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Warriewood, the budding suburb on the northern beaches that escapes the attention of tourists

The northern beaches attract sun-lovers of all persuasions, from born-and-bred surfers to thrill-seeking backpackers and bikini-clad glam-squads.

It’s impossible to escape the tourists at some of the area’s most famous destinations, including Manly and Palm Beach. But in between the tourist traps are the quiet achievers; suburbs loved by locals that fly under the radar compared to their star-studded neighbours.

Warriewood is one such neighbourhood. About 25 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD between North Narrabeen and Mona Vale, Warriewood has been quietly going about its business, building a reputation as a family-friendly place with parks, wetlands, a beautiful beach and newly renovated Warriewood Square shopping centre.

Warriewood Budding Suburb that Escapes Tourists Attention
The suburb is about 25 kilometres north of the CBD between North Narrabeen and Mona Vale. Photo: Steven Woodburn

Another drawcard? More affordable real estate than its fancier beach buddies.

The Dictionary of Sydney records that the northern beaches was once dotted with lagoons and swamps, including Narrabeen Creek flowing through the middle of Warriewood and Mullet Creek at the suburb’s southern boundary.

Logging made way for farming, then market gardening. In the mid-1900s, there were so many glasshouses that the suburb was known as Glass City. Nurseries slowly replaced fruit and vegetable growing until the 1990s, when the land was subdivided for housing.

Warriewood Budding Suburb that Escapes Tourists Attention
Housing in Warriewood didn’t truly take off until the 1990s. Photo: Steven Woodburn

“When I went to school, all along Warriewood Road was farmland,” says Marco Cimino, an agent at LJ Hooker Mona Vale. “It’s only in the past 18 years that it’s really started to change.”

Properties range from chic new builds along the coastline to established homes, new apartments and contemporary townhouses or homes in master-planned estates.

A typical two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms and two car spaces costs about $750,000,” he says. “Townhouses range fromabout $1 million to $1.1 million. Houses can go from $1.35 million to $1.6 million, depending on size and location, to over $6 million on Bruce Street.”

Warriewood Budding Suburb that Escapes Tourists Attention
House hunters from the north shore are often drawn to Warriewood for its leafy pockets. Photo: Steven Woodburn

Cimino says investors and young families are the main buyer groups. He has also noticed house hunters from the north shore and West Pennant Hills joining local upgraders. “Some like the leafy aspect; it reminds them of the area they’ve come from.”

Anthony Marchese moved to Warriewood in 2007 after North Manly became too hectic for his young family.

“That was before a lot of the construction,” he says. “It’s such a family-friendly area now, with lots of dog parks, beaches, bike tracks, running tracks and easy access to shopping and schools, which ticks all the boxes for young families.”

Warriewood Budding Suburb that Escapes Tourists Attention
A variety of pristine outdoor settings makes Warriewood popular among families. Photo: Steven Woodburn

He has already upgraded once within the suburb and wouldn’t mind moving even closer to the beach.

“It’s pretty hard to find another suburb we’d want to move to.”

Two homes in the area

26 Shearwater Drive

26 Shearwater Drive Warriewood NSW
26 Shearwater Drive, Warriewood NSW. Photo: Supplied

This two-storey home on 312 square metres has bright, modern interiors, easy-care gardens, multiple decks and a nature reserve across the road. Each bedroom has built-in wardrobes, the main with a walk-in.

Expressions of interest close May 3, with LJ Hooker Mona Vale seeking offers of about $1.5 million.

109/5 Mallard Lane

Warriewood Budding Suburb that Escapes Tourists Attention
109/5 Mallard Lane, Warriewood NSW. Photo: Supplied

This north-facing apartment in the Oceanvale complex will appeal to downsizers and young families.

Communal amenities include lap, plunge and children’s pool, a gym, sauna, barbecue area and playground.


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