Located 27km from Sydney CBD, Hornsby Heights is a beautiful and peaceful bushland suburb providing the perfect family lifestyle. The area offers many amenities including parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds, ovals, bushwalks and cycle tracks, a wide variety of day care options, pre-schools and primary schools. Just a 10 minute drive to some of Sydney’s top private schools, Hornsby station and Westfield, the suburb is more popular than ever with families young and old.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s when land was settled near the Berowra River. Land was used mainly for timber-getting, orcharding, farming, fishing and boat building, with some lime burning. The most significant development occurred in the post-war period. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011. There are approximately 2,148 dwellings in the suburb according with 88% owner occupancy rates. According to RPData, in general, people in Hornsby Heights work in a professional occupation and the predominant age group is 0-14 years.
There were 110 sales in 2013 with median house prices increasing 5.88% to $720,000. The highest sale price over the past year was $1,283,000 for a four bedroom home with multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, pool and stunning bush valley views. The lowest sale price was $535,000 for a three bedroom duplex.
North Shore Mums share what they love about living in Hornsby Heights:
‘We just moved to Hornsby Heights in August last year and we love it. Didn’t think we’d move this ‘far’ out, but I love living here, and it’s not that far to everything I know and to where all my family & friends live further up the North Shore. We got the house we wanted with a nice level back yard and a pool – way more than we could of got if we’d bought in Wahroonga or St Ives, which is where we were originally looking. It’s fantastic for kids as well. We both drive everywhere, but there is a very good, regular and reliable bus service that goes from Hornsby Heights to Hornsby station. My nearly 3-year-old still goes to her daycare in Wahroonga/Hornsby, but that’s an easy 15-minute drive and didn’t want to move her. I do online supermarket shopping mostly, but Coles Asquith is our local. It’s about a 7-minute drive and there’s is a good pharmacy there too. There is a little local group of shops in Hornsby Heights that has the basics if you can’t be bothered going to Coles. I love living here!’ – Emma.
‘We have been in Hornsby heights for a year now and love, love, love it! You feel like you are in the middle of the bush but yet just 10 minutes away from the shops etc. My eldest goes to Hornsby North Public School. It’s a fantastic school, the best he has been to. The teachers are fantastic, kids lovely and everyone there goes beyond to help you out if they can. Just a great school, wish he could stay there for his high school years! My littlest is starting at a centre in the area this year so I don’t have much to add on daycares, preschools but I’ve heard good things about the centres in the area, the waiting lists are long though. My partner works in Artarmon but has to go often to the city, he catches the bus and train and has never had an issue, I think the buses come every 20 minutes. He gets to the bus stop 10 minutes early though because sometimes the buses come early, not often though just depends on the driver. We shop at Asquith Coles and Mt Kuringai Aldi. You definitely get more for your dollars here and it’s a good time to buy here, the prices have gone up just in the year we’ve been here. It’s definitely becoming a popular suburb for families.’ – Becca.
‘Hornsby Heights is a great place to live. I have lived in the area for 17 years. The area has great schools, great bus service to the station, great small shopping centre with friendly shop keepers, great parks, and a dog park. It is quiet, yet only 7 mins to Hornsby CBD.’ – Lynne.
‘We love Honsby Heights. A beautiful, friendly neighborhood. Hornsby Heights Public School is also fabulous and was a big deciding factor for me. Buses run regularly to Hornsby station.’ – Shae.
‘We love Hornsby Heights. Hornsby Heights Public School is great, it’s a real community around here. I commute to North Ryde (drive) three days a week. We shop at either Asquith (but it doesn’t have everything) or its a few minutes to Hornsby Westfield, which has almost everything. Odeon Cinema is good and cheap in Hornsby too.’ – Colleen.
‘It’s a great place to live! Been here for five years and we love the community spirit up here. Hornsby Heights Public School is great. Public transport is good too. Crosslands Reserve is fab for the kids… hubby can catch bus and train to work with no problems.’ – Pippa.
‘Love Hornsby Heights. My kids are at the local public school and I know many who try to get in out of area cause of its reputation. Great family suburb. Lots of buses to train station but hubby takes second car and parks at Waitara. Good pre-schools too.’ – Jo.
‘I have lived in the area my whole life and will probably be here until I die. I married a Queenslander and told him in advance that I will live no where else. Hornsby North and Hornsby Heights are amazing schools. Hornsby North is extremely popular with parents outside the catchment area trying their hardest to send their kids there. Hornsby Heights Preschool is also really good – it’s a preschool with long day care hours. Good points are not too far from Hornsby Westfield, Crosslands Reserve at the end of Somerville Road is great for camping, picnics & bushwalking, Sydney Road Christmas lights are not to be missed and who could forget Santa on the firetruck at Christmas Eve visiting the streets throwing out lollies to the kids thanks to the Hornsby Heights Rural Fire Brigade. Where city meets country just through Galston Gorge. Just watch that no truck gets stuck down there or you have to go the long way!’ – Donna.
‘I grew up in Hornbsy Heights but moved when I was 13 (20 years ago). I loved living there and have great memories. I went to school in Asquith, we shopped in Hornsby and St Ives. There are regular buses to Hornsby station and trains to the city for your hubby. I’ve heard Hornsby Heights Public School is a lovely. Loved weekends traipsing through Crosslands and Galston Gorge. It was always a close knit community back then and we still keep in touch with some of our old neighbour’s and friends.’ – Claire.
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