nest restaurants and bars offer even more choice and are only a short drive away.
Bicentennial reserve is the largest in Willoughby and has many facilities including netball courts, a general sports field, a baseball field, a BBQ area and the Willoughby Leisure Centre with a fitness centre, sports hall, heated indoor pool, spa and sauna. Several walking paths can be accessed from there including the scenic Artarmon to Middle Harbour walk via The War Memorial Playing Fields, Keep Reserve and Sailors Bay. There are also a number of fitness clubs along Willoughby Road and personal trainers that run training sessions in the local parks.
St Thomas Primary and Willoughby Public are the local primary schools. Willoughby Girls High School is very well regarded and homes in its catchment area are hotly contested. St Pius X College and Mercy Catholic College in Chatswood and Roseville College are other highly regarded schools in the area.
The median house price in Willoughby is $2,045,000, which is 21.2% higher than a year ago. This will buy you an older freestanding house in need of renovation or a semi-detached house with parking in decent condition. The median unit price increased by 12.0% last year to $757,000. For that price you can buy a 2 bedroom apartment in good condition with parking and within easy walking distance to shops.
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