Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW
Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

The inner suburbs always get plenty of press, but options lay beyond the hipster belt. 

Fringe suburbs present an affordable way into the market, especially if you are a first-time buyer and as long as you choose a prospect with the right fundamentals, you can expect your holding to show good long term growth, according to valuation firm Herron Todd White's property clock for April.

Given the growth in values achieved in the Sydney metropolitan area of late, the metamorphosis of older suburbs into modern living spaces that have been driven by location and buyer demand have changed the faces of many for the better. HTW focuses on suburbs within 20 to 25 kilometres of the CBD as the primary location for this shift.

Sydney South

Starting with the southern end of Sydney, we have seen Engadine and Kirrawee in the Sutherland Shire as two of the standout performers with significant growth and redevelopment changing these areas. The buzz has mainly come from the affordable price point for first-home buyers and upsizers.

In addition, the re-zoning for duplexes and new unit complexes has created an increase in current DA applications.

The Engadine shopping precinct has expanded over the past decade with the big three supermarket chains along with a number of restaurants and cafes drawing people to the suburb. Engadine is seen as ideal for buyers wanting to live within one of the few regions in Sydney bounded by national parks, close to Sydney’s southern beaches and with direct access to the CBD which is less than 50 minutes by train. The next five to 10 years in Engadine will see more development of high density units and duplex style dwellings. Engadine has seen median house prices increase from $600,000 in December 2012 to $885,000 in February 2016 with unit median prices increasing from $415,000 to $617,500 over this time period (source: realestate. com.au).

Property Observer found a few recently sold units around the median range on realestate.com.au.

Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

1. A two-bedroom apartment at 11/6 Preston Avenue Engadine NSW 2233 (above) sold for $595,000 recently.

Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

2. Another recent sale was that of a three-bedroom apartment at 1/1084 Old Princes Highway Engadine (above) NSW 2233 sold for $630,000.

On a larger scale, Kirrawee is seeing huge redevelopment with a new $8.5 million hotel development on a site on the Princes Highway which was once home to a service station and motor mechanic. The new hotel will be almost opposite the Brick Pit site which sits at the junction of the existing retail strip, industrial factories and residential development, only 200 meters from Kirrawee train station. This site, approved for approximately 750 residential apartments between six and 14 storeys with a large commercial and retail presence, will be constructed at a cost of approximately $500 million.

A similar large-scale development is already under construction at Woolooware Bay which neighbours the Cronulla Sharks Football Stadium. The former car park and playing fields will be transformed into approximately 600 apartments with resortlike facilities including pools, spas, massage room, rooftop theatre and BBQ area set amongst lush gardens. There will be a retail, cafe and dining precinct, with the entire development adjoining foreshore parklands. 

A few recent sales in Kirrawee are 

Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

1. A two-bedroom apartment at 31/602 Princes Highway Kirrawee NSW 2232 (above) for $580,000

Sydney's fringe suburbs of Engadine and Kirrawee hold promise for FHBs: HTW

2. A two-bedroom apartment at 20/494-496 President Avenue Kirrawee fetched $545,000

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