Castle Hill

Castle Hill Real Estate

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Castle Hill

Castle Hill may have been named because of the fine views from the hills in the district.  Governor Phillip first saw the area on one of his exploratory trips in 1791. Governor King began a government farm there on July 8 1801, referring to it as Castle Hill on 1 March 1802. They wanted to find new country for settlement and farming to feed their struggling Sydney colony.  The farm of 34,539 acres ranged from West Pennant Hills to Maroota, although only a small portion was cultivated. Castle Hill Heritage Park in Banks Road remains. Free settler Frenchman, Baron Vernicourt de Clambe, received a 200 acre grant in 1802. It has been suggested that de Clambe’s house “The Hermitage” located on the ridge may have been called ‘The Castle’ by locals.

Castle Hill is bounded by the suburb boundary of Glenhaven and Gilbert Road in the north, Old Northern Road, Castle Hill Road and Excelsior Creek in the east, Munro Street, Edward Street, Oxley Avenue, Mileham Avenue, Roxborough Park Road and Blackett Drive in the south, and Windsor Road, the suburb boundary of Kellyville, Wrights Road and Cattai Creek in the west.

 

Commerce and Economy

Castle Hill’s commercial area centre’s on a section of the Old Northern Road at the suburb’s eastern side. Its southern side is an older, traditional shopping strip, with the modest-sized Castle Mall shopping centre. Its northern side is dominated by the large Castle Towers shopping centre, with two department stores as well as two Event cinema multiplexes (giving a total of 16 Cinemas). A new library and community centre, with a unit apartment building on its upper floors, opened next to Castle Towers in 2004.

Work has finished by the local council to convert the stretch of Old Northern Road between Castle Mall and Castle Towers, into a plaza walk way. The main traffic road has been diverted through the nearby, Terminus Street. A$500 million plan to add 60,000 square meters to the Castle Towers Shopping District is currently being tabled by The Hills Shire Council and, if approved, Castle Towers will become the largest shopping centre in New South Wales, with a total of 170,000 square meters of active floorspace.

 

Residential areas

Castle Hill is a mix of low- to medium-density housing, with exception to a few apartment complexes. In 2005 under the NSW Housing Strategy, Hume Avenue was rezoned to medium density, to allow for low rise units, and town house developments.

The largest residential area in Castle Hill is located at the two sides of Showground Road, sandwiched between the commercial and the industrial area. Smaller residential areas are located at the east of the commercial area, as well as the suburb’s north-east (part of Hornsby Shire, separated by Old Northern Road and Castle Hill Road). These consist almost entirely of free-standing houses. Several government and private schools, as well as an RSL Club, are located within these areas. To the North of Showground Road lies suburban, with approximately 1000 homes, the Samuel Gilbert Public School, Castle Glen Oval and the Knightsbridge Shopping Court. South of Showground Road, and to the east of Old Northern Road, lies the East Excelsior section of the suburb, known for its leafy streets, mature gardens and established homes on large land parcels, which is adjacent to Bidjigal Reserve. Managed by a community Trust, Bidjigal Reserve is about 186ha of bushland located within the Sydney suburbs of Castle Hill, West Pennant Hills, North Rocks and Baulkham Hills. There are many walking trails, and three marked tracks.

 

Local Landmarks

Local landmarks include Castle Hill House (circa 1844) on Old Northern Road, which has a local-government heritage listing, the public school (1879), Old Northern Road, also with a LG heritage listing; the former parsonage (1866), Parsonage Road; and the former church, Old Northern Road, now converted to commercial use.

 

Transport

Like the rest of Sydney’s Hills District, Castle Hill is primarily accessible by road. The fastest route to Sydney CBD is via the M2 Motorway, exiting Windsor Road.
Castle Hill is well served by private buses such as Hillsbus which provides express services to Sydney CBD, as well as Parramatta, Pennant Hills, Dural, Hornsby, Macquarie Park, Baulkham Hills, Rouse Hill, Cherrybrook and Busways, which provides services to Stanhope Gardens, Kellyville, Glenwood, Bella Vista and Blacktown.
In June 2013, the NSW Government announced plans for the North West Rail Link in the Hills District. This is scheduled to be open to the public in the first half of 2019.

 

Population

In 2015, the suburb of Castle Hill was home to 33,908 residents and the projection is that by 2031, that will have risen by 14.51% to 38,828. Castle Hill is certainly alive and well!

 

Cultural activities

Castle Hill Players put on six plays a year at the Pavilion Theatre in the grounds of the Castle Hill Showground. They recently celebrated 40 years of the Pavilion Theatre.

The Powerhouse Discovery Centre Collection Stores at Castle Hill is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, along with the Powerhouse Museum in Darling Harbour and Sydney Observatory at the Rocks.

The Hills Craft Markets are open the fourth Sunday of each month, except January. A variety of arts and crafts and foods are offered for sale. Children can enjoy plaster painting, music, riding and playing in the showground.

In late March the annual Castle Hill Agricultural Show is held at the Castle Hill Showground. This show dates back to the 1880s and reflects the heritage of the Hills District.

Every Year Council supports community events including Australia Day, Paws in the Park and the Orange Blossom Festival.

 

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