BONDI or Manly might be what the world thinks of when it comes to living in Sydney but locals who actually want the Australian dream of a family home with a backyard go to one place — Baulkham Hills.
The suburb, which is split between the Hills Shire and Parramatta councils, was the most popular area in the country for families wanting four-bedroom houses.
It was also the most coveted location for buyers of all house types in the Greater Western Sydney area, with buyer demand nearly doubling since 2019, according to a realestate.com.au measure of online search activity.
Adjacent suburbs North Rocks, Winston Hills, Kings Langley and Castle Hill rounded out the top five most viewed suburbs more than 15km west of the CBD.
“Baulkham Hills is off the charts right now,” realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said. “It’s always been popular with families but now it’s huge.”
The increased interest in the northwest coincided with the opening of the Sydney Metro Northwest train line in May last year. The line connects much of the region to Sydney’s north shore and beyond.
Housing experts said the region’s increased popularity was also due to its proximity to Sydney’s second CBD at Parramatta — and the big houses on large blocks.
Additional Australian Post Office data revealed the region accounted for the bulk of suburbs with the most requests to redirect mail from newly moved NSW families and households between 2013 and 2019.
Kellyville residents used the most redirect services, followed by Castle Hill, Port Macquarie, Mosman and Baulkham Hills.
One of the biggest contributors to Kellyville’s growth was the North Kellyville housing estate, which effectively doubled the size of the suburb.
McGrath-Castle Hill agent Tamara Wikaruk said the schools, shopping options and large blocks had always been a big draw for families but the new train line was bringing even more people to the area.
“We’re getting significantly more out-of-area buyers,” Ms Wikaruk said.
Fiona Ross moved from Baulkham Hills to Kellyville 11 years ago and said the region was growing fast.
“The rail link has been a huge change,” she said. “There is a lot more people and it’s much easier to get around, especially for teenagers.”
Her family is taking their home at 20 Valenti Crescent to auction next weekend but will be staying in the area.
“We love the feel of the home. There is plenty of space you never feel like you need to be stuck in the same room, which is good as a family,” she said.
MOST REQUESTS FOR RE-DIRECT MAIL SERVICE 2013-2019
Source: Australian Post Office