The number one suburb to watch in Sydney next year isn’t on the Northern Beaches or nestled in the Eastern Suburbs – it’s right here in Macarthur.
Chief executive of popular real estate group Starr Partners, Douglas Driscoll, named his top 10 suburbs to watch last month and number one? Leppington.
The suburb beat out the likes of Alexandria, St Leonards and St Ives Chase to top the suburbs showing great potential for 2018.
Mr Driscoll said Leppington was an attractive location for young families.
“Leppington has seen significant housing development after rezoning and is very family-centric,” he said.
“With Coles and Woolworths moving in this year, I think we can expect to see this area go from strength to strength.”
Mr Driscoll also spruiked the public transport benefits of the suburb.
“The new NSW rail changes also mean that the T2 line will start and end at Leppington station and pass through central hubs like Parramatta and the Inner West on the way to the city,” he said.
“This in itself will cause Leppington to transform into the next Sydney hub.”
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak was far from shocked that Leppington had been earmarked as a suburb to watch by the Starr Partners boss.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” she said.
“In the next 10, 20 years Leppington is going to be the epicentre of the region.
“It will be bigger than Narellan, Oran Park and Camden itself.”
In fact, statistics released in March revealed that population growth in Leppington was the equal highest in Sydney (level with Cobbitty), with a rise of 27 per cent in the 2016/17 financial year.
Cr Symkowiak said the train station was a huge plus for the area.
She expects to see more medium to high-density housing established in the station’s surrounds.
“We’re already seeing more applications for apartments,” she said.
“It is definitely a growth centre – all the south-west planning points to that.
“Investments in Leppington now will undoubtedly pay off in the future.”
Cr Symkowiak said she understood why some people unfamiliar with the state’s plans might be surprised Leppington was Sydney’s best suburb to watch.
“It has a lot more fragmented ownership that places like Gregory Hills or Oran Park which were owned by one or two major landholders,” she said.
“It’s much more of a complex ownership structure.
“So I can see why it would be difficult for some people to envisage Leppington as the epicentre of growth.
“But the proximity to the station and the planned high-density living makes sense for a suburb to watch.”
Other south-west Sydney suburbs to make the top 10 included Miller (number 4) and Liverpool (number 10).
The Top 10 suburbs to watch in Sydney in 2018
- St Leonards.
- St Ives Chase.
- Ropes Crossing.