Houses For Sale In Sydney Suburbs

Sydney is Australia’s most populated city and arguably the best and grandest place to live in the world. Often mistaken as the capital city of Australia, Sydney is home to many of Australia’s best attractions such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach and Hyde Park. When it comes to the property market, it is not surprising that Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city and the world’s third most expensive. So for those searching for a home, it can be a bit overwhelming choosing a suburb that best suits your lifestyle, needs and budget. To make the process easier, we have broken down the main areas in Sydney that are within a 45 minute radius (approximately) of the CBD.

Houses for sale in Sydney

City Living in the CBD and Inner City Suburbs of Sydney:

Living in the hub of the Sydney CBD was once unpopular and a rare choice but has increased in popularity over the years. The lifestyle generally attracts young professionals, with many property developments being designed to specifically cater to their needs. Modern, low maintenance apartment complexes are all over Inner Sydney, whilst old heritage buildings have been redeveloped into trendy residential apartments. Many blocks feature facilities such as a gym, pool, spa and sauna to accommodate for the lack of beaches and outdoor space on offer. For many though, Inner-City living is a relatively short lived stay, as kids and family life very often become a priority and “the suburbs” soon become appealing since they offer homes with backyards and family friendly facilities

Attractions:

  • Easy access to an array of shops, markets, attractions, nightlife and offices.
  • Trendy environment with great fashion, culture and multi-cultural restaurants/cafes
  • Generally gay friendly (particularly Oxford Street)

Pitfalls:

  • Lack of outdoor space.
  • Not family friendly
  • Crowded streets
  • Congested traffic
  • Poor parking
  • High crime levels

Inner West:

Inner West suburbs include Newtown, Surry Hills, Glebe, Pyrmont, Balmain, Leichhardt, Rozelle, Erskineville and more.

The Inner West has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years. The area has become popular due to its close proximity to the CBD and has trendy shopping, a hip nightlife and multi-cultural cafes and restaurants. These suburbs contain a blend of terraces built in the Victorian Era, modern apartments and grand old mansions. The Inner West is well serviced with public transport and is ultra-popular with first home buyers. The area provides solid capital growth so it’s not only great for those seeking a trendy and youthful lifestyle, but also a good pick for investors.

Attractions:

  • Cosmopolitan lifestyle
  • Close proximity to the CBD
  • Good transport
  • Great restaurants, cafes and happening nightlife
  • Trendy shops

Pittfalls:

  • Tight blocks of land
  • Generally poor parking
  • Tight streets
  • Lack of beaches
  • Crime
  • Minimal parks/reserves

Eastern Suburbs:

Suburbs include: Woollahra, Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay, Paddington, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Bellevue Hill, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Randwick, Point Piper, Darling Point, Elizabeth Bay, Watson’s Bay, Bronte, Vaucluse, Bondi, Coogee, Tamarama, Clovelly, Bondi and more.

The Eastern Suburbs contains some of the world’s most expensive real estate. Homes are highly sought after if they feature water views, are within close proximity to a beach (ie. Bondi) or are near to the city or parks. There are various prestigious private schools in the area which service the affluent neighbourhood. Restaurants are abundant, yacht clubs are numerous (the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts at Rushcutters Bay) and many exclusive shops featuring top brands can be found in Double Bay, Woollahra and Paddington. Transport is primarily by car and bus. The only train line is from Bondi Junction. Ferries are available from Rose Bay to the city.

Attractions:

  • Exclusive shopping
  • Prestigious private schools and residences
  • Many locations feature great water views
  • Upper class environment
  • Beautiful beaches, including the world famous Bondi Beach

Pitfalls:

  • Expensive housing  (homes are well above budget for those on a low-average income)
  • Costly living for families
  • Some people report of a “stuck up attitude”

The Northern Beaches and Pittwater:

Suburbs include Manly, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf, Seaforth, Allambie, Allambie Heights, Beacon Hill, Fairlight, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Dee Why, Collaroy, Mona Vale, Church Point, Bayview, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon, Whale Beach, Palm Beach, Frenchs Forest, Forestville, Belrose, Terry Hills, Oxford Falls, Whale Beach and more.
The Northern Beaches – an area which features a blend of the very best that Sydney has to offer.

northern beaches houses for sale

Manly, located on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, is the first of an array of breathtaking beach suburbs that Sydney has to offer. The Northern Beaches originated as a surfing district but has since grown to be an elite area of Sydney. The area offers many prestigious homes, in the fact the most expensive street in Australia is on the Northern Beaches (Laura Street, Seaforth)…but as the locals say “it offers all the exclusivity and premium lifestyle, minus the attitude”.
The Northern Beaches property market is booming. Prices are souring however the market still offers value for money and good capital growth.

