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Thinking of buying or renting in Hornsby?

By Courtenay Morrison

We asked our Ray White team members – and Hornsby locals – Mark Seymour, Allison Cauchi and Eddie Yiu for their first-hand opinions of what it’s like to work and play in this popular, family-friendly suburb.

Easy Transport and Convenience

Finding the ideal suburb to suit your busy lifestyle?
For many people, it all starts with convenience – the ability to get around easily, whether on foot, in your car, or using public transport.

In Hornsby, the options are varied and with the CBD just a short trip away, the suburb is a top choice for an easy commute.

Hornsby life for Allison is even easier because she’s lucky enough to live and work within an easy walking distance.

Walking to work gives Allison a relaxed start to her working day – especially because she enjoys the luxury of sourcing what she describes as “the best coffee around” at one of her favourite cafes, Soul Origin, in Westfield.

“It’s quiet, family-friendly, safe and the transport is direct to get to most places – especially the city,” says Allison.

Family-Friendly Favourites

Located less than 30 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, Hornsby sits on the edge of nearby bushland, with parks, sportsgrounds and ovals that offer great places for bike-riding and bushwalking.

Having the fantastic shopping choices at the local Westfield shopping centre so handy to her home and work is another definite bonus of Allison’s life in Hornsby – something she says makes the spot a fantastic choice for both singles and families.

To Mark, it’s obvious why people love living in Hornsby so much.

“Great location, great transport and fantastic schools,” he says.

Food, Glorious Food

With so many café and restaurant options within easy reach, Allison says that, on the days she works late, a quick drive to Ta Wan Thai puts “the most delicious, authentic Thai food” on her table.

For her Ray White colleague, Mark, going out to eat with his family usually leads him to Blue Water Grill or Infusion.

Blue Water Grill is also a firm favourite with Mark’s Ray White colleague, Eddie, who also loves Oki Oki Japanese restaurant when he’s dining out in the local area.

It’s a suburb that wears its multicultural mix proudly on its sleeve, with a vibrant range of food and shopping options that reflect the diversity of its residents, including Asians and Indians, as well as those who have been calling the suburb home for generations.

Eddie understands the appeal.

“The multicultural community and the quality of schools around are the main attraction,” he says.

A Vibrant Future

As the suburb continues to evolve, Allison expects to see more units, but hopes that rental prices will stay steady, due to what she believes will be the overflow of rental properties.

With the most recent real estate sector data revealing a median property price of $1.07million for a 3-bedroom family home, and weekly rental for similarly-sized properties at $615, Hornsby has appeal with a range of residents that includes singles and families and it’s sought-after status sees recent auction clearance rates sitting around 84%.

As someone who knows the area well, Eddie is looking forward to an exciting future for the suburb.

“We’ll see the completion of the North Connex, the finished product of the Hornsby Quarry and the new development of the Hornsby RSL Club new residential projects, and perhaps the start of the West side re-development,” he says of the changes that will ensure Hornsby continues to attract buyer and rental interest.

Hornsby Hot Spots

Between hanging out at local favourites, including the Hornsby Swimming Pool and the Hornsby RSL, Allison and Mark’s local knowledge also leads them to the Thursday Hornsby Mall Market for some unique atmosphere.

With plenty of beaches and room to move nearby, Allison, Eddie and Mark believe it’s hard to beat, with an easygoing lifestyle they love.

*Source: Property statistics realestate.com.au and domain.com.au

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