With a lovely range of easy-care bungalows, it’s no wonder Cardiff Heights has proven popular with retirees. However, growing families have recently started taking an interest in this area too.
In the more secluded spots, there are some large homes on decent acreage. One five-bedroom stunner with an orchard, vegie garden, pool, outbuildings and room for livestock sold recently for $1.63 million.
It was a new sale price for the suburb but for mums and dads who dream of being able to give their kids the freedom to run and play – or even form a heavy rock band without worrying about disturbing the neighbours! – the price of a dream suddenly looks affordable, says Natasha McElwaine of McElwaine Real Estate.
Cardiff Heights sits 13km west of Newcastle’s CBD and only a five-minute drive to Lake Macquarie so it’s ideal for families who are mad about water sports.
Charlestown Town Square shopping centre, the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the Hunter region, is also only five minutes away and it’s right on the edge of lovely Blackbutt Reserve with 182ha of natural bushland providing visitors with the opportunity to interact with native animals, including koalas, wombats, emus and even snakes.
Cardiff Heights Property Market
Median house prices in Cardiff Heights are a bargain $595,750 with rents of $440 a week according to realestate.com.au and prices seem to be holding steady with no drop in the past three months. Clearly a lot of people are discovering this lovely secret with monthly visits to properties number around 2,332.
The average age of residents here is currently 60 plus and, says Natasha. “I know that around 90 per cent of older people want to stay in their own home. Another thing that provides peace of mind for anyone moving here is that John Hunter Hospital with its excellent medical facilities is only seven minutes away.”
Obviously, that also makes the suburb popular with staff working at the hospital. Nearly 10 per cent of residents work in the medical sphere.
More than 80 per cent of homes are owner occupied so clearly this is a place where people are eager to buy, Natasha adds.
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