A little wilder, a little further away, and a lot better for beachside lifestyles than other regions of Sydney, the Northern Beaches—a long strip of charming coastal suburbs stretching from Manly to Palm Beach—remain host to some of the most sought-after real estate in the state’s capital. Boasting easy city access, an abundance of summer lifestyle options, and some of the most exclusive properties in Sydney, the region also hides hidden gems ready to be unearthed by home buyers savvy enough to spot them.
What is the appeal?
While some home buyers might look to Sydney’s Northern Beaches as an insular or isolated escape from the more frantic, clustered suburbs closer to the city centre, most go for the obvious—the no less than 35 sunny beaches, famed Manly beach among them, that the area possesses. The ‘Peninsula’, as locals call the area—surrounded by glittering coastal waters or shady forests as it is—has been described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see’. They note that ‘some neighbourhoods are ritzier than others, but what they all have in common is a devotion to the beach.’
The friendly sprawl of coastal towns across the Peninsula’s shores embody the quintessential seaside dream: long sandy beaches, hot summer days, and the dramatic southerly cool changes that make it all bearable. Living there can be like a permanent holiday, with something to offer for everybody.
In your 20s
In a surprise to exactly no one, the surf culture, relaxed vibe, and even the free Wi-Fi offered by some places in Sydney’s Northern Beaches’ public areas are all things sought out by school leavers and university grads. With film festivals, sports and parks galore, and a plethora of creative opportunities always available, the community-driven area is perfect solid ground for those still looking to find their feet.
Even for singles or young couples buying a home, public transport is often a consideration; luckily, while the region lacks a rail service, the ample ferry, taxi, and plentiful bus routes ensure access to anywhere along the coast and towards the city is hassle-free.
In your 30s and 40s
For those after a place to support a growing family tree, the Northern Beaches of Sydney are a perfect spot to put down roots. A vast array of both public and private schools scattered between Manly and Palm Beach guarantees that families won’t have to worry about their children’s education options or future. In addition, oodles of activities for young ones—Nippers, surf lifesaving, sailing, bushwalking, mountain biking, and horse riding, to name a few—are all well within arm’s reach.
Of course, the Beaches aren’t just good for kids—adults seeking a sea change or just healthy outdoor living can take their pick from attractions like Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
There are oodles of attractions in the region: beautiful National Parks and walks, stunning beaches, and events like Manly’s yearly Jazz Festival that’ll keep even the most overworked adult entertained. That in mind, the region’s relative proximity to the city for those who work there is nothing but a plus.
In your 50s, 60s, and beyond
With the lush natural surrounds and quintessentially coastal feel the beaches provide, people of a certain age looking to wind down from the work cycle and hectic family life should look no further. The Northern Beaches are obviously not at all short of things to do, but for those older people seeking to become a part of something or pursue the things they want, the beaches offer a variety of clubs, social groups, and events like the three-week annual Seniors Festival.
For those in need, the multiple medical facilities, multi-level aged care residences, and senior support services mean that the transition sought after by many into a more relaxed lifestyle is a seamless one.
Almost a nod to the more laidback days of the 60s and 70s, the quiet, permanently summery Northern Beaches region of Sydney continues to be one of the most attractive areas in New South Wales. Even now, the area remains in high demand, offering both good rental returns for investors (around 3.5% for a unit, 2.74% for a house) and steady capital growth.
Whilst there are some spectacular clifftop and beachfront properties—the median house price as of June is $1,865,000 — there are still some great value-for-money houses on the market for the keen-eyed homebuyer.
No matter what you are looking for, though, we can help you find the right Northern Beaches property in Sydney.