With a mix of country-lifestyle and urban living, this Sydney suburb is fast becoming a go-to spot for families to work, rest and play.
Tucked away north-west of Sydney’s CBD and Parramatta, Rouse Hill is steeped in history, bursting with green space and a laidback idyllic country vibe.
But recent changes to transport links and a flurry of urban development is putting this suburb on the map. According to CDMA Australia’s CEO Richard Wu, the area is undergoing a transformation — and many home buyers are taking note.
“Formerly a region of lush pastureland, today Rouse Hill still boasts a lovely, country-style suburb, with horses and cows on large swathes of land, ideal for families looking for a quiet, rural location to raise their kids,” he says.
“It is known for its great sense of community and for being a family-friendly neighbourhood where kids ride their bikes in the street and walk their dog at the numerous parks.
“But it also has a growing cosmopolitan population attracting residents from all walks of life.”
With loads of lifestyle and future potential, Rouse Hill is earmarked for growth.
Still not sure if Rouse Hill is the place for your family to call home? Here are five reasons to change your mind.
1. Increasing buyer interest
With property prices in inner Sydney showing no sign of slowing, it’s no surprise that demand for property in Rouse Hill is strong.
REA data shows interest in units in the area was particularly strong, with a 11.4% increase in views per listing year-on-year.
Interest in Rouse Hill property has been on an upwards trajectory, according to REA economist Paul Ryan.
“Property views are at the highest we’ve seen in the past four years, so it’s definitely a growth suburb,” Ryan says.
Meanwhile, year-on-year house price growth is also on the move, up by 13.8% in February in Rouse Hill – well above the Sydney region at 9.7%.
2. Close to everything
In terms of essential amenities, everything is within easy reach.
The heart of the community is the Rouse Hill Town Centre. The open-air village-style shopping centre has more than 200 specialty shops, including a Woolworths and Coles supermarket as well as cinemas, a community centre, library, medical centre, and a children’s play area.
“There are also four quality public and private primary and high schools, as well as childcare centres,” Wu says. Plus, there’s plenty of green parks just a stone’s throw away.
Adding to the area’s recipe for success is an array of restaurants and cafes, including The Fiddler, a classic Irish pub that is a popular family-friendly spot for weekend meals and live entertainment.
3. Convenience and connectivity
Rouse Hill is located 19km from the Parramatta CBD and the Castle Towers Shopping Centre is only a 20-minute drive.
It’s well connected, with plenty of public transport options. The Tallawong Metro Station is close by to new housing projects, like Rosella Place, and is served by the newly opened North West Rail Link that travels directly to Chatswood. An extension through to the CBD and Sydenham is expected to be completed in 2024.
Adjacent to the station are two bus stops with regular services connecting to surrounding suburbs.
The Tallawong Town Centre will also include a network of walkways and cycleways to create a pedestrian-friendly location interconnecting plazas, parks, and amenities.
4. Urban development
As a suburb, Rouse Hill already has a lot going for it. But a new wave of urban development projects are set to boost the area’s liveability even more.
The Rouse Hill Hospital development is underway and the multimillion-dollar Norwest University campus has been earmarked to open by 2029.
Meanwhile, there is the $250 million planned expansion of the Rouse Hill Town Centre, which includes additional commercial and retail spaces as well a state-of-the-art leisure centre.
“Other major new urban development projects include the upcoming Tallawong Town Centre, which will include retail, childcare, public parks and cycle and walking tracks all connected to the Tallawong Metro Station,” Wu says.
5. Affordable family living
For many people, waking up in the perfect family community every day is the dream. With new affordable dwellings on offer at Rosella Place in the heart of Rouse Hill, it’s becoming easier to achieve this goal.
The masterplanned community will have 352 spacious apartments built across five nine-storey towers. For families looking for a great place to live and call home, Rosella Place ticks all the boxes, Wu says.
“Rosella Place will be a community-oriented, sensitively-designed development with well-conceived, spacious apartments with open-plan living areas and large-scale balconies ideal for families,” he says.