The battle between Sydney's north west and south west grows more intense as growth regions are currently receiving significant attention and investment from both public and private sectors.
Sydney’s north west generally covers Penrith, The Hills, Hawkesbury, Blacktown and Parramatta while the south west growth region spans Liverpool, Camden and Campbelltown- Macarthur.
Billions of dollars are being invested in both regions and thousands of jobs are being created by major infrastructure projects and hundreds of new homes, either under construction or recently built.
“It is a debate that is starting to play out amongst house hunters – the north west versus the south west," Sekisui House Customer Relations Manager Craig Barnes said.
"There are many differences between the two regions. Residential development within the north west has been progressively evolving over the past 15 to 20 years, whilst the expansion of the south west is relatively new in comparison.”
“The south west growth area has ramped up its investment activities within the last 5 to 10 years with many fast emerging new suburbs including Gledswood Hills, Oran Park, Edmondson Park, Leppington and Gregory Hills," Mr Barnes said.
"The Western Sydney City Deal, an agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments that was announced late last year, has helped fuel additional investment in the south west."With Sydney’s house prices continuing to rise, Mr Barnes said savvy house hunters are looking for lifestyle choices and future growth potential.
"New homes within these growth regions are proving to be a popular choice for all purchaser demographics, from first home buyers to empty nesters.
"Last year, we started to witness a spike in enquiries from prospective purchasers residing in the north west, planning to relocate to the south west."Mr Barnes said price, lifestyle opportunities and future growth of the region are key drivers for the shift.
"South west new home prices in several key areas represent great value when compared to similar properties in the north west regions. For example, a double storey four bed home in Gledswood Hills on an average 450 square metre block is selling for around $800,000, whilst a similar new home in Kellyville is valued at over $1 million.”
With the commitment to future infrastructure projects, employment opportunities and the development of Badgerys Creek Airport, emerging new suburbs within the south west, could be deemed as attractively priced when compared to parts of the north west.
“Significant infrastructure projects are already well underway including road upgrades, shopping precincts, hospitals and schools to match the exponential population growth forecast over the next two decades," Mr Barnes said.
The state government has committed to invest over $3.6 billion in its Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan over a 10 year period.
The Western Sydney City Deal alone, is expected to create more than 100,000 jobs which includes Badgerys Creek airport. Construction of the airport will generate $1.9 billion for the local economy, with a further $400 million across the rest of Sydney.