Part of the city of Lake Macquarie, Garden Suburb was created around 100 years ago, inspired by the garden city movement then in vogue in England. The idea was to combine elements of the city and the country. To that end Chinese market gardens and shrubs were replaced with wide tree-lined streets and parkland.
The result is a lovely, peaceful area, particularly perfect for raising a family, says real estate agent Natasha McElwaine from McElwaine Estate Agents who recently hit a new record with her very first sale in the suburb.
“That property illustrated perfectly everything I love about this area,” Natasha explained. “It was a stunning home with a lovely garden overlooking a beautiful bushland reserve full of native flora and fauna. A place where you could take a step back from the hectic business of life and get back to nature. “I’m all about selling the potential for a new life as much as a property and I guarantee buyers who haven’t considered this area before will be blown away.”
Garden Suburb Property Market
Garden Suburb has a mix of new and old houses, mainly family homes. It is an area where people buy rather than rent, and houses have a median value of $658,061, according to CoreLogic.
As a result, Garden Suburb lives up to its name with nicely kept houses with good gardens. This makes it a high demand market with 2,119 visits per property compared to the NSW average of 1,074.
“It’s got everything,” says Natasha, “including a range of public and independent schools nearby and the major shopping precinct of Charlestown just seven minutes away.”
It’s also only 10 minutes away from John Hunter Hospital. That means properties are in high demand from medical staff looking for somewhere to raise families.
Also adding to the experience of a relaxed life, Lake Macquarie, ideal for swimming, cycling, walking, boating, or visiting the local markets, is only a short drive away while a trip to the Hunter Valley wineries takes less than an hour.
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