September 20, 2021

A Guide To Property On The Northern Beaches

Located far enough from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD to feel as if you are in a relaxed and completely different world altogether, yet close enough to be easily and conveniently accessible, what is there not to love about the beautiful blue skies and blue waters of the Northern Beaches? From Manly to Palm Beach and everywhere in between, the Northern Beaches has some of the most beautiful beaches, national parks, iconic locations and surrounding views of anywhere in Australia. 

With the unique combination of city class amenities such as schools, transport, shops, restaurants and sporting facilities meeting the relaxed beachside lifestyle, the Northern Beaches is the perfect area to look for that perfect home where you can feel like you’re a world away from reality, without physically being a world away from reality.

Why Buy on The Northern Beaches?

Demand and Growth

Continued strong buyer and renter demand can be attributed to the attractive lifestyle options with an increasingly diverse array of demographic groups moving into the area, including a mixture of young couples and professionals as well as families and retirees alike. This means that property on the Northern Beaches is becoming more in demand than ever before with several suburbs on the Northern Beaches continually having extremely high property searches and price growth.

Recent trends have seen a boom in housing prices and overall demand in the area as more people than ever before from other areas of Sydney, such as the Inner West are showing interest in the area (this may be due to the flexibility of working from home and being closer to the city is not such a necessity anymore). With a shift towards a younger population and increasing construction of apartments in areas such as Manly, there is no time like the present to get your foot in the door on the Northern Beaches and enjoy the sought-after lifestyle.


With a desirable, sought-after, and ever popular lifestyle, (for some this can be a sea change without the change), there is something special on the Northern Beaches for everyone and anyone. 


Are you looking for an energetic and vibrant nightlife including restaurants and bars? Manly and the famous Corso has it all with newly refurbished and upgraded drinking establishments, popular and high-end yet affordable dining options and boutique beer bars.


Are you looking for a walk with a view? The Northern Beaches has some of the most beautiful and stunning coastal walks in Australia including the Long Reef walk and Palm Beach Lighthouse walk as well as inland walks such as the Manly Dam walk.

Beaches and surf

There are too many options here to choose from, whether you’re looking to ride a barrel, relax and lie on the sand or have a calm and cool splash, there are plenty of beaches for you to explore.

Water Activities

With large and pristine bodies of water such as Narrabeen Lake, Pittwater and Manly Dam, you can enjoy any activity in or on the water that you may desire whether it is a simple relaxing swim, fishing for dinner or spending a day out on a boat, there is something for everyone.


School and Education

With a choice of 81 schools (both primary and secondary) spread across the Northern Beaches with many of them being regarded for their high standards of education and academic results, and proximity to public transport, young families will be spoilt for choice of where to send their little ones as they grow and navigate their school years.

Where to Buy

With so many beautiful suburbs available to choose from on the Northern Beaches, choosing where to buy is possibly the hardest part of purchasing a property. Do you enjoy the busier and faster paced lifestyle of Manly with its hotels and exciting nightlife? Would you prefer the slightly more laid back and sportier style of Narrabeen and Dee Why with easy access to world class sporting facilities and golf courses? Or would you like to hide away in the hills behind Whale Beach? The possibilities are endless.


Nestled between the sun-kissed ocean and a beautiful scenic harbour lies Manly. A favourite of both families and professionals, many have recently looked to Manly real estate as an opportunity for investment or a perfect place to buy or to rent a home.

Manly is a lively and bustling community and main connector between the Northern Beaches and other areas of Sydney largely due to the ease of transport with many day trippers jumping on the Manly ferry and making the trip across.


The surf is always up in breathtaking Freshwater. Home seekers and investors alike love Freshwater real estate because of the convergence of exciting surf, perfect scenery, and vibrant, family-friendly surroundings. Freshwater offers ample green space in its parks as well as three well-regarded schools serving the region.

Freshwater boasts one of Sydney's most popular beaches with amazing amenities, close proximity to shopping precincts (Manly and Dee Why) and boasts a large number of properties with premium ocean views. Freshwater has seen significant growth as an investment suburb.


Looking for a home or investment property in a quiet family friendly suburb with incomparable views of pristine Pacific waters and unending stretches of perfect sand? Fairlight property options range from contemporary homes perfect for young families to beautiful historic homes brimming over with character.

Curl Curl and North Curl Curl

It lies a mere 18 kilometres from the city, but the lifestyle is a world away from the big city hustle and bustle. Curl Curl and North Curl Curl, affectionately known as “Curly” to those of us from the area, sit at the perfect convergence of lush green space and luxuriant Pacific Coast sand, offering the perfect laid-back lifestyle.

Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights

Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights offer something for everyone, from modern shopping centres to centuries-old Aboriginal heritage sites. The area boasts ample green spaces and a beautiful village downtown. Residents also enjoy access to some of the best schools and preschools in the region.

North Manly

With local shops and beautiful beaches only a short stroll away, it’s no surprise that North Manly is one of the top suburbs on the Northern Beaches. It’s perfect for young families or those looking to start one, with plenty of top performing schools and family-friendly parks in the local area.


Seaforth is one of the most sought-after locations for properties for sale on the Northern Beaches, and it’s easy to see why when you visit the area. With picturesque waterfront views and easy access to neighbouring centres, such as Balgowlah, it’s a favourite with families, professionals and retirees.


Gracious suburban living meets pristine sandy shores. Leisure time fun meets busy professional lifestyles. You can step back in time to watch children playing in parks and families enjoying beautiful homes. 


Known for its beaches and waves, Queenscliff is a favourite with the local surfers and a popular surfing spot with tourists. For those looking for beaches equally as beautiful, but with calmer waters, Manly’s Shelly beach and North Steyne beach is only a short distance away. 

Dee Why

Dee Why is not only a hit with tourists looking for a day at the beach, it could also be the ideal place for your next property rental or purchase. Families continue to be attracted to Dee Why and all it has to offer, the area is full of excellent facilities, including schools, outdoor spaces and recreational clubs that will help give youngsters the best start in life.

Mona Vale

Mona Vale offers a little of everything, including two primary schools and a high school, a library, a golf course, a variety of shops and businesses, a hospital as well as an RSL club and a number of walking tracks. With the abundance and proximity of schools, Mona Vale is the perfect place for young families to locate as the kids grow up and begin their educational journeys.


Avalon features a number of amenities such as a surf club, bowling and sailing clubs, an RSL club and a cinema as well as having the breathtaking Pitwater just behind with all the water activities that can be enjoyed.

How to Buy

With the increase in demand and prices over the past twelve months on the Northern Beaches and having seen an increase in median property price of $290,000 in the past six months alone, and overall growth in price of 34% (compared to the Sydney average of 24%), demand is outstripping supply with most properties selling before the market date. This high demand and low supply trend has seen an increase in buyers agents working the market to secure available properties for their clients as quickly as possible before they are snapped up by another potential buyer. 

The current lockdown restrictions have also meant that the property purchasing process is harder than before with restrictions on inspections and in-person auctions not being able to take place and as such many sellers are preferring to sell through agents and via private treaties.

With the high demand and low supply in the Northern Beaches property market and with no signs of this trend slowing down, it is now more important than ever to be ready to purchase and be ready to purchase quickly so you don’t miss out on the perfect property for you. Being prepared and having things such as finance and loans pre-approved will save a lot of time and potential heartache if you were to miss out on your dream property as you were not prepared.

By registering with Clarke & Humel and letting us know what type of property best suits you we can be in contact with you to discuss the options we have available and how to help you find the property that is right for you.