Buyers looking to move into a mansion are turning to Western Sydney for larger pockets of land and places to raise their kids.
A look at listings on realestate.com.au has revealed an increasing number of mansions and acreage available for lower prices than their inner city counterparts.
Previously, buyers would have to pay a premium price for views and then additional costs for luxury features like pools, tennis courts and home theaters.
For suburbs like Dural, where median house prices have grown by 25.6 percent, sales for houses can range from $2.3m to $15.1m.
These luxury homes usually span multiple hectares of land and offer a mixture of rural living and access to schools, parks and shopping centers.
Lumby Hampson agent Will Hampson sold a two hectare property at 2 Haven Place Dural in November last year for $11.1m.
Mr Hampson said the combination of the resort lifestyle and the property’s 40 minute drive to the CBD helped seal the record-breaking deal.
“If the property at 2 Haven Place had sold in somewhere like Vaucluse or elsewhere in the Eastern Suburbs, it probably would’ve got another zero in its selling price.” Mr Hampson said.
“The changing conditions in the market have remained positive for buyers looking for luxury mansions with plenty of space for their families. Add in the fact that most places allow you to commute in once-per-week, and you’ve got $10-$15m mansions that offer incredible value for money.”
Mr Hampson said a majority of suburbs out near Dural had a strong community sense, with easy access to prestigious private schools.
High-profile celebrities have also expressed an interest in Dural, previously housing names like Delta Goodrem, Ray Hadley and Kyle Sandilands.
Blaze real estate founder and agent Blaz Dejanovic has sold a large number of luxury mansions and properties over the past 12 months.
He told The Daily Telegraph that an increasing number of buyers are coming from places like the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs to inspect mansions in Western Sydney.
“Buyers essentially want more bang for their buck,” Mr. Dejanovic said.
“If a property has a great view of an outlook, its more likely to get attention from a buyer looking to move out west.”
Mr. Dejanovic said that recent sales of houses increasingly had people talking about moving to luxury homes, with many wanting to spend extra money to secure their family home.
For former PR representative turned full-time mum Paris Zappavigna, a move to a larger home in Western Sydney was necessary to raise her growing family.
“A lot of our friends moved from the city to be here, we’ve gotten to know our neighbors very well,” Ms Zappavigna said.
“Its getting busier around where we live, I think Western Sydney in general is trying to bring some of the attractions like the Powerhouse Museum and the best restaurants from the city.”
Ms Zappavigna said one of the highlights of living in Western Sydney was being able to walk out of her door and see nothing but trees and natural surroundings.
“It’s a very family-oriented area, there’s a Coles nearby and the developing infrastructure at the Western Sydney Airport is only a 20 minute drive from us so we’re excited to use it once it’s completed.”
Here are some of the best mansions in Western Sydney:
14 KENSINGTON CLOSE, CECIL HILLS (Sold for $4.25m)
Selling in December 2021, this five bedroom and five bathroom property was purchased by a local buyer looking to upsize his property.
After 30 bids were received, the buyer ultimately came through with the successful price and snatched it up.
Features of the property include five resort-style bathrooms, a master bedroom with two walk-in wardrobes and a tiled heated saltwater pool with a shower and spa.
146 – 154 CAPITOL HILL DRIVE, MOUNT VERNON (Sold for $2.775m)
This six bedroom and five bathroom property sold in May 2019, giving buyers the chance to enjoy resort style living over 2.5 acres.
It included formal and informal living areas, home office, study, and rumpus room.
73 WHITMORE RD, MARRAYLA ($5m)
Featuring a horse arena less than 20 minutes to the town center near Rouse Hill, this six bedroom and five bathroom property is appealing to families looking for semi-rural living close to city conveniences.
It includes seven paddocks and a three-stable complex – perfect for horse enthusiasts.
52A CRANSTONS RD, DURAL ($8.4m)
Inspired by a Hamptons estate, this residence offers an entertainer’s kitchen with a cool room and a butler’s pantry, It also includes an outdoor entertaining area with a built in BBQ, pizza oven and sink.
Many buyers looking at the home admired the cinema room, billiards room and bespoke wine cellar.
116 RIVER RD, LOWER PORTLAND (Expressions of Interest Guide: $3.95m)
Offering views of the Hawkesbury River, this estate features an open plan lounge / dining area with polished hardwood floors and floor to ceiling glass windows.
5 PORTRUSH CRESCENT, LUDDENHAM (Sold for $6.1m)
Nestled in the Twin Creeks Estate, this brand new six bedroom, four bathroom home went under the hammer in October last year.
Features include spacious proportions, relaxed resort-like environment and backs onto the Twin Creeks championship golf course.
9 DE VILLIERS RISE, BELLA VISTA ($5m)
This three level home is built for entertainment, with things like a water slide, a pool, a soundproof home theater and gym and wine cellar space.
Its eight bedrooms include a study, master bedroom with an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe and balcony.
27 CORONATION RD, WENTWORTH FALLS ($4m)
With uninterrupted views across the Jamison Valley and The Three Sisters, the five bedroom and two bathroom home includes a loft style theater room with projector and adjoining home office.
It also has a mini golf course, perfect for those who want to tee off at any time.
5 AND 5A LISBON RD, KENTHURST ($8.5m)
Located 40 kilometers northwest from Sydney’s CBD, this two storey mansion gives buyers a resort-style property in a semi-rural suburb.
Its main feature is an exclusive private parent retreat on the second floor, with a sitting room, walk-in robes, and hotel style marble bathroom.
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