Baulkham Hills Real Estate
Property for Sale in Baulkham Hills, Sydney
William Joyce, the first settler in Baulkham Hills, was given a grant of 30 acres in 1794 near today’s Junction Road and Old Windsor Road. Andrew McDougall, a settler from Buckholm Hills in the County of Roxburgh, Scotland was granted 150 acres in 1799, which he named “Roxburgh Place”. He was responsible for giving the district its present name as it reminded him of his homeland.
Baulkham Hills is bounded by Windsor Road, Blackett Drive, Roxborough Drive, Mileham Avenue, Oxley Avenue, Old Northern Road, Edward Street and Munro Street in the north, Darling Mills Creek in the east, the Hills (M2) Motorway, Caroline Chisholm Drive, Langdon Road and Gibbon Road in the south and Old Windsor Road, Seven Hills Road, Chapel Lane and the suburb boundaries of Bella Vista and Kellyville in the west.
The beautiful suburb of Baulkham Hills is made up of a number of new subdivisions, Model Farms Estate, Crestwood Estate, Balcombe Heights Estate and Roxbury Park and houses a mixture of dwelling types with finishes ranging from fibro to full brick veneer. More recently the newer area of Bella Vista has emerged as an up market housing precinct, providing new home options to the area on redeveloped farm land, complete with man made waterways to add to the aesthetics and ambience of the area.
The area has been primarily established since the 1960’s and is known across Sydney as an ideal location to raise a family, offering all the traditional schooling options including public schools, numerous catholic schools and a multitude of day care options.
Like the rest of Sydney’s Hills District, Baulkham Hills is primarily accessible by road. At the intersection known as the Baulkham Hills Junction, several major roads meet including Seven Hills Road, Old Northern Road and Windsor Road. The fastest route from the Sydney CBD is via the M2 Hills Motorway, exiting at Windsor Road.
Public transport into and around Baulkham Hills is by bus. The Hillsbus company, provides frequent services to the nearby commercial centres of Castle Hill, Norwest Business Park and Parramatta as well as frequent standard and express bus services to the Sydney CBD.
Works have begun on the North West Rail Link which will offer additional public transport options and is expected to be completed by 2019, complete with a station at the site of the old Hills Shire Council building.
Commerce and economy
The mecca of business in North West Sydney is the Norwest Business Park, located at the northern end of the suburb of Baulkham Hills. Boasting large corporates like Woolworths Australian Head Office, Resmed and Cathay Pacific, the business park is the centre of trade in the area and provides excellent employment opportunities for over 30,000 residents.
Baulkham Hills is home to Stockland Mall, a shopping centre located on the intersection of Windsor Road and Old Northern Road. It features supermarkets operated by Coles, a Woolworths, and Aldi plus 70 specialty shops including major banks and a post office. Ample parking and its central location, along with a number of restaurants and cafes make this a popular centre for locals to visit.
Nestled inside the Norwest Business Park are two more shopping centres called Norwest Marketown and Circa Norwest.
The area has a high small and family owned business population and support is available for those entrepreneurs through the Sydney Hills Business Chamber, who links the heart of the area’s business community with regular business networking and social gatherings, and there are BNI and women’s networking groups operating at different meeting places and times scattered throughout each month.
Community, culture and sport
Baulkham Hills is primarily is known for its great sense of community. The Hills Shire Council undertook a study in 2006 to determine what defined the area, and the resounding results of respondents was “a sense of community”.
The area sits above the average income earning rates of other areas of metropolitan Sydney, resulting in high levels of volunteering and community involvement by residents. The Hills Relay for Life event held in May every year at Wrights Reserve in Kellyville sees one of the largest turn outs and fund raising efforts from any Relay for Life event held around the world.
The area is rich with excellent sporting facilities and boasts hundreds of sporting clubs, including the well known Hills Bulls Rugby league club, Baulkham Hills Sports Club and dozens of soccer and netball clubs. There are tennis clubs, bike riding tracks, bush walking tracks, golf courses, hockey clubs and even fishing clubs.
The Hills is packed with outdoor activities to be enjoyed by all ages. There is always something to do!
The family friendly nature of the Hills results in generations of family members living in close proximity to each other, adding to the sense of community ownership and attachment to the area. Grandparents can often be seen walking through the suburb’s tree lined streets with their grandchildren in tow!
Baulkham Hills is home to numerous Service Clubs including Rotary and Lions Club chapters, providing additional opportunities for connection and contribution. There are Men’s Sheds and a multitude of craft groups meeting in the area regularly.
Licensed premises in the area include the very well known Bull and Bush Hotel, which is home to live music every week, as well as the up market Bella Vista Hotel which offers a great place for local business people to connect after work in the Norwest Business Park.
Cuisine in the area is diverse with large numbers of restaurants including Thai, Indian, Italian, pub and club, as well as a very strong café set.
The suburb is also home to Australia’s largest and highest profile church; Hillsong Church. The church’s International Leadership College attracts 1200 – 1300 international bible college students each semester, bringing cashflow, volunteers, labour and rental property demand with them. Services are held right across the weekend, along with numerous conferences throughout the year, bringing significant cash injections to local business owners in the shopping centres, hotels and restaurants.
Since 2011, the suburb of Baulkham Hills has benefitted from the emergence of a growing medical precinct, with the Norwest Private Hospital attracting top medical professionals from around the country to set up practices nearby. The hospital has a state of the art maternity ward and operating theatres.
In 2015, the suburb of Baulkham Hills was home to 35,526 residents and the projection is that by 2031, that will have risen by 13.51% to 40,326. The Hills is certainly alive and well!
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