8.2 out of 10

North Balgowlah

Ranked 246th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.787839091644 151.250254413709
Great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 06, 2016

"Village Atmosphere, Lovely Community"

Pros
  • Excellent Suburb - Community Spirit
  • Heaps of houses with lots of upgrade potential, large land sizes for new homes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 07, 2016

"What a nice suburb"

North Balgowlah is a really pleasant place to live. Friendly neighbours. Quiet streets. You can't go wrong if you are looking for a friendly safe suburb close to manly and CBD
Pros
  • Pretty with loads of renovated homes
  • Heaps of houses with lots of upgrade potential, large land sizes for new homes.
  • More than one school to choose from
  • The houses are improving fast
Cons
  • You really need a car to live in North Balgowlah
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 14, 2016

"Perfect for raising a family"

I love North Balgowlah. Beautiful quiet tree lined streets, well maintained houses, friendly neighbourhood spirit, lots of young families, great schools and close to great amenities. Only down side is commute to cbd at peak but still better than being further out on northern beaches. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Highly recommend it for young families. You won't be disappointed
Pros
  • Pretty with loads of renovated homes
  • More than one school to choose from
  • The houses are improving fast
  • Heaps of houses with lots of upgrade potential, large land sizes for new homes.
Cons
  • You really need a car to live in North Balgowlah
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 24, 2015

"A very friendly community environment more recently dominated by growing families. The highest population segment is now under 14 years."

Safety
A choice of Schools and Childcare
Peace and Quiet
Parks and Bush Land on your doorstep
Lots of new families
A wonderful community spirit
Pros
  • The houses are improving fast
  • More than one school to choose from
  • Heaps of houses with lots of upgrade potential, large land sizes for new homes.
  • Pretty with loads of renovated homes
Cons
  • No not competitive, upwardly mobile - there is a difference!
  • Public transport is periodic in the suburb, one has to go to the main interchange for regular bus transport
  • You really need a car to live in North Balgowlah
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"neighbours not so friendly very passive aggressive"

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Ian Fox
Ian Fox These comments sound like those of a Troll just trying to be controversial - they are clearly wrong and malicious
Sep 24, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Constantly have to keep up with the Jones'"

This is a very wealthy area. Most women don't work and have the child rearing responsibilities. The women are competitive and there is a strong pressure to keep up. This is most evident by the work vehicles that litter the streets doing renovations/pool installations on every second house on the street. If you buy in this area, you will feel the pressure to conform due to the judgements.

Balgowlah North Public School is the local school. It has an amazing marketing strategy. They regularly contact the Manly Daily to report 'good news stories', censor the newsletters to ensure only positive public images are portrayed, and talk the talk at open days/information nights.

The school has five kindy classes this year. This is huge. The locals are now complaining that there 'country -style' school has been lost. This year they had to add two more demountable classrooms to cater for the increase in students. The now ex-principal has announced that this will continue for the next few years. The school is not particularly supportive of working mothers (well not the full-time mothers who don't have a 'business' from home).

The neighbourhood is very asthetically pleasing and the area is essentially families. The oldies have pretty much gone now.

Travel into the city is painful. Have to deal with traffic congestion at Seaforth junction and then all the way up spit road to military road. Even the tidal flows recently generated can't cope with the traffic.

The real estate is significantly over-priced. There is always a healthy attendance at auctions (most bidding). The land sizes don't compare to some proprties in neighbouring Seaforth. The estate agents also send correspondence to homes advising they have hundreds of people on the wait list for properties. This significantly escalates the prices.
Pros
  • Pretty with loads of renovated homes
Cons
  • Very competitive neighbourhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
Ian Fox
Ian Fox You sound so disaffected what ever has the suburb done to you? Try and see the bright side of life and life will deal you a better hand! Your comments are in part valid but every criticism is a two edged argument. If women choose to take on full time child rearing responsibilities that is their choice and presumably they are making a sacrifice to do it; why would the Local School bag itself when there is more positive messages than negative to tell the world; Women who work from home are making no less of a contribution to Australia than those who travel to work each day; A pride in ones suburb is often reflected in its property owners willingness to improve their house value by regular cycles of renovation; The demand for housing in North Balgowlah directly reflects the desirability of the suburb; Transport in and out of the Suburb is limited but with a bit of personal planning express services are accessible.
If you feel pressure to keep up perhaps you should sell up and go where you will fit in - it is evident you suffer from suburb and social envy, don't let it hold you back!
Sep 24, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A family paradise"

North balgowlah is a place of happy neighbors, nice parks and kind helping hands. I am a teenager who is very priviledge to be growing up in such a fantastic neighborhood. Me and my family were welcomed as soon as we arrived. I think north balgowlah is one of those beautiful places where parents can feel relaxed about their children riding their bikes or playing at the park. The school here is Balgowlah north P.S (B.N.P.S). I think B.N.P.S has helped me through my journey of primary school and has offered me more support and encourage than thought was possible a school that developes a young child's mind into a work of art. North balgowlah has a variety of advantages for instance it is only 5 minutes walk to manly damn, various parks and only a 10 minute drive to manly beach. i love North Balgowlah.
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  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
Ian Fox
Ian Fox I could not agree more, well written. It sounds like it came from the heart.
Sep 24, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Best Familiy Suburb"

North Balgowlah will soon be on par with the values currently being achieved in Balgowlah Heights. With all of the older style houses being demolished and replaced by well designed 2 storey residences it is fast becoming a pretsigous area. Centrally located to transport, shops, schools and the beach all within 10 minutes of driving yet not affected by traffic. Couldn't pick a better suburb to live, especially for families. Avg median price of $1m does not properly reflect this area.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Ian Fox
Ian Fox Spot on the suburb is rising quickly and there is still immense potential for families to come and enjoy this fabulous suburb.
Sep 24, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"North Balgowlah"

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4/5
2yrs+

"North Balgowlah – catching up fast"

North Balgowlah is a suburb of Sydney 13 kilometres north-east of the CBD in the local government area of the Warringah Council but still considered to be in the Northern Beaches district of Sydney.

It is bounded on the north by Allambie Heights and Manly Vale, the east by Fairlight and Balgowlah, the south by Clontarf and Balgowlah Heights and to the west by Seaforth. The population in 2006 was 3,264 with 30% under 18 and 13.8% over 60. 85% of dwellings are separate houses. The rental rate is 24%.

Until the 1940's the hilly suburb of North Balgowlah was a scattering of houses on a dirt road in the scrub. Development did not really commence until the transit routes were tarred and footpaths installed.

The median price for houses in the suburb is $905,000 with a slow but regular increase. The short term fall of 30% of recent times will be made up in the next real estate cycle with some change to spare. It is interesting to note that units have held their value better than houses. This is possibly due to more units being rented than houses.

The Wakehurst Golf Club off the Wakehurst Parkway in neighbouring Seaforth is a destination for those seeking good food, fresh air and an overdose of natural beauty. I would suggest that this is one of the prettiest golf courses in Greater Sydney.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Ian Fox
Ian Fox The median house price now according to CoreLogic RP Data is circa $2m - Wow that's some increase!
Sep 24, 2015
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