Bride suburbs are the ones that get all the attention and praise showered upon them, whilst bridesmaids circle the perimeter, their potential largely unrecognised and their hair slightly a frizz
Sydney is full of bridesmaids, offering many of the same amenities for much less of the price. Boasting huge growth potential and similar Google map directions, here are some postcodes worth comparing.
If you’re looking to buy in the St. George area of Sydney, consider Mortdale over Hurstville. With only one train stop between them, Mortdale boasts a small-town community spirit despite its proximity to transport, shops, cafes, and pubs. There are houses, units, villa’s and duplexes regularly on the market, and with an average house price of $1.06m, it’s sizably more affordable than its counterpart, Hurstville, at $1.3m.
Cronulla is the bride of the Sutherland Shire, with its famous and pristine beach being the star attraction. But one train stop away is Caringbah, a suburb with a median house price of $1.1m, $700k less than Cronulla’s. Caringbah is easy to get in and out of, has a vibrant town centre and is 5 minutes from the beach.
If you love the Northern Beaches lifestyle then Manly is definitely on your radar – but don’t forget Manly Vale. The median house price is a staggering $1.1m lower ($2.9m vs $1.8m) but don’t let that fool you. It has a distinct bushland feel, all within minutes to the beach and the village which make Manly so special. Access to the catchment of the fantastic Manly Vale Public School is another plus.
Lower North Shore
Mosman has always held a position of exclusivity on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, and deservedly so. But right next door in Willoughby—where the median house price is $2.25 million as opposed to $3.5—a similar lifestyle awaits. A highly sought-after family suburb, Willoughby offers the same easy access to transport, high performing public and private schools, boutique shopping options and ample sports facilities.
The secret’s been out for a while now that some of the best food in Sydney is cooked in Lakemba. Whilst its neighbour, Strathfield, has always been considered the bride suburb of the area, Lakemba has great train and bus facilities, a lower cost of living, and a vibrant and culturally diverse foodie scene that is completely transforming its reputation. Despite their similarities, the difference in median house prices is pretty astounding, with Strathfield at around $2.4m compared to Lakemba at $845,000.