Jump to content

You're currently viewing the forum as a Guest
register-now-button_orig.png
and join in with discussions   
ask migration questions
message other members

..and much much more!

desreb

Living in Newport / Bilgola

Recommended Posts

Hi,

We're currently looking for areas and rentals around Newport/Bilgola, and I was wondering what the local issues and future developments might be.

Discussion forums are always the best place for this kind of info, so I was wondering if anyone is aware of any for residents in this area? I'm aware of Northern Beaches Mums on Facebook, and also Northern Beaches Poms - but I don't necessarily have to restrict to Mums or Poms 🙂

 

D

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey

 

These are both lovely suburbs. We lived in Newport for about 2.5 years and liked it very much - but recently we moved to Mona Vale as it was better suited for us, better transport for work and for the kids to go to school, with B Line bus service etc and little nearer to the CBD. It's about an hour to Wynyard in the morning on the bus depending on whether you get stuck in traffic between Mosman and York St (which you often to, but this can't be helped...)

 

When we were at Newport, they changed the bus service and brought in the B line, and I ended up driving from Newport down to Narrabeen every day and it took maybe an extra 15 mins each way. All 1st world problems, but in general, the higher up the peninsula you go, the more hassle it is getting around on public transport and the more conservative it gets with resident groups trying to stop any and all changes to ways of life. It was these lot that blocked the b line bus going to Newport. Not really a major problem if you are older, richer and don't use public transport, but less useful for our teenage kids and for CBD workers.


Moved to Sydney.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks! We moved here two weeks ago and are now living in Bilgola Plateau.

You're right about the transport - I mainly work from home, with some (expensible) travel to airport and city, so I accepted that on the basis that I won't have to go in so often.

I did see that the Newport Resident's association had blocked the B-Line, and I was confused as to why, as I had seen Newport as a good option a couple of years ago on the basis that there were plans to extend it here. It took some digging, but it seemed that in Mona Vale, after extending the B-Line, they started re-zoning residential areas from 2 to 4 story, so as to be able to build higher apartments to accommodate the larger demand for residential property as a result of the improved feasibility of commuting to the city. I suspect that might be a slightly biased viewpoint by those against, but you can see that those who live in the area want to, well, keep it for themselves!, and evidently they won that one.

They would also have changed the beach carpark into a commuters car park, and you can definitely see the lack of appeal of that happening.

So, for the moment, they have the B-Line to Newport, which is indeed more comfortable than a normal bus for such a long commute, and almost possible to work on the top with a small laptop, headphones, and some determination. The B-Line gets you to/from Mona Vale, and then you get a Keoride (like state-run Uber) to your house for a flat $3.10, which is basically awesome! Unless you arrive after they stop running.... or there's a 20min wait as opposed to the more usual 5 minute... or it's raining... or they don't renew the 6-month trial of the service... you get the picture.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, desreb said:

Thanks! We moved here two weeks ago and are now living in Bilgola Plateau.

You're right about the transport - I mainly work from home, with some (expensible) travel to airport and city, so I accepted that on the basis that I won't have to go in so often.

I did see that the Newport Resident's association had blocked the B-Line, and I was confused as to why, as I had seen Newport as a good option a couple of years ago on the basis that there were plans to extend it here. It took some digging, but it seemed that in Mona Vale, after extending the B-Line, they started re-zoning residential areas from 2 to 4 story, so as to be able to build higher apartments to accommodate the larger demand for residential property as a result of the improved feasibility of commuting to the city. I suspect that might be a slightly biased viewpoint by those against, but you can see that those who live in the area want to, well, keep it for themselves!, and evidently they won that one.

They would also have changed the beach carpark into a commuters car park, and you can definitely see the lack of appeal of that happening.

