Sydney’s north-west has certainly undergone significant change over the last decade. Hot on the heels of a new transport network in the form of a Metro train line, communities across the north-west are seeing a rapid transformation with the establishment of a strong multicultural community boasting a predominance of young families.
The region, which for many years was known for its farming and agriculture, has certainly grown up, and in the process become a key part of the Sydney metropolitan area – and accordingly, a haven for new homebuyers.
But while transport connectivity has proven a major drawcard for many buyers, north-west Sydney also has plenty more to offer.
Despite its more recent growth, the region – which was home to the first convict farms outside of Sydney and Parramatta in the early 19th century – retains much of its rural, easy-going charm, with a mix of historic towns, hobby farms and native bushland.
Add in amazing retail and dining options, as well as abundant green spaces and a welcoming community, and it’s clear that north-west Sydney has never been more attractive.
Whether it be the retail options of the sprawling Rouse Hill Town Centre, or a range of local shopping plazas, including Rouse Hill Village, North Kellyville Square, The Ponds Shopping Centre and Stanhope Village, residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, without mentioning the regular weekly markets.
Foodies won’t miss out either, with popular north-west Sydney eateries such as The Fiddler (Aussie pub food), Lusso Tapas (Spanish), Black Bear BBQ (American), Chatkazz (Indian) and Frango’s Charcoal Chicken (Portuguese) providing a variety of international dining choices.
For those seeking an active outdoors lifestyle, the region is dotted with kid-friendly parks, tracts of bushland and nature walks. Local favourites include Rouse Hill Regional Park, Scheyville National Park, Galston’s Fagan Park, and the Nature Reserves at Pitt Town and Windsor Downs. Meanwhile, online community groups such as the family-oriented Facebook group ‘Hills District Mums’, help new residents make an easy transition into the local community, with recommendations for local services including hairdressers, mechanics, cleaners, babysitters, schools and cafés, as well as a ready-made community support network.
The positives don’t stop there either, with the NSW Government proposing a further $1.5 billion in late 2020 towards new and existing infrastructure in the region over the next 30 years. With funds recommended for road and bridge upgrades, as well as additional public transport, cycling and pedestrian paths, and educational facilities, among others, there is certainly a bright horizon for the people of the north-west.
This combination of factors is why homebuyers have made north-west Sydney one of the fastest-growing, most popular regions in the Sydney basin, according to Clearstate General Manager, Steve Barlow.
“The region is perfect for first home buyers and downsizers, with the former group becoming increasingly active in the property market in late 2020 and early 2021,” he confirmed.
“We’re definitely seeing some strong green shoot activity from first home buyers, who are making up the bulk of our enquiries and sales at present.
“We believe these buyers are seeking developers with a strong track record and land lots close to amenity – which our north-west Sydney projects all provide, thanks to the growth in the region’s infrastructure over the last decade.”
Since its establishment in 2011, Clearstate has developed 16 projects across north-west and south-west Sydney, contributing nearly 600 lots to the city’s overall housing supply.
The company has just announced its acquisition of a new site in Oakville, located moments from Rouse Hill and in a prime position in one of the newest parts of the north-west Sydney growth corridor, with handy proximity to the best the region has to offer.
Situated within the Hawkesbury LGA, Clearstate’s Oakville project comprises 68 lots which will be sold in two stages, and offers a ‘value for money’ option for buyers considering a land purchase on which to build their first home, says Mr Barlow.
“We believe there is a continued need for quality new land where people can build their ‘forever’ homes, and our Oakville project is a perfect example of this,” he explained.
“We pride ourselves on being a reputable developer that can be part of the homebuying journey, and one of our core principles is the delivery of excellent customer service that lays strong foundations for communities to flourish.
“We have a strong affinity for the north-west, and we believe the region’s outlook is exceedingly positive, with growing employment opportunities, transport options, health infrastructure and migration all reinforcing the future prospects for land and home owners in the region.”