“It’s a great place to bring up a family,” says Rowan Lazar of Ray White Upper North Shore. “The schools are the biggest drawcard: you’ve got Pymble Ladies’ College here and private schools up and down the train line.”
Ravenswood, Abbotsleigh, Knox Grammar and Barker College are all within easy reach by train, with buses available to Masada College and Brigidine College in neighbouring St Ives.
Lazar, who spent his formative years in the suburb, says Pymble prices have skyrocketed in recent years, with house prices up nearly 24 per cent in the 12 months to September. “Pymble house prices have gone so high because of the big blocks but they’re still seen as good value compared to Roseville and Killara,” he says.
Located 22 kilometres north of the CBD, Pymble boasts leafy avenues, a selection of parks and bushland reserves, two golf courses and a commercial precinct centred around the train station.
Here you’ll find a handful of cafes, beauty and professional services, the Pymble Hotel and Cellar 8 Wine Bar.
In 2015, Vincent Ventura helped to put Pymble on the radar of Sydney’s Francophiles with the opening of Brasserie l’Entrecote. The colourful steakhouse has wooed both locals and out-of-area diners with its authentic French cuisine and friendly service.
As for Ventura, he says he’s fallen in love with Pymble and would love to buy a house and raise a family here. “It’s a quiet gem,” he says. “It’s the perfect place to start a family, yet you’re not far from the city. It’s got so many good schools and such nice people.”
Housing choices range from new apartments along the highway and arterial roads like Telegraph Road and Pymble Avenue to historic homes dating back over 100 years. “There are areas of conservation zones and quite a few heritage-listed properties,” Lazar says.
“Council is doing its best to retain some of the original features of the suburb.” Older homes with no heritage value are being replaced with grand new builds costing between $4 million and $7 million and attracting families from the lower north shore and inner west as well as new arrivals to Australia.
Lazar says Pymble homeowners tend to hold onto their properties for the long haul. “Once they’re here they don’t want to leave: the average hold in Pymble is almost 20 years,” he says, adding that stock levels have been at the lower end of “normal”, with around 120 homes trading over the last 12 months compared to up to 180 when supply is high.
74 Kulgoa Road
Boasting a flexible floor plan and sitting at the end of a cul-de-sac, this split-level residence has undergone an architect-designed renovation to deliver open-plan living extending to a pool and private garden. It’s framed by ultra-private gardens, high ceilings and polished spotted-gum floors.
Marshall Chan Yahl’s William Chan takes the home to auction on December 1 with a guide of $3.35 million.
14 Bristol Avenue
You’ll find an updated kitchen and new bathrooms at this comfortable home which comes with an eat-in kitchen, a separate lounge, a north-facing saltwater pool and established gardens. Set on 935 square metres of land in a leafy cul-de-sac, it’s perfect for families who love to entertain.
Stone Real Estate Turramurra’s Rob Szosta takes the home to auction on December 4 with a guide of $2.3 million-$2.5 million.