So, for the moment, they have the B-Line to Newport, which is indeed more comfortable than a normal bus for such a long commute, and almost possible to work on the top with a small laptop, headphones, and some determination. The B-Line gets you to/from Mona Vale, and then you get a Keoride (like state-run Uber) to your house for a flat $3.10, which is basically awesome! Unless you arrive after they stop running.... or there's a 20min wait as opposed to the more usual 5 minute... or it's raining... or they don't renew the 6-month trial of the service... you get the picture.

 

Indeed. We know well as we only moved from Newport (on the road up to the plateau, Cheryl Crescent) to MV just before Xmas. My teen daughters go to school at freshwater senior campus (older one) and Pittwater HS (younger one), so we took the opportunity to make it easier for them. All in all, you can't go wrong around there. Lovely part of the world! 😉 

 

Newport public is a good school. My boy goes there and we like it.

Edited by Captain Roberto

Moved to Sydney.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 03/02/2019 at 12:13, desreb said:

We moved here two weeks ago and are now living in Bilgola Plateau.

 

🙂

Lucky you

A most glorious place to live

🙂

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 03/02/2019 at 13:14, Captain Roberto said:

Cheryl Crescent

 

Think I inspected your old rental recently - if so you lucky sod - what a place!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Tootsie said:

🙂

Lucky you

A most glorious place to live

🙂

 

 

It was - we were on the north slope and the view of West head to the ocean plus all of Pittwater north of Clareville was amazing.

We’ve just bought in Avalon Beach with views of Careel Bay, and that’s our “forever home”. After 8 moves in 7 years, including three to/from/to Oz, we finally settled, just in time for Christmas.

End of an era. Start of another.

 

D

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, desreb said:

We’ve just bought in Avalon Beach with views of Careel Bay, and that’s our “forever home”.

Lucky you - so envious

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is the situation with hospitals on the Northern Beaches? Have they closed Mona Vale and others to centralize everything in that big new place in Frenchs Forest? I remember reading about teething problems in the Sydney Morning Herald.

I lived in Narrabeen in the 1980s which I liked but did not like commuting to the city.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

What is the situation with hospitals on the Northern Beaches? Have they closed Mona Vale and others to centralize everything in that big new place in Frenchs Forest? I remember reading about teething problems in the Sydney Morning Herald.

I lived in Narrabeen in the 1980s which I liked but did not like commuting to the city.

Yes, they have a "first aid plus" centre at Mona Vale, with the ability to handle basic resus, cardiac, broken bones, etc. but for anything more complicated requiring ICU, etc it's French's Forest.

I've not had to use it myself, but chatter on FB suggests that the ambulance has been fast and care swift when you get there - generally suggesting the complaints are on principal rather than in practice, on the urgent care side. Someone did raise the good point of "what about when it rains heavily", as the Narrabean lakes flood, close the direct road there, and then you have to go the long way around - maybe 40mins at best

There were separate concerns about care and resourcing in general there for certain types of longer term care, including a Herald story, which I've not looked at recently.

The latter will affect anywhere you live in N Beaches north of, say, Dee Why. The former issue is something that seems valid, but that I've not seen transpire yet.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would have stayed in Narrabeen had I been able to cope with the commuting, or perhaps got a job up there and thus never needed to go to the city. I always feel nostalgic and sentimental about Narrabeen as it was the last time that I lived with my parents and my brothers in the same house. My parents bought a townhouse in Pittwater Road opposite the old Royal Antler hotel.

I felt isolated when I lived there on my own however although perhaps I've just adapted better to living on my own now. Come to think of it, that is probably true as I felt isolated living in Surry Hills too when I first moved here.  When you have not grown up in a place perhaps it takes longer to put down roots.

I turned left coming back to the city at Mona Vale and went past the hospital, wondering what they were doing there. My Mum had an operation there in 1982 I think. Once or twice a year I drive up there, sometimes just as far as Narrabeen, sometimes all the way to Palm Beach. Go down to the lake and over to the beach at Narrabeen, much the same as going back to England and going round where I was brought up, although I've not been back there in a decade.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×