Castle Hill has long been the epitome of the suburban ideal. It’s the heart of the Hills District and coveted for its leafy streets and spacious forever homes. The tight-knit community enjoys access to good schools and ample amenities.
In recent years there has been an influx of young professionals and empty nesters buying into new apartment developments popping up around Castle Towers, featuring roof gardens and sweeping views across Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Many buyers are attracted by the proximity of this bustling entertainment and shopping hub, as well as the convenience of the addition of the Sydney Metro Northwest rail line.
According to realestate.com.au, the median unit price is $1,000,000, with a compound growth rate over the last five years of 3.3% and average weekly rent of $550.
Located 24km north-west of the CBD, Castle Hill has benefitted from a number of new schools opening in the surrounding areas, and others being upgraded, in recent years.
The great outdoors on your doorstep
Lifestyle is a big drawcard too, with access to green space not just for those living on big blocks with spacious backyards. There are 44 parks in the area, making up almost 10% of the suburb. The largest and most notable of these being Castle Hill Heritage Park. Not only does this 20-hectare area of landscaped hills and remnant Blue Gum forest feature walking tracks, picnic areas and a playground, it also has a rich and fascinating history. It’s a nationally significant site that was one of the first government farms dating back to 1801 and was the site of Australia’s first ever convict rebellion in 1804. As you walk around the park, this story is brought to life, as well as a timeline history of the Dharug people.
Castle Hill is heaven for bushwalkers, with one of the most popular being the kid-friendly Platypus Walking Track that runs through Bidjigal Reserve. Drive a little further afield and you also have easy access to some of Sydney’s most spectacular national parks and beautiful countryside.
A sophisticated shopping precinct
Once you’re in Castle Hill, you might struggle to find a reason to ever leave the neighbourhood. A big part of that is the recently refurbished Castle Towers – a central hub for the community with over 300 shops, including David Jones, Myer and Target, a fresh food marketplace with a bakery, butcher, and fruit and veg shop, as well as restaurants, cafes, a cinema, bowling alley and mini-golf course. It’s a mecca for shopping, dining and entertainment.
With its improved public transport access and new development, Castle Hill is going through an exciting period of transformation. Although it’s maintained its family-friendly suburban character, a thriving local community and relaxed lifestyle, this mixed-density suburb, which has been tipped as the next Chatswood, now has something for everyone.
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