The Best Suburbs To Build A Family Home In The Illawarra
The spiking population growth within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas is a fact. Government studies show Illawarra’s population is projected to grow up to 450,000 by 2031 with regional becoming in much higher demand for building a family home. Is this surprising? Hardly. Given we are very close to Sydney and are surrounded by countless national parks, beautiful beaches and fast-growing infrastructure, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas are a piece of paradise that more and more people want to become a part of.
The downside of this means there’s much more demand when it comes to real estate with some of the Illawarra’s prime spots. Should this discourage you from buying? We think not. Here are our top 5 must consider areas to build your new family home.
5) Shellharbour Village
The area of Shellharbour Village offers a great opportunity for a clean outdoor living style with many large blocks of land available. Located with prime beaches, a large range of Cafes and shops, and only a short drive to its major Stockland shopping centre, this area sure has a lot going for it.
Schools: Shellharbour Public, Shellharbour Anglican College, Nazareth Catholic Primary School
Entertainment: Stockland Shellharbour, Greater Union Movie Theatre
Community Clubs: Shellharbour Junior Soccer Club, Shellharbour Sharks Rugby League Club
The area of Nowra might have surprised you to end up on the list, but we believe the area is well overlooked. Already a core area of the Shoalhaven, The Government has great plans for Nowra with the revitalisation and renewal of the City Centre. Nowra also hosts its own hospital and University campus (partnered with Wollongong University) allowing employment opportunities in the community outside Wollongong. With Nowra continually growing, there are many benefits to choosing this area for a family home.
Education: University of Wollongong (Shoalhaven Campus)
Entertainment: Shoalhaven Zoo, Entertainment Centre, Aquatic Park
Surrounding Tourism: Huskisson, Shoalhaven heads, Culburra Beach
Situated only a stone’s throw away from the heart of the Wollongong CBD, Figtree is one of the most appetising suburbs around to build a family home. Even with its popularity, Figtree still offers great blocks of land that are surrounded by park areas, schools and local shops. What’s not to love?
Local schools: Figtree Primary & Figtree high, (link)
Community clubs: Figtree soccer, tennis & AFL (link)
Entertainment: Figtree Mall, Figtree hotel
Situated just over 20km south of Wollongong the Albion Park region is a hidden gem to be discovered. With new developments of Tullimbar, Calderwood and Haywards Bay surrounding Albion Park, the suburb is set for huge growth and a bright future. Albion Park offers some of the region’s most affordable land whilst still being surrounded by a regional airport, countless business and many exciting entertainment options. With all these benefits considered the area of Albion Park ranks highly in our recommended suburbs for building a family home.
Local Schools: Albion park Primary & High School, St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary Schools
Entertainment: Zone bowling, C1 Speed Indoor Karting & Laser Tag
Hospitality: Sneaky Burger, Taco Bell
Slightly north of Wollongong sits the very family-friendly suburb of Woonona. This northern suburb area offers a laidback coastal lifestyle while still connected to an endless community of businesses, cafes, restaurants, local schools and the best beaches the region has to offer. While slightly competitive, building a family home in this large coastal area has countless reasons to be on the top of your list.
Local schools: Woonona Primary & High School, Woonona East Primary
Community Clubs: Woonona Shamrocks Rugby Club, Woonona Sharks Soccer Club, Woonona Tigers AFL
Parks and Beaches: Woonona Beach, Hollymount park