Sydney’s best-value family suburbs

On the move: Jim and Kay Demetriadis are selling their home in Kogarah Bay. Photo: Brendan Esposito On the move: Jim and Kay Demetriadis are selling their home in Kogarah Bay. Photo: Brendan Esposito
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On the move: Jim and Kay Demetriadis are selling their home in Kogarah Bay. Photo: Brendan Esposito

A great family home in a suburb with plenty of potential price growth within a 20-kilometre radius of the Sydney CBD?

It’s many people’s dream and, although it’s not going to come particularly cheaply any more, there are pockets of Sydney around that are still undervalued, or that will  benefit from infrastructure projects that are under construction or on the cards.

“You have to have an eye to the future when you’re looking for something like this,” says buyers’ agent Chris Curtis of Curtis Associates. “There might be infrastructure coming along and improved connectivity that will really help a suburb or area. You need to look for key drivers of growth as well as family lifestyle.”

It’s for both those reasons that, in the eastern suburbs, Curtis favours places like Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington because of the coming south east light rail line, and Rosebery nearby.

Martin Farah of sales agents NG Farah agrees. “The light rail will make Kingsford like an epicentre, and prices there will go up,” he says. “It’s very good for young families.”

In the inner west, Curtis names Dulwich Hill, Haberfield and Leichhardt as areas also still with future growth as a result of their new light rail links. Summer Hill, is the pick of Dennis Kalofonos, principal of Sydney Property Finders. “That’s still a nice suburb for families,” he says.

Kalofonos also rates some of the suburbs to Sydney’s south as likely to pick up value as a result of the WestConnex project and upgrading the M5. For families, he recommends Sans Souci, Rockdale, Kogarah, Carlton, Ramsgate and South Hurstville.

“They will benefit significantly from the road improvements,” he says. “Traffic will be reduced substantially and Ramsgate council has always been a fantastic upgrading body, while there’s lots of accommodation for families, particularly in Kogarah and Carlton.”

Brad Fair of agents PRDnationwide Woodward-Ramsgate says it’s an area that offers a healthy lifestyle with the beaches, parks, schools and shops. “It’s already close to everything, but it will soon be even better,” he says.

In the south west, Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson names Georges Hall, Bass Hill, Fairfield, South Granville and Chester Hill as his affordable family picks, still with incipient price growth. “It’s in the vicinity of those areas that you’ll still find good buying,” he says.

To the north west, he thinks Cherrybrook and Castle Hill are still good bets. The North West Rail Link he feels has already sent many prices in the area soaring, but these still offer value. “They’ll still be cheaper than some of the surrounding areas, and they’re my personal preference in terms of neighbourhoods,” he says.

On the Upper North Shore, he also likes Hornsby and Pennant Hills as still being good value, while Curtis believes Pymble and Turramurra could be excellent choices. “Turramurra has a lovely village feel and a good local community which is great for families,” he says. “I think they’re both still a little undervalued.”

Local agent George Carey of Ray White Turramurra agrees. “Turramurra is a great area close to the national park and there’s still good price growth there to come,” he says.Case study: A fabulous area for families

When Kay and Jim Demetriadis went to inspect a house in Kogarah Bay, they reckoned it could be the perfect home for their young family. And 22 years later, they know they were absolutely right.

“It’s been great for us,” says Kay, 55, whose two daughters are in their early 30s. “It’s a lovely family home, especially with the extensions and renovation and all the improvements we’ve made to it, and it’s a fabulous area for families.

“You’re on the foreshore of Kogarah Bay, so you have the beach, parks, schools, shopping centre, airport and the city just 15 minutes away. You’re right smack in the middle of the St George area and you’re so close to everything. It’s going to be even better soon with the new roads.”

Over the years, Kay and Jim, 63, a carpenter, have turned the original 1920s workers cottage at 8 Ramsgate Road into a more spacious three-bedroom home. While they’ve retained many of the original features, such as the high ornate ceilings, picture rails and fireplace, they’ve put in a new kitchen and bathroom, swimming pool, pergola, garage and polished timber floors throughout – Jim’s specialty.

But now the couple are selling their house through Belle Property Ramsgate Beach agent Tony Giouzelis (Phone 0433 133 660) via auction on February 26 with expectations of over $950,000.

“With our daughters grown up and with grandchildren, we’ve decided to find another house to renovate in the area,” says Kay. “But we’ll miss it.”Feature property

9 Alice Street, Turramurra Price guide: $1.3 million

Close to quality public and private schools in the area, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house would be well suited to a growing family, in a suburb that still has plenty of price growth left.

“It is a beautiful character home in an area that’s great for families,” says Ray White Turramurra agent Kevin Hinder (Ph 0417 253 633). “There’s a lot of good value in Turramurra and I believe there is price growth still to come.”

The house was built in the 1920s in a quiet, leafy part of the Upper North Shore, North-facing, and with a traditional front porch set midst pretty greenery. To the back, there’s a private rear deck and an easy-to-care-for established garden.

Inside there are high ceilings, timber floors and a dining room opening out to the garden. The modern kitchen has a wraparound deck, perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining, and there’s also a study or nursery, while the master bedroom has an en suite.

“The house is just a short walk to the local shops, too,” says Hinder. The house is going for auction on February 21 via Hinder and fellow agent George Carey (Ph 0422 005 985). More photos: Domain上海龙凤

Or try these:

24 Snape Street, Kingsford Price guide: Around $2 million

Four oversized bedrooms, four bathrooms and a large living and dining room make this a perfect family home. Upstairs, it has two balconies, one shaded by grape vines and with views. it also has a paved garden with pool as well as a study, and is close to local shops and parks. For auction February 24 via N.G.Farah agent Martin Farah Ph 0418 402 015. More photos: Domain上海龙凤

4/39 Walter Street, Sans Souci Price guide: $850,000+

Just 800 metres to the beach at Dolls Point, this large townhouse has three bedrooms and an office, and two bathrooms. Strata-titled in a security complex, it has an upstairs family room and a kitchen-dining area that opens to a north-facing grass courtyard, as well as a lock-up garage. For auction February 21 via Peter McGuinn of South Eastern Realty, Ph 0414 283 055. More photos: Domain上海龙凤

2B Greendale Avenue, Pymble Price guide: Offers over $1.25 million

A stroll to schools, parks and the rail station, this free-standing brick home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms with open plan lounge and dining areas leading to a covered outdoor entertaining terrace. There are polished floorboards, ducted reverse cycle airconditioning and a double lock-up garage. For sale via Mary Hepburn, Century 21 Cordeau Marshall – St Ives, Ph 0413 240 505. More photos: Domain上海龙凤

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