The NSW Government’s ongoing investment in north-west Sydney includes a proposed $1.5 billion towards new and existing infrastructure. But while connectivity is a major drawcard for homebuyers, the area also has plenty more to offer. From amazing retail and dining options, to abundant green spaces and a strong multicultural community, north-west Sydney has never been more attractive.
We speak to local residents Matt and Yadi Hollands on what they love about north-west Sydney, and why they would never live anywhere else.
For newly wedded couple Matt and Yadi Hollands, moving to Sydney from Brisbane in 2014 was an exciting time. Not only were they moving closer to family, but the higher wages and growing property market presented wonderful opportunities for their future.
With family in Kellyville Ridge, Matt and Yadi’s initial search for a family home centred on north-west Sydney, but after spending time in the area as a child, Yadi didn’t know what to expect when she returned.
“I lived (in north-west Sydney) briefly when I was a child, about 18 years ago,” she explains.
“It was certainly very different back then – there was so much rural land, and it was considered so far away.
“I clearly remember the closest shops were at Castle Hill unless you went to a petrol station.
“Now, between Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill Village, North Kellyville Square, The Ponds Shopping Centre, Stanhope Village and a range of weekly markets, we are spoilt for choice.”
Fast-forward six years, and Matt, 28, and Yadi, 27, are well and truly settled, with a bright future on the horizon.
“Everything we could want is at our fingertips – I don’t know any other place with so many choices of schools, transport, dining, entertainment or shopping,” says Yadi.
“This area has grown so much, and it truly is a fantastic area to live.”
With two children (Frankie, 5 and Abel, 3), two dogs and two cats keeping the Hollands’ household busy, it is the family-friendly, community feel of north west Sydney that has kept the family in the area.
“We moved here to be closer to my family, but we stayed because we couldn’t see ourselves finding everything we have here, anywhere else,” adds Yadi.
“We have amazing playgrounds on offer for the kids, and I especially love how they are so well looked after by locals.
“There is definitely a strong sense of community – everyone keeps the parks and playgrounds clean so every child can enjoy them.”
In terms of transport, the Hollands typically use their car to travel to work and school, but have found the Sydney Metro North West a welcome addition to the local area.
“It’s so easy to use and the kids love it.
“We’re so fortunate to have it nearby – transport is never a concern.”
As a mum, being active in online community groups such as the family-oriented Facebook group ‘Hills District Mums’, helped Yadi make an easy transition into the local community, discovering her local hairdresser, cleaner, babysitters, school options and café recommendations – even her mechanic – via the platform.
“My favourite part (of the online communities) is the ‘pay it forward’ groups and the fantastic small businesses on offer
“I love that everyone is as passionate as I am about shopping small within our community.”
Yadi says having such a strong foothold in the local community is the main reason she and her family want to stay close to the area, having recently moved from Rouse Hill to Schofields.
“Between school, work, and sports, we have a whole network of people – a “village” if you will. It was really easy to make new friends.
“Everyone watches out for each other, and there is such a sense of belonging that it always feels like a really safe place to live and raise our kids.”
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