Home to many of the city’s grandest residences, the small suburb known as The Hill is the historic heart of Newcastle.
Covering an area of 0.62 square kilometres with a population just shy of 2,300, The Hill mixes heritage-listed grandeur and streets of Victorian-era terrace houses with contemporary housing. There is a significant concentration of units in the west corner of the suburb which explains why the 20-29 years age group is the largest demographic living in the area.
Located one kilometre south of the Newcastle CBD, the suburb was first known as Church Hill and then Prospect Hill. It was one of the earliest settled areas of Newcastle and the site of the first town plan laid out by Henry Dangar in 1823.
Bordered by the picturesque inner-city haven of Cooks Hill and the popular beachside suburb of Bar Beach, The Hill is a gem of a location.
The property market in The Hill for buyers, sellers, renters, and investors
If you are looking to buy a property in The Hill, the median property sale price for a stand-alone home was $2,027,500 as of May 2020. If you’re looking to purchase an apartment/unit, the median buying price was $577,500 during the same period.
From a rental perspective, homes in The Hill average a weekly income of $550 per week and units an average of $380. Both are considered affordable and with the prime location of the suburb, rentals in The Hill are highly sought after.
To buy a live-in family home, the expense may be considerable due to tight market availability, the heritage value and popularity of the location. However, a property in The Hill is a worthy investment none-the-less.
Purchasing a unit as a live-in option is an attractive proposition due to the location, amenity, and affordability. For investment purposes the return is also attractive. Depending on your individual circumstances, it’s most definitely worthwhile keeping The Hill on your active ‘property watch’ list.
Location, Lifestyle, Convenience
True to its name, The Hill is perched upon a steep gradient with sweeping 360-degree views of the City of Newcastle, its beaches, and the mountain ranges to the west. Access to cafes, restaurants and pubs on nearby Darby Street, are a short walk or quick drive away as well as the CBD and the harbour foreshore.
Beach access for water-lovers is virtually on your doorstep with Newcastle, Nobbys and Bar Beaches within a two-kilometre walk, bike ride or drive. For outdoor lovers, King Edward Park offers plenty of room to roam while taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
For our pooch parents, inner-city Newcastle is very dog-friendly, with the City of Newcastle designating official off-leash areas at Nesca Park and King Edward Park. Horseshoe Beach near Nobbys also welcomes pups to have a splash in the Harbour.
If you’re a history buff, head to The Obelisk, the Water Tower, or the nearby convict burial yard. Not to mention one of the jewels in the City of Newcastle’s crown – The Anzac Walk.
Christ Church Cathedral commands an impressive view from its location in the aptly named Church Street, and Newcastle’s Jewish community take Shabbat during holy days at its congregation in Tyrell Street.
The Hill is also central to a range of cultural experiences including Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum, Civic Theatre, Fort Scratchley Historic Site and The Lock Up.
Quality schools and education services in The Hill
The Hill is situated near a range of school options in the public, Catholic and independent sectors.
Home to Australia’s oldest public education institution, Newcastle East Public School, the neighbourhood is zoned for the nearby Newcastle High School. Merewether High School, a selective academic high school, is also a short drive away.
The privately operated Newcastle Grammar has a considerable campus located within The Hill. Holy Family Primary School are also other options for local families. St. Pius X High School and St. Francis Xavier High School are the two closest Catholic high schools and Alesco Senior College also provides quality schooling solutions for secondary school students.
The region is also close to with quality childcare and preschool services and is a short drive or bus ride to the University of Newcastle city campus.
Easy transport options in The Hill
Bus Route 14 provides the major public transport link from The Hill to the outer suburbs. From the CBD it travels down Hunter Street to Darby Street then joins Glebe Road at The Junction. From there it heads west to link with Newcastle’s two major shopping centres – Westfield Kotara then Charlestown Square – then continues to the southern Lake Macquarie suburbs of Belmont and Swansea.
Newcastle’s Light Rail is also easily accessible from The Hill, providing easy access to the Newcastle Interchange for those wanting to head to Sydney or the Upper Hunter by train.
The Hill bin night
Bin collection day for The Hill is Tuesday. Find out more here.
Why we love The Hill - you will too!
The team at Street Property find the history and charm of The Hill a major drawcard. Combined with its central location to the coastline and the significant transformation being undertaken in the centre of Newcastle, The Hill is a suburb like no other in Newcastle.
With its diverse property mix, The Hill provides the opportunity to purchase a revered piece of historic real estate, a typical family home or a low-maintenance unit all within an ideal part of the city.
Helping you to find the home you’ve always dreamed of is why our team loves getting out of bed every morning. If you’re looking to make the move to The Hill, get in touch with our suburb experts today.
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