Where Should You Search To Buy In The Illawarra?

Firstly, let me be very clear about this… everyone likes different suburbs for different reasons.

But I am going to give you a general overview of some of the areas within our beautiful city that can help to start your journey of finding the suburb for you in the Illawarra.

There are a variety of factors that lead people to choose certain suburbs, streets, or regions. It could be you have friends or family in an area, or a church or club, it could be you like the feel of a certain spot. No two buyers are the same.

If you are a newcomer to the Illawarra you may not know where to start.

Largely most potential buyers have visited the area on holidays at some stage in their life and the urban squeeze has seen buyers start to look for a lifestyle change. Big feeders for the Illawarra are the Eastern Suburbs, Sutherland, and the Inner West. They usually start looking in more well-known areas like Thirroul or Austinmer but usually, price and facilities are the most important factor in the suburb of choice.

So.. Which Suburb To Live In

If you are looking to get away from the rat race and be secluded amongst the trees, as well as staying close to Sydney try Wombarra. Recommended for it’s clean and green ideals and neighbourhood community it is described as a bush paradise.

Interested in buying farmland or a lifestyle block? Then try a little known suburb called Yellow Rock. It is near Albion Park and the entrance to Macquarie Pass. Previously it had been a dairy farming community and was named Yellow Rock after the sandstone cliffs of the escarpment.

Or how about more of a city locale, close to the growing number of quality small bars and restaurants? Then look no further than right in the thick of it in the Wollongong CBD, with the added bonus of having the beach and blue mile a stone’s throw away. Or if you want to get closer to the beach then refine your search to North Wollongong where you can live in a luxurious apartment and feel the warm sea breeze.

Price-conscious? Then check out Warrawong and Unanderra. Great bang for your buck and close to Wollongong. There are some great sized properties and you are close to the Warrawong plaza and shops.

For affordability as well as access to the CBD, look into Figtree, West Wollongong, and Mount St Thomas. There are a great range of property types from older homes that are ready for someone to spruce up, or new homes with all the mod-cons.

Enjoy having the waterfront close by but without the price tag? Think about Oak flats and Windang to have access to Lake Illawarra and be close to the Shellharbour City Centre.

If you prefer the smaller village lifestyle then spend some time in Thirroul and Balgownie which are two of the more popular villages, but don’t forget Gywneville.

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Many people commute to Sydney so they can have the more relaxed lifestyle in the Illawarra. If you are going to do this I highly recommend suburbs with great arterial road access, particularly the lesser known but equally pretty Mount Ousley and Bulli.

If you are aiming to utilise the express train to get to the Sydney CBD then being close to the train stations on the express morning line is important. These suburbs are Coniston, Wollongong, North Wollongong, Thirroul and Helensburgh.

A suburb on the popularity rise with young families is Russell Vale, it has a great local school and is situated between Woonona and Corrimal so benefits from having the choice of shops. Corrimal has been going from strength to strength with the main shopping strip being fixed up, and an Aldi and Target about to go in.

Corrimal’s neighbouring suburb Tarrawanna is a lesser-known suburb but has a nice secluded feel. It sits further back from the main road and has a more village-like style. There are some great shops and restaurants so you don’t have to feel too far removed.

Interested in building? New home build options include Horsley, Avondale, and Tullimbar. These suburbs are bringing in lots of young families and are great to way to develop a close-knit neighbourhood.

Like the green rolling hills and pastures instead of the beaches or escarpment then look into the southern town of Jamberoo.

For Beaches? Well most suburbs have access to beautiful beaches but for scenic and family-friendly beaches try Port Kembla, Towradgi and Bulli.

If you are studying at University or looking for an investment property then you can’t go past the neighbouring suburbs of Wollongong University. It attracts thousands of people every year. Keiraville is most popular but Mt Keira is also something to consider.

I hope that helps to expand your search to some lesser-known areas in the Illawarra. There are some fantastic suburbs in the Illawarra and it is just a matter of finding out which one suits your needs to ensure you buy in the right location for you.

Trever Molenaar
Trever has worked in the industry selling property for over two decades. This lifelong profession has enabled him to master the art of negotiation. Trever’s own personal values relate through to his professional life 
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