Situated just 9 kilometres from the CBD yet boasting scenic riverside views, open spaces, walking trails and colonial architecture; Gladesville exudes a strong sense of community, history and pride. It’s been home to many famous artists and wordsmiths over the years including one in particular, the renowned Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. Banjo’s home, Rockend Cottage has been beautifully preserved and become a historical local landmark, which is open for the general public to enjoy. With regular bus services connecting to the CBD, Ryde, Chatswood and Woolwich, Gladesville is a wonderfully convenient hub without comprising on a lifestyle of peaceful village living.
Living in Gladesville
Gladesville is home to around 12,000 people (at last census count) and has a rich an interesting history, evidenced by a number of heritage-listed sites within its postcode; including most notably, the cottage where poet Banjo Patterson lived for a time. The area was originally inhabited by Indigenous people, a fact highlighted by the presence of rock carvings in the Glades Bay part of Gladesville.
Locals can shop at the friendly neighbourhood Gladesville Shopping Village or along the busier but well serviced Victoria Road, which runs right through the centre of the suburb. There are major chain supermarkets and large shopping centres and malls within ten minutes drive, in neighbouring suburbs.
There are good education options in Gladesville, with a kindergarten, two well regarded primary schools - Gladesville Public School and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School – and numerous prestigious boys, girls and co-ed private senior schools.
Things to See and Do in Gladesville
Gladesville is spoilt for choice with its natural attractions with waterfront parklands almost surrounding the suburb’s southern border. Glades Bay and Banjo Paterson parks, along with Bedlam Point and the Parramatta River Regional Park all offer wonderful opportunities for leisure activities. The river itself is also a delight for boating enthusiasts with a number of jetties and mooring points available throughout the suburb’s river frontage.
There are plenty of places to eat out in the local area, offering a diverse range of cuisines including Mexican, Lebanese, Thai and Greek food. Residents can enjoy sports and leisure facilities including the nearby Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, tennis clubs in nearby Ryde and Hunters Hill and the Gladesville RSL Club is also a beloved community fixture. Of course also within easy reach are some of the finest arts, cultural, sporting and dining experiences in the world in one of its best cities, with Sydney just 30 minutes away.
Gladesville has been the lower north shore’s best-kept secret until recently, with many buyers finding the price ranges better valued than nearby suburbs. It also offers the next best thing to those coveted Sydney Harbour views – river views at a fraction of the price.
Buyers get more bang for their buck in Gladesville with larger parcels of land than those on offer in the nearby inner west. The area is attracting a wider demographic too, thanks to its diverse range of property types to choose from with apartments, townhouses, villas and houses all on the market. The median house prices sits around $1.68 million in the most recent figures and the median unit price just over $580,000 for a 1 bedroom property.
If you are interested in learning more about the Gladesville property scene, First National Real Estate Agents in Gladesville can help. Their local agents can talk to you about renting in Gladesville, what’s around if you want to buy in Gladesville and even brief you on the local market by running you through some recently sold properties. For all of your Gladesville real estate needs, contact the friendly team at First National Hunters Hill, Gladesville & Ryde.