Mona Vale: Why 2103 Is The Growing Regional Hub Of The Upper Northern Beaches

By Jonathan Fletcher

Mona Vale is fast becoming a regional hub for the Upper Northern Beaches. With its easy access, community facilities, cafe’s, shops, infrastructure, schools and not to mention the stunning coastline it’s no wonder this hub is an increasingly high-demand suburb and equally popular with homeowners, investors and renters. 

For beachside living packed with all the lifestyle perks, there are few better places to be than Mona Vale.

Origins

The area was originally known as “Bongin Bongin” by Aboriginal Peoples. The initial land grants in the district of Pittwater were made in April 1813, and those sections which now comprise Mona Vale, were granted to Robert Campbell (1769-1846) a merchant and politician in Sydney. 

Who lives in Mona Vale?

As of the 2016 Census, there were 10,670 residents reported in Mona Vale of which 70.7% of these were born in Australia. The suburb’s median age is bang on middle age at 44, but what is interesting is that the spread of age groups is relatively even with

0-29 year olds being – 32.9% of the population

30-59 year olds being – 38.1% of the population

60 + year olds being – 29.2% of the population.

Over 54% of Mona Vale’s population reported being married, which is well above the state average of 48.7%. With these stats, we can see why Mona Vale is such a family-friendly community, it’s multigenerational, a great place to live for both growing families and aging parents.

Market Snapshot

The current median price for a house in Mona Vale is $1,907,500 and $1,230,000 for a unit. Realestate.com.au rates it as a ‘high demand market’ with an average of 2550 visits per property, over 30% more than the NSW average. Based on five years of sales, Mona Vale has seen a compound growth rate of 6.1% for houses and 8.9% for units. According to Domain data, Mona Vale is 77% owner 23% renter. 

Mona Vale is differentiated from surrounding suburbs such as Bayview and Newport through to Palm Beach because of its higher density of apartments, commercial property and industrial precinct. These element lend Mona Vale to being a hub for infrastructure on the Upper Northern Beaches.

Transport

Mona Vale is located at the junction of two major roads (Mona Vale Road A3 and Pittwater Road A8) which makes it a great suburb for commuters with direct access to the North Shore, City and Central Coast.  It is accessible by B-Line bus from central Sydney (Wynyard Station) and constant bus routes are running up and down the Northern Beaches. Mona Vale is also serviced by Keoride which transports you by car from the B-Line bus stop to your doorstep.

Schools

Mona Vale Schools include; Mona Vale Public School (K-6); Pittwater High School (7-12); Sacred Heart Catholic School (K-6). Other schools nearby are St Lukes Bayview (Preschool-6); Mater Maria Catholic College Warriewood (7-12); Narrabeen Sports High (7-12).

Infrastructure and Facilities

Mona Vale is abundantly resourced, it has several office complexes with doctors, specialists, day surgeries, accountants, financial services and other local businesses. The Mona Vale library is one of the largest and most facilitated on the Northern Beaches.

The light industrial area surrounding Darley Street West is home to businesses such as car service centres, surfboard shapers, bike shops and Officeworks to name a few.

As far as shopping goes, you can pretty much do all your big shops and small shops in Mona Vale. There is a mega Woolworths, Aldi, Harris Farm, Coles and an organic grocer as well as bookstores, toy stores, op shops, clothing boutiques, surf shops, hairdressers, chemists… everything you’re gonna need!

Lifestyle and Leisure

Mona Vale offers endless opportunities for leisure and lifestyle. Of course, there is the surf beach, a popular break, the rock pool and the basin which also have a park, picnic and playground facilities. Mona Vale has a surf life saving club and a golf course/club just behind the beach. 

The Pittwater’s most southern shoreline starts in Mona Vale at Winnererremy Bay where there is an expansive flat park with picnic areas and the Flying Fox playground. 

Mona Vale also has an RSL club, a world-class skate park, soccer fields and walking tracks. 

Outdoor sports and fitness is also a big part of the culture in Mona vale. There are many gyms and training centres including Fitness First, F45 Mona Vale, Curves, The Mona Gym… pilates, yoga and others.

What locals say…

“We love living in Mona Vale basin. We walk to the beach and surf before work. There are a few favourite coffee spots but top of the list has to be 2kf Espresso” 

“The access in Mona Vale is great. I commute to the city for work via the B-line. It’s fast and direct and I get work done while on the bus. When home I really don’t need to go far as everything I need is in Mona Vale.” 

“We find Mona Vale great as a young family. There are playgrounds and picnic areas everywhere. The local school is good and we also spend a lot of time at the beach and with friends. My kids love the library and the Flying Fox park.”

“I’ve lived in Mona Vale for many decades. I have enjoyed having all the amenities on my doorstep such as doctors, accountants and shopping centres. I also really love playing golf with friends once a week down at the golf course, the view is spectacular.” 

In conclusion, we are seeing Mona Vale continuing to grow in popularity with buyers and becoming a regional nerve centre for The Upper Northern Beaches. 

If Mona Vale is on your watchlist, or you live on the Upper Northern Beaches and are thinking of selling, I’d love to help you realise your goals. You can contact me on 0424 053 355 or on email.

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