When realestate.com.au released statistics on suburbs nationally that has seen the most online views only one suburb appeared in both the houses and units lists.
That suburb was Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches which topped the unit viewing list for 12 months ending January 2020 with an average of 6060 views per property.
Collaroy also appeared in the most viewed houses list nationwide, coming in at eighth place with an average 10,042 views per property.
Last year Collaroy was number 57 on the national list for units and down the line at number 262 for houses.
The huge rise in interest in Collaroy real estate is no surprise to agent Jill Rafferty of McGrath Collaroy who has been selling property in the beachside suburb for years She said the introduction of the State government B-Line bus service between Mona Vale and the CBD had been a game-changer for Collaroy.
“The B-Line is a fast and frequent service to the city that is a boon for commuters,” she said.
Families can enjoy a beach lifestyle with the shops, cafes and quirky cinema of Collaroy and still be in close reach of the city.
And in an age of working from home and flexible working Collaroy gives people a beach lifestyle without the price tag of Manly down the road.
According to realestate.com.au the median house price in Collaroy is $2.3 million and the median unit price is $870,000.
Currently there are seven houses for sale in Collaroy, with price guides up to $15 million, and six units for sale.
The suburb is a drawcard for first home buyers who want a beach lifestyle, families wanting a big block and retirees wanting a lively shopping strip and plenty of recreation options.
Years ago Collaroy was the go-to suburb for country families when they travelled to Sydney for the summer holiday. Over the years those big weekenders have been replaced by modern mansions and apartment blocks.
Northern Beaches Council has invested in the suburb upgrading a large playground near the beach and making the sand and surf accessible for people with disabilities.
Ms Rafferty is marketing a four-bedroom house at 11 Anzac Ave, Collaroy which goes to auction on Thursday April 9 with a $4.4 million guide.
The Collaroy Basin house is opposite Griffith Park which allows dogs off a leash, within footsteps of the main beach at Collaroy, and close to tennis courts, golf club, kayaking at Fisherman’s Beach and public transport.
“The whole world is outside your front door and people find once they park their car after work they don’t drive anywhere on the weekend, everything is within walking distance,” she said.
The two-storey house has an ocean view, an outside spa and a relaxed indoor/outdoor floorplan.