When talking about property and the best suburbs in which to live and buy, conversation usually turns to the topic of affordability and housing prices. Sure, these are easy and valuable ways to grade the ‘best’ suburbs within a city, but there’s considerably more that contributes to the value of a suburb.
While Parramatta’s rapid development has dominated Western Sydney’s property headlines recently, neighbouring suburbs have been quietly undergoing a transformation. These neighborhoods have many unique and attractive qualities that can trump price to draw buyers in – but for first-time home buyers, navigating a new market can quickly become overwhelming. Buying property is a big decision – knowing that a suburb is right for you is just as important as the home itself.
We’ve put together a list of the suburbs at the top of Western Sydney’s hot property list – for more than just their dollar value.
Harris Park: cosmopolitan flavour
Median property price: $490,000
A hidden gem, Harris Park is undergoing a period of regeneration thanks to a large number of new apartments being built. Located 23 kilometres out of the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD and just a skip, hop and a jump from Parramatta, this quiet suburb benefits from Parramatta’s many facilities including shopping centres such as Westfield and entertainment venues such as the Riverside Theatre. Boasting a number of both public and private schools, Harris Park is a lively education hub, with the University of Western Sydney also just down the road. Well connected with transport options, the suburb sports its own train station and buses that run all over Sydney, while also offering easy access to the M4 motorway and the larger Parramatta train station.
Harris Park has a large Indian population, with about 40% of its residents born in India. Well known for its Indian eateries, visitors are spoilt for choice with Italian and Greek restaurants and Lebanese sweet shops; benefiting from the different nationalities that contribute to Harris Park’s cosmopolitan flavour.
St Marys: community hub
Median property price: $666,000
Having recently undergone a facelift, St Marys sits at the heart of Western Sydney’s intimate, family-friendly scene. Incredibly reasonable housing prices make it ideal for first-time buyers, who will be kept busy beyond their front door thanks to the main shopping district along Queen Street being a hive for activities and events, including cafes, boutique shops, supermarkets, gyms and more.
An inclusive and diverse suburb, local businesses and community organisations regularly offer English classes and lessons in anything from learning to gardening to developing your computer skills. St Marys is also rich with green spaces, offering a bounty of parks and reserves with BBQ areas and playgrounds for the kids. The suburb also offers easy access to a number of primary and high schools, along with a state-of-the-art library which has recently undergone an upgrade of its own.
Close to the business districts of Penrith and Parramatta, St Marys offers plentiful opportunities for employment. If your work is further afield, the M4 Motorway sits conveniently along the southern boundary of the suburb, the Great Western Highway leads in and out of the suburb, and St Marys Station forms a major local public transport hub which combines rail, taxi and bus services.
Schofields: rural haven
Median property price: $750,000
Schofields is one to watch. A rural haven for the next generation of families, the suburb is located just a short 20-minute drive from Parramatta and offers countryside living with attractive capital gains over the coming years. Nestled behind the brand-new homes in ‘The Ponds’ estates, the area is incredibly safe and offers peace and quiet, free from traffic and parking congestion. The suburb also includes a number of childcare options, primary schools and high schools.
Despite the rural location, Schofields boasts superior transport options with its own train station with lines running directly to the Sydney CBD and Parramatta – the M2 and M7 are also just minutes away. The suburb has convenient options for shopping, including the Stanhope Gardens and the Rouse Hill Town Centre and is a mere five-minute drive from the brand-new hospital in the Norwest Boulevard business park.
Still not sure where to start looking for your dream home? At Best Value Real Estate we specialise in Residential Real Estate from Parramatta to Penrith. With highly qualified, licensed real estate agents with more than 10 years of professional experience as neighbourhood real estate specialists in Western Sydney, we help buyers achieve their real estate dreams.