Blaxland seen as go-ahead Sydney suburb in 2020

Blaxland's affordability and commutability to Sydney has seen it named in the top 10 Sydney suburbs to watch in 2020.

It has a "genuine country feel despite being just eight minutes from the M4 motorway" and "large family homes available for well under $1 million and on large blocks with plenty of greenery," according to Douglas Driscoll, the CEO of real estate group Starr Partners.

"Young professionals or couples looking for a better quality of life and wanting to get more for their money should seriously be considering investing here."

Emily Barbaro and Sean Peters couldn't agree more.

The young couple from Erskineville, bought a three-bedroom townhouse for $533,000 in Blaxland in December, 2019.

With plans to get a dog in the new year, they had initially been looking to rent a house in Sydney with a yard, but found Sydney house rentals too expensive.

And after travelling up to Blackheath most weekends to go rock climbing, and loving the bush, they thought why not buy in the Lower Mountains.

Glenbrook was the first pick, but with little on the market, they opted for one suburb up.

Ms Barbaro said Blaxland was convenient to the train line, and was about an hour's travel for both of them to get to work, and was affordable.

"A one bedroom townhouse of 76 square metres in Erskineville went to auction for $1 million," she said. "It's so much more affordable [in Blaxland]."

They've been enjoying the small community and being greeted by name in their local cafe.

"People at cafes in Erskineville don't know who you are. My grocer wouldn't know my name and I'd been going there for two years. It's so different being in a small community," Ms Barbaro said.

Chapman Real Estate agent Helen Harris sold the couple the property, and said a lot of Sydneysiders were moving to the Lower Mountains, and were finding a lot of value in Blaxland at the moment.

She said the median house price was about $880,000 in Blaxland, whereas it was around $915,000 in Glenbrook, but the gap was closing.

People were seeking a sense of community, with good schools, while still being commutable to jobs in the city.

"There's a stronger sense of community when you cross the [Nepean] river," Mrs Harris said.

"It's a lifestyle choice, as well as convenience.

"There's a big migration west with the Western Sydney Airport, WestConnex tunnel and the main population centre being west of Parramatta. Parramatta is commutable, it's 35 minutes from Blaxland," Mrs Harris said.

The Blue Mountains village joins Kensington, Crows Nest, Oran Park, Bellevue Hill, Busby, Summer Hill, Merrylands, Pagewood and Lalor Park as the Sydney suburbs to watch, according to the Starr Partners analysis.

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