We asked our Ray White team – and Berowra locals – for their first-hand opinions of what it’s like to work and play in these community focused, serene suburbs.
Lifestyle in the Berowra area
Looking for serenity? Berowra and Berowra Heights are stunning sanctuaries where the bush meets the bay. The closeness of the beautiful waterways, the fresh air and the freedom all set the vibe of a relaxed area where people are passionate about their local community. Although the occasional spotting of local echidnas is hard to come by, our team says seeing Australian wildlife, including wallabies and bandicoots, is a reminder of how special this area is.
From then to now
The history of the Berowra area is a rich one, with a name that dates to the original indigenous inhabitants, the Guringgai tribe.
But today it’s changing and the location, around 38 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, makes it ideal for a mix of young families and retirees.
A great place to raise your kids
Ray White Hornsby team member and Berowra local Courtenay says, “it’s a great family-friendly area.”
The abundance of great primary schools in the area are a big draw card for residents, as are the numerous sporting clubs. A strong community spirit is apparent and local kids can enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities such as the local skate park, bike riding and an abundance of bush walking tracks.
The area is filled with simple pleasures including a diverse range of cuisines and coffee spots most of which are family friendly such as Café Laurella, Darcie’s Café, Wise Monkey Cafe, Bambinos Too Pizza, Absolute Thai, Berowra RSL or the Berowra Tavern. Berowra Waters is another popular local spot for breakfast on Sunday mornings.
Be welcomed by a close-knit community
Berowra and Berowra Heights are places where you can walk down the street and people say hello and smile.
“Most people look out for one another and if someone is in need people will put up their hands up to help,” Courtenay says.
Community support was particularly evident recently at the Wideview Public School’s annual fete where Courtenay says, “there were over 4,000 people who came along to help support the school, with other local schools promoting the event in their newsletter.”
Residents are often brought together over the changing fortunes of a variety of local sporting teams that include Berowra Football Team, Berowra Netball Club, Berowra Cricket Club and Berowra Wallabies.
Easy Transport and Convenience
Another reason an increasing number of people are keen to make Berowra and Berowra Heights their home, is the convenience of many transport options that can take residents to Sydney and beyond, via the Pacific Highway that runs through the picturesque area. Easy accessibility to public transport via the trains that stop at the local station gives commuters stress-free travel options to Hornsby, the Central Coast and Newcastle.
Rare affordability and a steady market
An area that has been said to be one of the most affordable places in Sydney, perhaps not quite hitting its peak just yet, the area still offers exceptional value when you consider the lifestyle on offer.
For investors keen to buy into the area, the news is positive. A high demand rental market offers strong potential for long-term gains with rental returns on 3-bedroom houses showing a healthy median of $570 per week. Currently, the most recent data reveals the median house price is still under the million-dollar mark at $980,500 for a 3-bedroom house*.
With a plethora of open spaces and a laid-back atmosphere, Berowra and Berowra Heights are a smart choice for Sydney-siders looking for fresh air, room to move and a place to explore suburban living away from the total hustle and bustle.
*Source: realestate.com.au last updated July 31st 2017.