Attractions:

  • Stunning beaches
  • Brilliant outdoor lifestyle
  • Easy access to great schools
  • Great nightlife
  • Eclectic shops and trendy cafes
  • Premium residential homes
  • Suburbs which still offer great opportunities for good growth
  • Easy access to the CBD
  • Great community spirit
  • Great reserves and parks
  • Many locations offer beautiful harbour views

Pitfalls:

  • No train line

Western Suburbs and Hills District

The inner and outer western suburbs have experienced the fastest growth of any area in the whole of Sydney, this being the only direction in which Sydney can still continue to grow. The Western suburbs are an eclectic mix of suburban sprawl, with suburbs like Strathfield (a more established suburb) offering large stately homes, whilst suburbs like Castle Hill in the North West feature established acreages and many new urban developments.

The City of Parramatta is located at the centre of the western suburbs and boasts a population of 150,000 plus people. The Western Region has over 1.6M people, which is over 40% of Sydney’s entire population. The more exclusive smaller inner suburbs, such as Hunters Hill (which are relatively close to the city) are very expensive and prestigious. As a general rule however, the western suburbs offer housing within a comparatively reasonable price range, thereby ensuring its continual popularity.

Attractions:

  • Affordable housing
  • Multi-cultural society
  • General cost of living is lower
  • Great community spirit

Pittfalls:

  • Higher crime levels
  • Lack of beaches and an exclusive lifestyle
  • Lower socio-economic group

Lower North Shore:

Suburbs include Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Cremorne, Mosman, Balmoral, Neutral Bay, St Leonards, Waverton, Crows Nest, Cremorne, Lavender Bay,Milsons Point, Cammeray, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Longueville, Artarmon and more.
These affluent suburbs are primarily known for their Federation homes which were built in the 1920’s. They boast high ceilings and sandstone bases, primarily in the luxurious suburb of Mosman. A selection of these homes have been immaculately preserved and others have been converted into apartment blocks or duplexes. Kirribilli, which is the suburb closest to the CBD and on a train line, is home to the Prime Minister (Kirribilli House) and the Governor General (Admiralty House) but is predominantly full of apartment blocks.
All of these areas have great access to shops, restaurants, cafes, private schools and transport. Balmoral Beach is a stunning harbour beach with calm waters and is ideal for swimming, picnics or relaxing walks.

Attractions:

  • Exclusive shopping
  • Prestigious private schools and residences
  • Many locations feature great water views
  • Beautiful beaches such as Balmoral
  • Upper class environment
  • Close proximity to the CBD

Pitfalls:

  • Expensive housing (homes are well above budget for those on a low-average income)
  • Costly living for families
  • No surf beaches
  • Reports of “snobby” attitudes

The Upper North Shore:

Suburbs include Chatswood, Pymble, Roseville, St Ives, Killara, Gordon, Lindfield, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Hornsby and more.
The Upper North Shore is all about good schools, families and ample room for the dog to run around. Residents are generally attracted to these areas for their peace, tranquility and private schools. They are willing to sacrifice a trendy lifestyle and beautiful beaches for the sake of space and their children. There are many home that are very grand and prestigious, set on large sqm’s. The area is serviced by a train line running direct to the city with a 45minute service from Hornsby to the city.

Attractions:

  • Prestigious private schools and residences
  • Spacious blocks of land
  • Many wide leafy streets and peaceful suburbs
  • Chatswood offers brilliant shopping, restaurants etc.
  • Strong Chinese community
  • Train line for many of the suburbs

Pitfalls:

  • Lack of beaches
  • Generally not considered “trendy or youthful”
  • Not considered an area for those who enjoy a good nightlife

St George and the Sutherland Shire:

Suburbs include Brighton Le Sands, Taren Point, Kangaroo Point, Sylvania, Woolooware, Cronulla, Gymea, Carringbah, Lilli Pilli, Dolan’s Bay and more.
The Southern suburbs of Sydney are known as the Shire. John McGrath, CEO of McGrath Estate Agents and leading real estate guru is from the Shire. Residences along the waterways such as Georges River are a fraction of the price compared to harbourside properties. Kangaroo Point is the most exclusive area whilst the South is generally more affordable. Cronulla is the equivalent of what Bondi is the eastern suburbs and Manly is the Northern Beaches. It is just inside the 45minute stretch to the CBD and is the most affordable beachside area in Sydney.

Attractions:

  • Lovely beaches
  • Enjoyable outdoor lifestyle
  • Affordable suburbs which offer a beachside lifestyle
  • Great community spirit
  • Good variety of reserves and parks

Pittfalls:

  • Higher crime levels
  • Lower socio-economic group

For more great statistics and information about the Sydney housing market please contact us direct. We have specialists in every Sydney suburb and can help you make the right decision.

Call:

Tim Cullen on     0424 006 855

Bernadette Cullen    0414 618 908

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The above information is written to the best of our knowledge and personal research at the time of writing. It is reflective of the current environment therefore we cannot guarantee that all the information presented here is 100% all true. Please do not rely on this information as investment advice and consult your personal investment

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